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Danielle Mariott

Above Photo By: Ian Matteson Different body types, output levels, and weather conditions require different amounts of insulation. Building a bomber layering system is one part trial and error and one part know-how. Here are some things to keep in mind as you fine tune your own repertoire of winter layers. The Base for Layering There’s a misconception that thickness equals warmth. This is intrinsically incorrect. Especially for a first layer. Here are some guidelines for a good first layer: 1: Keep it breathable. We’ve come a long way in breathable fibers. Many synthetic fibers, like Patagonia’s Capilene, are quite breathable, but keeping the first [...]

Rocky Thompson

We can’t all be gods at every sport we try. In fact, I’d guess that many of us discovered the singular joy of our respective outdoor sports by being quite awful at the sports offered on the high-school menu: basketball, football, flag squad. Few people are good at certain sports their first time. Surfing, for example, requires a great deal of humbling, which often involves being hurled onto the ocean floor time after time before attaining even a slight degree of proficiency. Fishing, on the other hand, is an outdoor sport where you can get the basics down on your [...]

Matthew Pizza

Above Photo: Backcountry Athletes Griffin Post and Neil Provo Shot By: Tommy Chandler 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 [...]

Nate King

Above Photo By: Tommy Chandler 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 [...]

Jesse S

Above Photo: Backcountry Athlete Pip Hunt Shot By: Re Wikstrom Marathon training involves more than just running, but I’m hoping you already knew that.  (We’ll discuss the other elements of training, like stretching, diet, and strength training, in separate articles.) In winter months, many people train on a treadmill, and that usually involves heading to the gym. While you may be fairly savvy when it comes to social graces at cocktail parties and fundraisers, the same norms don’t necessarily apply to the gym.  Here are a few tried and true tips for when you’re in running shorts at the gym [...]

Bill Porreca

Above Photo By: Tommy Chandler 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 [...]

Backcountry Video

With hundreds of skis to choose from, picking the perfect pair can be a bit intimidating. Worry not, Backcountry employees mounted up the most anticipated skis for the coming season and put them through the wringer on the greatest snow on earth. We’d say we did it all for you, but that would be a bit disingenuous. Truth is, work has never been so much fun. Check out the reviews now on backcountry.com. FEEL THE POWDER

Jesse S

You’ve trained your rear end off, and suffered through the agony of tapering. You’ve heard it, and you’ve read it, so it must be true: carbohydrates are an essential source of energy for your body, and they provide continued fuel for you throughout prolonged or high-intensity exercise. Stored as glycogen in your liver and to some extent in muscle fibers, carb storage is finite; simply eating a carbohydrate-laden dinner the night before a race or climb or 14-mile hike won’t give you the extended energy you’re expecting. However, with a bit of planning and deliberate eating, you can maximize your [...]

Backcountry Video

We spent a week at the Tour of Utah cheering on some of the best bike racers in the world, traveling to every corner of our state, and having a great time along the way. A dirt bike jumped the Backcountry Sprinter, a Merlin Extralight was given away, and we showcased a collection of gear at every stage. Watch the video to see all that, and a whole bunch more.

Garson Fields

Above Photo By: Tommy Chandler Road riding isn’t the most welcoming discipline in cycling. Between snooty shops, a cultural fascination with ghastly-expensive bikes, and the endless judgment at the hands of those more experienced, it’s a wonder that anyone hops on a road bike at all. As a lifelong mountain biker, it’s easy to dismiss roadies as Euro-obsessed snobs and fitness geeks. At the same time, early-season trail rides have made it immediately clear who has logged thousands of road miles over the winter. And as we’ve all experienced, at one point or another, few things are worse than getting [...]

Backcountry Video

Behind all the action, the glorious heart-pounding shots, and the gritty locales, our video hides a story within a story. Shot by shot, This is Backcountry came together over the course of a year at the hands of multiple film crews and countless athletes. At times, it was smooth sailing, but more often than not it was a bumpy, unpredictable rumble into the unknown. Lift the curtain and take a peek into the moments that fell to the cutting room floor. This is where the story unfolds.

Rocky Thompson

I’m a fan of Instagram, though I’m the first to admit that I lack the composition skills to create great photos. I see something that I think looks cool and end up looking at an out-of-focus mishmash of bad light on my phone. I ended up following friends of friends, and my feed turned into a real time news feed of everything happening in the cycling industry. This is how I discovered the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame. At first I wasn’t sure if it was real or a very clever parody of everything that’s wrong with cycling. So I [...]

Alex Bass

Choosing snowboard pants might seem like it can take a back seat to selecting a jacket, but don’t forget that your pants are what’s going to be touching that snow-covered seat on the chairlift, shielding the tops of your boots, and keeping your knees dry when you take a spill. You might find a pair on sale at a great price or some that you think go perfectly with your jacket, but if the pants aren’t designed to handle the conditions where you ride, you might end up freezing your butt off or soaking through to your long underwear by [...]

