Black Friday conjures up images of rabid shoppers breaking down the front doors of retail stores to run full-speed down the aisles as they hunt for the best deals on just about everything from electronics to clothing. Outdoor recreation doesn’t seem to fall into this madness since you don’t really see the masses camped in sub-zero temperatures outside REI to score a cheap fleece jacket
Snowbird officially opened today! They’ve started up the chairlifts at 9am and skiers can now start making turns under the Gadzoom and Chikadee lifts. Snowbird officials hope to open even more terrain before Thanksgiving weekend, depending on any storms and…
When winter comes and the snow starts trickling down, the shorts and lightweight pants get tossed into storage boxes and our thick, long legged pants see the light of day once again. Living in a mountain town though, means it can be difficult to find a pair of pants that can withstand winter’s wrath, especially for those who work outdoors. Most khakis are so thin that wearing them in a cold wind is akin to wrapping tissue paper around your legs.
Climbing gyms are social places where crag-heads can gather and test their skills on a variety of routes. From 5.5 ladder-like climbs for first timers, to 5.13 suffer-fests that seem impossible for everyone but the most skilled experts, indoor climbing has something for all ability levels.
After 5 years of backcountry skiing on a pair of old Silveretta bindings, I decided it was time to invest in new ones. After some research, I settled on the Marker Baron bindings. Marker is well known for making quality alpine bindings, and last year they entered the backcountry arena with the Marker Dukes, a burly system that featured a DIN setting that went up to 16. Most skiers don’t require a DIN that high, plus the Dukes are heavy for an average backcountry setup, so this year they introduced a lighter binding called the Barons.
The holiday season is nearly upon us, and the northern Utah valley’s may have seen the first major snowstorm of the winter, but southern Utah is still alive and kicking. Moab remains sunny and dry with temperatures in the 50’s in November, so Jared Anderton went with some friends to try and hold on to mountain bike season just a bit longer.
It is a time of celebration for some people in Utah, as the first real snowfall of the season has hit the Salt Lake Valley. The mountains have been pounded a few times already, but it just doesn’t feel like winter until there’s snow on the ground in the backyard.