Now you can wax like a professional. If you spend a lot of time on your skis then Start’s Acrylic Wax Scraper will be a valuable utensil, right next to your forks and knives. The scraper is just flexible enough to get into the grooves of a concave base but stiff enough to get an even scrape from edge to edge. Start’s Acrylic Wax scraper can be used to wax just about anything except..
You know you ski a lot (or just wax a lot) when your scraper becomes dull. The folks at Swix ski a lot and decided it was time that somebody made a sharpener for wax scrapers. If your wax scraper has rounded edges, the Swix Plexisharpener is the perfect tool to revive it. Slide any acrylic scraper over the file and it becomes square, meaning less passes to scrape off your hot wax. ..
There’s no sense in having a state-of-the-art ski, boot, and binding combo that is poorly maintained. Use a Swix Gummy Stone to remove all the rust and inconsistencies along your ski edges to make the most of your gear. The soft blocks are also great for detuning your skis near the tips and tails to reduce grabbiness or hookiness. Apply to new skis or freshly filed edges...
Swix’s Diamond Stone is good for polishing edges and removing burrs from rocks or aggressive filing. Less suitably used on finger nails and woodshop projects, this Diamond Stone is perfectly tuned for making sharp ski edges even sharper. Eliminate burrs and make your skis slice through snow like a knife through butter. This a medium grit stone which is a good for backcountry skiing..
If you own the Swix 2x2 Edger and use it as often as you should, the file will eventually wear out. Replace your file in a jiffy with the Replacement File and get back to sharpening your edges instead of petting them...
Sometimes there are sharks in the water. Sometimes there are rocks in the snow. If you get bitten by the latter, use the tools below to help repair your kit.
P-Tex: Both black and clear 8mm sticks of P-Tex, good for accurately placing base welds on your expensive ski bases. Sold individually, price is per stick.
Hardman Double Bubble Urethane: Easily winning awards as the epo..
If you've already solved your bottle holding issues, you might be in the market for a spare water bottle. The CAMP Action Bottles dispense water through either a drinking tube (118 grams) or a spout (98 grams). The drinking tube is nice for days where it's not too cold (it can freeze) as you can take a sip without pulling the bottle out of the holder. The spout is a standard pull-o..
Holy filtration! Katadyn just upped the ante for freedom of movement in the mountains with virtually unlimited water. With careful planning, this might be the only water you carry during an ultralight spring mission. It could also complement and slow the consumption of a bladder. Bring a bottle as backup on short day hikes. Use it for travelling in foreign countries. Give one to pe..
Lightweight skis may require some unusual mounting tools. For example, some ski specs call for drill bits that are typically used for child skis. Yes, your expensive skinny skis may in fact be designed for children. But hopefully you mount them like an adult by using some of the tools below.
3.5 x 7.5mm Drill Bit - Custom size required for Vapor Svelte and shorter Nano skis (164..
A bigger version of the original, the Body Bottle Plus carries more life-source and has a wider screw-top to make it easier to add ice cubes or powders. It has a squared-off base which allows it to hold 17oz (500ml) of hydration concoction while still fitting in all UD vests. It’s still a soft flask which doesn’t slosh around and gets more compact as you drink. The cap even has a t..
Ultimate Direction’s beloved soft flask, this time for gels! After everybody realized the benefits of full-size soft flasks intended for hydration purposes, a startling revelation was made: hydration is cool and all, but no matter how much you drink you will still need calories. And thus, a new way to fuel was born. However, the Body Bottle 150G is much more than just a wee-size ve..
With good reason soft flasks have been increasing in popularity. If you haven’t already tasted the Kool-Aid, let us enlighten you. When fully loaded with water, soft flasks maintain their shape just like a hard bottle. After a few sips, however, the contents won’t slosh around; instead it’s a quiet and air-tight blob that conforms to your body and moves with you. When it’s empty, t..
Soft Flasks are a nice hydration option since they get smaller as you deplete their contents. Thus they end up more streamlined as your get weary in the latter parts of big adventures. Easy to squeeze and re-fill, flasks take minimal effort to keep you going.
CAMP’s version, aka Soft Flask CAMP (SFC), comes in two sizes. 150 milliliters is good for gel, which is much easier to c..
The goal of a high-altitude bottle holder is to keep fluids in their liquid state for as long as possible. Dynafit attempts to achieve that goal with the Alpine Bottle Holder, which is an insulated version of the Universal. The holder fits most hard bottles and attaches directly to the shoulder strap of Dynafit and possible other packs. A bungee cord helps keep the bottle from roll..
CAMP Bottle Holders are perfect for attaching to your backpack straps and having hydration right in front of you at all times. Designed to attach to just about any pack with a chest strap or horizontal loop, the holder will alleviate the need to take on and off your rig just to get to some water or energy drink. The bottle holders weigh just 32 grams (1.1 ounces) and include a bung..
A well-designed reservoir is worth its weight in water. The Ultimate Direction version is super easy to fill, drink, and clean. That’s about all you can ask of a hydration flask. The top closure folds over to prevent leaking but can be opened fully for cleaning. It can even be turned inside out to scrub away the results of your latest powder-alchemy. All this while the hose remains..
