November 16, 2012 Review: Film & Television

Review: ‘Choose Your Adventure’

If you ask me, brothers Noah and Jonah Howell, a.k.a. the Powderwhores, appear to be in the midst of a transition phase. ‘Choose Your Adventure’ is their latest film, and in it they continue to demonstrate how accomplished they’ve become at shooting skiing. Year after year, the whores take their camera and their Mac and (more...)...

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November 13, 2012 My Most-Hated Video Video

My Most-Hated Video

I don’t get much feedback on my videos, positive or negative, and I certainly don’t get much in the way of ‘likes’ or ‘dislikes’, but there is one huge exception: my video review of Volkl’s RTM-84 ski. Something about this video has sure aroused the passions of my otherwise-disengaged YouTube audience. That crazy RTM84 video (more...)...

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November 7, 2012 Rim to Rim: I Think You Can Do It Hiking

Rim to Rim: I Think You Can Do It

The call comes at 3:30 a.m. In record-setting fashion, my brother has pushed this decision to literally the last minute possible. If he says go, we’ll hop in the car and drive to Grand Canyon Village, for a grueling but no doubt extraordinary day hike across the Grand Canyon, south rim to north. On the (more...)...

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October 31, 2012 My Halloween Visitor Musings

My Halloween Visitor

It’s not the Giant Spider hanging outside my window yesterday which makes me nervous. It’s the Giant Spider which was hanging outside my window yesterday but which today has gone conspicuously missing which makes me nervous. Where did he go??? Happy Halloween everyone! (more...)...

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October 29, 2012 Shifting Baselines Musings

Shifting Baselines

I’ve been scanning some of my dad’s old Kodachrome slides of the Grand Canyon, and this shot in particular caught my eye. Here we see the south rim, as seen from Bright Angel Point on the north rim, taken in September 1978. Easily visible are the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona’s highest point, and Kendrik Peak, (more...)...

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October 20, 2012 Nikon D800 vs. Sony RX100 Gear

Nikon D800 vs. Sony RX100

Once again I am updating my Sony RX100 review page. Here’s an amazing admission: I bought a Nikon D800 specifically to shoot video on my then-upcoming Rim to Rim hike in the Grand Canyon. D800 video for natural landscapes is astonishingly good—probably you’ve got to spend car-sized sums to do better. So which camera did (more...)...

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October 19, 2012 Grand Canyon: Rim to Rim in 7 Gigs Video

Grand Canyon: Rim to Rim in 7 Gigs

Is Grand Canyon but a dream, or is it instead where I am most truly awake? I shot a massive 7 gigs of raw video on this hike, starting at Yaki Point on the south rim and finishing at Bright Angel Point on the north some ten hours later. Looking back over these incredible images, (more...)...

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October 13, 2012 Osprey Talon 11 Gear

Osprey Talon 11

Osprey’s Talon 11 gets three key daypack requirements exactly right. It’s light, it’s (relatively) cool against your back, and it’s structured enough to carry loads well. On that third point, I’d say the frameless Talon 11 is easily the best ultralight speed/endurance pack I’ve ever used. You don’t expect an 11-liter backpack to nail its (more...)...

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October 4, 2012 Wilson Mtn Panorama Video

Wilson Mtn Panorama

Nice views, to be sure—but the behind-the-scenes on this one is worth sharing. This was a training/test day for an upcoming Canyon hike with my brother. Problems began with water: I was using a borrowed water bottle, and badly misjudged how much water it held, so I wasn’t carrying nearly enough. It was in the (more...)...

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September 28, 2012 Blizzard Kabookie Gear

Blizzard Kabookie

Blizzard’s Kabookie ski was one of two new Alpine Touring standouts I found at the 2012 SIA show—the other being Garmont’s Cosmos boot. Like the Cosmos, the big news with the Kabookie is its ability to bring the performance and especially the ‘feel’ of your favorite Alpine rig into the backcountry. On my scale, the (more...)...

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