December 12, 2008

Backcountry Mag, Sierra Backcountry Site Updates

Good news in the online backcountry media world: Backcountry Magazine and are in the process of making major updates to their sites. Backcountry Mag is already up and running, with an emphasis on facilitating user-provided content. You'll find it much easier to share your own stories, videos, and pix on the Backcountry Mag site.

Another welcome change is the addition of Backcountry Mag's print edition content, including current gear reviews. The Backcountry Mag site was kind of a ghost town for a while on this front. It looks like they're finally putting together a worthy effort to build up their web presence.

Also noteworthy is the return (by Christmas, hopefully) of, which inexplicably went into decline a season or two ago. The site's creators have a new Eastern Sierra Backcountry Skiing guidebook coming out, and they're promising a complete retooling of the site to correspond with the book launch at the end of the month. I'll keep an eye on this one: this could be a solid new resource for Sierra eastsiders.

Andy Lewicky

ANDY LEWICKY is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who enjoys good books, jasmine tea, long walks in the rain, and climbing and skiing the big peaks of the California Sierra. email | follow

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