Author: Kendall Card

Kendall has long been known for his passion of the outdoors. In the past 10 years his love for skiing, particularly backcountry skiing, has defined his pursuits. He's also been active in trail running, mountain climbing, rock climbing, ski mountaineering, cycling and has recently taken up backcountry bow hunting. Aside from writing reviews on FeedTheHabit.com he also reviews products on Gear.com and is co-founder of Camofire.com

Early last month Jason posted about the new mountain bike film Freedom Riders debuting at Sea Otter. Now it’s time for Freedom Riders to come to Salt Lake City and there’s no better place to catch an action sports film than at our personal favorite Brewvies Pub & Cinema. Freedom Riders follows a core group of riders who evolved to creating a precedent setting relationship with the Forest Service and in doing so created the first freeride specific trails on public lands in the lower 48. What would typically be a no brainer for FeedTheHabit.com to premier and host, this…

Read More

Sleeping bags. More often than not they seem like a one way ticket to insomnia. When it comes to weight-shaving mountaineering or backpacking sleeping bags, you can add to that the constricting straight-jacket style of the ever-narrow mummy bag. Just the name “mummy bag” has me thinking it’s not intended for “live” human use. In the realm of winter camping and mountaineering sleeping bags, the range spans from the second mortgage required for purchase types to the downright heavy and bulky flavor. In wading through the masses I was drawn to the Kelty Foraker sleeping bag which stands above so…

Read More

Like just about everyone else in the Wasatch and across the country for that matter, the 70 degree temps we had last week melted away nearly all thoughts of winter and sliding on snow. Bikes were ridden, climbing gear sorted out, tee times scheduled and the only trails that were sought out were those of the dirt variety. Such was the mindset of most Utah skiers when a nice little storm rolled through Utah leaving 8-15″ of new snow over the weekend. Despite the blanket of white, I still wasn’t motivated to get out and ski. That was until my…

Read More

It seems that everyone is making a ski pack these days. Some go minimal and miss the mark and others have piles of “features” that just add weight and leave you wanting more. Half the time I wonder if the people designing these backcountry ski packs actually backcountry ski. I have to admit that when I found out Gregory had also come out with a ski pack I rolled my eyes thinking that they were yet another pack company thinking they could lure in a few skiers, but boy was I mistaken when the Gregory Targhee arrived. This is a…

Read More

Winter returned to the high peaks of the Wasatch Mountains this week and so did I with the backcountry ski boots that I’ve come to love this season – the Garmont Radium Alpine Touring ski boots. I’ve used them in waist deep powder, early season thin conditions, ski mountaineering on Mt. Timpanogos and even some yo-yo sessions at The Canyons the last time being April 4 when one of the deepest storms of the year laid down two feet overnight. While I’ve still got some big lines to ski this spring as ski mountaineering season kicks in, it’s time for…

Read More

It was after our third or fourth run while snowcat skiing at Powder Mountain that my friend Bruce looked over at me and said “wow, those look like some awesome goggles”. I looked at his old school Oakleys and it hit me that I had been enjoying the Spy Soldier Goggles for the past month without realizing that while I was stoked on the spherical blue spectra mirror lens in total comfort, others were just “getting by” like Bruce. “Yea, they are pretty awesome. Wanna give them a try?” I responded. He quickly took me up on my offer. It…

Read More

I remember taking a one day course from Bruce Tremper, Director of the Utah Avalanche Center, and a friend who was also taking the course had brought her copy of Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain for him to sign, stating that Bruce was basically celebrity in her household. It gave me pause to think of how lucky I am to have known Bruce for a few years now and to have him here in Utah running the Avalanche Center. When he came out with the first edition of his book “Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain” most of the mainstream media…

Read More

After a few weeks of limited skiing and more meetings than a skier should be subject to, I put the laptop down, stepped away from the office and got down to business. While Rich and crew ascended Mount Superior via the direct route that is the South Ridge, our approach was a little more convoluted. We started skinning just after 7am and headed up Toledo Bowl, across the street from Alta. As we crested the first little rise to put us above the Little Cottonwood highway, the alpenglow sunrise on Mount Superior was as impressive as I ever recall. But…

Read More

The weather the past couple of weeks here in Utah has been dominated by high pressure and sunshine with the inevitable heavy dose of inversion, our wintry foe. People have been skiing big lines across the Wasatch as the avalanche danger has dropped to “low”. And what of the snow? I’m sure most will agree that the snow quality hasn’t quite been the stuff we’re famous for. With traveling across the country the past two weeks I haven’t missed out on much but I do have a serious jones for skiing pow. Aside from the regular text message updates and…

Read More

Getting a deal on lift tickets when you don’t have a season pass is the name of the game. If said deal can also go to benefit a good cause it’s a win-win. Ski Utah, Backcountry.com have teamed up with the Utah Avalanche Center to offer lift tickets from 8 of the 13 Utah resorts.  100% of the proceeds go to the Utah Avalanche Center.  Yes, I said 100%! An obvious omission from the list of resorts offering tickets into the mix are Alta, Snowbird and Solitude. Unless they sold out before I could get to the deal page, which…