Rocky Thompson

Ice climbing is horrible. It’s winter camping without the campfire. A long chairlift ride on a snot-freezing day. Ice fishing without the beer. It’s snowshoeing. I did it once and hated it since. And I’ve puzzled over the precise, logical reason why it should have such a prestigious spot on my list of intense dislikes. The one time I went was in Ouray, Colorado, the center of the world for ice climbers. It was a work trip (over the weekend) where I was dispatched with a fellow Backcountry.com writer to learn all we could about the sport so we’d be [...]

Josh C

For gear related quandaries, few resources match the collective hands-on knowledge of the Backcountry Gearheads. When they’re not assisting you, the Gearheads are out crushing the same gear you’re shopping for—earning their stripes on the best bike trails, the best powder days, and the best climbs our mountain home has to offer.  Just to prove it, we’re posting video of the Gearheads getting it done in the great outdoors.  

Kim Havell

Backcountry.com athlete and pro skier Kim Havell accomplished the first female descent of the Grand Teton’s Otter Body route on May 15, 2013. Here’s her account of the experience. Kim Havell accomplished the first female descent of the Grand Teton’s Otter Body The OB It’s hard not to be impressed, if not intimidated, driving into Grand Teton National Park. The impressive façade of rugged high peaks forms an imposing wall, north to south, forty miles across the Teton Valley. For expert ski mountaineers and backcountry travelers, each intricate cut of a couloir running down the mountains’ walls is a potential [...]

Andrew McLean

The 100-mile White Rim Trail outside of Moab, Utah is one of my all-time favorite mountain bike rides. No one section of it is very difficult. The real crux of it is planning, pacing, and mental fortitude. I’ve done it as a day ride about eight times and as a multi-day camping extravaganza twice, and each has its advantages. As a day ride, you don’t need any camping permits, sag wagons, reservations, tents, sleeping bags, or pads, which is nice, but you miss out on some of the most scenic campsites in Utah. As a multi-day camping outing, there’s nothing [...]

Tanya Christensen

Above Photo: Backcountry Employee Brandon Collett Shot By: Re Wikstrom In no particular order: 1. Bait stinks. 2. Tuna tacos (legal-sized trout and mahi mahi are tasty, too). 3. Striking out on the river is easier on the ego than striking out at the bar. 4. Saying, “Here, fishy, fishy, fishy” or talking sexy to your fly won’t attract odd looks.  5. Fresh air, gorgeous scenery, and peace and quiet.  6. It’s easy to start and hard to master. (You can fly fish for a lifetime.) 7. Looking at fish porn at work won’t get you fired. 8. Fins and flasks go [...]

Backcountry Video

When the dog days of summer give way to the first fall breeze, it’s like a breath of fresh air to the entire team at Backcountry. Not only are we excited because powder days are just around the corner, fall weather means it’s time to break out the most sought after sweaters, jackets, and boots. The video crew tagged along with some Backcountry ladies to give you a glimpse of this year’s autumn apparel.

Alex Bass

Above Photo By: Tommy Chandler When people shop for snowboarding gear, many of them tend to spend all their time and money picking out the latest and greatest boards and bindings without putting much thought into their outerwear. The fact of the matter, however, is that the jacket you’re wearing can make or break your day. Having the right jacket for the type of conditions you’ll be facing is key. Braving a blizzard in a softshell? You’re going to get soaked and frozen like a human popsicle. Pop on the puffy jacket for a sunny spring day? You’ll end up [...]

Backcountry Video

From a young age, Dr. Allen Lim knew he wanted to devote his life to bicycles, and learn everything he could about the science of sports nutrition. Lim is one of the most behind-the-scenes figures in the cycling world, but his impact on dictating nutritional trends in the pro peloton has been nothing short of prolific. The story of Lim’s nutritional development house Skratch Labs could be called a lot of things. Mad science. Grassroots. Crazy, even. However, we like to think of it as nutritional guerilla warfare tirelessly waged in hotel rooms and on the tiny kitchen counters of [...]

Backcountry Video

Behind all the action, the glorious heart-pounding shots, and the gritty locales, our video hides a story within a story. Shot by shot, This is Backcountry came together over the course of a year at the hands of multiple film crews and countless athletes. At times, it was smooth sailing, but more often than not it was a bumpy, unpredictable rumble into the unknown. Lift the curtain and take a peek into the moments that fell to the cutting room floor. This is where the story unfolds.

Backcountry Video

Widely regarded as the toughest multi-stage race in North America, the Tour of Utah attracts some of the world’s most talented cycling teams and riders. As a partner of the 2013 Tour, backcountry.com spiked the fast-paced action with a booth showcasing a glut of new gear, put a goat on the start gates, and decked out the podium girls in Backcountry blue. From the early stages in southern Utah’s red rock country to the late stages in the high Wasatch, the Backcountry video crew was there to document the action.  

Rocky Thompson

Bike lanes are sprawling across major cities like varicose veins. Bike-share programs are on the rise. Each new rider is a new advocate for cycling. They’re one less person relying on cars or burdening crowded mass transit. They’re changing the misconception that cyclists are aloof, spandex-clad billboards, and they’re people who you know and work with. I love it. Cycling has the power to reshape the face of city life and make us all healthier and happier. It’s much easier to face the morning after a bike ride on a cool fall day than after 45 minutes of fighting traffic [...]

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