The replacement filter for the Katadyn BeFree filtration bottle. Good for up to 1000 liters on average (may vary depending on sediment levels), this filter removes 99.9% of protozoa and 99.9999% of bacteria. To clean it, just shake, swish, swoosh, dip, or backflush with some clean water and you're good to go. Screw on, screw off, and screw being limited by the amount of water you c..
As you may have heard, we at Skimo Co are fans of the light ‘n fast method and enjoy gear that enables efficient travel through the mountains. Manufacturers are constantly innovating and streamlining, but Katadyn just considerably upped the ante. The Micropur MP1 tablets are not only one of the lightest ways to gain access to the other 71% of Earth, but also one of the easiest ways..
That’s the most excitement a lot of folks get out of this sleeping pad. As the lightest and most compact pad that meets the (lengthy) checklist requirements for the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, the Light Mat from CAMP certainly suffices. As a bonus, if you happen to remove it from the bottom of your pack and sleep on it, winter or summer, it’s actually fairly comfortable...
The Attivo ski bag will almost surely fit your skis. Ski Trab made it adjustable for different ski sizes, so you don’t have any sad empty-sack. Using a unique set of spiral zippers, the bag can be 171, 186, or 205cm long. It has a nice shoulder strap for easy toting through an airport, and an end-strap for hanging or dragging (dragging not recommended). The Attivo is built with dur..
The photo makes it looks more like a purse, but it’s a ski bag! The Movement Alp Tracks ski bag unzips and becomes a full-length case made of ripstop nylon. Slip in your Alp Tracks skis and jet off to whiter pastures. When you’re home, zip it back up into a nice little rectangle and it won’t take up much space. The bag for Movement aficionados. Did we mention this comes free with a..
Tote your ski boots in the clearly identified Ski Trab bag. Keep them safely tucked away from all the dangers found on airplanes and in your car. The stiff bottom gives the bag some structure, and an external pocket allows for extra storage. The shoulder strap comes in handy when you don’t feel like paying the extra baggage handling fees. This is a ski boot bag designed for transpo..
Also known as the Wasatch Steep Skiing Bible, the Chuting Gallery by Andrew McLean is a must have resource for aspiring and accomplished adventurers. The author’s irreverent wit will guide you through the gnarliest terrain in the Wasatch Mountain, predominantly around the Salt Lake area. Bring some fitness, avalanche training, and requisite gear to enjoy the best that the Wasatch h..
Molly Absolon has done just about everything that's cool in life. She’s one of those people you aspire to be when you grow up. Luckily for us, she wasn’t just enjoying the outdoors for herself: she is an avid environmental educator, a retired NOLS instructor, and author. Basic Illustrated Alpine Ski Touring covers all the ski touring basics and can be an excellent refresher for vet..
NOLS Instructors Allen O'Bannon and Mike Clelland set out to create a really cool way to teach folks about backcountry skiing, winter camping, and safe winter travel. Nailed it! The effort resulted in Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book which is jam packed with information, tips, and comical illustrations. This book is a fun read for any backcountry enthusiast or newb..
Glacier travel can be a very fun and rewarding way to spend your time. However, glacier travel and a lack of education should never go hand in hand. Not designed to be a replacement for any safety courses, but instead a supplement for your knowledge, this book is a wonderful refresher for any questions you may have about getting something out of the deep end of the crevasse...
On-the-spot decision making with lightweight, compact, and durable guide books! Beacon Guidebooks is offering up easy-to-digest beta on backcountry terrain in Colorado and Washington. Regional maps accompany aerial photographs and GPS Coordinates designed to provide you pertinent information while keeping wisdom and safety in mind. No guidebook will obviate the need for an avalanch..
Backcountry Skiing Utah: A Guide to the State’s Best Ski Tours offers a delicious taste of each mind-blowing, jaw-dropping zone in Utah. Each zone has enough terrain to make you rethink your life commitments. The best of the best from Logan’s section of the Wasatch all the way down to the Henry mountains which the locals are trying to keep for themselves. SLC-based guide Tyson Brad..
If Colorado snow is labeled as gold, this is the ultimate treasure map. The duo of Brittany and Frank Konsella have more big mountain, racing, and mountaineering experience than most people have experience eating. They both have skied all of Colorado’s 14,000ft peaks and fistfuls of other mountains from the top of the state to the bottom. This book has 102 backcountry routes with d..
Martin Volken, is an IFMGA certified mountain guide and AMGA skimo program examiner from Switzerland, so high altitude snow sports pretty much flow through his blood. Because of his oxygen-rich Swiss mountain blood, it was an eventuality that he would write the comprehensive backcountry guide for his current home state of Washington. Martin expertly breaks down 80 different routes ..
It's no surprise that when Christopher Van Tilburg, MD, decided to write a book about skiing in his home state he went above and beyond to create his finest work yet. With 95 highly detailed, skied (and boarded, if you're into that), and researched routes extending throughout Oregon, Southern Washington, and Northern California, this book is sure to give you enough terrain options ..
