A full color backcountry ski guidebook to Colorado's most popular National Park by AMGA mountain guide Mark Kelly, a long time local and former guide in the park.
STAFF PICK: TUCKER
I'm constantly referring to this book for information, and as a journal to keep track of what I've skied and when. It's so useful to have information about all of the major backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering within Rocky Mountain National Park in one book so clearly organized.
Men's Heady Stripe Micro Crew Lightweight Hiking Sock
SpecsLight Cushion: Light and strong with a thin layer of cushioning along base of foot. Our most versatile construction.
Micro Crew Height: A shorter, more concise take on the traditional crew height. Peeks just above the top of a standard hiking boot.
48% Nylon, 45% Merino Wool, 7% Lycra® Spandex
STAFF PICK: NATE
The perfect sock for anytime! Whether I'm out mountain biking, hiking, or just kicking around the Shop, the Heady Stripe sock from Darn Tough is my go-to. I use this sock all the time, and they hold up to all the abuse I put them through. It's hard to argue against an unconditional lifetime guarantee too!
PocketRocket® 2 Stove
The next-generation PocketRocket® 2 stove takes everything impressive about the iconic original and puts it into an even smaller and lighter high-performance design. Barely noticeable in your pack, it’s fast at camp, boiling 1 liter of water in 3.5 minutes. Precision flame control goes from torch to simmer, while our WindClip® windshield boosts efficiency in breezy conditions. New folding pot supports create an exceptionally tiny packed size, and they now accommodate a wider range of vessels—pair this stove with the MSR Titan® Kettle for the ultimate fast and light kit.
*For best results with canister fuel, always burn MSR® IsoPro™ fuel.
STAFF PICK: ANDREW
The Pocket Rocket is a great lightweight backpacking stove. If you're trying to save weight and take up as little space as possible in your pack, the Pocket Rocket is easily a top contender. I use it all the time to make meals on backpacking trips and on almost every outing to make coffee out in the backcountry.
Trailshot Pocket-Sized Water Filter
Clean water all day—without the weight. That’s the advantage the TrailShot Microfilter provides. Designed to hide in stash pockets and deploy quickly, this tiny water filter lets you drink directly from sources along the trail for instant hydration, and fill your vessels with clean water. Easy one-handed operation filters one liter in a mere 60 seconds, so you can get back on the trail quickly and moving again. At just 142 g (5 oz.), the TrailShot water filter is the ultimate filter for fast-paced, high-mileage adventurers, like trail runners, hikers, fast-packers and mountain bikers.
Weight: 5 oz
Flow: 1 liter per minute
Cartridge Life: 2000 Liters
STAFF PICK: ZACH
I have been using the MSR Trail Shot for two years now and love it. I use it on long trail runs in RMNP. It is great because it is extremely compact and quick and easy to use. A great answer for bikepacking to spring backcountry ski tours - my go-to water filtration source.
XLC Nanotech Auto Crampons
The XLC Nanotech features the same lightweight materials and construction as the hyperlight XLC crampons with the addition of innovative Sandvik Nanoflex® steel reinforcements on the front points for increased durability, strength, and penetration on hard ice and snow. Automatic bindings offer the most secure fit for rigid boots with full toe and heel welts, including A/T and telemark boots. The most sophisticated mountaineering crampons in the world.
- Size: Eur 36-47
- Points: 12
- Frame Material: 7075 Aluminum / Nanoflex
- Antibott: Included
- Binding: Automatic
WEIGHT 560 g, 19.8 oz
STAFF PICK: ZACH
The XLC Nanotech Crampon has been my go to for years regarding tackling big ski mountaineering lines in RMNP. I love them because of their compatibility and their ultra light and minimalist nature when on your boot. The steel front points and the aluminum body are the perfect pair.
Windburner Personal Stove System
Combining award-winning Reactor® technology with the features solo travelers need most, the WindBurner Stove System is ideal for backcountry adventures and weekend camping alike. Its radiant burner and enclosed, windproof design allow the stove to boil water fast and operate in weather that leaves conventional burners in the cold. The integrated cookware with built-in heat exchanger efficiently transfers heat to the lock-on pot so you can enjoy a quick meal or hot drink after a hike, ride or paddle. The all-in-one system nests inside its pot for easy packing and assembly—leaving more time for you to enjoy your adventure.
Ultra-Efficient: Windproof radiant burner and pressure regulator maintain stove performance in windy and cold conditions; faster boil times & more fuel efficiency than conventional stoves.
Compact Nesting: System perfectly nests components inside the 1.0 L pot, with extra full-sized bowl snapping onto the outside.
Compatible: Fits 1.0 Personal Pot, optional 1.8 Duo pot & other compatible WindBurner cookware. Not for use with WindBurner Stock Pot or Sauce Pot.
Secure: 1.0 L pot with handheld design locks onto stove and canister.
- Radiant burner with boil-to-simmer control
- Pressure regulator for consistent performance
- 1.0 L hard-anodized aluminum pot with integrated heat exchanger & insulated
- cozy with handle
- BPA-free drinking/straining lid
- 0.5 L integrated bowl
- Room to nest optional 4-oz MSR® IsoPro™ fuel canister (sold separately)
Weight: 5.3 oz
Volume: 1 liter
Boil Time (1L): 4.5 min