Pacific Crest Trail in Winter

Justin “Trauma” Lichter and Shawn “Pepper” Forry successfully completed their historic winter through-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail on March 1, 2015. Luckily aided by a light winter in the Cascades and Sierra, they none-the-less persevered through conditions that summer hikers like Cheryl Strayed would have found daunting. The description […]



Down a Creek (a story of love, hate and respect)

Anywhere there are mountains, there are creeks. Creeks are as natural as parking spaces in strip malls. Creeks run downhill, from mountains, and are a feature of the alpine landscape that play, obviously, into cross-country navigation. Creeks can range from an easily fordable, burbling, inconvenience to a life threatening death […]

G3 ION Binding Review

Our pal and editor at Off-Piste Magazine, Dave Waag, has a thorough review of the G3 Ion binding on his blog, and it’s well worth a  read if you’re considering an AT tech binding purchase.



Winter Outdoor Retailer Show – 2015

An intrepid team of OMC buyers attended the Winter Outdoor Retailer Market and On-Snow Demo, last week. Although snow conditions, at the demo, weren’t optimal (i.e. hardpack) for testing wide backcountry skis, energy and optimism ran high. At the Salt Palace, in SLC, the general trend was “refinement” and expansion, as […]

The Chamonix Experience

This is what heaven on earth looks like for climbers and skiers. I spent six months there in the 70’s and still can’t get Chamonix out of my system. http://

Bennett Photo 542

Holiday Jewelry 1

As we approach the holiday season I think it is important to reflect on things I am thankful for. There are many things from the great north that I am grateful for. The Stark clan, Scandinavian women, dog sledding. Today, I am most grateful for the northern weather.  

Thorung La Pass, Nepal before the blizzard

At least 40 people died on the Annapurna circuit last week due to avalanches, this video from the Washington Post documents life along the trail before the blizzard.  


The Versatility of Trekking Poles

As an addendum to the post about tarps, I’ll add that tarp/wings like the MSR E-Wing Shelter are a great choice for treeless enviorns like deserts or beaches where your trekking poles become a way of keeping the tarp off your head. The E-Wing packed is about the size of […]