The Bugaboos! Weird name, breathtaking spires, incredible climbing (yeah, ski season is done for at least a few weeks so I forced the WildSnow “editors” to publish a climbing post). I’ve been wanting to check out the SE British Columbia climbing area ever since seeing the picture of Bugaboo and Snowpatch spires on the cover of my old copy of the the Freedom of the Hills, when I was a kid.
Coop had similar dreams of granite spires and splitter cracks, so we planned a trip to the Bugaboos for this July. As luck would have it, the weather window lined up, with a rare multi-week high pressure in the forecast. We set out on the long drive from Washington. Read more backcountry skiing
Editor’s note: Part of the formula for a successful expedition is knowing what gear to take. For human powered backcountry adventures, it’s a challenge to bring all the essential items while keeping backpack weight reasonable. Throw in the goal to conquer three major peaks during one trip to Alaska and packing becomes rocket science. The success of ‘SkiTheBig3 awed us. Here’s the list of gear that accompanied snowboarder Aaron Diamond during that outstanding mission.
163 Jones Solution split board. Reasonably light with some tip and tail rocker, it handles the variable conditions we’ve found on the trip pretty well. I’m still looking for my perfect board, but this is pretty close.
Dynafit Speed Radical toes. Combined with a Spark R&D adapter these mount easily onto the split board. With only toe pieces and a 163 board on my feet for touring I had the lightest skinning setup on the trip.
Bomber bails and Voile plates. Yup, the old tele binding bails. These go in my pack for the uphill and come out for the downhill. Stiff and burly but heavier than some of the other hard boot binding options out there.
Voile Tractor Skins. All nylon for better grip when hauling sleds.
Somewhere it is snowing. Somewhere, someone is backcountry skiing. Therefore, we will present.
First things: You guys wouldn’t believe how much time I’ve been spending on IT work behind the scene. Our beloved internet has changed, folks. It is more than ever the virtual playground for literally millions of criminals who are out to exploit websites in hundreds of different ways. Nothing is immune. Most “consumer” grade software such as the WordPress blogging lashup used by us and about 75 million (not a typo) other websites is in particularly heinous shape when it comes to security. Result, website owners and managers get to spend literally days defending themselves.
At least the cyberwar doesn’t involve guns — but the stress can get so high it as well might. The question, would it be easier to wield a Glock than my brain? Perhaps both? Open for answers.
A big shakeup in employees happened at Black Diamond a few months ago. The layoffs seemed too B-to-B for me to report on back then. But it is worth relating they did let go a bunch of people including Thomas Laakso, the brain who spearheaded the Black Diamond Ski Brand for the past decade. We always liked Laakso, he’s a guy who can engineer stuff for real-world use, while fulfilling roles as diverse as PR and training. Read more backcountry skiing