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

How does the cliché go, “Third time’s the charm?” Three years ago I picked up the first version of the Elvn (pronounced ‘eleven’) to test and generally beat up. Truth be told, it just didn’t measure up. Because they are a young, nimble company and most importantly they actually get out and use the gear they are making, Indigo Equipment went back to the drawing board with the Elvn which now in it’s third season is emerging as a top contender in the backcountry ski day pack category. Getting acquainted with Indigo Equipment over the past couple of years and…

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My name is Kendall Card and I am an addict. There I said it, I am an addict. The addiction is taking over my life. To my knowledge there isn’t a 12 step program and I don’t know of a cure. The strangest thing is that I’m not really a morning person. Ask my wife, she’ll tell you I loath getting up. As my employer, he’s never seen me in my desk at 8am. It’s all that powder out there and the thought of me in here.  The juggle of giving “the man” his and my family “theirs” with the…

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Making your way up Big Cottonwood Canyon from Salt Lake City, the road meanders through slots in cliff bands, tight corners and pine glades, all it seems in preparation for what you’ll find at Brighton. From any vantage point on Brighton’s slopes, you can easily see why this hill has long been known as a Mecca for snowboarders, and home to many savy skiers. Rocks, gullies, cliffs, steep tree lines are just a few of the architectural tools used to design this mountain playground. Upon pulling into the parking lot in I immediately spotted Mt. Millicent looming above me to…

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“I sure wish I had my whippet,” I commented, but in the end I did just fine without it. There we were, my buddy Rich and I, at the col between Maybird and the Pfeifferhorn looking up at the SE face and wishing we’d brought our ice axes or better yet, my whippet. “It’s not that I’m scared of falling while I’m skiing down, it’s that I’m scared of not being able to stop should I fall while climbing up – or having something pull out and pull me with it,” Rich says to me. I agreed. We decided that…

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The close of October found kids all over Utah preparing for tricks and treats, but it was Mother Nature who had a treat in store for the “older kids” of the Wasatch, a treat which would last well past the time of giving thanks. Utahans from the north in Logan to the south in Cedar City are indeed giving thanks, thanks that Mother Nature delivered the white treats in such abundance that November is proving to be what more than one skier is dubbing their most productive November ever. With Southern Utah coming off of the most abundant November in…

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All last season on each dawn patrol I would crank Slightly Stupid from start to finish (just about how long it takes to drive from Park City to Little Cottonwood Canyon) so with the first day of the 2004-05 year just under way I find myself heading down Parleys with Slightly Stupid cranked and a beaming smile on my face. Stoke meter is rising and I’m flooded with memories of last season’s epic powder days where SS is playing in the brain as I’m skinning up and skiing down. It’s going to be a great day – the day before…

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Should I ski Alta or should I ski the backcountry? I will have my cake and eat it too, thank you very much! After getting stood up by my backcountry ski partner on what could have been one of the coolest dawn patrols this year in Parleys Canyon (blower pow, setting moon, rising sun, super cold temps) I decided the man would have to wait another day so rather than turning for the office I headed over to Little Cottonwood Canyon at 6am, thinking I’d get in a lap on Flagstaff or Cardiff before skiing the lifts with some friends.…

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“Wow… that’s a HUGE bull elk!” we all clamor as we make our first official sighting of the night. “There’s not just one HUGE bull elk, but there’s 5 or 6 of them on either side of Highway 40. Little did we know at the time that the rampant wildlife (deer, elk, foxes and rabbits) would all combine to provide 2 straight hours of white knuckle, “is that a deer?” driving. After a close call with a stubborn cow elk just outside of Craig, we arrived in Steamboat, Colorado, home of Steamboat Powdercats—one of the finest snowcat operations in the…

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As the snow cat rumbles higher and higher through stands of aspens, we at last begin to catch glimpses of the snowcapped peaks that lay above this highway to heaven we find ourselves on. The views improve as we see tens, hundreds, and then what seems to be thousands of peaks. “Ooohs” and “ahhs” quickly change to statements like “sick” and “unreal” as we begin to grasp the scope of the terrain that lies before us. Indeed, snow covered peaks are visible against the cobalt sky as far as the eye can see and even farther in our imagination. Interestingly…

