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Thriving in Extremes: Epic Wilderness Weather

Thriving in Epic Weather Conditions By: Laura Albert It was early October in the mountains. My dog Lily and I were out on a solo trip for the weekend for some much needed “us” time. I had a great plan to explore some more of the high country on the border between...

Gear for Mountaineering: Ice Axes

By: Jacob Chmielowiec   Finding a suitable ice axe for mountaineering is easy. Choose a plain looking ice axe with a straight shaft and no rubberized grip. Avoid ultra light axes as they are often weaker and more difficult to use effectively. Avoid tools intended...

Gear Review for Mountaineering – Crampons

By: Jacob Chmielowiec Mountaineering is best learned under the guidance of a good mentor who can pass on their experience and knowledge. This guidance can greatly reduce the risks while learning essential skills but also help the novice acquire the correct equipment....

The Search for the Perfect Boots

By: Jacob Cheimelowic   “What boots should I buy for my course?”   There are few things in the backcountry that can inspire as much loathing as a bad pair of boots. Perpetually wet and blistered feet can take much of the enjoyment out of an...