24 episodes

From legendary athletes to iconic product designers, activists to guides, our world is filled with new views, wisdom, determination and crustiness. This is the Backcountry Podcast.

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From legendary athletes to iconic product designers, activists to guides, our world is filled with new views, wisdom, determination and crustiness. This is the Backcountry Podcast.

    Wingwalkers: The Story of California's Redline Traverse

    Wingwalkers: The Story of California's Redline Traverse

    There’s a range in America’s most populous state that’s hemmed in by desert and people. Each year, millions come to California's Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains to collectively attempt to climb Mt. Whitney or ogle Yosemite’s Half Dome or ski at Mammoth or hike the John Muir Trail. In the spring of 2016, Adam Howard, Craig Dostie and John and Tyson Hausdoerffer came here for a different reason: To ski some of the famed Redline Traverse, first pioneered in the early ’80s. Summits here tower 10,000 feet above the Owens Valley to the east, and it’s arguably on this granite and snow where both American ski mountaineering and long-distance ski touring were born. The mountain objectives and gear have changed a lot in the century since the first snow surveyors plotted these hills. But a few things have stayed the same: It’s still breathtakingly high; it can get insanely deep; and, from October to May, there’s no one here. Wingwalkers is part of that story published in Backcountry Magazine, Spring 2017; written by Adam Howard, read by Matt Richardson.
    This episode of the Backcountry Podcast is brought to you by Minus33.

    • 33 min
    Gear Crazy

    Gear Crazy

    Given the epic demand for touring gear and the unprecedented way Backcountry Magazine had to test it last year, we pulled together some of our veteran testers to talk about their experience, because it's from their insight that our editors made selections for this year's Gear Guide. We get into those details a bit. We talk about a range of topics—from quivers of one to why tele gear hasn't changed in a decade and the best skins on the market today. And, of course, we share some of our favorites. Joining host Adam Howard are Marla and Jeremy “Shaggy” Bailey, from Steamboat Springs, Colorado; from Bozeman, Montana, our Technical Editor Lance Riek; and, from Vermont, Darrin McLeod and our very own Tyler Cohen.
    This episode of the Backcountry Podcast is brought to you by Minus33.

    • 47 min
    Powder Days

    Powder Days

    Backcountry Magazine Contributing Editor Heather Hansman is a recovering ski bum. In her new book, Powder Days: Ski Bums, Ski Towns and the Future of Chasing Snow, Heather threads her own personal narrative—you know, the way she came to once call herself a ski bum—into the American story of ski bumming itself. It sounds so simple on the cover, as if any of us who’ve skied 100-plus days a year could relate. But in the context of today, we’re starting to question not only the future of ski bumming but its past. And Heather goes deep with skiing icons who’ve built a life around sacrificing for snow.
     
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    • 42 min
    The Two Cohens: Pro Skier Sam and his Photographing Father Lee

    The Two Cohens: Pro Skier Sam and his Photographing Father Lee

    Like most ski bums, legendary photographer Lee Cohen was only planning on skiing at Alta, Utah, for one season. Forty years later, he’s still there, shooting skiers in the Wasatch. Since his first image was published in the late ’80s in Powder, he continues to be one of the top shooters in the game. One of his favorite subjects is his son, Sam, himself a professional freeskier. It hasn’t always been easy for either of them: Sam admits he had to ski hard to get beyond the old man’s shadow. While their vocation is different, the canvas on which they ply that craft is the same. And they’re tight. If you didn’t know any better, they sound more like brothers than father and son.
    This episode of the Backcountry Podcast is sponsored by 10 Barrel Brewing Co. It’s also possible thanks to support from our listeners—if you like what you hear and would like to hear more, please make a contribution.

    • 55 min
    The Seer: Avalanche Forecaster and Sage Drew Hardesty

    The Seer: Avalanche Forecaster and Sage Drew Hardesty

    A 22-year veteran avalanche forecaster for the Utah Avalanche Center, Drew Hardesty doesn’t simply give the avalanche forecast for the greater Wasatch. He tells the snowpack’s story. He’s part scientist, part philosopher. Part skier, part poet. What other forecaster might relate a scene from Cormac McCarthy’s book The Crossing to a blown avalanche forecast? How many snow scientists were Naval Intelligence officers during Desert Storm or have received a federal Valor Award for aiding 17 lightning strike victims on the Grand Teton? Drew’s life experiences allow him to see the snow through different eyes.
     
    This episode of the Backcountry Podcast is sponsored by 10 Barrel Brewing Co. It’s also possible thanks to support from our listeners—if you like what you hear and would like to hear more, please make a contribution.

    • 46 min
    The Makers’ Lament: Part 2

    The Makers’ Lament: Part 2

    In April, we reached out to gear and apparel manufacturers to get their take on what the coronavirus pandemic might mean to the outdoor industry. It ended up being our most listened to episode and, in response to the many calls for a follow-up, that’s just what we did. Joining host Adam “Howie” Howard are Thor Verdonk, Alpine Technical Product Director for Lange, Rossignol and Dynastar; Jason Levinthal, founder of Line and J-Skis; and Dan Abrams, cofounder of Flylow. How accurate were their prognostications from the spring? Tune in to find out.
     
    This episode of the Backcountry Podcast is sponsored by Majesty Skis America. It’s also possible thanks to support from our listeners—if you like what you hear and would like to hear more, please make a contribution.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Josh1972 ,

5 star but with caveat

I really appreciate listening to anything ski touring related—especially for free. However, the gear review episode makes me question of the podcast/magazine wouldn’t be better called “slackcountry” since the gear reviewers (minus the gent from Bozeman) mostly recommended 3 buckle boots and heavy bindings. I’m sorry to be negative but when anyone recommends Marker Dukes and 4-buckle boots I assume they’re not traveling far from the resort. With that said, thanks so much for the ski-touring entertainment .

Asoloasoloasolo ,

Great skiing podcast

Really love it. The host strikes great balance giving the guests time to talk and asks interesting questions. Please keep rolling it out. Update: it only gets better with new episodes. GB

Don the NorthCascades Wanderer ,

Great interview

I’m just a normal backcountry skier in N.W. Washington, I love to get out bi-weekly, been doing it since the early 90’s. Love to here Hattrops reasons for his staying involved. Still have the sticker on my gear at work “Rondonnae is French for Can’t tele”. Still have a pair of leather Merrill Ultras in the gear room. Keep up the great Podcasts

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