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Are you gonna let a frenchman stretch your straps? Check out this funny video from the boys at Voilé.

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Gear Review- G3 Zen Oxide C3 105

  The advent of fatter skis presented a conundrum in the ski manufacturing community, how to balance the fatter skis with a lighter weight favored by ski tourers who are always looking for ways to shave ounces? The Zen Oxide has always been a popular touring model in the G3 line, and with the new…

Pioneer Cabin

Pioneer Day

A celebration that falls annually on July 24th in Utah, Pioneer Day celebrates the day of the arrival of the Mormon Pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. The first week of November, I celebrate a different sort of Pioneer day in the mountain range of the same name in south central Idaho. Often…

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Gear Review- Voile V8 Skis

The boys at Voile claim that this may be their “best ski yet” and they’ve had a lot of winners over the years…The fat 146 mm tip on the V-8 tapers to a 115 waist before blending to a 126 tail in the 186cm length. The big tip offers plenty of floatation in the softer…

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Last Rides

It seemed to creep up fast, at least in the Wasatch, the mountain biking season is closing down. Certainly in the high country, there is snow above about 7000 feet to shut the higher alpine trails. Down in the scrub oaks and aspens in the mountain valleys, it has been wet and cold. The Glenwild…

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First Time

Climbing can be a great equalizer, assuming the playing field is level. I’m certainly no 5.13 hardman, or even a 5.10 regular but I enjoy a challenge on the rock just the same. My daughter and I had the chance to get out for the first time this fall. She’s six, and has taken to…

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Madison Trout

When fall comes to the north country, the crowds are thin, the temperatures cooler, and the fishing as exciting as ever. In what has become almost an annual trip for me, a float down the Madison at the end of September is an amazing way to bid farewell to the summer. I’ve got a relative…

A small part of an impressive aerial defense.

Idaho Burning

It started innocently enough on Thursday August 7th in the dark of night. I sat on my back patio near the Big Wood River as the wind howled through the towering cottonwoods, strong enough that they bent, but didn’t break. There were a few trees down in the neighborhood the next day however. It blew,…

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Hyndman Solitude

Hyndman Peak, east of Sun Valley, Idaho, is the crown of the Pioneer Range at 12,009 feet. The Range, also known as the “Alps of Idaho” are as stunning in presence from a distance,as also when explored from within. Sharp, jagged aretes and summits, impossible faces of nearly 3000 vertical feet of relief, lonesome approaches,…

Nearing the Col

Sawtooth Powder

It had been snowing hard for most of the day, for most of the week for that matter. It was early April and we were nearing the apex of our climb on Mt. Heyburn, in the Sawtooth Range in Idaho. Our objective was the Petzoldt Couloir, a highly desirable and aesthetic line that drops from…