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Sharing Our Story of Climate Change

In Climate Change, Photo Gallery by Graham ZimmermanLeave a Comment

In the dark early morning hours, I am lost in shifting hues as the sun nears the horizon. Color starts to emerge in the world as the day starts and the mountains around me become visible. The rhythm of my skis sliding uphill provides me a space for meditation. I am pondering my story of climate change and its relationship …

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Women in the Mountains

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Women in the Mountains feature photo: V-team ambassador Emily Sullivan (left) and Melis Coady (middle right) on an all-female basecamp patrol on Denali. Photo by Emily Sullivan. As International Women’s Day approaches, I’ve been reflecting on the distinctive experience of being a woman who lives for the mountains. I often think about the challenges women face in the outdoor community, …

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The Legend of the Camel’s Hump Challenge

In Trip Reports by John Van HookLeave a Comment

Each February, skiers of all levels set out to take on the Camel’s Hump Challenge. Over the years, due to the fickle Vermont weather, the Challenge has been postponed to later in the year or canceled altogether if the course is not navigable. Weather on the Hump can be intimidating on a cold Vermont winter day. Just before the midway …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Skimo Racing

In Pro Tips by Emily SullivanLeave a Comment

Before we dive into this Beginner’s Guide to Skimo Racing, let’s revisit my first-ever randonée race. I’ll never forget the experience: I was on a loaner ski setup that weighed 22 pounds. The boots barely walked and the skis were heavy powder skis, complete with frame bindings. It was a lap-style sprint race where participants try to get as many …

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Women’s Backcountry Scholarship Winners

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Thanks to all those who participated and shared your passionate essays. We received so many impressive entries and are excited to announce the Wandering Trails Media and Voile Women’s Backcountry Scholarship winners. As the first year running this scholarship, we received nearly 90 applications from 56 cities and three different countries. It has been extremely difficult to select only two …

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Backcountry Skiing Photography: 9 tips from Ming Poon

In Pro Tips by Brooke JacksonLeave a Comment

A perfect photo of glowing powder spraying against sunset in pristine mountains can inspire us to buckle up those boots and go exploring for winter nirvana. Yet after an incredible day of ripping fresh lines, ever come home to find your backcountry skiing photography doesn’t capture the epic-ness? If you’re craving the ability to capture that shot to stir the …

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#BestVoileDay Ski Photo Competition

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The season has been off to an epic start here at the Voile headquarters in Utah! Luckily, we aren’t the only ones getting hit new storm cycles and decently stable snow. We’ve loved seeing your Voile backcountry adventures but are hungry for more, whether they are from this season or past memories.* For all of February, we are spreading the …

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Backcountry Misadventure: Embracing “Bad” Weather

In Trip Reports by John Van HookLeave a Comment

Before the ski season began I had grand ideas of the backcountry trips I would take here in the northeast; the places I would visit, people I would bring along, the routes we would explore, etc. However, as the season unfolded each plan faded along with the changing weather patterns. From planned tours around Mount Washington, the Presidential Range, Camel’s …

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Avalanche Forecasting 101

In Pro Tips by Aaron DiamondLeave a Comment

Do you want to go on a hut trip to the remote backcountry of British Columbia with your buddies? How about an expedition to ski from the summit of Denali? If so, you’ll need to be your own avalanche forecaster. And if that sounds like work, it’s because it is. But don’t let this scare you. With practice and persistence …

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Wandering Trails Scholarship for Women in the Backcountry

In Giveaways by Brooke JacksonLeave a Comment

Rather than adding a new pair of skis to her own collection, Brooke Jackson is seeking to help a fellow female-identifying individual overcome any financial hurdles that may be preventing them from advancing in their backcountry journey. Brooke is a professional adventure photojournalist and outdoor skills instructor who is passionate about sharing her backcountry stoke. Beginning her fourth season as …