Gear Testing in the Rockies

The BACKPACKER test crew just returned from five days in the mountains, where we put next winter's hiking, camping, and skiing gear through a final round of testing.
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The BACKPACKER test crew just returned from five days in the mountains, where we put next winter's hiking, camping, and skiing gear through a final round of testing.

The BACKPACKER test crew just returned from five days in the mountains, where we put next winter's hiking, camping, and skiing gear through a final round of testing. We climbed almost 2,000 feet up to the 10th Mountain Division's Skinner Hut, which sits at 11,620 feet, above Leadville, Colorado. A late-spring storm delivered plenty of fresh powder and perfect testing conditions. Our reviews, including the 2015 Editors' Choice Snow Awards, will appear in the November issue.

Photos by Andrew Bydlon.