Backcountry Skiing, Snowboard and Adventure Articles

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2007 NOLS Wind River Mountaineering Course – TR
Marker Duke randonnee AT ski binding, full report.
Inside the Fritschi Freeride Plus backcountry skiing binding
Silvretta 505 and Easy Go Mounting Instructions

1999 profile of extreme skier Doug Ward

Elk Mountains extreme backcountry skiing, Pete Sowar.

Garage Mount Fritschi Diamir, Freeride, Explore Bindings.
Home Mount Silvretta Pure Backcountry Skiing Binding.
Hamish Gowans winter fourteeners climbing attempt.

Naxo randonnee binding Torque Plate modification.
Naxo and Freeride backcountry bindings — flex comparo.
The Dawson trail Jeep Willys CJ-2A — does involve backcountry skiing.
First Look at new 04/05 Naxo backcountry ski binding.
Cargo rack for your SUV — how-to carry backcountry skiing gear.
K2 Scepter Helmet — backcountry skiing review
Toyota Tacoma Trailhead Approach Vehicle “TAV” build.
Scarpa F1 randonnee backcountry skiing AT boot review
Retrofit Dynafit backcountry binding fittings in a Scarpa Denali boot.
In the footsteps of the 10th Mountain Division
Naxo binding mount, do some homebrew.
Dynafit Comfort backcountry skiing binding FAQ.

Naxo Binding Review and Information

Backcountry skiing El Diente Peak, May 2003
Black Diamond Avalung — air for the white tomb — avalanche safety.

Snowboard quick release — safety and convenience.
Barryvox avalanche beacon, light and small, it works!

Cloudveil Serendipity soft shell review.
Castle Peak, Colorado, backcountry ski descent
Unbuckle the chastity belt — the story of a first backcountry skiing trip.
Updated battery article, how to mix AA and AAA cells, how to recharge the best way?
South Face of South Maroon Peak, Jarrett Luttrell rides it in style!
Dynafit TLT, Radical, Vertical ST FT general info binding FAQ, total data dump!
Boy’s first randonnee AT backcountry skiing ski climb.
Environmental Issue Writings (Warning, not P.C.)
The Trooper Traverse, ski mountaineering from Leadville to Aspen, Colorado

Wind River backpack trip, Wyoming dreams become reality.
Home mount the Dynafit Tourlite Tech randonnee AT backcountry mountaineering binding
Maroon Bells, Colorado — Snowboard the Bell Cord Couloir
Alpine tour randonnee backcountry ski mountaineering bindings, evolution of a dream.

Mount Hood — marriage bliss, skier’s dream, or both?
Mount Sopris, Colorado, winter climb and descent (lots of photos!)
Dawson’s Backcountry Lou’s column from Couloir Magazine

Spring Backcountry Skiing in Colorado, why?
Safety on Steep Snow — Ice Ax, Crampons, and more
Rating Ski and Snowboard backcountry skiing descents with the S System

Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information opinion website and e magazine. Lou's passion for the past 45 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about backcountry skiing and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free back country news and information here, and tons of Randonnee rando telemark info.

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Backcountry skiing is a dangerous sport. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. While the authors and editors of the information on this website make every effort to present useful information about ski mountaineering, due to human error the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions or templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow its owners and contributors of any liability for use of said items for backcountry skiing or any other use.

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