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: NATO Strap Co. Watch Straps

Review: NATO Strap Co. Watch Straps

I received my father’s 60′s-era Omega Seamaster 120 when I graduated from college. He wore it hard for many years, and when it came to me, the stainless bracelet was already stretching and losing its ability to clasp. I found myself not wearing it as much as I wanted to, for fear of it coming...
Gregory Mountain Products - Spring 2015 Catalog

Gregory Mountain Products – Spring 2015 Catalog

Just finished working on this with the amazing team at Gregory. I think it turned out pretty well, but I’ll leave that up to you to decide. Gregory Mountain Products has been making some of the best backpacks and travel bags around since the 1970′s, and the technology and attention to detail they give to...
10 Reasons Not To Visit Montana, Ever

10 Reasons Not To Visit Montana, Ever

Boy, am I a sucker for the opportunity to write sarcastic link-bait on Backcountry.com. This week we go after Montana, and some tongue-in-cheek reasons why you might not want to travel there. Now, you might think that the title and source alone would ring satirical alarm bells in the average bipedal, semi-literate mammal, but some of the comments...
Yacht Disco - an insane summer mix

Yacht Disco – an insane summer mix

I have to give this guy/these guys credit. When July comes around, stop by my house, and I will be hosting a cocktail party. This will be playing in the background, and I will be wearing a Hawaiian shirt and some white denim.  
Mason Ho's Dream Wave

Mason Ho’s Dream Wave

If you’ve ever seen the “pitted dude” video and thought a real person couldn’t possibly get more Spicoli, well, prepare to admit you were wrong. Take a moment to bask in the radiance of Mason Ho’s rapturous dream state as he describes his perfect wave, including the EXACT length of board he would ride and...
The Best Ski Town Bars

The Best Ski Town Bars

 Backcountry.com asked me to dive into their recent online poll and pull out the best dive bars in ski towns across America. Being a dive bar aficionado, I of course complied with gusto. Apparently the fact that we left out Montana was a sore subject, albeit only with Montanans. If you find yourself in any...
Moment Skis 2014/2015 Catalog

Moment Skis 2014/2015 Catalog

Another year, another month of abuse. While it always seems being chained to a desk in the Nevada-based Moment Skis dungeon is a brutal punishment at the time, the results are never less than awesome. Much credit in this endeavor goes to the incredible (and incredibly patient) graphic designer extraordinaire Max Louis Miller, and of...
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, but I know what I like: bourbon, rye, and the occasional glass of Islay scotch. I tend to keep my purchases under $40, which probably precludes having a “serious” whiskey collection, but you might be surprised at the variety and quality you can find at that price point. With that...
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...
How To: Make A Shot Ski

How To: Make A Shot Ski

Despite the common assumption that all you need are skis, glue, shot glasses, and half a brain, constructing a shot ski that will stand up to the abuse of drunken skiers actually takes time, skill, and some extra tools. Backcountry.com consulted me for this project and I was more than happy to oblige. Enjoy and...
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...