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Black Diamond has a simple approach to making ski and snowboard packs: Make them lean, light and affordable with just the right amount of essential features. With the introduction of the SlidePack, they’ve nailed it. The SlidePack (formerly known as the SwitchPack) is built for day trips into the backcountry but can even be used for resort yo-yoing. I didn’t think that it would hold up for a LONG day trip, particularly on my hut trip in the Tetons, but I was pleasantly surprised. Weighing in at only 2lbs 4oz, it was a great pack for long days in the…

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“Intelligent skis?” you ask. Yep, intelligent skis. Scoff no longer at the marriage between gadgetry and skis because HEAD has indeed come up with something that not only works, but works very well, particularly in the Monster 75. The principle behind the Intelligence Chip System is to take forces within the ski that are created and amplify them in a form that can stabilize the ski. To accomplish this there are Intellifibers embedded within the ski and set at a 45 degree angle across the ski. Within a turn vibrations which can cause torsional instabilities create an electrical energy that…

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The Salomon Raid Race shoe has become my do eveything shoe, despite being designed as a trail running shoe with adventure racing needs. Two years ago I bought the predecessor to this shoe and it took me to the top of the Grand Teton, twice! It was my approach shoe, scrambling shoe, trail runner, hanging around town shoe, you name it nothing can stop it shoe. After a couple of design and material changes, the Raid Race was born in 2001. Now I primarily use the Raid Race as a rugged trail runner but I know that it is completely…

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That is a day I’ll remember for a long time. The days leading up to the 7th had been filled with unreal April powder in record book quantities. It had been a bit on the heavy side for Utah, although the Northwest Skier in me was digging every minute of it. Each day that week started with the courtesy appearance at the office and then me slipping out just shy of 9am. The only way I’d be caught was if someone heard the swishing of my ski pants as I disappeared out the office door. The great escape…yea, the week…

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I love the month of March. The snow pack is plentiful; powder days appear suddenly while the sun seems to brighten things a little more often. Skiing sunny powder days seem to revive the soul. It also gets me thinking that spring will soon arrive, which means that the climbing season is near. Twenty steps, ten breaths. The pattern repeated itself. Once atop the slope we were staring at the east face and south ridge of Kings. We were also staring at 4:30 in the afternoon and the sun setting. For the first time in months when I leave the…

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I love unexpected spring powder days. One day everyone is cruising around town on mountain bikes, the next day it’s full blown winter again. Makes no sense at all. The trick however is to get up early and get the powder before the strong spring sunshine turns the “oh so light” Utah powder into good old Pacific Northwest slop. On a recent spring powder day, this is how it went down… So I didn’t get on the gondola until 9:25 and was thinking it was done. I’d missed the window and every local had come out of the woodwork to…

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Every year for the past 15 years as the snow starts to fall and as the opening day of the resort nears I get more and more stoked for the season to arrive. I lust for fat powder days and daydream of face-shots on endless runs. I imagine the creaking of the bull-wheel as it comes to life after a long summer of inactivity. However, each opening day comes and goes without me. I have never known an opening day and this year was no different. This year, my opening day came a little sooner than usual. You see, I…

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My wife and I really love to go rock climbing. We try to get out once a week during the summer to enjoy the mountains and get a little exercise. It also gives us a chance to get away from the busy lives we lead. So about a month ago we agreed that on Friday evening we would meet at the mouth of Rock Canyon, in Provo, Utah, to go climbing. I would be coming from work and she would drop off our son at Grandma’s and hurry over to the parking lot from which we determined to set out.…

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Just about five years ago, shortly before getting married, I spent three days circumnavigating Mt. Hood in Oregon with my then 15-year-old sister. Marissa, or Roo as she is affectionately know in our family, and I had wanted to complete this hike ever since a day hike on Mt. Hood in 1994 where we hiked 3 miles from Timberline toward the Mississippi Head, a large rock cliff to the west of Timberline. When we turned around to head back to Timberline, we both felt the pull of the trail as we curiously imagined a journey that would continue around the…

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