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

Until this season finding a solid 4 buckle alpine touring ski boot with Dynafit binding compatibility has been a short shopping experience of 1-2 options. These few options have primarily been soft flexing boots with a less than stable ride for bigger skiers like myself. So until now I’ve cut back to 3 buckles for conserving weight, accepted the fact that my backcountry skiing experience would include a soft boot and I’ve adjusted. Thankfully those days may be coming to an end. When it comes to shopping for alpine touring ski boots having selection should be the name of the…

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The UK Vizion 3AAA Headlamp is new to the outdoor market which is stacked with headlamps. Seems like everyone wants in on the LED market and slapping your logo on something mass produced out of China is the method most use. Seriously, just looking at my gear closet I came up with 7 different models of headlamps from 3 different manufacturers. So when I first set eyes on the UK Vizion at the Winter Outdoor Retailers show in Salt Lake City I was skeptical that a new entry to the market could give me anything more innovative and useful that…

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It’s been three seasons now since I made the switch to Dynafit bindings. That first season I kept a pair of skis mounted up with Fritschi Freerides but after a few months of touring with Dynafit bindings I pulled the Freerides, promptly sold them and bought a second pair of Dynafits. I had become a Dynafit Disciple. I realize that it’s hard for some to envision themselves skiing on a binding that looks so…primitive and so…simple, but making the leap is putting yourself on a path of enLIGHTenment, about 2-4 pounds lighter that is. I’ve skied steep terrain on peaks…

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It’s no secret that we favor skiing in Utah. Each year I have friends from Washington, Canada, Colorado, Jackson who all ask if I’m going to be making a trip to ski with them. It’s not that I don’t want to explore new areas and it’s not that I don’t want to ski with my buddies. Truth is every time I do want to ski somewhere else it means sacrificing easy access and generally better snow by leaving Utah. That’s not to say that I haven’t scored the goods elsewhere. There was the time that Jason and I went to…

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A couple of weeks ago Jason posted about some of the new AT boots from Scarpa that will soon find their way to store shelves and hopefully onto some of your feet. As a Dynafit Disciple I can’t wait to ski the Skookum with it’s alpine style tongue, booster strap and reinforced “power ribs”. It looks like a dream for the predominantly backcontry skiing crowd who will play in the slackcountry once in a while, spinning laps on the lifts to get the goods. Here’s a little video that goes down the features of the boots that Jason covered in…

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It’s been a few seasons since the lower elevation snowpack has been this abundant this early in the year. As I was driving home from Alta on New Years Day having skied with Jason I got looking around and was seeing coverage better than I recall in areas on Grandeur Peak, in Parleys Canyon and then near Mount Aire which sits at the mouth of Lambs Canyon. I even spied a couple of tracks down the main bowl of Mount Aire’s sub peak. Upon seeing that and the 2-3 feet that lay in on the side of the freeway I…

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When I first set my eyes on a pair of Mountain Khakis a couple of years ago at the Outdoor Retailer show I couldn’t figure out the hype. A beefy pant that looked like Carharts yet built for mountain bound people like myself? I wasn’t buying it. Then I landed a pair and put them through the ringer and 2 years later after many climbing, bush-whacking, canyon country and other outdoor adventures including building my house with them I’m a believer. Not only have they held up but they are one of the most comfortable pants I own. Although Mountain…

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It seems more rare than common for people to say with enthusiasm, “I LOVE where I live!”. Honestly, I LOVE where I live! I’ve got 3 backcountry skiing spots in 3 different directions within 20 minutes of my house. Weber Canyon to the north, Mirror Lake Highway to the east and Wolf Creek Pass to the Southeast. Add to that Park City is 20 minutes to the west and I’m in a backcountry skiers mecca. But don’t tell anyone, mmmk? It’s about 2 miles to the south and another 15 to the east from my house to the top of…

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“Ohhh, the weather outside is delightful…” Yea, I wish it were the other way around but it will be soon. It’s the “warm before the storm” right now but temps are forecasted to drop with a 60% chance of snow on tonight and into Wednesday. They are saying up to a foot of new will fall. Since wallets are getting lighter this time of the year Brighton Resort is offering a deal. On Wednesday, December 19 (that’s tomorrow kids) skiers and snowboarders can purchase a Brighton Day pass for only $14.00 when they bring a full bag of non-perishable to…

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Don’t I feel like one of the cool kids, throwing around acronyms left and right. I’ll break it down. As a recap from last Thursday night FeedTheHabit.com put together the Teton Gravity Research (TGR) and KGB Productions (some say it stands for Kitchen Goes Broke for Chris Kitchen who started KGB Productions) film showings at Brewvies as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center who then gives the money to the Utah Avalanche Center. Holy run on sentence Batman! No matter how you break it down the evening went well. We started things off by showing KGB’s…

