Another arrow for your quiver to boost your safety in the backcountry. A great write up originally from Genuine Guide Gear‘s website and written by Jackson Hole Ski Patrol’s Jeff Burke on the Propagation Saw Test (PST). Click the link below to learn more:
Found this humorous yet informative: “Person who climbs mountains”
Interested in biathlon? Tomorrow at Auburn Ski Club commencing at 9am is the Chuck Lyda Memorial Summer Biathlon. Doesn’t biathlon consist of nordic skiing and rifle marksmanship? Well yes, however, since it’s September the event will involve running in place of the skiing!
More info from the Auburn Ski Club.
“The idea of Wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.” Edward Abbey
Sorry about the line up of videos but had to post these three beauties; cool old school Yosemite ski touring videos from Ned Gillette.
A little touring:
Then some racing:
And finally a short lesson:
from Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line:
Backcountry Film Festival – Ready to Make You Backcountry Famous
How many ski movies have you seen that were shot in July and August – in North America? A deep and abiding snowpack across the West (coupled with a cool, wet, and stormy June) has yielded what is, for most of us, an apocryphal anomaly, the “July ski season.” Sure, the guys up in the Cascades and north of the 49th make it a habit of enjoying turns all year,but for the rest of us, winter is rapidly fading memory once the fireworks fly.
Not this year (check the stories from Tahoe, A-Basin, and The Bird). Which is precisely why it’s a great time to rally the brethren and sistren, grab your boards, and head for the hills to document this season of epic deepness. For your efforts, the Backcountry Film Festival is ready to provide a screen and an audience of thousands across the country. So whether you’re getting fired up to shoot some fresh footage or ready to pull out the powder vids you shot back in the frosty months, read on to find out how to submit your work to the Festival.Presented by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the 7th-annualBackcountry Film Festival focuses on grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of backcountry, non-motorized recreation and environmental preservation.When they say “grassroots,” they mean it. From the Festival website: “You don’t need a degree from a film school. You don’t need footage shot while dangling precariously, camera in hand, from an ice wall in the Rockies. All you need is a compelling story, some quality footage and a keen eye for a fun, educational or juicy topic.”This year’s categories are: Best Short Short (under 5 minutes), Best Environmental Message and Best of Festival.Films entered into the festival should be short – no longer than 30 minutes. In keeping with the Winter Wildlands ethos, these films should share a thought-provoking, interesting story of backcountry, nonmotorized recreation. A strong focus on environmental themes is at the heart of the Festival and the Wildlands mission, so stories focusing on conservation, preservation and stewardship are encouraged. The Festival warmly welcomes whatever your creativity can conjure – documentaries, fiction, experimental, you name it.The Film Festival gets noisy in Boise, Idaho in early November before taking to the road and hitting over 50 cities throughout the nation (up from 30 last year).Submissions must be in DVD format, received in Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Boise office by September 15, 2011 and include three copies and a $20 submission fee. See festival rules for more information and address to which you may mail your submissions. You may also contact Shelley Pursell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-343-1630 for further details.
Hey all, a few things to mention before the weekend hits.
First of all if you’re someone who is into backpacking stoves and errors towards the lighter weight end of the spectrum we’ve got the second installment of our “Light is Right” gear review up on Unofficial Networks. This time of the Jetboil Sol Advanced Cooking System which is definitely worth a look, great review and excellent photos. Click here for the full story.
And finally I recently came across this on the interwebs. It’s UltrarunnerPodcast.com. I have kind of a heinous commute some days and some times I prefer to melt away to music and relax however most days I try to take that time to learn something so I’ve been downloading and listening of a lot of podcasts lately. I listen to a lot of stuff on cycling, fitness, running, bone up on my spanish, try french, the list goes on. However until now I hadn’t found a decent ultra running podcast. I’m giving this one a try and will get back to you.
Have a great weekend.
Ever wonder why all the trails you use are in such nice condition? Well here in Lake Tahoe the big daddy trail of them all is kept in tip top shape by users just like you.
photo from TRTA
Throughout the summer the Tahoe Rim Trail Association runs volunteer trail maintenance days in order to build and maintain the Tahoe Rim Trail. So if you’d like to help out and do your part check out the TRTA’s website for volunteer opportunities. In addition to trail work info the TRTA puts on all sorts of great events year round.
What a great way to get out and enjoy the wild lands and give back as well! There are 165 miles traveling the ridges around Lake Tahoe to be kept in order, why not volunteer on an unfamiliar section?
Don’t feel like digging in the dirt all day but still want to help out? Check out what the US Forest Service has available as well. They have many other options besides trail work.