SCOTT PATROL E1 40 BACKPACK (Avalanche Airbag Pack)

Packed and ready to ski

I was an early adopter of avalanche airbag packs. I’ve been using them for over a decade, and have owned and used models by Snowpulse/Mammut ABS, and Dakine. My packs have all used compressed gas (either oxygen or nitrogen) to inflate the airbags. My first airbag pack was an ABS model, which uses nitrogen charged… Continue reading SCOTT PATROL E1 40 BACKPACK (Avalanche Airbag Pack)

Ski Pulk sled

Ski Pulk sled, heavily loaded

  I’ve used sleds on occasion to carry large winter loads.  However, the sleds I’ve used have always been home made jobs.  I’ve bought kiddie sleds and modified them in various ways to make them serve as ski sleds.  My modifications began relatively simply, just drilling holes in the front of the sled and attaching… Continue reading Ski Pulk sled

2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Highlights

  The 2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market presents an overwhelming array of products to assess and be dazzled by.   After a couple of days wandering the halls of the  outdoor retailer show, here are some of my impressions: Backcountry Ski Touring: As the winter oriented show, it’s not surprising that there were tons of backcountry… Continue reading 2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Highlights

Backcountry ski gear update

My backcountry ski gear has changed substantially in the past couple of seasons. I’ve changed over to new boots, new skis, and new bindings for most of my backcountry skiing. First off, the skis: Dynafit Manaslu (187 cm) For all-around, lightweight touring, I bought a pair of Dynafit Manaslus (187cm length.)  These were the replacements… Continue reading Backcountry ski gear update