Taking You From Reader to Adventurer

Small but Strong: The Lever Gear Toolcard Review

Lighter and lighter is the game these days. How light can we go and still pack more and more stuff into each thing. Tools like the Leatherman are popular with outdoorsy types because they can do so much. You can do 20 things with one tool. And why stop at 20 things in a multi-tool or even 30? The Lever Gear Toolcard has 40 different tools built in. It’s hard to explain exactly all the things the Toolcards can do. It looks like they count all the different sizes of wrench each as it’s own tool. Which makes sense if you

XShot Pro Review

  Since getting a GoPro 2 years ago, I’ve wanted a good camera pole (also called selfie sticks, but camera pole sounds way better) to go with it. They let you capture unique angles with your camera, film yourself on your adventure and stick your camera in places you don’t really want your own limbs and digits to be. I got my grubby little hands on an XShot GoPro Pole to test it out with my GoPro 3. I wanted a better way to use the GoPro hiking, ski touring, kayaking and sailing. The head and chest mounts are great but a

Garmin Basecamp: How to export to Google Earth

Garmin Basecamp: How to export to Google Earth
Google Earth has become an indispensable tool for viewing hiking tracks and planning out your hike. You can see what kind of land you are going to be encountering, or see a birds eye view of the trails and land you just hiked. I use Google Earth all the time to see GPS tracks and waypoints. The satellite imagery on the maps is so detailed in many places which makes it easier to see little features that may not show on a topographic map. Garmin Basecamp has a great feature that lets you export your gps information straight to Google

PureOutside Gear Reviews

PureOutside Gear Reviews
One of the best uses of the internet for us outsiders is finding information about gear and how it performs. You don't want to spend your hard earned money on gear that doesn't work well. We can let others go before us, try it out, and let us know how it goes. PureOutside's gear review section is all about just that, testing gear to see how good it is. You can go to the Gear Review section on the blog or follow the links below.   PureOutside Gear Reviews Osprey Talon 33 backpack Arcteryx Sidewinder SV Jacket MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

Book Review: The Avalanche Handbook

That feeling of being weightless, gliding through the dry, powdery snow. That feeling of wonder as you gaze at the snow-capped peaks surrounding you entirely. That feeling of relaxation as you realize there's no work, no computers and no boss within 50 kilometers of where you are now. Backcountry touring, whether on a splitboard or skis, is like you're in another world entirely. Yes, it's an incredible amount of work to reach the top of a snow-covered mountain using your muscles alone but when you touch that summit, when you realize there's no one else around, you feel the satisfaction

Book Review: Backcountry Skiing – Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering

In preparation for this "winter" (those are big quotes), I've been reading through Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering from The Mountaineers Books. They are awesome folks and sent a couple books to review. Since ski touring is my latest obsession, I aimed for a couple books with snow in them.     Interested in Ski Touring or Ski Mountaineering? Get this book. Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering is an excellent book if you are just getting into ski touring or ski mountaineering or even if you have some experience but want to have

Appreciation Days

Some days you go skiing and the snow is terrible. It's far from the light fluffy amazingness that you can find on the best days. Some days you go hiking and it's pissing down rain. It's far from the bright warm sunshine that follows you around on the good days. Some days you go sailing and there's just no wind or the wind is howling and you're hunkered down on the rail wishing you were somewhere else. It's far from the constant 10-20 knots and sun on those days you dream about. Some days are not the best. Depending on

Free Ski Films

For how much time and effort it takes to make a complete ski film, there are a surprising number of free films just waiting to be viewed online. Check them all out here. 2012 Awone Again - Awone Films Trailer | Producer | Film Page | Soundtrack | Full Movie Dang! - 4FRNT Trailer | Producer | Film Page | Soundtrack | Full Movie DYNAMITE - Trailer | Producer | Film Page | Soundtrack | Full Movie En Route: Hokkaido - Nimbus Entertainment Trailer | Producer | Film Page | Soundtrack | Full Movie En Route: Alberg - Nimbus Entertainment Trailer | Producer | Film Page | Soundtrack | Full Movie En Route: Sled BC - Nimbus Entertainment Trailer | Producer | Film Page | Soundtrack | Full Movie Far Out - Wax Tracks Productions Trailer | Producer | Film Page | Full Movie Gnar - Unofficial Networks Trailer | Producer | Film Page | Full Movie Kill Your

New Ski Movies from 2012

A few awesome new ski movies from 2012. If there are links missing below and know it, let us know in the comments or send an email with the contact form. Every year, we do a roundup post of all the ski movies from the previous year. It's a great time to catch up on what came out and find some awesome free films. The bunch is also added to our Biggest List of Ski Films in the World. ** $10,000 Season Pass - 91 Octane Trailer | Producer | Film Page A Life Ascending Trailer | Producer | Film Page

Mount Becher Pizza Ski Tour (Quick Trip Report)

This is part of the Quick Trip Report Series were we send out a dispatch as soon as possible after the trip is done. (This one is totally late but it's the first one!) * Jess and I headed up Mount Becher January 13, 2013 for a quick ski tour. We weren't sure we were going to make it to the top because of the nice crust (hence the pizza) up to 1100 metres-ish. The snow was light and fluffy above there. We started around 10, hit the top at 1:20pm, started down at 2:00pm and hit the bottom at