2020 will be one for the books – a year of incredible loss, fear and tension. Powder magazine is no longer in print. It seems trivial to mourn the passing of a magazine when our problems are so much bigger, but to me, it marks the end of an era. Long before there was social media, young and old skiers alike awaited for the first issue of Powder to hit the stands.
Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 26, 2020. This annual celebration of our public lands has taken place every year on the fourth Saturday in September since first established in 1994 by the National Environmental Education Foundation. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is a day to celebrate the connection between people and green space in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage the use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits. It’s also the nation’s largest single‐day volunteer effort for public lands.
The UAC party is always a good time, as it will be this year. But even more, it’s really darn important to help fund avalanche forecasting, education, and awareness. With the pandemic humming along and ski resort plans up in the air, experts are predicting a spike in backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and sledding this winter. An influx of new people in the backcountry means that education is an urgent safety issue for everyone—including the newbies and anyone sharing the slopes with them.
We can all be more open to sharing some local insights with fellow skiers and tourists. It’s easy to tell when someone new is in the lineup, bright eyed and fresh off a flight from the east or west coast. Frankly, it feels nice to show someone who loves the sport a thing or two about our home mountain.
Increasing participation in outdoor recreation could be a boon to the conservation movement. As we look for climate change solutions that promote healthier communities and protect more environments, we must ensure all people receive these benefits.
First, congratulations. If you’re reading about backpacking gear, perhaps you have a backpacking trip coming up. And if not, this article may get you thinking about planning one. Backpacking is one of the best possible ways to disconnect from everyday life and properly relax—while getting a wonderful workout and outdoor time. The only downside if you’re new to backpacking is that you may be susceptible to a few newbie mistakes. But stick with us, and we’ll help you sidestep those and have a wonderful time.
Bike love: how to clean and care for your bike
Bikes are synonymous with joy. And while that’s true, they still need a little work on your end to stay running smoothly. Don’t worry: you only need a few specialized tools, and the ones you do need to buy are pretty simple. This little investment of time, tools, and effort will help your bike last years longer and even preserve its resale value when you move on to a new rig.
Hooray paddleboards! They’re a thing everybody loves—until you’ve got to ship them. Because bless ‘em, they’re just not that portable. They’re too oversized to just drop off at the post office. Fortunately, we’ve done the legwork and research to solve this shipping puzzle. Fear not and read on.
First aid kit basics: what to pack and how to be prepared to safely navigate your next outdoor adventure.
Hooray, you get to sleep outside! Now that we got our happy dance out of the way, let’s chat sleeping bags, since (if you’re reading this article) you’re probably in the market for one. There are a few steps and questions to take into consideration. Stick with us, and we’ll walk you through your options.
Forget pumpkin spice, recycled wool is inspiring our autumnal celebrations this year. The versatile and eco-friendly material being incorporated into ever-more apparel, and for good reason: recycled wool performs oh-so-similarly to virgin wool, only with extra environmental boons.read more
Every year, Scarpa produces 1.2 million pairs of new shoes, says company CEO Diego Bolzonello. The most popular among those pairs is Scarpa’s classic Mojito—a sturdy shoe built for all-around comfort on the trails, casual rock approaches, and urban paths. This upcoming spring, Scarpa will release a new twist on its old classic: The Mojito Bio, a fully biodegradable version. It’ll be the first biodegradable performance shoe to hit the market.read more
A recipe for homemade bars, how to manage leftover pizza, recycling tips, and more.read more
As outdoor companies merge technical apparel with casual wear, light and versatile fabrics like TENCEL™ are growing ever-more popular. Now you can find this plant-based fabric in everything from boxers to performance tees.
TENCEL™ is not only biodegradable, but also requires a lot less dye than cotton-based fabrics. For environmentalists and fashion-forward adventurers alike, TENCEL™ is gaining popularity like a breath of fresh air: welcome and invigorating. Of course, its impacts on the environment aren’t perfect, but the fact that this plant-based fabric is helping usher in a new era of outdoor apparel is most certainly deserving of applause.read more
Every year thousands of new products flood the gear market: puffies come out in new colors, shoes are released with new lacing systems, tents are redesigned, apparel is modified, water bottles are printed with new patterns. It can be tempting to toss out the old and buy the new—who doesn’t like to be in-season trendy, not to mention the new-gear endorphin rush?—but when the “old” is still functional, does “new” come at an environmental cost?read more