Jason Griffith

What’s in the Ultimate Cascades Daypack?

  The Cascades offer an amazing array of options when it comes to different mountain sports. And Spring is the best time of year for multi-sport days. We may not have the fluffiest powder, fattest blue alpine ice, or cleanest white granite, but we have some of everything, so Spring is an amazing time to take advantage of the area’s diversity with single-day outings which combine several different activities on adjacent peaks. Whether you are looking to combine splitboarding with [...]

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Dynafit TLT 5 Performance Review – by Sky Sjue

In the spring of 2005, an historically bad ski season in the Cascades, Jim Nelson gave me a good deal on a pair of Dynafit TLT4 Pro ski boots. My Megarides had sustained critical damage, there was no time to get the part I needed to fix them and I wanted to ski a big line the next day. So despite a little bit of skepticism, I bought the boots. I immediately loved them on the ascent; downhill skiing required [...]

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Plum Guide Backcountry Ski Binding Review by Sky Sjue

Move over Dynafit, there’s something leaner. And stronger. And sexier. In the Tech era, with many innovations based on the Dynafit design and its expired patent emerging, Plum Guide bindings caught my eye with their silvery sparkle. These bindings are minimalist CNC-machine sculptures, everything I always liked about Dynafits with significant improvements to their limitations. Before I further affirm my love for these bindings, I will mention the most important caveat for the masses. These bindings are not for the [...]

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NW Snow Buddy iPhone App

One of our long time contributors (check out his ice climbing gear primer) here at Cascadeclimbers.com has put together a really cool tool for watching local snow conditions in the Pacific Northwest.   Dave Burdick, AKA AlpineDave, has created an iPhone/iPad app called NW Snow Buddy.  NW Snow Buddy is available now in the Apple iTunes Store, so click here to get it for $2.99.  From Dave’s webpage for the application (click to visit), it looks like he has plans for [...]

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Seattle Area Boot Fitter

If you have feet that fall outside of the shape that boot manufacturers think your feet can fit into, finding a good boot  fitter is pretty key.  This especially applies to relatively inflexible plastic ski boots!  As Sky mentions in his Backcountry Ski Gear Primer, finding the correct boot is all about fit, fit, fit. You might be lucky enough to find a manufacturer who builds a boot that fits your foot exactly, or you might be like me and [...]

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Backcountry Skiing by Martin Volken et. al.

Mountaineers books recently sent us a copy of Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering by Martin Volken, Scott Schell, and Margaret Wheeler.  For those of you who don’t know, Martin owns Pro Ski Service in North Bend, WA and a guiding service by the same moniker, with the other authors of this book being fellow guides for his operation.  Below is what we hope is a comprehensive review of the this excellent book.  The Chapters are organized [...]

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