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Mountain Sledder Magazine | June 27, 2017

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Posts ByPatrick Garbutt, Author at Mountain Sledder Magazine

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

Buying a Used Sled — Do’s and Don’ts

August 18, 2016 |

Most guys don’t go out and buy a brand new F-350 Super Duty for their first set of wheels. It’s usually more like a rusty Madza 323 with a leaky gas tank, or some other P.O.S. with hardly any brakes and even less chick magnetism.   The same holds true … Read More

I survived a big Avalanche while snowmobiling video—what happened?

March 21, 2016 | 12

A video called “I survived a big Avalanche while snowmbiling thanks to my guardian angels !!!!…” posted on March 17, 2016 by YouTube user Doug Lakeman shows a rider trigger, and survive, a large avalanche while riding in the Gorman Lake snowmobile area near Golden, BC. The video gives a … Read More

TGFG W2014/2015 Slideshow

February 6, 2016 |

TGFG. You might recognize Tim Grey’s name from the Mountain Sledder Magazine masthead, right underneath where it says ‘Editor-in-Chief’. But what you probably don’t realize is that he spends more time in the backcountry than any desk jockey has a right to, and he’s not shy about bringing along his camera for the adventure. … Read More