Articles written by: Steve Andrews

How To Read The Avalanche Danger Scale

How To Read The Avalanche Danger Scale

With the rising popularity of backcountry recreation, more people are skinning up, sledding, and simply boot-packing beyond ski area boundaries. With increasing numbers in unstable terrain, we have also seen a rise in avalanche-related injuries and fatalities.

How To Perform A Compression Test to Study Snowpack Stability

How To Perform A Compression Test to Study Snowpack Stability

As in all aspects of life, knowledge is power.  But in the world of backcountry recreation, knowledge might very well mean the difference between life and death.

8 Essential Snowpack Monitoring Tools

8 Essential Snowpack Monitoring Tools

As you dive further into the backcountry lifestyle, you will hopefully have a natural desire to learn more about the snowpack underneath your feet.  The more you know, the better your decisions will be on whether or not to tackle a certain slope.

Classic Ski Tours: The Spearhead Traverse

Classic Ski Tours: The Spearhead Traverse

In 2009 Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort opened the Peak 2 Peak Gondola – a $60 million marvel of engineering that connected the two world-famous mountains in only 11 minutes.  The gondola sets several world records including longest and highest unsupported span.

5 Books for Aspiring Backcountry Skiers, Splitboarders, and Mountaineers

5 Books for Aspiring Backcountry Skiers, Splitboarders, and Mountaineers

Every year, more and more people are discovering the thrill and beauty of backcountry skiing and splitboarding.   The ability to climb uphill without using mechanical means provides good exercise, solitude, and pretty much an unlimited amount of powder, conditions willing.

How to Use an Avalanche Transceiver

How to Use an Avalanche Transceiver

The transceiver is an essential tool when backcountry skiing or splitboarding.  It is one of three essential items that will aid in rescuing a person if they get buried by an avalanche.  It is designed to both transmit and receive (but not at the same time) a 457hz radio signal.

8 Common Mistakes Made While Backcountry Skiing

8 Common Mistakes Made While Backcountry Skiing

The allure of the Backcountry continues to draw an ever increasing group of people into a lifestyle that gets you into great shape, frees your mind of distractions, and grants access to an unbelievable experience

The 10 Steps of Avalanche Rescue

The 10 Steps of Avalanche Rescue

If there is one thing that you can learn in the mountains, it is to respect their power. But even the most prepared parties can be caught off-guard,

Rock Climbing Dictionary: Key Words and Terms

Rock Climbing Dictionary: Key Words and Terms

Everyone has to start somewhere.  But sometimes when you are beginning your rock climbing career, you might be lost in the lingo that is much different from any other lingo that you have heard.

What’s in MacGyver’s Toolbox

What’s in MacGyver’s Toolbox

To many, the outdoors is a place of refuge – a chance to escape the maniacal distractions that accompany day-to-day city life.   It’s in our blood, as if fulfilling our animal duties passed down