Winter 2015-16

Outside Bozeman Winter 2015-16
Here at O/B, we have a soft spot for winter. For some reason, probably because we love skiing and riding powder, it's our favorite season. Or maybe it's because of the amazing diversity winter provides. This winter's issue is a testament to that diversity. We've got the standards like skiing and snowboarding, but we also have ice climbing, ice fishing, dog-sledding, and so much more. So if you think that winter is boring and that there's nothing to do in the cold, grab a copy, and think again.

 

 

Features

Jay Moore
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Harrelson, Mike
The innovation, influence, and altruism of Jay Moore. How many people do you know who’ve legitimately built a community from the ground up? That rare individual who has stayed true to his earliest calling, on-point with his passions, and given back selflessly for decades. Well, I can think of one,... Details
Backcountry Skiing, Coyote, Montana
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Pogge, Drew
When a coyote comes calling.He appeared to me near the river, alone in the cold, and stood watching as I skied closer. Mangy-looking thing, I thought.But I was alone too. The backcountry is my sanctuary from humanity. It’s all that is wild. So I sometimes ski along the winter river, its high banks... Details
Elephanthead Mountain, Montana Ski Touring
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Turiano, Thomas
Winter on Elephanthead.One of the most enjoyable and scenic one-day ski descents in Greater Yellowstone lies in the north end of the Western Beartooths on a mountain geologist Thomas Jaggar called “a strange looking knob” as he viewed it from the Yellowstone River in 1893. Elephanthead doesn’t... Details
Mountain cabin, cabins, winter cabins
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Phil Knight
Retreating to Forest Service getaways. Picture this: you and your friends gathered around a wooden table, perched on benches padded with your sleeping pads. The table is spread with the feast you have laid out. Steaming pans of hot chow are ready to load onto plates and chilled bottles sit waiting... Details

