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Michelle Larson

When you’re going the distance, you’re going to hit a wall at some point. Rather than face-planting on the trail because your blood sugar is dangerously low, try the following recipe for homemade energy gel. Its makeup of complex carbohydrates, protein, and fat surpasses that of your standard mass-market, simple-sugar gel, and it eliminates the need to throw out packaging after every run, bike, ride, or hike. Origin Nutrition’s Energy Gel Recipe 1 cup brown rice syrup (try Lundberg’s Organic Sweet Dreams Brown Rice Syrup) 1/2 cup barley malt (try Eden’s Organic Barley Malt Syrup) 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil 1/4 [...]

steph davis

A lot of times people wonder why they need to tape, especially if they have perfect crack technique. I always say you have two choices. You can either tape before you get cut or you can tape after you get cut. It’s up to you. The other thing that’s great about taping is if you’re trying to climb really fast, do a speed ascent, or just be efficient, or if you’re climbing in cold situations either in the mountains or a snowy day, that layer of tape on the back of your hand really helps. In fact, you’ll end up [...]

Austin H.

Above Photo: Mono Lake, CA Shot By: Tommy Chandler Camping out of your kayak offers a feeling of freedom that few adventures on shore can match. You paddle down rivers or float across open water during the day, and kick back by a campfire at night. Experienced multi-day paddlers can easily pack their boats for many days on the water, but your first time packing for more than a day’s paddle can be pretty stressful. Here are some pointers for planning your trip, a sample packing list, advice on organizing and keeping track of your gear, and tips on packing [...]

Adam Riser

Photos Shot By: Backcountry Employee Adam Riser Why would anyone ski the Heart of Darkness? Sure, it sounds gnarly and may impress a friend who doesn’t know much about skiing, but it’s some of the worst skiing in a range known for “the greatest snow on earth.” Let’s take a quick walk through the day. After skinning for two hours, you find yourself on the top of Mt. Superior, looking straight down the South Face. Anyone who’s ever seen a photo of the South Face of Superior or seen the face from Alta has wanted to ski it. There you [...]

Beth Lopez

There are few touring meccas quite like the Wasatch: premium-grade fluff blankets its towering slopes, yet the finest conveniences of civilization, like Lone Star Taqueria, lie just minutes away. One fine feature of the Wasatch is the number of excellent backcountry tours that are doable in just a couple hours or less. You can cram these supreme schussing delights right into your busy day in the form of a pre-work dawn patrol or a quick mid-day foray. Above Photo By: Tommy Chandler Here are a few of our favorite quick ‘n’ dirty tours just minutes outside Salt Lake. Each is [...]

Andrew Bisharat

If you’re going to be a rock climber, you don’t necessarily need to know how to tie your shoes (as long as you wear Velcro slippers), but there are seven essential knots you’ll want to know. There are dozens of knots that might be worth learning as a climber, but for the most part, you can get up and down any climb on Earth with just these basic, essential knots—The Figure-8 Retraced, Girth Hitch, Clove Hitch, Munter Hitch, Double Fisherman’s, Prusik and Euro Death Knot. Know them, learn them, and practice them until you can tie them in your sleep. [...]

Andrew Bisharat

If you’re going to be a rock climber, you don’t necessarily need to know how to tie your shoes (as long as you wear Velcro slippers), but there are seven essential knots you’ll want to know. There are dozens of knots that might be worth learning as a climber, but for the most part, you can get up and down any climb on Earth with just these basic, essential knots—The Figure-8 Retraced, Girth Hitch, Clove Hitch, Munter Hitch, Double Fisherman’s, Prusik and Euro Death Knot. Know them, learn them, and practice them until you can tie them in your sleep. [...]

Andrew Bisharat

If you’re going to be a rock climber, you don’t necessarily need to know how to tie your shoes (as long as you wear Velcro slippers), but there are seven essential knots you’ll want to know. There are dozens of knots that might be worth learning as a climber, but for the most part, you can get up and down any climb on Earth with just these basic, essential knots—The Figure-8 Retraced, Girth Hitch, Clove Hitch, Munter Hitch, Double Fisherman’s, Prussic and Euro Death Knot. Know them, learn them, and practice them until you can tie them in your sleep. [...]

Andrew Bisharat

If you’re going to be a rock climber, you don’t necessarily need to know how to tie your shoes (as long as you wear Velcro slippers), but there are seven essential knots you’ll want to know. There are dozens of knots that might be worth learning as a climber, but for the most part, you can get up and down any climb on Earth with just these basic, essential knots—The Figure-8 Retraced, Girth Hitch, Clove Hitch, Munter Hitch, Double Fisherman’s, Prusik and Euro Death Knot. Know them, learn them, and practice them until you can tie them in your sleep. [...]

Andrew Bisharat

If you’re going to be a rock climber, you don’t necessarily need to know how to tie your shoes (as long as you wear Velcro slippers), but there are seven essential knots you’ll want to know. There are dozens of knots that might be worth learning as a climber, but for the most part, you can get up and down any climb on Earth with just these basic, essential knots—The Figure-8 Retraced, Girth Hitch, Clove Hitch, Munter Hitch, Double Fisherman’s, Prusik and Euro Death Knot. Know them, learn them, and practice them until you can tie them in your sleep. [...]

Andrew Bisharat

If you’re going to be a rock climber, you don’t necessarily need to know how to tie your shoes (as long as you wear Velcro slippers), but there are seven essential knots you’ll want to know. There are dozens of knots that might be worth learning as a climber, but for the most part, you can get up and down any climb on Earth with just these basic, essential knots—The Figure-8 Retraced, Girth Hitch, Clove Hitch, Munter Hitch, Double Fisherman’s, Prusik and Euro Death Knot. Know them, learn them, and practice them until you can tie them in your sleep. [...]

Andrew Bisharat

If you’re going to be a rock climber, you don’t necessarily need to know how to tie your shoes (as long as you wear Velcro slippers), but there are seven essential knots you’ll want to know. There are dozens of knots that might be worth learning as a climber, but for the most part, you can get up and down any climb on Earth with just these basic, essential knots—The Figure-8 Retraced, Girth Hitch, Clove Hitch, Munter Hitch, Double Fisherman’s, Prusik and Euro Death Knot. Know them, learn them, and practice them until you can tie them in your sleep. [...]

Backcountry Video

Remember the last time you changed shock oil on your trusty Subaru? Never, right? Good, as that’s not how it works. In the world of autos shocks are replaced, not serviced. However, in the world of two wheels, suspension maintenance is essential to extending performance and reliability of crucial components. We recently caught up with FOX RACING SHOX‘s outside technician Louis Angeley for a quick rundown on the basics of routine maintenance and service required to keep your FOX forks and shocks running their best. This video covers: Maintenance after every ride: wiping down stanchions, cleaning the dust wipers and [...]

Taylor Strand

In alpine racing you’re confined to a set course and judged on a timed basis. In pipe and slopestyle you’re also on a specific course and judged on set types of tricks on a macro scale. But freeskiing stands apart from these disciplines. The Subaru Freeride Series Freeskiing (or “extreme skiing”) emerged on the scene in the mid ’80s as a kind of cross between freestyle skiing and alpine racing, and it focused on creativity and style rather than all-out speed and control. Taking advantage of this new up-and-coming sport, Mountain Sports International and The Subaru Freeskiing World Tour emerged [...]

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