Chris on October 22nd, 2009

I’ve mentioned in the past that a good shovel is an essential tool in the mountains.  They can be used to build your shelter, whether it is a snow cave or trench.  A good shovel can help with snow wall construction.  And, a good shovel is an essential tool should the worst case scenario happen; […]

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Chris on September 6th, 2009

One of the basic skills for winter trips is making water.  This is one of my least favorite tasks, due to the incredibly high boredom and concentration factors.  You do nothing but sit there watching the pot and adding snow and ice.  Here are some hints and tips to make it go faster. First, I […]

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Chris on August 18th, 2009

It is still only August, but I am counting the days until we hit North America’s winter.  Skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing are some of my favorite activities.  Those activities mean having bombproof gear that can keep you healthy and safe during the worst weather winter can throw at you.  With that in mind, today […]

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Chris on August 14th, 2009

I purchased an Exped Downmat 9 for use on longer trips in severe conditions.  I wanted something that would ensure high quality sleep over trips of duration more than a week.  I only plan on using this when the temperatures at night are expected to be well below 0F and the sleep surfaces may include […]

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