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

RAB Neutrino

Gear Review- Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag

  I’ve been a big fan of this British company’s garments for several years; they are a perfect fit for all things Wasatch winter- and beyond. I’d never been familiar with their bags however, and they are indeed on par with the garments. The best thing is the 800 fill power fluffed inside a lightweight…

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Worn Wear

Check out this video from clothing manufacturer Patagonia. A cool video that should be taken as mandatory viewing before the famous ‘Black Friday.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvkwXcRsyT0

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Scarpa Freedom SL Boots

  Scarpa has been leading the way in recent years in developing versatile ski boots, and with the help of one of the world’s leading ski mountaineers, Chris Davenport lending his insight to the design process, the Freedom SL is the definer of the category. The boot combines high-performance, light weight and wide range of…

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Olympus Fall

While the Wasatch received a decent shot of early season snow, the elevation level was still quite high for the white stuff. There was enough coverage to open a few runs at the resorts in Big Cottonwood Canyon, however the weather promptly returned to fall like conditions in the middle of November. While the skiing…

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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…

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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…