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A Tale of Two 'Mids'

A review of two pyramid-styled tents: The Mega Light from Black Diamond and the Ultamid 4 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. The Mega Light gets the nod for best value -- it's a quality product at an affordable price. The Ultamid gets kudos for being the best product, but the added space, increased strength, and reduced weight will cost you.

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Foothills Man

I first met him on the north-facing slopes above Number Two Canyon Road. I was snowshoeing uphill through week-old snow—plodding. He was weaving parallel turns around sagebrush—gliding. When he saw me he stopped suddenly and watched. He seemed to be deciding how to how to confront this queer animal contaminating his ski run ...
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Sneak Peak - Skis for 2015

People who think that testing ski equipment is an easy, posh job know nothing.  Testing this gear is brutal work. Andy Dappen reveals the impossibility of the task set before him at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City as he tried to evaluate next year's AT skis.

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Winter Pre-Trip Planning

Winter outdoor adventures demand more thinking than most summer activities. Winter travelers need to be better attuned to snow, weather, and  terrain. Meanwhile, minor emergencies can snowball so more attention should be given to the details of an outing. Check out these notes from Week 2 of our Self-Sufficient Snowshoeing Class. 


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Skiing Dragontail: Triple Dare, Triple Scare

When John Plotz first climbed Dragontail's Triple Couloir eight years ago he was on the edge of his climbing comfort. Last weekend he returned to ski, the beast. The pictures are stomach-churning enough ... but watch the video at the end.

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Back-country Patrol, anyone interested?

I've been thinking about organizing (actually helping organize) a back-country patrol serving the Leavenworth area (from Blewett Pass to Lake Wenatchee, eventually) for the past couple years, and I wonder if there is anyone else who has had similar ideas, or would be interested in joining such a group?  It could be part of the National Ski Patrol, which would help provide support, first aid and avalanche training, at least until the group b...
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Eightmile Enlightenment

Trails mirror the company we share them with. Trails can be mute cells of solitary confinement or chatty confession chambers. They can be storied trips to new corners of the world or, as we discover while skiing Eightmile Mountains, roads to Enlightenment.