Backcountry Ambassador Elizabeth Shrier recently spent five days alone in the Arctic Circle exploring the northernmost part of Norway. Apart from a list of hikes, she had no real plan – but sometimes having no plan leads to moments like this. #GOATworthy
Backpacking through this area of Northern California had been on Mike and Morgan's list for a while, but they were itching to explore this zone even more after hiking a small slice of the PCT and seeing some of the breathtaking peaks from a distance. Needless to say, camping among these mountains did not disappoint. #GOATworthy#Camping
Photo: @shotswithmike with @morgan_martinez
Do you ever find yourself wishing the day could last just a little longer? For a little more daylight to explore a few more miles of trail, or send one more route? Us too. Lucky for us, today is the official first day of summer – and longest day of the year. To celebrate, we’re giving away three $100 Backcountry gift cards.
Want a chance to win? Comment below and tell us how you’re celebrating the longest day of the year in the outdoors. Bonus entries if you show us your Summer Solstice adventures through an Instagram post or Instagram story! Whether it’s a pre-work run, lunchtime ride, or a sunset hike – how are you making the most of the longest day of the year? #SummerSolstice
Contest rules through link in bio.
At 12:30 AM, Taylor and Bennett grabbed their headlamps and microspikes and began their sunrise summit push on Mount Whitney. Headlamps illuminating the way, they climbed around 3,000 feet through ice shoots and choss to bag the peak around 4:30 AM, just in time to watch the most beautiful sunrise they'd ever seen. #GOATworthy
Photo: @bennettfisher with @taylorshaky
In celebration of Earth Day a couple months ago, we asked you to show us and The Nature Conservancy (@nature_org) how you connect with nature. You shared tons of #GOATworthy outdoor moments with us, like this photo taken by Tanner Latham (@tannerxlatham) on a week long expedition through the deserts of southern Utah. Check out all the winners of @nature_org's 2018 Photo Contest through the link in our bio.
“No matter how many pitches you’ve followed, books you’ve read, or guides you’ve hired, there is no substitute for experience. You never stop learning when you climb trad.” – Eddie Stevens (@eddie5tevens). Our recent trip to California found us hunting for stellar trad climbing in Pine Creek Canyon ... and that's exactly what we found. Offering plenty of options for the trad-happy climber with a wide variety of difficulties, and lots of options for shade or sun, our day in Pine Creek Canyon was nothing short of classic. Whether you're looking for slabs and roofs, techy faces or slopey seams, Pine Creek Canyon delivers on all fronts.
Check out some of our favorite routes and trad climbing gear through the link in our bio.
Despite having hiked this trail five or six times, Amelia Urbanski's favorite thing about the hike remains the same as it was the first time: finally coming up over the ridge and seeing this view. The lake's vibrant blue water never fails to catch her by surprise. #GOATworthy
The Backcountry office sits at the intersection of hundreds of miles of Wasatch Mountain singletrack. That’s no coincidence. We’re all about lunch laps, after-work group rides, and the desire to fit mountain biking into our everyday lives. When we set out to design high-quality and good-looking mountain bike jerseys and shorts, we had that idea in mind. The result is everything you want from your riding clothes with style that won’t look ridiculous when you wear them into the coffee shop or the office.
Shop Backcountry mountain bike apparel through the link in our bio. #MTB#MountainBiking
If you want to beat the heat on the PCT, you might be in for some early mornings. For Backcountry Ambassador Jeremy Martin (@live_free_run_far), that meant starting the day at 2:30 AM. All things considered, 2:30 AM wake up calls aren't all bad when you get views like this. #GOATworthy#PCT
Rocky Serate (@rockywanders) was skeptical about this sunrise hike. Reaching the summit before sunrise would mean a midnight wakeup, a 2 AM rendezvous with a friend and some others he had never met before, and a long haul to the top in complete darkness. In the end, he said yes, and the payoff was worth it: stunning views, new friends with common interests, and a newfound appreciation for sunrise adventures. #GOATworthy
“From the bulletproof granite of Buttermilks, to the Pine Creek and alpine areas, to the volcanic rock areas where you can find Owens River Gorge and some epic sport climbing spots … there’s something for everyone in Bishop.” – #BackcountryEmployee Reagan Chung.
We recently headed to California in search of new climbing opportunities. What we found were granite rock faces, some of the best boulders we've ever laid hands on, and seriously stunning beauty. Whether this summer finds you hunting for stellar trad climbing or a challenging bouldering problem, check out our favorite routes from our trip and essential gear through the link in our bio. #Climbing