Category Archive: Ski Mountaineering

Final Gear Check

What to expect when guiding a trip

When it’s up to you to plan a trip, coordinate a group of people, and finally lead that group into the great unknown a lot of responsibility is on your shoulders – in fact all of it is.  The success or failure of a trip and the joy others get out of the experience depends […]

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Trailblazer Sawvivor Saw

Trailblazer Sawvivor Collapsible Saw Review

While not a new product the Trailblazer Sawvivor collapsible saw is an item that very few people seem to know about.  It is hands down my favorite way to process wood in the backcountry – either for trail building or for a campfire.  Its extremely lightweight design coupled with incredible usability and a low cost […]

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10 Essentials

My 10 Essentials

The Ten Essentials that we all know and love were originally laid out by The Mountaineers (an organization from my hometown of Seattle, WA) during the 1930’s and published in their classic work Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. The original Ten Essentials weren’t updated until 2003 when the following list was published in an updated version […]

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Jetboil Sol Titanium Cooking System

Jetboil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System Review

I’ve always discounted Jetboil’s because of their weight.  While my friends sing their praises I have always laughed and innocently asked how much their packs weigh.  The Jetboil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System aims to stifle my argument that, while a Jetboil works well, its just too heavy for me. At an advertised weight of […]

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3 Favorite Things

My 3 favorite peices of gear

I’m not talking the three most useful or the three most innovative.  I’m about to tell you the three items that make me chuckle to myself when I use them.  The items that bring me the most pleasure in the backcountry.  Read on to find out what they are and why they are my favorites!

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Sea to Summit Spark SPIII

Sea to Summit Spark SPIII Sleeping Bag Review

Sea to Summit has followed up their release of the Spark SPI sleeping bag with the release of two, warmer, versions – the Spark SPII and Spark SPIII.  I recently began using the SPIII to see if I liked it as much as I did the Sea to Summit Spark SPI.  Its essentially the same […]

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Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow

Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow Review

This season Sea to Summit released three new pillows.  I recently got a chance to try out the Aeros Ultralight Pillow.  Did it leave a crick in my neck or help me drift off to blissful backcountry slumber? Read on to find out!

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MSR Alpine Salt and Pepper Shaker Review

Its that time of year when cobwebs are dusted off gear that has been sitting unused for several months and when that happens the majority of us get that urge to go down to our local outdoor store and buy new stuff! Everyone likes to upgrade a few things at the beginning of the season […]

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The often overlooked benifits of a simple baseball cap

Look around a group of mountain guides and you will notice something.  Its rare to see a majority of them wearing beanies.  Instead, baseball caps dominate.  Look at river guides and what do you see on their heads? Baseball caps.  What about people leading kayak trips? Or Grand Canyon excursions? Again, they are rocking the […]

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The importance of delicious food in the backcountry.

Nothing makes or breaks a trip into the backcountry like the food you eat. Let’s put aside for a moment the nutritional importance of keeping your body fueled and focus on the moral food provides. As Napoleon said “An army marches on its stomach”. Just like napoleon’s army, when I’m in the wilderness I march […]

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