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Mountain Sledder Magazine | October 19, 2017

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Posts ByPatrick Garbutt, Author at Mountain Sledder Magazine

How to Make Your First Ride of the Winter More Wheelie and Less Bad Feely

September 19, 2017 |

EVERYTHING hurt. Like everything. Shoulders, neck, back and quads. I was popping pain killers like candy. I couldn’t stay awake in the evening but it was hard to get comfortable enough in bed to sleep at night. Getting out of bed in the morning was a major struggle. Driving to work it was difficult and painful to lift my leg to depress the clutch in the car. You get the idea.Read More

Apparently, Not Everyone Hates Summer

August 21, 2017 |

I was in the post office this morning, making small talk with the lady behind the counter. She was bemoaning the fact that summer is almost over already, and I had to bite my tongue. “Gawd lady, how much longer do you really want this to go on?” I wanted to ask. But instead—not wanting to be confrontational—I agreed with her that yes, summer has gone by much too quickly. Liar!Read More

Buds and Butts Are the Most Common Trash in Snowmobile Area

July 10, 2017 |

Have you ever wondered what type of sledders are mostly likely to litter while out snowmobiling? Well, here’s your answer: smokers and Budweiser drinkers are the mostly likely to throw their trash on the ground while sledding in the mountains.Read More

Mechanics — the Most Interesting People in the World

April 16, 2017 |

What is it that makes mechanics just so damned interesting?

For starters, did you know that there are only two types of people in the world that wash their hands before they go pee? Doctors and—you guessed it—mechanics. That puts them in a pretty elite group right there.Read More

A Positive Sign: Good Terrain Choice on a Deep and Touchy Weekend

March 22, 2017 |

They say that hindsight is 20/20. Looking back on the significant avalanche events that occurred just a few ridges to the south—as well as in the nearby Rockies—it’s clear that the snowpack at Gorman Lake on that sunny Sunday was tipping on the edge of disaster.Read More

How to Get Unstuck

February 21, 2017 |

Here are a variety of techniques that you can use to get unstuck, from least-to-most physically demanding. Start at the top and work your way down until you’re free and clear!

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Why the F&*K do you not have avalanche rescue gear??

February 3, 2017 |

If you ride in the mountains without training and gear, then you are not a mountain sledder. I don’t care what kind of hot-rod sled you own. Don’t call yourself that. Being a mountain sledder means something. It means that you’re prepared. It means that you can take care of yourself and others. And it means that you’ve taken the necessary steps to be as safe as you can out in the mountainsRead More

Do you carry a gun?

January 7, 2017 |

Feature image courtesy of aliengearholsters.com   The question of carrying a gun in the backcountry while snowmobiling is a hot topic at the moment. Gun ownership and the provisions to carry them have always been touchy subjects for those south of the 49th parallel, or at least since the day all … Read More

Everyone’s an Expert: The Mountain Caribou Conundrum

December 28, 2016 |

A recent Facebook post by the Conservation Officer Service of British Columbia has raised some interesting questions about Mountain Caribou conservation efforts in BC. There are certainly some facts regarding the decline of Mountain Caribou populations in the province, but it seems like these are overshadowed by many more opinions … Read More

Alberta Snowmobile and Powersports Show Recap

October 20, 2016 |

It was big. It was shiny. It was the Alberta Snowmobile and Powersports Show (ASPS) in Edmonton in all its glory.   The 2016 trade show was much like those of years past, brimming with the excitement of new gear, new parts and new dreams for a big winter to … Read More