Departments

Climbing Genesis
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Saari, Hans
Travails of a first-time ice climber. Ice climbing is a strange sport, if you can even call it a sport. A sport is a game – it has cheering, beer-drinking fans, there is usually a ball involved, and most importantly there is a score. Ice climbing possesses none of these crucial traits. You are not... Details
Skiing, Crazy Mountains
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Peterson, Simon
With frozen digits and cold weather causing a malfunction in the camera’s auto-focus system, this photo of Colin “Bubba” Ahearn was captured in the Crazy Mountains above the Cottonwood Lake drainage. The adventure was dubbed “best day of the year” as it involved a 10-mile snowmobile approach,... Details
Ice Fishing
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Dehmer, Kurt
All about the art of ice fishing. Thanks in large part to a certain feature film, fly fishing has anchored itself into a recessed part of the American narrative as something that all “outdoors” people in southwest Montana do or aspire to do. This is, for the most part, fine. If one is looking for a... Details
"Two Ravens" by Zuzana Drobnik
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Kubat, Terry
silhouettes of rugged rangedevoid of depth wild with changeblackened ridge in sharp reliefgrand clear dusk, contrast so brief drama framing home’s commutewestward lies my normal routeshadows grow beyond immensemountains meld with sky pretense stark reveal their crest by black(filled with stars is... Details
"Dark Side" by Kelsey Dzintars
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Gustafson, Sid
Olivia hikes by.Some follow, others cry.She lured usUpward, oh so high. Climbing chertShe scales the cirque.Quads afireWe all kick higher.Off the topShe does her hop.A cadenced thing,She floats, she swings. We’ll follow Her,Forever off-pisteShe was best,We the least. Fresh snow,blue skiesReef ridge... Details
Brosman, Bozeman, Bozeman dress
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Pogge, Drew
Winter style-guide for Bozemanites.In Paris, haute couture rules. Seattle is still reeling from late ‘90s grunge. Hawaii has flip-flops and boardshorts. And Bozeman is the reigning king of Patagucci Cowboy Chic.In order to look the part of a Bozeman outdoorsman or woman about town, there are some... Details
Cold-weather comfort food
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Dehmer, Kurt
Slow-cooker tactics. Hunters happen to be a handy bunch. Tips and tricks from antiquated issues of Field & Stream or Outdoor Life prove as much. What other group of folks would think to use a chew can as a decoy anchor, a spent shotgun shell as a watertight match container, or a used pair of... Details
Bell Lake Yurt
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Villasenor, Estela
Local guides offer expert assistance.We all have our sport—the one we can execute confidently and safely no matter the conditions or location. But in Bozeman, why settle for just one? The outdoor offerings within two hours of Main & Tracy are too impressively varied to pass up, and inexperience... Details
Winter Activities
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Estela Villaseñor
Winter traditions among friends. Soft laughter escapes unconsciously as I burn my lips on hot coffee and examine the fresh snowfall, awaiting the arrival of friends for our next fat-bike adventure. I have the advantage of living adjacent to public land, so we’ll be pedaling from my front door... Details
Montana Outdoor Science School, Winter Wildlands Alliance Montana
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Augst, Jaime
Winter outdoor programs for kids.When it comes to kid-friendly fun, summer gets all the credit. But Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS) is changing that. The local organization has partnered with the Winter Wildlands Alliance to become a SnowSchool site, helping MOSS create memorable winter... Details
Orion, Orion's Belt, Montana Astrology
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Manning, Jim
Winter’s starry nights.If John Wayne were a constellation, he would be Orion.Big, bold, larger-than-life, and easily identified, Orion rides the trail every clear night of winter, high in the southeast by 9pm around New Year’s, due south by the end of January. Look for his striking slanted belt of... Details
Bridger Bowl, Chairlift Conversation
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Pogge, Drew
A case for conversation.Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. —Mark TwainKnow what makes me feel like a crazy person even more than people telling me that I’m a crazy person? When I start a friendly conversation with a stranger on the chairlift and am met with suspenseful, nescient…... Details
Montana Fat biking, Custer Gallatin National Forest
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McNeil, Brian
Fat-Biking the Custer Gallatin.Dedicated cyclists, injured skiers, and those looking for entertainment between big powder days have a new winter-sport opportunity: fat-bikes, or wide-tire bicycles with low tire pressure. The bikes allow users to ride on compacted snow surfaces, making mountain... Details
Jiglet, Montana Troutfitters
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Adelman, Jake
Winter's go-to fly.The jiglet is a workhorse: a fly you can have confidence in any time of year, on almost any type of water. Originally it was designed to imitate small sculpins, but it’s one of those attractor patterns that can be used as a sculpin, crayfish, stonefly, or leach, depending on the... Details
Montana Skiing Economy
