Gear

Spider Gap

Spiders and Solutions by Andy Dappen Her friends and her husband have told her she needs to do the hike to Spider Meadows and Spider Gap. “It’s a regional classic,” they tell her. There was a time when s... Read More...

Ten Uses for the ‘Strap’

  Ten Uses for ‘The Strap’ by Andy Dappen How many outdoor products do you own that deliver ten or more practical field uses? Less than a handful I would wager. Obviously, there’s duct tape. And,... Read More...

Shovels-Good,Bad & Ugly

In an article about the V-Shaped Snow Conveyor, which discusses a fast and strategic system for digging out a buried avalanche victim, avalanche instructor and researcher, Manuel Genswein wrote: “This test w... Read More...

Backcountry Skiing Tip

Backcountry Skiing Tip by Andy Dappen Backcountry skiers spend hundreds of dollars shaving ounces of weight from their skis, boots, and bindings ...and then they walk uphill, collect a lot of snow on the tops... Read More...

Wenatchee High School Ski Building

Doug Merrill and his students showing off the skis they built in Doug's class. Wenatchee High School Ski Building By Doug Merrill This past school year, four seniors took on an unusual design and construc... Read More...

Hyper Light & Hyper White

Pictured above, 3400 (55 liter) Porter Pack from Hyperlite Mountain Gear Hyper Light and Hyper White by Matt Dahlgreen   My old pack was perfect…when I bought it.  It was light-weight silnylon, pac... Read More...

Rise of the “Mids”

An ancient Egyptian erecting a pyramid (actually a Mega Light) near Washington Pass in the North Cascades. Rise of the ‘Mids’ by Andy Dappen In the outdoor world where needed equipment is usually strapped... Read More...

A Tale of Two ‘Mids’

Tale of Two 'Mids' by Andy Dappen Black Diamond Mega Light While a variety of pyramid-styled tents have come and gone over the decades, the most enduring product in this category is Black Diamond’s Mega ... Read More...

Ultralight Pack Smackdown

Outfitted for a seven-day trip with an ultralight pack (left) versus a load monster (right). by Andy Dappen Prelude: This pack review was originally prepared for Backpacker Magazine. A group of us did the ‘r... Read More...