Read More

Camp 4. Many outside of the of the climbing community won’t know what the significance of Camp 4 in Yosemite National Park is to climbers but this “physically unimpressive” campground has not only been the epicenter for North American rock climbing but it quite likely is the birth place of many tools of the trade and techniques used today in climbing. On days when climbers would recuperate from being on the wall or when they were just plain bored, they started to string up ropes between trees and boulders and would test their skill walking the line, much like a…

Read More

Remember the first pack you ever threw over your shoulder at the start of a hike, long or short?  If your experience was anything like mine the pack was far too big but somehow you made it “fit” as you started off down the trail. My experiences in outdoor stores have been a mixed bag when it comes to getting a backpack fit.  Sometimes it’s a twenty-something working his way through school that has one 30 minute clinic under his belt on how to fit packs.  Other times it’s a seasoned backpacker with that perfect anatomy that most any pack…

Read More

I remember when I first heard of LARABAR.  My friend Nate was going off to climb Denali and told me that the only energy bars he could stomach after days in the mountains were LARABAR’s. A few weeks after talking with Nate I went to the Outdoor Retailer show and found their booth (it was in the old outdoor tent) and tested a few of the flavors.  I was instantly impressed.  Then when I found out that they were a raw, organic, vegan bar made from just a few simple ingredients and on top of it all they taste great,…

Read More

We’ve all been there – you put on a performance top fresh from the dryer and head out for a trail run or perhaps a day of climbing. But by the time you either turn the first corner or reach for that first hand-hold you catch of wiff of last weeks workout and wonder how on earth you can get the lingering stench out of your performance clothing. The fact of the matter is that despite washing after washing most performance clothing will still have that lingering odor. I’ve hand washed to see if it could help but no. My…

Read More

Eight years ago I received a phone call from the boys at Teton Gravity Research (TGR) and it went something like this: TGR: “Hey man, do you know anyone who can show the films at some of the colleges there in Utah?” Me: “Well, I know all the venues so I’m sure I can put you in touch with someone.  Give me a bit to think on it and I’ll give you a shout.” As soon as I hung up the phone I instantly thought to myself, “Hey, I can pull this off and show TGR’s film at each one…

Read More

NOTE: Actually, Chainlove.com is dead. It’s since been rolled under Backcountry.com’s SteepandCheap.com site.  The guys at Backcountry.com have gone too far this time. I had heard rumblings that this day would arrive. As I was out on a solo road ride this morning taking in the excellent spring riding conditions on the Mirror Lake Highway, it felt good to be in the saddle again on this familiar strip of black. Things felt in sync, normal, just like yesterday did. Then I arrived at the office and in my inbox was the bombshell – Chainlove.com is live! In the words of Andrew…

Read More

For most it’s time to hang up the skis for the season, literally. Each year skiers commence a search for the best and easiest way to hang up skis and snowboards in the garage, home, dorm room, shop, etc. It’s worse if you’ve got a quiver that can take up half a room when the stack slides down into that reclined position. I know, I’ve been there. How to get those things out of the corner and hung on the wall without re-engineering the world of 2×4’s and wooden dowels is a serious undertaking, especially when you lack the tools…

Read More

If you’re like me you’ve managed to pick up a few Nalgene water bottles over the years. The first ones were nothing fancy, made from a milk jug looking plastic that was tougher than nails. If you dropped it off a 50′ cliff, no big deal. But we “needed” something flashier. I remember when I saw the first colored Nalgene bottles, in red, pink, blue, and a rainbow of others colors. I even remember being given one of the old style non-colored types at an event and feeling somewhat slighted that I wasn’t lucky enough to get a “cool” one.…

Read More

Few things are as fulfilling as buzzing down a nicely buffed out section of single track. Wind in your face, trees rushing by, dust kicking up and you’re almost flying. Capturing that moment, the feeling, is something or a rarity. To that end, IMBA (the International Mountain Bicycling Association) just announced their first-ever “Celebrate Singletrack” short-format film contest. Mountain bikers from around the world are invited to submit 3-5 five minute film or video shorts that celebrate the spirit of mountain biking. As the platform for upload they’ve enlisted YouTube by making a Celebrate Singletrack group which once you’ve joined…

Read More

This has been an epic winter by any measurement. Alta has received 638″ so far with another storm on the doorstep. Mid elevation stashes like Mt. Aire are still enjoying full winter coverage. Nearly all of Utah’s ski resorts are still open but most of Utah’s skiers have biking/hiking/running/golf on the brain. For me, when April rolls around and the ski resorts start to to shut down it’s like the seventh inning stretch rather than the bottom of the 9th. Monday dawned white with Alta reporting 3″, The Canyons 5″ and a storm on the doorstep. It was dumping in…

Read More