Montana was named the treasure state because of the massive silver and gold rush in the mid-1800’s. However, the real bounty is some of the best backcountry skiing in the country. Jeff Schmerker’s Western Montana Backcountry Ski Guide is simple, clean cut, and points you in the right direction. With just enough local’s knowledge to get you into the Big Sky Country, this guide is p..
The title of this book might as well be “Some of North America’s Most Iconic Ski Descents.” Overflowing with high quality photos, hi-res topo maps, and a whopping 250+ descents, Classic Colorado Ski Descents is the guiding compass for skiers looking to explore Colorado. Whether that’s your home state or your looking to explore the West, this book offers an exciting to-do list. Writ..
Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains is a detailed guide book about Colorado written by native Ben Conners and transplant Brian Miller. The impressively detailed list highlights 50 of Colorado’s legendary ski descents. It also includes info on suggested gear, detailed pictures, local beta, and topographical maps throughout the book. Whether you are from Colorado or from a diffe..
If making turns in Colorado’s front range sounds like a tick list project for you, then it’s easy to guess which book would be good to read. You guessed it. Making Turns in Colorado’s Front Range is all about doing exactly that. Volume 1 of this series includes everything South of I-70, which encompasses areas like Loveland Pass, Arapahoe Basin, Summit County, and much more. Detail..
Fritz Sperry’s Making Turns in Colorado’s Front Range is quickly becoming one of our favorite guide books. Published with an excessive amount of detail, this book does everything for you except for ski. Volume 2 includes 109 of the best routes north of Interstate 70 in Summit, Clear Creek, Boulder, Gilpin, and Grand Counties. Aspect, GPS coordinates, corn timer, elevation details, ..
The Tenmile-Mosquito mountains are a scenic sub-range of the Colorado Rockies containing a high concentration of 13,000ft and 14,000ft peaks. Situated in relatively close proximity to the Front Range, the Tenmile is known for easy access and dependable snowfall. This select guidebook to the area is illustrated with color photographs and detailed-yet-concise descriptions of the 42 r..
Starbucks and Microsoft aren’t the only awesome things in Washington. The skiing is amazing too. With record-breaking snowfall averages, the ski season is long and fruitful, though not always for the faint of heart. This guide book reveals local knowledge and tunes you into the habits of the snowpack for safe travel and peace-of-mind. The focus of this book is near the SeaTac area ..
To many people, California is a hot desert with too many people that only surf and visit Coachella. For any serious ski mountaineer, however, California should be a seasonal destination for steep skiing and pushing limits. It’s not too far from anyone in the Western US and the conditions are often stable, especially in the spring. The almost-excessive amount of snow sets up quickly..
Andy Tyson is a seasoned NOLS Instructor, guide for Alpine Ascents International, and a veteran Exum Mountain Guide. Needless to say, Andy has years of high mountain experience. Mike Clelland is a NOLS instructor and the life-breath of this wonderful book. The two of them got together to write Glacier Mountaineering which is an intelligent guide to safe-travel on glaciers with a un..
Written by Mark Houston and Kathy Cosley, both of which are UIAGM/IFMGA licensed guides, this book covers everything from the basic alpine environment to proper hazard assessment tools. Learn more about how to make educated decisions and operate safely in the mountains...
The complete guide to the construction, placement, and anatomy of a climbing anchor. Loaded with pictures and diagrams of good examples, bad examples, neat tricks, and all sorts of info to make you an expert on climbing anchors. Just add experience...
A handy reference, the Outdoor Knots Book clearly explains every useful knot for backcountry skiing, mountaineering, camping and more. While not a complete bible for knot-nerds, it has easy-to-follow descriptions of the knots you’ll appreciate. With bonus coiling techniques, maintenance tips, and knot characteristics, this book will help you master vertical sports and lounging in..
This well-written skimo guide contains everything you need to know to get started racing. Even veterans of the sport will pick up some helpful tips. Written by Skintrack.com’s Stano Faban and Eric Carter who combined have many years of experience racing in World Cup and other ISMF races.
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The life of Doug Coombs, the legendary steep-skiing pioneer, is told through the eyes of Robert Cocuzzo in this epic biography. Complete with words like fall line, beacon, Napoleon complex, and a breakdown of avalanche science, this book is sure to intrigue anyone interested in learning about the life of one of the greats...
After helping with the rescue of a volunteer during the 2016 Powder Keg, Steve Achelis has logged almost 400 rescues in the mountains. Luckily that one was successful and Emily was survived her slide down Clayton peak. Not all have been as successful, and you will learn about the differences in Steve’s book Mountain Responder. Mr. Achelis (creator of the Wasatch Backcountry Skiing ..
A board-certified emergency physician's guide to staying safe and healthy at altitude. This updated second edition guide includes the latest and greatest information about everything from preparing for your first high altitude adventure to different types of high altitude drugs and symptoms of high altitude sickness...
The 4th Edition of Adventure Medical Kits’ Wilderness & Travel Medicine book is better than ever. If you have spent time in the wilderness you are well-aware that eventually, things happen. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Things happen, even to the most experienced backcountry users. Written by Dr. Eric A. Weiss, a renowned expert in wilderness medicine, this bo..