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Backcountry Magazine February 2012

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Backcountry Magazine February 2012 - Glacier Country

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GLACIER COUNTRY
SNOW GHOSTS AND SLOGGING IN MONTANA
Often called the "crown of the continent," Glacier National Park contains some of the wildest, steepest and most beautiful peaks in North America. BCM editors Drew Pogge and Simon Peterson visit Montana's sleepy NW corner to tour the harsh eastern side of Glacier, and sample creamy powder and easy access in the Whitefish Mountain sidecountry. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters as unique to Montana as the Big Sky itself.

ROAD CLOSED
WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG
Megan Michelson had an epic spring road trip planned. With a crew of friends driving campers and RVs, she planned to caravan over Washington's North Cascades Highway, camping roadside and skiing a La Niña winter's worth of snowpack en route. Then her trailer broke, massive avalanches began nailing the highway, and the road stayed closed to the second latest date ever. What's a crew do? They went anyway. See how it all unfolded.

SPECTACLE

2013 GEAR GUIDE PREVIEW
THE BEST OF WHAT'S NEXT
Each January, the BCM staff heads to the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City and SIA Snow Show in Denver to preview the next winter's freshest gear. From this year's shows, we bring you the latest in backcountry skiing and riding gear innovation, all of which we'll hammer for five days straight at our annual gear tests. Turn to the preview of next September's Gear Guide too see which products you'll need to have in 2013.

DEPARTMENTS

THE RUN DOWN

As It Comes
Ski, don't worry.

DEPOSITION

Letters

Figures 11

Safety Meeting
What's your proven method for staying warm when it's freezing out?

McLeanings:
The Plot Thickens

Essay
What Goes Up

BLOWN IN

Mountaineering Chic
In ski mountaineering, where have all the women gone?

Wasatch Ski Link in the House
Utah's controversial canyon proposal.

Puss in (Ski) Boots
Digging in with Canada's avalanche rescue cats.

The Loner
Big Sky PR offensive.

ELEMENTAL

Riders on the Storm
Predict the next powder day with these DIY meteorology techniques.

Tech Tip: Don't Get Burned
Tricks and products to keep you unsinged this spring.

Mountain Accounts: Tragedy in Little Cottonwood Canyon
The dangers of an early season snowpack.

ROUTE FINDING

Coast Range Rising
Exploring northern B.C.'s untapped backcountry potential.

Where Ötzis Roam
Icemen, glaciers and peeler bars in Sölden, Austria.

BLOWN OUT

BiffAmerica: Be Careful Whom You Sleep With
Biff speaks from experience....

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