Gary is an avid backcountry skier and ski mountaineer residing in Eagle County, Colorado. He is an obsessive tinkerer and modifier of his gear, rarely satisfied with a stock options and always looking for an improvement for more comfort or skiing performance. We pulled him from behind the bench of Cripple Creek Backcountry into the WildSnow Gear Editor role Fall 2019. His skiing journey began in the steeps of Taos, NM and migrated to Colorado where his love for ski touring began after a Ski Patrolling injury. You'll now find Gary bouncing around in the powder near his home in the Vail area while training for bigger missions around the world. Follow along with the journey via photos @g.allen.smith on instagram.