It is that time of year: Gift Guide season. Sales abound, Black Friday extends to Monday, and there’s a scurry to infill gifts for those who made the short-list. In the build-up to no matter what you celebrate, the solstice, which we suppose from an available daylight metric is something to observe, goes down in the Northern Hemisphere at 1:47 PM Dec. 21.
In this first gift guide, we’re starting small from a cost perspective. Backcountry skiing and riding are pricey; this guide will keep the up-front bill below $100.00, which, we acknowledge, can still be a stretch. And because we believe in some of the smaller items from last season’s On-A-Budget gift guide, you might see some overlap. But maybe that keeps the gift-giving more streamlined.
Suggested Backcountry Reading
Let’s start with some reading material. There are four seasons, and we know the readership, although they may prefer sliding on snow, likes to partake in other up and downhill endeavors relating to the outdoors. In the realm of print magazines, we’re fond of the Adventure Journal.
This quarterly is a standard bearer: excellent writing, images, art, and an emphasis on sticking with their preferred medium (the written word). The AJ website is a solid quick hit stop for your daily outdoor fix, but the website is a thimble; the magazine is the pint glass.
Adventure Journal Subscription: $60.00
The Ski Guide Manual: $32.95
The Art of Shralpinism: $29.95
The Art of Up-Tracking: Find it on Geary’s site.
Some Smaller Backcountry Doo-Dads
First off, we are suckers for pink straps. We also appreciate good causes. Back in October, Titan Straps donated 100% of their online pink tension strap sales to a local community-based breast cancer awareness program. That said, we also like solid, simple, and functional stuff. Titan Straps come in an assortment of colors and sizes. And for burlier needs, they have industrial straps too. Strap on!
Utility straps range from 9″ to 25.”
Industrial straps range from “20 to 36.”
Titan Straps: 18″ ski strap $8.99
Ultralight Crystal Card
Hose Clamps (2)
Voile Straps – 25″ (2)
MountainFLOW Skin Wax (1oz)
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape – 3″ x 20″
Hex Drill Bit – 9/64″
Binding Screws (2)
Ratchet Driver with: Torx 20, Philips #2 and #3, Hex #4, Flat #7
Through Bolts (2)
Steel Wire – 2′
Spectra Cord – 2′
AAA Batteries (3)
Traverse also sells bio-based skin wax. Skin wax, always carry it!
Traverse Equipment Backcountry Ski Repair Kit: $90.00
Traverse Equipment Skin Wax: $10.00
Checkerspot Pollinator Kit: Starts at $60.00
WildSnow had this shovel on hand for a few weeks last winter, and we liked what we saw. For those complaining that their shovel is slowing them down, with the Dozer 1T-UL, you’ll have no excuse.
BCA Dozer 1T-UL Avalanche Shovel: $79.97
While most of the WildSnow backcountry skiing blog posts are best attributed to a single author, some work well as done by the group.
Is the Dozer 1T-UL really strong or is it one of those light shovels that bends as soon as it hits something harder than powder?
It seems too light to be strong!
Hey Pablo, I can only confirm the strength, which was reliable, on refrozen snow (which was firm) and not solid ice and/or rocks.
Titan straps!?!?!?! That company that blatently ripped off Voile! Voile one of most core backcoutnry brands in the market. You are promoting a ripped off product that costs the same or more then the Voile ones? Weak.
I totally agree with bigdayslowangles. Voile straps are the original and the best. I have actually tried some of the knock-offs and they suck. Don’t market the knock-offs.
I got some Titan straps free once and had them completely break apart on the first use while bikerafting using a very reasonable amount of tension. Will not use anything other than Voile now.