How To: Lighten Your Touring Setup

How To: Lighten Your Touring Setup

Yet another “How To” article on Backcountry.com, this one concerning the bane of all out-of-shape backcountry skiers: heavy gear. While the tone of this piece is definitely sales-centered, I can testify personally to the effectiveness of a tech binding setup for touring. Tech bindings make a huge difference on the...
TREW Gear Winter 2014/2015 Catalog

TREW Gear Winter 2014/2015 Catalog

  Latest installment of the best outerwear in the industry, TREW. The new additions are some of the top items on my wish list, especially the Jackorak (calling dibs on the olive green right now). Sorry, but you can’t touch until September. Then again, neither can I…  
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Review: Dublin Dog Co. KOA Collar

Review: Dublin Dog Co. KOA Collar

Our dog, Tank, is a notorious mud, snow, dirt, and water hound. As a result, most collars have a tough time keeping up. Bright colors fade quickly in the strong Utah sun, and the smell – which no amount of washing can remove – starts to set in after just a week of fetching in the...
Review: Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Review: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

I’m not a whiskey snob, I don’t think, but I know what I like. I tend to keep my purchases under $40, which probably precludes a “serious” whiskey collection. That said, I like Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey enough to drop $50 on a bottle, which is good, because that’s about how much it costs ($45-60, depending...
Review: Klarus P1A LED Flashlight

Review: Klarus P1A LED Flashlight

Needing a flashlight to replace my ancient, dim, battery-thirsty Mini-MagLite, I started researching LED lights for an affordable substitute. The Klarus P1A comes highly recommended from the “flashaholics” on CandlePowerForums as one of the best affordable 1xAA torches out there, and while I don’t have much to compare with it other than some Black Diamond...
Review: Danner Crater Rim GTX Hiking Boots

Review: Danner Crater Rim GTX Hiking Boots

Living in Utah, I have a lot of opportunity to go hiking and I often do. I have a 1-year-old puppy and the trails begin right behind my house, so there’s no excuse not to get outside. There are some amazing hikes right here in Park City, countless others along the Wasatch Range and even...
How To: Not Be A Beater

How To: Not Be A Beater

Backcountry.com just posted an article I wrote back in November, before there was any snow on the ground at all. In it, I provide a few tips on how to go skiing without looking or acting like an utter fool. By no means is it an exhaustive list, but by all means, it is tongue-in-cheek....
How To: Choose The Right Ski Touring Pack

How To: Choose The Right Ski Touring Pack

Another ‘How To:’ article of mine has surfaced on the Backcountry.com Explore blog. This one involves a basic guide to selecting winter packs. Hope you enjoy it! “Any touring pack worth a damn will have a separate compartment or compartments designed to stow your shovel and probe away from your other gear, one that can...
Thunderheist - Jerk It

Thunderheist – Jerk It

I almost forgot this video existed until I saw it in my YouTube favorites list. If you’ve never seen it, prepare yourself. Full screen HD recommended.
Coffee Mugs: America's Renewable Resource

Coffee Mugs: America’s Renewable Resource

The quest for the perfect coffee mug is a lifelong one. Ideally it should meet the following criteria: 1. Free – as in, $0. Coffee mugs are truly abundant; someone who thinks otherwise should drop by any garage sale or donation center to witness the porcelain ziggurats erected in the name of java. There are,...
Pepper Plant Hot Sauce

Pepper Plant Hot Sauce

My father, the self-appointed King of the Hand-Me-Down, gave me a bottle of Pepper Plant as a stocking stuffer last Christmas. A friend of had given him two bottles, and in his unending generosity, old Poppa Bear saw fit to split the booty and pass one on to me, but not without telling me first...
A Deep Issue: How to Choose a Powder Ski

A Deep Issue: How to Choose a Powder Ski

The second article in the series I’m writing for Backcountry.com is a short history of powder skis and a quick guide on how to go about selecting one. Hope you enjoy it. “If asked, most skiers would likely say that sidecut—the modern version of it—came before fat skis. They’d be wrong, but only on a...
ONE Industries Gamma Helmet Review: Just Shy of Greatness

ONE Industries Gamma Helmet Review: Just Shy of Greatness

I had just started riding dirt bikes, and was borrowing a friend’s spare SixSixOne Flight helmet (thanks, Ross) which I liked very much. I knew it couldn’t last – I’d need to buy my own helmet at some point – but at least I had found one that fit well and looked good. Then I...
TREW 2013/2014 Website

TREW 2013/2014 Website

Just wrapped up another great session with the radical Hood River-based outerwear company, TREW. They are nothing if not consistent, blowing my mind every year with the best-looking, best-performing ski and snowboard apparel in the industry. The entire line has been revamped for the coming season, and they just introduced a jacket, bib, and fleece...