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Looking for something that the skier in your life will be stoked on and will appreciate for years to come? You can thank me later. The photo below is near the top of Mount Superior and was taken on 4-19-2006. The photographer, Adam Barker, is doing a limited run of 1000 of these posters which are 24″ x 36″ and printed on high grade extra thick card stock. $1 from each poster sale will be donated to the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation. If you’d like to purchase a poster check out Adam Barker’s website to buy one online. He’s got plenty…

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It was the first morning of the 2008 Interbike Demo and with temps in the low to mid 80’s with a slight breeze I was ready to roll. But what to ride, what to ride? Like a kid in a candy story with mom’s wallet I went straight for the money bike – the 2008 Specialized Enduro Pro Carbon SL. And money it was. A quick note on the service. I’ve gotta say that the Specialized booth was one of the best demo booths that I experienced with friendly staff, very fast fulfillment of a demo bike and what looked…

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A couple of weeks ago the first snows graced the Wasatch Mountains here in Utah and like previous years for my first day of skiing I found myself headed up Timpanogos to ski the snowfield. With the long approach that makes for a full day I tossed in my Jetboil stove and Clif Shot Electrolyte Hot Apple Cider knowing I’d want some sort of electrolyte replacement during the day. I first tried the Hot Apple Cider at the Outdoor Retailer Show this past summer and was pleasantly surprised at the taste. My second encounter with it was the morning of…

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For two of the past 3 seasons I’ve started and finished my ski season on Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. At 11,749′ Timpanogos or Timp as most of us locals call it is one of those peaks that doesn’t come easy and even more so in the early season. It’s a 7 mile and 3200′ approach to get to the permanent snowfield with another 1000′ to the saddle where we usually start to ski. Weather or not there is early season snow the likelihood of skiing any of it on the approach is as thin as your…

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I’m a backcountry skier. Everyone that knows me could tell you that few things get me more stoked than skiing powder in the backcountry. Part of this passion is the reason we started this website back in 1999. For a few years now we’ve had the tag-line “Getting sick since the 1900’s” on our business cards (yea, we’ve got ’em) and until FTH 3.0 we had it on the website. But when it came to the mountain bike side of the site, admittedly I’ve been MIA. In 2000 I bought a Cannondale F700 Jekyl Lefty but it saw little to…

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You know winter is just around the corner when the annual Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) fundraising party rolls around. Hosted each year by Black Diamond, this the 14th year will undoubtedly not disappoint. Last year this event was attended by nearly 700 backcountry enthusiasts raising more than $33,000 for the UAC. For me this annual event signals a turning of the seasons, the first evening in what feels like ages to talk about last year’s lines, powder days and what’s on the tick list this season. Additionally it provides a chance to renew friendships with fellow backcountry skiers whom I…

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It was the last day of Outdoor Retailer’s show and I was cruising past the Clif booth. I had to stop in to see what’s new as Clif has been one of my favorite energy bar companies for years. I even read and enjoyed “Raising the Bar” which is the story about Gary Erikson the founder of Clif Bar. However, it seems that recently Clif is spending more time developing and marketing their drinks and shot blocks than the bars that put them on the map. So I figured I’d try the newest flavor of drink and was surprised to…

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Memory has it’s way of distorting the details. I think it’s been 6 years but it could be longer, likely more like 10. Either way, as my memory serves me I remember my first few times venturing into the backcountry/sidecountry while working at The Canyons. I remember the first time I skied Square Top, heart racing, adrenaline pumping. I remember the first time I bought touring boots – those baby blue Scarpa Denali XT’s – feeling as if I had “arrived” and was now a backcountry skier. But most importantly I remember all the details surrounding the first time that…

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For years the crew here at FeedTheHabit has been exclusively taking their feet to Surefoot for all their bootfitting. It’s not uncommon for us to hear people complain about their ski boots not fitting right or their feet hurting. For us, there’s just one solution – Surefoot. Over the years, we’ve gotten to know the crews at Surefoot at The Canyons Resort and at Park City Mountain Resort. We’ve recommended Surefoot to friends and family who’ve benefited from their handiwork. If our feet ever talk back to us when we’re out on the hill, we’ll simply say, “I’ve got to…

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Mount Superior has long captured the imaginations of skiers in the Wasatch and beyond. How can you not stare at this peak from Snowbird or Alta and imagine yourself carving tracks down it’s delicate yet enormous face? As we set out I knew today was going to be a good day, but didn’t know it would be the best day of the season. You know the type – it had snowed the past couple of days yet resorts are only reporting 6-8″ of new snow so you head out thinking, “well, it should be worth the outing but not something…

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