Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Northern Wind River Range: A High Ski Traverse


In the spring of ‘94 I skied from Lander to Jackson following the spine of the Wind River and Gros Ventre Ranges. After pulling a sled over Dinwoody Pass, and a short detour to Wyoming’s high point, Gannett Peak, I spent a long blissful day skiing a high straight line from the Dinwoody Glacier to Downs Mountain. This aesthetic route follows a major fault line, connects the largest glaciers in the Rocky Mountains and never drops below 12,000 feet. It also traverses next to enticing 13,000+ ft. peaks.  For years I dreamed of returning.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier's Guide: South


It hasn’t snowed in a couple weeks. Many of my friends are complaining. I’m not. Two thousand feet of untracked powder snow sits silently waiting below my ski tips.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska



Alaska, where countless rivers and creeks drain massive wilderness, is the birthplace of modern packrafting.  Highly resourceful, Alaska adventurers were some of the first to utilize lightweight portable watercraft to explore and travel across vast roadless and often trailless expanses.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Light Packing for Women by Amy McCarthy


A recent desert adventure in Southern Utah helped me shift gears and start planning for summer backcountry excursions. Pouring over maps and Google Earth imagery of the Wind River Range got me thinking that Forrest has posted quality gear lists, many of which I subscribe to, but none that offer a purely women’s-specific look at backcountry gear. So as his first guest blogger, I've organized a list of great gear for gals who are getting ready for summer wilderness adventures.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Southern Teton Crest: A Classic Ski Tour


During the summer, following the Teton Crest Trail from Rendezvous Mountain to Jenny Lake is one of Jackson Hole's most popular hikes. And for good reason: easy access to an iconic alpine landscape makes for a fantastic Wilderness adventure. In late spring, traveling the route on skis is equally rewarding. Maybe even more so.



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tobacco Roots, Montana

Tobacco Root Mountain Range

In southwest Montana there is a rugged mountain range often overlooked by skiers. Known as the Tobacco Roots, the range is home to 43 peaks over 10,000 feet in elevation and contains an infinite supply of cirques, bowls, couloirs and chutes.