Every backpacker should have at least two bandanas in his or her pack. The bandana is of course very light and small, yet it has literally hundreds of practical uses in the great outdoors. Here are but a few:
Use it to handle hot pots and pans
Use it as a sweatband
Use it to secure yourself in your hammock
Use it like a whip to keep bugs out of your face as you hike
Use it as an absorbent emergency bandage
Use it as an emergency tourniquet
Stuff it in your pot to keep the contents (silverware, cup, etc.) from clanging around
In today’s Versus chronicles, we have 2 heavyweights from the skiing Twitteratti. Mike Rogge @skiingrogge (33.1K Tweets) Vs. @ozskier Dave Amirault (65.9K Tweets). Who has the highest Sparkscore? Most engagement? Retweets? Funniest? Find out below.
Wendy Red Star was raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana. Her work explores Native American cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and romantic ideals perpetuated in popular culture, art, & photography.
Photography as an art, in the age of IG filters, seems tenuous at best. Props to all the photographers out there making a living. No easy feat. Meet one, Kirk Keeler. Little known fact, he was a high school off/def lineman for the Calistoga Wildcats. https://rb.gy/tucuql
Alite Designs’ Monarch chair is without a doubt, the best backcountry backpacking chair ever made – light, stable on any grade, bomber. That’s the good news. Bad news is you’ll never own one because they went out of business. We have 2, including an early prototype from OR we call the cow chair. Grand Trunk acquired their assets last year, perhaps we’ll see the rebirth some day. What makes it so great. Light? Packable. Most importantly, it’s completely stable on any grade or surface, one of the reasons its best outdoor backpacking and camping chair around. I think the design was inspired by the Alite founders trying to find comfortable seating in Dolores Park in San Francisco where the steep hilly grade makes it a challenge to get comfortable.
We’re not saying the Omnia Stove is the best backcountry invention since the, um, sleeping bag. But we’re not saying it isn’t. At 1.1 lbs, it certainly beats lugging a cast iron dutch oven into the backcountry. If it works as advertised, game changer. We’ll let you know once we test one out. https://buyomniaus.com
For your consideration, a post from ’05 we wrote mocking Outside Magazine for its lack of diversity, 15 years ago almost to the day. Next items, for your consideration, their covers from the last 3 years. Would you call this an improvement? That’s the best they could do?🤷♂️
With the rush to buy backcountry gear this winter, we pulled some stats about yearly avalanche deaths over the last decade. And we’re here to tell you, the safest thing to do in the backcountry folks, is “Other”. And snowboarding. Stay off the skis and snowmobiles folks. Be safe.