September 28, 2013 Backcountry Cooking: Chicken w/Broccoli Tips & Technique

Backcountry Cooking: Chicken w/Broccoli

To me, the ideal backcountry meal is not only tasty but also reasonably healthy, super-easy to prepare, easy to clean up afterward, and doesn’t leave you with a lot of waste that will have to be packed out. Yes, there’s no end of freeze-dried options available these days, but with few exceptions, I tend to (more...)...

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September 26, 2013 Canyon With Kids, Reprised Hiking

Canyon With Kids, Reprised

We made it out! I don’t think I’ve ever been as anxious about a backpacking trip as this one, but when my brother invited me to join him on a 2-night trip with his family to Indian Garden, there was a lot of history to live up to. I’ve long thought that 1978 hike to (more...)...

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September 24, 2013 Elevation Film & Television

Elevation

Fall at last is here, and with it we have the newest Powderwhore film, “Elevation”, in which brothers Noah and Jonah Howell continue their quirky but heartfelt mission to spread the word. As you’d expect, Elevation showcases the Powderwhores’ remarkable knack for finding and photographing deep snow—but it also deepens their growing interest in documenting (more...)...

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September 20, 2013 Sunset at Plateau Point Video

Sunset at Plateau Point

From camp I looked at the sky and it didn’t look too promising. My feet were sore, my back was sore. We’d already been out to Plateau Point that morning. I was happy to just fire up the stove and brew some tea and go to bed. But…what if I missed something? So I dragged (more...)...

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September 6, 2013 The Well-Cooked Andy Current Conditions

The Well-Cooked Andy

First of all, I apologize. I knew writing about our record-cool first two weeks of August was just asking for trouble, and I did it anyway, and of course mere days later Los Angeles and indeed much of California started a nasty heat wave that has been going strong ever since. So: apologies for that. (more...)...

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August 29, 2013 Look Pivot Gear

Look Pivot

Where Alpine equipment is concerned, I generally believe nearly all modern bindings are safe and effective. That said, there is still variation in performance and durability. Look’s Pivot has a reputation for excellence even in the relatively homogeneous realm of Alpine bindings, thanks to its outstanding durability and its remarkable 40mm lateral travel (toe) and (more...)...

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August 19, 2013 A Very Cool August Current Conditions

A Very Cool August

I do like to check in on the weather now and then for the archives, and 2103 has been an unusually cool August for us here in the Los Angeles basin. I can’t find any hard sources to link to, but I did overhear a weathercaster saying we had the coolest first half of August (more...)...

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August 16, 2013 House of Pain Hiking

House of Pain

Olancha Peak has long commanded my attention. First of the Southern Sierra’s big mountains, Olancha can be thought of as the range’s regional ambassador. Drive Highway 395 north just past Little Lake, and there it is: a looming outline that fills the horizon. Scrappy high desert ranges are instantly forgotten in that first glance; here (more...)...

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August 13, 2013 La Sportiva Xplorer Mid Gear

La Sportiva Xplorer Mid

La Sportiva’s lightweight Xplorer Mid is not at all the shoe I was expecting. In terms of weight, stiffness, and structure, the Xplorer is almost an anti-boot. The Xplorer Mid is minimalist to the point of being primitive. In fact, the shoe reminds me most of my Pearl Izumi Peak XC trail runners—they both have (more...)...

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August 3, 2013 What The Heck Happened to Windsurfing? Video

What The Heck Happened to Windsurfing?

At one time I was a windsurfer first and a skier, believe it or not, a very distant second. My dad and I caught the leading edge of the windsurfing phenomenon way back in the 80’s when Ken Winner first started doing flared jibes on his longboard, and soon we too were fanatics, learning how (more...)...

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