Into “The Darkest White”: Eric Blehm Discusses His Latest Work, a Deep Dive on Craig Kelly
Backcountry Magazine | The Untracked Experience
by Greta Close
5d ago
Born and raised in southern California, Eric Blehm was captivated by the nascent sport of snowboarding from an early age. With pipedreams of going pro, Blehm found an adjacent, but successful career in journalism. Writing in the 1990s, first for Powder, then Transworld SNOWboarding, where he became editor in chief, Blehm made his way around the world riding and writing about the best of the best, including Craig Kelly. But Blehm’s focus shifted beyond the sport when, in 1999, he became the first journalist to accompany an elite Army Ranger platoon on a training mission. Jumping out of snow spo ..read more
Visit website
Pachinko Slots: Gambling in the Japanese Alps
Backcountry Magazine | The Untracked Experience
by Betsy Manero
1w ago
Duad Weart has ridden all over the world, but he says powder conditions will always be his favorite. The trees in the Myoko backcountry did not disappoint. Iz La Motte When I started planning a trip to Japan, my boss, Adam Howard, offered one suggestion: “Go to the Japanese Alps.” Before his recommendation, my plans revolved around powder chasing on Hokkaido, Japan’s north island, and my knowledge of the mountains on Japan’s main island was limited to the 1998 Nagano Olympics. I quickly started looking into the 60-mile-long mountain range, learning about Hakuba, Myoko and Nozowaonsen. Most ski ..read more
Visit website
Teleskier, Humanitarian Kasha Rigby Leaves a Legacy of Uplifting Others
Backcountry Magazine | The Untracked Experience
by Tom Hallberg
2w ago
For decades, pioneering skier Catherine “Kasha” Rigby traveled the world, but over the past couple of years, she started thinking about settling down. Rigby had a list of accolades and accomplishments, a passport full of stamps and a purpose as a United Nations aid worker. As she entered her 50s, she began rekindling old friendships, she got engaged, she began to think about life in one place.  A light in the mountains and beyond, Kasha Rigby inspired generations of people. Mary McIntyre “We reconnected last year around April and we’ve been talking so much ever since,” says Heather Paul F ..read more
Visit website
Kasha Rigby Dies in Avalanche in Kosovo
Backcountry Magazine | The Untracked Experience
by Greta Close
2w ago
Pioneering telemark, big mountain and expedition skier Kasha Rigby, 54, has been killed in an avalanche in Kosovo on Tuesday.  Rigby pioneered ski descents all over the world. Mary McIntyre Rigby appeared to be doing a project called #tourdepiste, which she began at her home mountain, Stowe Mountain Resort, and had taken her most recently to Kosovo. “While unconfirmed, a woman lost her life on Tuesday as a result of an avalanche at the Ski Center in Brezovica, in the south of Kosovo,” reported Euronews.albania in an article posted Feb. 13. “The news was announced to Radio Free Europe by t ..read more
Visit website
MR. & MRS. SMART
Backcountry Magazine | The Untracked Experience
by Tyler Cohen
2w ago
This article was originally published on the web in February, 2015.  _ Being a mountain guide in Chamonix, France can be as romantic as it sounds, but it’s also hard on the mind and taxing on the body. And romance and fatigue usually don’t go together. So what if your lover is also a guide? Maybe your business partner, too? Meet Miles and Elizabeth Smart. They can get you into some of the hairiest places on the planet. And they share socks. “Can you try to stay in sync a little more?” “But his legs are so short!” “Take shorter steps and let him stretch out!” “Oh, fine.” There are no echoe ..read more
Visit website
Staying Safe: Human Factors and Avalanche Education
Backcountry Magazine | The Untracked Experience
by Hallie Benton
3w ago
Growing up in New England, I never imagined our few 5,000-foot peaks could be the backdrop of that scary headline, “Avalanche Buries Skier.” Only ever having seen avalanches on TV, they felt distant. Earlier last year, however, I realized just how wrong I was when I read that a man had been airlifted from New Hampshire’s Mount Washington due to a life-threatening injury he sustained in an avalanche. As a rookie in the world of backcountry skiing, I suddenly felt uneducated and naive. Skiers Jordan Sandford, Sebastian Logue, Peter Unger and Brook Leigh discuss potential lines down Vermont’s Mou ..read more
Visit website
Atmospheric Flow
Backcountry Magazine | The Untracked Experience
by Greta Close
3w ago
Gabrielle Antonioli started down a straightforward path: Go to medical school and become a doctor. Somewhere along the way she took a sharp left turn and found herself in the world of avalanche forecasting and snow science—a twisting, forking route that has involved a master’s in snow science, American Mountain Guide Association courses, a stint at the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and a satellite snow mapping project with NASA. Last season, she started forecasting for the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center in Jackson, Wyoming, and, while the future isn’t entirely clear ..read more
Visit website
Resources: Crevasse Rescue
Backcountry Magazine | The Untracked Experience
by Greta Close
1M ago
It’s hard to know where to start with a complex skill like crevasse rescue. Rope handling? Reading a glacier? Mechanical advantage? In our Mountain Skills article “So You Want to Learn Crevasse Rescue?” from Issue 156, guide Niels Meyer highlights what’s critical. This page, in tandem with the article, offers supplemental resources to help you get started. Watch a crevasse rescue: Understanding mechanical advantage: Read more: Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Mountaineering Take a class: Sawtooth Mountain Guides Ski Mo ..read more
Visit website
Gearbox: 2024 Avalanche Airbag Packs
Backcountry Magazine | The Untracked Experience
by Greta Close
1M ago
They might come with a heavy price tag and they may not be everyone’s equipment of choice, but airbags, both in packs and vests, can be a lifesaving piece of gear in a worst-case scenario. Editors’ Choice: Safeback x Db Snow Pro Vest with SBX Anyone who has taken an avalanche course has likely been told about the golden 15-minute period after a burial. This is when expelled carbon dioxide starts to dilute oxygen levels in the snow around a victim or creates an ice mask that restricts the flow of fresh air, dropping the probability of survival exponentially. Safeback wants to increase survival ..read more
Visit website
Backcountry Basecamp 2024
Backcountry Magazine | The Untracked Experience
by Backcountrymag
1M ago
Present A nationwide, traveling festival with the newest gear, the most essential skills and the best in backcountry fun! [Photo] Grant Gunderson The 11th annual Backcountry BASECAMP tour, presented by Scott Sports and Flylow, brings the beta published in every issue of Backcountry Magazine to resorts across the U.S. From the Northeast to the Tetons, the Wasatch to the Rockies, Backcountry Magazine joins local guides, forecasters and avalanche instructors for a series of pop-up festivals featuring gear demos, avalanche education, guided tours and a huge raffle benefiting a local ..read more
Visit website

Follow Backcountry Magazine | The Untracked Experience on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR