Dispatch from New Zealand: Winter in Aotearoa While North America watches the snowline descend, New Zealanders (nicknamed Kiwis, because of their yummy fruit and their rare nocturnal flightless bird) are skiing the last of their snow. My husband, two boys and I spent August and September chasing storms from the North Island to the South. […]

You’re headed to a 10th Mtn division hut trip in Colorado! Perhaps a Summit Hut Association Hut.  What do you really need to bring? 1. Ski Gear Backcountry Skis Touring bindings Backcountry Ski Boots The Backcountry Babes consensus for best make and model?   Scarpa Gea RS boots. Ski Poles -adjustable height, lock firmly into place, powder baskets, extra […]

You’re going to a backcountry ski hut! Yay! Untracked pow, great friends, cozy nights. Here’s a packing list to help you prepare for the adventure. Special thanks to SCARPA, G3, PISTIL Designs, BCA, Ortovox, DPS skis, Osprey Packs and CLIF bar for supporting Backcountry Babes.  All brands mentioned below are products we use and recommend […]

So…You’re going backpacking! Yay! Here’s a list to help make packing easy. Basic mid-weight, durable, practical, and multipurpose gear. Recommended for spring, summer, or fall backpacking.  (25ºF – 95ºF) Multisport Gear: many items on this list overlap with your Whitewater Rafting, Backcountry Skiing, Hut Trips, and Bike Packing Trips.  It’s worth getting good, high quality […]

Grand Canyon Trip Packing List So…You’re going on the Grand Canyon! Congrats! All that’s left to do is gather your personal river gear.  Here’s a list to help streamline the process.  By the way…some of these companies are generous sponsors, like Smith Optics and Pistil Designs.  Other companies give us nothing and have no idea […]