Backcountry welcomes Mountain Flyer, The Mountain Bike Journal

The publishers of Backcountry Magazine recently acquired Gunnison, Colorado-based Mountain Flyer, The Mountain Bike Journal. If you love Backcountry and also ride, Mountain Flyer is your quarterly journal of record for the sport. Through gripping storytelling and crisp, clean design, and showcasing photography only available on the printed page, Mountain Flyer celebrates the riders, racers, […]

Marker announces recall of 2017/18 Kingpin 10 and 13 models

Marker is replacing all affected binding toes at no cost to the consumer.

Andrzej Bargiel makes history with first ski descent of K2

On Sunday, July 22, Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel became the first person in history to climb and ski the Himalayan behemoth K2 (28,251 feet), located on the China/Pakistan border in the Karakoram Range.

Beer Guide 2018: Porters, stouts and lighter styles to transition from deep days to endless spring tours and tailgates

Beer may not make skinning faster or descending smoother—well, maybe for some it does—but it’s pretty much guaranteed to make post-ski hangouts a bit more lively. And with the right brews, you may just make some new parking lot friends to boot. Here are a few of our Editors’ Choice après picks for 2018 that’ll give you the motivation to shred harder so you can kick back and enjoy a malted beverage.

Gearbox: An Editors’ Choice powder setup

For many, sliding through endless, untouched slopes of powder is the ultimate motivation behind ski touring. It’s what fills our autumn dreams and validates any amount of sweat, distance or effort. And when it comes to consistent, smooth conditions, almost any setup will do, whether it’s heavy, narrow, planky or stiff. But if powder skiing is the Holy Grail, shouldn’t a setup for the pursuit enhance the experience to its fullest potential?

Gearbox: Four poles that balance avy safety and skinning comfort

Small as they are, pole straps can be a divisive piece of gear. Anti-strap advocates know that they’re overwhelmingly dangerous as anchors in avalanches or tree wells and as shoulder-separating leashes while skiing trees. But straps can be helpful on long approaches and while tethering poles to packs on certain climbs. Thankfully, a few companies have developed quick-release systems that allow you to have your straps and remove them, too.

Gearbox: An Editors’ Choice steep-skiing setup

Creating the ideal steep-skiing setup isn’t an easy feat. The gear, after all, must offer specialized and polarized traits to handle the ascent and descent with equal aplomb. Skis and boots shouldn’t fold under duress, instead holding up to variable and often firm conditions. Conversely, stable and confidence-inspiring gear must be light enough for big days and long pushes.

Gearbox: An Editors’ Choice all-mountain setup

For some people, having a dedicated tool for every job is the ultimate dream. And many of today’s skis, boots and bindings are so specialized that there are hyper-focused options to maximize every type of snow, terrain or pursuit.

Basecamp TV with Andrew McLean, Season 2: Fueling

Andrew McLean talks fueling for long days and what snacks he loves when the tank runs low.

Basecamp TV with Andrew McLean, Season 2: How to Stay in AK

McLean talks travel logistics and base-camp feng shui for that bucket-list Alaska touring expedition.

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