Articles written by: Hans Schneider

Hans Schneider got his start in the outdoor industry as a fetus, and worked his first booth at a national tradeshow at the age of 13. He has climbed and competed against Dave Graham, hiked VT's Long Trail, paddled the Delaware River, managed 40 employees in a multi-million-dollar retail store, written gear reviews since he was in 8th grade, and interviewed the likes of Ed Viesturs to Reinhold Messner. He currently works as a sales rep in the kayaking, skiing, climbing, backpacking, running, and travel industries. He knows more about sushi, sashimi, and japanese steel than he cares to admit.

How to Sharpen a Knife like Angus MacGyver

How to Sharpen a Knife like Angus MacGyver

These days, folks have learned that packing a minimal amount of equipment means you can go light and fast through the wilderness.  

How to Take Care of Your Leather Boots

How to Take Care of Your Leather Boots

As someone who takes a certain pleasure in maintaining and caring for my possessions, it appalls me to see so many people letting their hiking boots dry out, rot, and fall apart.  

Alpine Touring Boots for Powerful Skiing

Alpine Touring Boots for Powerful Skiing

The race to make the lightest boot for Alpine Touring has Randonée enthusiasts foaming at the mouth for the newest single-buckle carbon fiber boot, and people will pay well over $2000 for the latest and greatest.

Four Extreme Snow Sports You’ve Never Tried

Four Extreme Snow Sports You’ve Never Tried

If you, like me, have lived in an area where you get more than 6 months of winter each year, you may have found yourself looking for something new. You’ve snowboarded. You’ve skied, both Alpine and Cross Country. You’ve tried randonée skiing or telemarking. You alpine snowboarded. You’ve tele-boarded. You’ve mono-skied. You’ve [...]

5 Items that Make a Costco Membership Worthwhile for the Outdoorsman

5 Items that Make a Costco Membership Worthwhile for the Outdoorsman

Pretty much every season I end up staring at amazement at some item Costco has decided to sell, because the prices are just So. Damn. Low.  Earlier this year the buzz was around a midweight down jacket with 800 fill down

The State of Alpine Touring Bindings

The State of Alpine Touring Bindings

 Some reports are saying that backcountry ski equipment sales are up 65% for the 2012/2013 season over last year, which makes it the fastest-growing segment of the snowsport industry.

The state of Water Purification

The state of Water Purification

Whether it’s a pristine alpine stream or the Hudson River, the water you find from natural sources really should be treated as if it’s not potable.  There are definitely natural spring water sources or glacial runoff that are potable, but without a microbiological assay you can never know for sure.

Choosing a Camping Stove

Choosing a Camping Stove

As the Great Cornholio put it, “Heh heh, fire!”. There are plenty of backpackers that hate cooking, and will go to great lengths never to have to heat up a meal.  Some adventure racers looking to save weight will bring nothing but energy bars, trailmix, dried fruits, and candy so [...]

Five Knots Every Outdoorsman Should Know

Five Knots Every Outdoorsman Should Know

Now, not everyone was a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout, but the amount of people that are in their mid-30s and that have been camping for years with almost no knowledge of knots consistently astounds me.

How to Care for Your Hydration Bladder

How to Care for Your Hydration Bladder

If you’ve owned a water bladder long enough you know how awesome they are for hands-free hydration.  I find I drink 3 times as much water when I’m using a bladder rather than a