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The sport's economic impact.The last decade or so has brought major changes to Montana, especially when it comes to population growth and tourism. Bozeman is more popular than ever, and nowhere is this more apparent than on the ski hill. But just what kind of an impact are all these visitors having... Details
Bridger Bowl, Gallatin Historical Museum
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Regnerus, Megan
Bozeman's original extreme skiers.Bozeman’s original ski pioneers invented extreme, just by the fact that they skied.Imagine strapping on six-foot-long pine or hickory boards—“shaped” skis of the 1930s and 1940s—using leather thongs or a bear trap binding to attach the boot. The boot exterior isn’t... Details
Ski Tuning, Grizzly Outfitters
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Nick Turner
DIY ski repair.So you bought your dream setup and boy are you in love. You’re also hell-bent on taking care of it yourself, so you’re going to build a ski-tuning bench. The question is, when do you tune and what do you need? The answer varies depending on a few factors, such as how often you ride,... Details
Fatbiking
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Brogger, Lilly
Beyond skiing this winter. With the arrival of winter, Bozeman feverishly gears up for the upcoming ski season—but not everyone gets their kicks from these pursuits. Winter offers a number of other activities and even the most hardcore skier can need a change in routine. The following offers some... Details
Big Sky Snowmobiling
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Drews, Debbie
Recreating beyond the resort.Sure, Big Sky is the destination for awesome snow, unrivaled scenery, and kick-ass terrain—but you don’t have to be up at the resort to get your recreational kicks. Here are some other winter activities to try this season, lift ticket not required.Down in the meadow, in... Details
Bridger Mountains Avalanche, Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center
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Marienthal, Alex
Snow, weather, and terrain.Being able to identify avalanche terrain and increased avalanche danger are important skills for mountain travelers. No matter the season, no matter the activity, if there is snow in the mountains, avalanches are possible. The ability to predict avalanches eludes even the... Details
Montana Wolfers, Wolf Eradication
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Smith, Phyllis
A history of wolf-eradication in the Gallatin Valley.As they traveled through present-day Montana, the men of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were struck by the great number of gray wolves in the area, often seen feasting on bison carcasses. They watched with some fascination a group of wolves... Details
"The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook," by Tim MacWelch
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A winter reading list. The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook, by Tim MacWelch As computers and smartphones integrate ever further into our lives, it becomes increasingly easy to justify informational outsourcing—why waste time committing things to memory when one can just look them up? Deep down,... Details
Beehive Basin, Backcountry skiing Montana
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Lennon, Derek
Exploring Beehive Basin.Nestled high in the Madison Range near Big Sky, Beehive Basin provides one of the best access points for backcountry skiing in the entire region. This classic backcountry zone is a fantastic place to step up your backcountry game with a human-powered adventure. With easy... Details
Gallatin Valley Snowmobile Association, FWP
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Jones, Andrea
New winter-recreation pass pays for trail grooming.When the snow piles deep, snowmobilers around Montana hit their favorite trails in search of winter fun. Yet few of them give any thought to how those trails are created. Overnight, as if by magic, the buttery smooth trails appear, inviting riders... Details
Winter Skiing
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Kirk, Karin
Downhill skills for the backcountry.  After three hours of laborious skinning, you’re grinning as you gaze down into a powder-filled bowl, ready for your big reward. You ease off the cornice, get up to speed and start your first turn. Rather than the ski-movie perfection you’ve been daydreaming... Details
Bridger Bowl Parking Lot
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O/B’s answer to parking-lot wars. Parking can be a sensitive subject, so naturally, we’re inclined to play on people’s emotions and offer up our two cents. The issue reaches a boiling point during ski season, when it’s a mad dash up to Hyalite, out to Bridger, or down to Big Sky as soon as we hear... Details
Ski Boot Fit, Foot Mechanics
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Peach, Megan
The benefits of custom orthotics.Do you ever feel like you have balance problems when you ski? Or perhaps you have more difficulty turning one direction than the other? Have you ever considered that the problem may be originating at the foot? Proper footwear is important for performance and injury-... Details
Winter Trail Run, Bozeman
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Tuttle, Jessica
Health tips for the season.The shorter, darker, colder days are upon us. ‘Tis the season of making up any excuse in the book not to work out, and while it’s certainly a little harder to stay fit during winter, it’s not impossible and it’s important. People often assume that in order to stay in... Details
Bozeman Biathlon
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Clove, Larry
A Bozeman skiing legacy.  Imagine trying to shoot five targets with only five shots. Then imagine doing that with your heart pounding, your lungs feeling like they’re about to burst, and your hands quivering, having just cross-country skied several kilometers at top speed. Welcome to biathlon, an... Details
