EGOS AND WEATHER RULE IN ALASKA
In June, former Backcountry Editor Adam Howard puts down the Funyuns to attempt Alaska's 16,237-foot Mount Sanford. With an old friend and two complete strangers he discovers that overcoming big mountains is one thing, overcoming big egos quite another.
EPIC DESCENTS AND UNSKIED FACES
From the world's highest unskied couloir to the year's boldest solo first descent, from big mountain badasses to hometown heroes, the theme of this issue is simple: whether it's vertical, elevation, ambition or personality, bigger is better. Be inspired.
TRIED AND NEW
New gear is great, sure. But only after seasons of use and abuse does it earn our respect. If it survives, it becomes an indispensible part of our kit—a "tried and true" friend in the backcountry. Every scratch, dent and ding tells a story, and when our favorite pieces of gear finally wear out, we're always looking for the next best thing. Find both, Tried and New, and hear their stories.
THE RUN DOWN
Why do some guys get all the luck?
"How do you define a big line?"
My Biggest Mistake
Skiers in Solitairity
Sweetgrass Productions on business, art, school buses and their new film, Solitaire
Men in Tights
Speed rules on the Grand Teton
Steep Price to Pay
Increasing bc traffic in Cham' causes safety concern
Rainier Falling Down
Historic icefall on Washington's iconic peak
Mountain Skills: Uncharted Territory
Test your instincts on unfamiliar ground
Tech Tip: Speedy Splitboard Exchanges
Speed up your transitions
Mountain Accounts: Playing the Odds
When risks are low and consequences are high
Oregon's newest yurt operation
Biff America: There goes the neighborhood
The hippies move in