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Wally Phillips

WALLY’S WEATHER: OCTOBER PART 1

Hey folks!  Wally again here, bringing you my update for the next two weeks.  Since I’ll be doing this sort of things more often (every two weeks), I’ll be following a format in which I’ll dedicate a section to each US region and maybe save the end for something that interests me.  Ready? Let’s begin: EAST: I know I said in an earlier post that this winter was to bring a bit of a change for all our peeps near the Atlantic, but these next two to four weeks won’t support that.  From the NCEP (Government’s shut down, but weather [...]

Matthew Pizza

GEARHEAD Essentials: Yurt Trips

Love to snowshoe or backcountry ski? Don’t want to leave all the creature comforts of the city behind? A yurt trip might be just what you’re looking for. For those of you that don’t know what a yurt is, it’s a domed structure in the middle of nowhere, most times complete with a small deck, a skylight for watching the stars, and a wood-burning stove to keep you warm. Yurts are a great way to spend time with friends and get out and comfortably and safely enjoy [...]

featuring D. Joshua Christensen

JOSH CHRISTENSEN GEARHEAD VIDEO

featuring Wally Phillips

ROCKER CAMBER ROCKER: HOW TO CHOOSE A SKI PROFILE

Mitch Potter

MOAB BASE JUMPING

To most, the desert is the last place you’d ever want to be. It symbolizes death and struggle with its unsustainable conditions for most forms of life. During the day, it’s brutally hot. At night, it becomes a frigid wasteland. Despite these hindrances, there’s an adventure-based community thriving in Southern Utah. BASE jumping has shown me places of Moab and the surrounding region that I would have never discovered had I not been involved in this beautiful sport. Red rock paths, secret slot canyons, ancient cryptobiotic fields, and beautiful rock structures are just some of the amazing things I’ve stumbled [...]

Taylor Strand

GEARHEAD 360: TAYLOR STRAND

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Gearhead 360s are short interviews that will help you get to know the people behind the answers. What scares you? There are a lot of things that scare me. On the lighter note, spiders, snakes, and the dark are all very real fears I have. But when asked this question, one thing really comes to mind. The fear of injury has always been part of an athlete’s role. Injury is one of the most difficult things [...]

Casey Glaubman

Goat Trails: Pooping at Altitude

I apologize for the lack of pictures to accompany this post. However, as I think you’ll agree, it’s probably for the best. Recently I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to climb Denali with my co-worker and good friend, Bill. I had read about people climbing mountains. You read about these historic figures conquering massive peaks, and it all sounds rather glamorous. Yeah, it’s not [...]

Nate King

Gearhead Essentials: Winter Biking

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Gearhead Essentials gives you access to their recommendations. Winter Biking Essentials With Nate King Winter is coming. Days become short, nights become long, and both become downright frigid, implying a shift from white socks, climbing high mountain passes, and fancy carbon wheels to merino wool-wrapped feet, flat rides deep into wilds long ignored, and bombproof aluminum training hoops. For those who keep the flame through months when the snow falls, the rain [...]

featuring Wally Phillips

FROM CARVING TO POWDER: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SKI

featuring Brandon Collett

WHIP IT: HOW TO CHOOSE A FLY ROD

Laurel Nelson

Gearhead 360: Laurel Nelson

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Gearhead 360s are short interviews that will help you get to know the people behind the answers. What scares you? The thing that scares me the most is not being able to continue to do what I love… and spiders. I hate spiders. What motivates you? My main motivation is experiencing something unique and different every day. I am not really a fan of feeling comfortable all the time and my most memorable experiences have almost [...]

Mike Cushing

Gearhead Essentials: Fall Climbing

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Gearhead Essentials gives you access to their recommendations. Here’s a rundown of fall climbing gear essentials from Gearhead Mike Cushing: There are multiple styles of climbing, each of which requires different/unique gear.  Keeping it basic, there are three key styles: bouldering, sport, and trad. Bouldering is a very intense, powerful style of climbing that requires no protection other than a crash pad and knowledge of how to fall [...]

Arthur Debowski

GEARHEADS ON GRANITE

From the sheer face of a 1500-foot wall in Yosemite to the spires of the Bugaboos, our Gearheads have climbed an impressive roster of granite routes in North America. They’ve tackled Squamish, the City of Rocks, the Buttermilks in Bishop, California, the Incredible Hulk in the Sierra Nevadas, and Little Cottonwood Canyon in our own backyard. Having hit upon so many iconic climbing destinations, three of our Gearheads gathered on August 28th to host a Google Hangout and share their stories.  Diana, Arthur, and Greg swapped tales about their travels, shared photos, and answered questions submitted by the audience viewing [...]

Diana Jenson

Goat Trails: Bouldering in the Uintas

This past weekend, I made a trip out to the Uintas. I was excited for this adventure since I’d never climbed there before. Nestled in the Uinta Mountains at approximately 10,000ft lies a small collection of boulders near the Stone Garden, a popular sport climbing crag. Quite a few climbers, including Rocco Bocchicchio, Victor Copeland, Johnny Landry, and Joe Meiners, have helped develop this boulder field. I had seen a couple climbing videos for this area, but still wasn’t sure what to expect. Bouldering on quartzite? Sounds terrible, if you ask me… These quartzite boulders near the Stone Garden were [...]

featuring Brandon Collett

Make it Sing: How to Choose a Fly Reel

Wally Phillips

Wally’s Weather: A Preliminary Winter-Weather Forecast

Hey-o, folks!  This is a fun time of year for us winter aficionados as the drag of summer heat is getting us antsy and the prospect of white stuff falling sooner than before puts a bit more kick in our step and widens the smile on our faces.  I’ve been brushing up on the trends of what the globe is showing me and am going to bring [...]

Bill Porreca

Gearhead Essentials: Dawn Patrol

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Gearhead Essentials gives you access to their recommendations. Here are a few tips on dawn-patrol extras from Gearhead Bill Porreca: A dawn patrol is usually a matter of necessity for a skier or mountain climber. As far as I’m concerned, there are two main reasons for doing it in the dark. 1. Work schedule. If you have to be in the office by 9a.m., you better start early (or deal with [...]

Bill Porreca

Gearheads on Denali

When you need an opinion on tubeless wheels, advice on climbing-shoe sizing, or someone to tell you why you’re the only one skiing in jeans, Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are the people to talk to. They’re instructors, guides, athletes, and otherwise passionate outdoor experts, and they’ll not only answer your most pressing questions about gear, they’ll help with any issues regarding your order. Our Gearheads Bill Porreca and Casey Glaubman recently hosted a live Google Hangout to talk about their mountaineering trip to ski and summit Mount Denali in Alaska earlier this spring.  They swapped [...]