Elk Winter Range, Paradise Valley
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Sinay, Ken
Where the wild things go.Now that it’s winter, it’s easier to observe some of our large grazing animals. Elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and bison cluster at lower elevations to spend the winter season. Biologists and range managers refer to these areas as “winter range.”There is no way these... Details
Winter dogs, Pets, Bozeman
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Pogge, Michelle
Canine considerations for cold weather.While waxing your boards and sharpening your crampons, don’t forget your furry friends—use these tips to keep your pets safe and happy when the mercury drops.1.) Minimize time outside during freezing weather—especially young and old pets, small animals, and... Details
Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures
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Schroeder, David
Q&A with Jason Matthews.Jason Matthews drifted into the northern Rockies in 1993 like a modern-era Huck Finn. Like many of us, the path of this young vagabond was stoked by something not easily defined and nearly impossible to corral. One thing, however, was for certain. His quest for the... Details
Backcountry Skiing, Resort Skiing, Montana Skiing
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Showdown for the ages.For many of us, skiing brings back memories of slurping hot cocoa in the lodge after a day of lapping our favorite zone at the resort. But it also reminds of us skinning through a silent forest toward fresh powder turns as sunlight filters through the early-morning mist.... Details
Ice climbing, ice climbing fall
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Pogge, Drew
Committing ice climbing’s cardinal sin.“Some rules are made to be broken.” That’s a thing people say, right? Mostly badass people, I imagine—dudes who talk with a slow rasp and smoke cigarettes and look perpetually toward the horizon, as if searching for the next rule they might break in order to... Details
Northern Lights Trading Company, The Barn Bozeman
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Schroeder, David
An icon moves on.As I hastily tossed my boat onto the Suby, I caught a glimpse of the backband in disarray. The accessory cord that had faithfully secured my lower half in the craft had finally given way. I snagged cash and dashed across the street, thankful that I had such quick access to an... Details
Park Rat, Sled Head
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How to spot a snow-lover.As passionate lovers of that fine white powder that energizes us throughout the long dark winter and keeps us up nights with restless anticipation, we’re proud of our particular obsessions and wear their badges of addiction boldly. Here are some ways to spot us this winter.... Details
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
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Harrison, Melynda
Winter fun on a big scale.Undeniably, winter is the best time to visit Yellowstone. Geysers throw steaming water through the snow and into the robin-egg sky. Elk and bison, followed by wolves and coyotes, fill the valleys. Crystals of snow sparkle in the low light, turning meadows and sagebrush... Details
Homestake Pass
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Albrecht, Patti
The geology of Pipestone and Homestake.Montana is full of interesting history, but one chapter often overlooked is our copper heritage. Strap in and let’s take a trip from Butte to the Jefferson Valley, up and over Homestake Pass.Butte was the most profitable hard rock mining town in American... Details
What in the World book, Parks Reece
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Brogger, Lilly
The latest from Parks Reece.Famed Livingston artist Parks Reece has a new book out, and you’re going to want to pick this one up. What in the World ($15, self-published) puts a new spin on environmental issues, presenting them with a mixture of humor and realism only Reece can muster. The paintings... Details
Public Land and Water Access Association
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The fight over access continues.As southwest Montana becomes an increasingly attractive second-home destination for America’s wealthy elite, nowhere is the tension between affluent out-of-staters and working-class locals felt more acutely than on our trout streams—recreationists want access and... Details
West Yellowstone dog sledding
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Swenson, Wendy
So much to do, so little time. On December 15, the west entrance to Yellowstone Park opens to a unique experience and adventure. Each day, commercially guided snowcoach and snowmobile tours travel over groomed snow-covered roads to popular destinations inside the wintry heart of the Park.... Details
Murray Bar Livingston
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Knight, Phil
Winter watering holes. That snowy winter road to your favorite weekend fun-spot can be long and winding and, let’s admit it, a little stressful. But there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel… and under the light is a frosty barley pop or an amber shot of belly-warming whiskey.We know you... Details
Blood Loss Control
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Miller, Sam
Blood control on the ski hill.While skiing at Bridger Bowl last year, I got poked in the leg by a tree branch. It tore my ski pants, leaving a large bruise on my thigh. As I checked for blood in the Schlasman’s lift line, it dawned on me that my pack was missing a few vital ingredients. I’ve since... Details

