Best of the Backcountry Gear

first_imgThere’s no time where gear means more than when you are out on your own in the wild. To that end, here’s the stuff that not only made the backcountry safer but also more enjoyable this winter.1. DPS Wailer 112RPIn the early ’00s, DPS’s Peter Turner worked with Shane McConkey to develop the legendary Volant Spatula, the original reverse-camber, rockered deep powder ski. The quick-turning Wailer 112 is the evolution of that now-ubiquitous aesthetic. It’s rockered, but unlike those prototypes it features lots of sidecut and a touch of camber. And we know we say this about every ski these days, but it really can do it all—on an early-season trip to Whistler it was  shockingly stable at speed and effortless in pow. But the deal-breaker is the weight—the carbon and nano verison ponies up at just 4.19 pounds each in a 190 cm ski, making it simple to schuss up the skin trail. $1,249 (Pure construction), $799 (Hybrid construction); dpsskis.com2. Black Diamond Carbon MegawattThis fat boy—125 mm underfoot—does not move like a Clydesdale. The carbon construction keeps the latest iteration of the popular Meg down to 9 pounds, 5 ounces in a 188-cm pair. The rockered tip and slightly rockered tail give it floatation. You just won’t find another ski this wide that tours this well. $829; blackdiamondequipment.com3. Liberty VariantAvon-Colorado-based Liberty skis added titanal along the edges of its new Variant (145/113/132). Pair that strength with the brand’s bamboo constructon and you get a big, stable touring ski that serves day-to-day duty in the wildly varying snow conditions of the Front Range backcountry. $839; libertyskis.com4. Jones Hovercraft SplitDon’t be fooled by the shorter length of the oddly shaped Hovercraft. This baby can lope thorugh deep powder fields just as easily as it can rip off freestyle moves on natural backcountry terrain features. The spilt capability makes it an effective mountaineering tool, too. $699; jonessnowboards.com5. Drift Innovation HD GhostThe HD POV cam has become required gear these days and the easy-to-operate Ghost will record video and snap off still photos on the go, thanks in part to a two-way LED remote control that makes it easy to focus on the riding at hand rather than futzing with camera controls. $399; driftinnovation.com 6. La Sportiva SpitfireTipping the scales at just 44 ounces per boot, the Spitfire wants to be the first up the trail. That makes it ideal for rando racing but a low profile Grilamid shell and a Carbon Reinforced Polymer cuff gives the boot enough downhill oomph for local exploration. Best of all, they switch from tour to ski mode with one easy flip of the top buckle. $899; sportiva.com7. Dynafit One PXDynafit took its wildly popular (but insanely minimalist) TLT5 and gave it a touch more downhill guts to create a light touring boot for the mainstream. Weighing in at just 27.5 ounces per boot, it features a similar one flip buckle for walk or tour mode, but it’s warmer, roomier and more confident on the downs. $640; dynafit.com8. Ortovox Zoom PlusHere’s an affordable beacon that’s basic and effecive. It uses just two buttons and a simple display screen but still takes advantage of Ortovox’s smart, three antenna system to locate victims buried at odd angles. $299; ortovox.com9. S.O.G. PowerlockMelding ski patrol and special ops, this is one multitool you will want in your pack when things go wrong. The clippers will cut through a quarter and the small saw is damn sharp. $114; sogknives.comlast_img read more

Beer Blog: Westbrook Brewing Company’s Gose

first_imgHere’s the deal with Westbrook Brewing Company’s Gose.It’s gonna catch you off guard. You’re not ready for the first powerful sip, even though Westbrook (a great brewery out of Mount Pleasant, S.C.) tells you on the can what to expect — “Sour, Salty, Delicious,” you’re not expecting the beer to be this…intense.But that’s the only way you can really describe this beer: intense.Gose is this relatively ancient German style of beer that had essentially been forgotten about by American brewers until the last few years.Now, sours are all the rage and the Gose is one of the esoteric versions of sour that’s been resurrected. It’s not like any other sour out there, though because of the use of sea salt, and in most cases, coriander.The result is, well…salty, sour, and shocking. And yes, delicious.Westbrook’s version of the Gose is one of those unexpectedly awesome beach beers. It’s too complex for simple lawn mower beer status, too interesting to fit neatly in the summer beer category, but it’s light and refreshing and clocks in at a reasonable 4% ABV. That, my friends, is a beach beer.But don’t get too excited. Even though the Gose has qualities of a session beer, it’s not exactly sessionable. The beer is simply too bombastic to have more than one on each sitting. It’s the kind of beer that will either turn you off or get you hooked right away. Like NASCAR, or midget tossing. It’s weird. But in a really good way.–Graham Averill is a writer, beer lover and stay-at-home dad. Follow his adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.com.last_img read more

Team Ghana Competes At Maltavator Challenge Season 2

first_imgThe Maltavator Challenge is back on our screens in just two weeks and as the excitement builds, it’s time to meet the six energetic Maltavators who will be representing Ghana in this year’s show.They have shown how they turn their goodness into greatness at the Maltavator Challenge recruitment events earlier this year, and now they are taking on contestants from Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Nigeria for a chance to walk away with a massive $20K USD.Representing Ghana will be:Akumba Baba Solomon- A student in sports science at KNUST. He says, “As long as I have life in me, there’s no need to stop! As long as my system keeps working, I will keep pushing”.Emmanuel Gyefa- A police officer from Kumasi. He believes passionately in what he does and always gets the outcome he wants.Ibrahim Abdul-Hateef- An actor and model who grew up in Takoradi. He believes his strongest attributes are discipline, confidence and go get it attitude!Juliana Aventiwin Akuka- She plans to be focused and determined throughout the challenges and is hoping to go all the way to the final for the 20k USD.Precious Appiah- Who is a beautician and network marketer. She can’t wait to take on the challenge and is going to show her can-do attitude by trying her best in all the challenges.Richard Elorm Kuevorme- A personal trainer from the Volta region. He entered the Maltavator Challenge to show the world what he’s capable of. He believes his strongest attribute is the way his body adapts to any challenge.Guided by the new presenters, Nigerian MTV VJ, Ehiz Okoeguale, and Ghanaian TV and radio personality, Regina Van-Helvert, each contestant will tackle a series of challenges set to test their physical strength and mental agility, to see who has the can-do attitude to go all the way and win the $20K USD grand prize.They will be fuelled with Malta Guinness, which is high in B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6 vitamins so they can all give their best effort.Season 2 starts in August 2019 on a screen near you – watch this space for full broadcast details, or like the Malta Guinness Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MaltaGuinnessGhana/The great taste, goodness, energy and vitality of Malta Guinness has been fuelling people across Africa to greatness for many years and inspiring them to live life to the full. Malta Guinness is packed full of goodness, vitality and energy. Source: GGBL/ Malta Guinnesslast_img read more