Gear Pro: British Columbia Gear Testing

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a BACKPACKER gear testing trip.

Our team of editors is fresh off a week of spring skiing in British Columbia. What does this tough job entail? Well, we hauled close to one ton of skiing and camping gear and apparel into a sweet backcountry hut, Mallard Mountain Lodge. Based out of this lovely, family-run gem, we skinned up and shredded pristine undiscovered lines. We camped (yes, we passed up the plush beds in favor of tent and bag testing), melted countless pots of snow, shot thousands of photos and hours of video footage. Click through the slideshow to get a sneak peak of our trip, which will be featured, along with dozens of gear reviews, in our 2014 Fall Gear Guide.