Gear Reviews

G3 Ion LT 12
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Pogge, Drew
I'm a big fan of KISS (the acronym, not the band.) Keep It Simple, Stupid. And that's exactly what G3's latest tech binding, the ION LT 12, does. Following on the heels of the much-lauded original ION (now in its sophomore season), the LT is a stripped-down version designed for weight-conscious... Details
Lawson USA TitanStraps
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England, Mike
You’ve probably seen them around town—bright-orange straps lashed around ladders, PVC pipe, and extension cords. They’re called TitanStraps, and they’re not just for construction equipment; in fact, they were designed with the outdoorsman in mind, by a local Bozemanite who saw the huge, unleashed... Details
Patagonia SnowDrifter
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Doar, Melissa
Finding the right pack for a tour into the Montana backcountry can be frustrating—until now. The Patagonia SnowDrifter20L makes a great sidekick for short excursions. This ultralight, water-repellent pack has a durable Cordura exterior. A spacious main compartment offers an internal snow-safety... Details
Smith I/O
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Tucker, David
Seven winters ago, I bought a pair of Smith goggles because they had a slight scratch on the lens and were therefore discounted. Dirtbag move, I know, but now, the better part of a decade later, I am finally saying goodbye to those goggles, only because I’m replacing them with a newer version of... Details
Patagonia Refugitive
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Doar, Melissa
If you’ve spent any time in Montana’s mountains, you know how unpredictable the conditions can be. Built to endure those conditions, Patagonia’s Refugitive hardshell is my new go-to jacket for all seasons. The Refugitive is lightweight, super-packable, and the ultimate wind-and-wet-weather... Details
Scarpa Freedom RS
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Peterson, Simon
These boots are made for skiing, and that’s what I plan on doing in ‘em. Scarpa’s “stiffest freeride boot yet,” the Freedom RS, is a powerful AT boot that can handle all conditions on the downhill, but also gives you a 25-degree walk-mode for a surprising amount of comfort in the skin track. The... Details
Alpen Optics Teton 10x42
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Acosta, Jeff
I recently had a chance to try out the Alpen Teton 10x42 ED HD (extra-low dispersion, high-definition) and I have to say, I’m extremely impressed with both the feel and function of these binoculars. The BAK4 glass with PXA and SHR coatings allows a tremendous amount of light through, making the... Details
Brooks Range Drift 0
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Tucker, David
When you’re on a hut, yurt, or Forest Service cabin trip, a good night’s sleep is essential. Your body is working hard and needs to recuperate, and restless sleep just won’t do. Therefore, you need a bag that’s going to be comfortable and warm without being bulky or heavy. The Drift 0 from Brooks... Details
Gerber Freescape
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Tucker, David
Nothing is more essential than a good knife. It’s the ultimate tool and when you buy one, you can never imagine when and where you’ll need it. The applications are endless, and this winter, I’m using a Freescape folding knife from Gerber. The partially serrated blade makes cutting anything easy,... Details
Ternua Ascent GTX Pro
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Pogge, Drew
Ternua is a new company to the U.S., but has been making quality products in Spain for 20 years. Their new Ascent GTX Pro pant is designed with alpinism in mind, but works equally well for backcountry skiing, mostly due to its core material: new generation Gore-Tex Pro, which is more breathable and... Details
Vivitar DVR 787HD Action Camera
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England, Mike
GoPros may be all the rage, but there are plenty of other POV options out there, with great picture quality at a much lower pricepoint. The DVR 787 Action Camera from Vivitar is one such alternative. It’s got all the standard features—HD 1080p resolution, 4x digital zoom, a range of mounting... Details
Madshus Hypersonic
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Pollastro, Joyce
While learning to skate ski was infinitely more challenging than I’d anticipated, I was lucky enough to have Madshus’s Hypersonic skate skis along for the ride. The Hypersonics have a Triaxial carbon construction, which makes them durable while still being light and flexible. They also have a... Details
G3 Alpinist
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Tucker, David
Nothing ruins a day in the backcountry like iffy skins. It can’t be “all about the uphill” if snow is piling up between your skis and your skins, your skins won’t stay attached to your tails, and you’re losing traction after an hour. Avoiding that hellish scenario is easy: get a pair of Alpinist... Details
Selk'Bag 5G Original
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Tucker, David
There’s gear you need, gear you don’t need, and then there’s gear that you don’t know you need. The 5G Original from Selk’Bag falls into the last category. To be fair, calling this fully insulated bodysuit “gear” is a bit of a misnomer. Although classified as a “sleeping system,” it has no... Details
Outdoor Research Placid Jacket
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Brogger, Lilly
I’ve owned a number of puffy-coats and find that most leave me chilled or make me look like the abominable snowman. And while Outdoor Research’s Placid down jacket drew me in with its feminine, attractive design, I was skeptical as to whether it could look good and still keep me warm for more than... Details

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