Backcountry Update: Embedded Backcountry Maps & is really coming along, we just added features to allow users of the "My Maps" module the option of embedding custom maps on to their own site. Above is an example of a public My Map created by JP and linked from a 3rd party site. We've also added some new features which allow much easier map marker creation. My Map users can now click anywhere on the map and create a marker from that point. was launched 4/16/2006. Happy Easter. provides a service and home on the web for Avalanche Forecast Centers and Backcountry Observers. Create custom maps with any type of data, embed those maps on your Avalanche Center's homepage, collaborate with other forecasters, and use our tools and data layers for a complete view of any location.

New Hampshire Backcountry: Tuckerman’s Revine

I'm stoked to annouce our first guest trip report and author, Seth Beck from SBC is out killing it in the east coast backcountry and representing with the Illunimati. His post below from Tuckerman's Revine, New Hampshire looks like a great time with good friends. Keep an eye out for more trip reports from Seth and other guest authors in the future. Please pay SBC a visit at -- sponsor them in the Mongol Rally 2006!

New Hampshire Backcountry: Tuckerman's Revine

I am not dead, just lame

These are the two runs we managed to get in. Afterwards, Carrie stated that “Tuckermans is more about hiking than riding, huh.” For a larger unmarked photo of the ravine click here

In 1996, I made my first trip to Tuckerman’s, it was my second year riding and I came completely unequipped for the steep slopes, lacking any real skills and riding a 151 Morrow Revert, the same model TR took the Open with in 1994. However, it would prove an experience that would influence the following years greatly.

Ten years later and a lot has changed, I entered the year with high hopes for the season. Unfortunately, a combination of bad weather, bad colonies, added job responsibilities, and a house under the constant attack of a one year old, left me with one of my worst years on the mountain ever.

Colorado Backcountry: Doug Coombs Legend

First I need to start with some very sad news, yesterday Doug Coombs and another skier were killed in the mountains above La Grave, France. Doug founded Valdez Heli-Ski Guides out of Alaska in 1993 and has made an immeasurable amount contributions to the backcountry, Alaska skiing, skiing in general and Alpine guiding. Please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers to the families involved. Another fallen great, reminds me of when Criag Kelly died. These guys are legends and will never be forgotten! R.I.Pow

More About Doug and Accident Details:

"Coombs was extremely well known at la Grave which he had made his second home. Star of numerous extreme skiing movies, twice the World Extreme Ski champion he had founded and subsequently sold Valdez Heli Ski Guides and operated Steep Skiing Camps Worldwide. He is survived by his wife, Emily and young son David. Prophetically Doug had once said that he imagined the slopes under the majestic peak of la Meije "would last a lifetime".

La Grave is a vast off-piste area with two main itineary routes and countless other routes. It is a worldwide mecca for off-piste skiers, in particular from Sweden and North America. Avalanche accidents and falls are relatively uncommon but have killed some well known and popular figures. In April 2003 German guide Philip Jaerschky was killed by an avalanche in the couloir de Chirouze In April 2004 Romain Berger was killed by a slide above the Trifides couloirs while praticing for the Derby de la Meije. A Spanish guide was killed by an avalanche on the nearby Tête de Sainte Marguerite on Saturday.

Colorado Backcountry: Broke My Back

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, it's been a painful month. On the 9th I fractured two vertebrae while riding up at Mary Jane and haven't been on the board since. I'm off to see a back specialist from Alpine Spine clinic next week, hopefully they will be able to give me a better idea of the seriousness of the injury and recovery options. Every season I usually end up with two fairly serious injuries resulting from snowboarding as much as possible. This year it was the MCL and multiple compression fractures, last year it was broken ribs and dislocated shoulder. The year before all that, it was more broken ribs and torn rotator cuff. You get the idea.. I figured that now I'm a gimp for the next month or more, I'd post a blog entry regarding some of the sites I dig and check out on a daily basis. To all the remaining soldiers out there, keep killin' it and I'll see you in a few more weeks.




Project Update: & Tech Side Blog is a new project we've been ramping up and working on. We have a few more features too code before we can open it up for the world. The site is currently in preview mode, allowing users to navigate waypoints, view featured maps, and overlay custom data. Our target is to have a few beta members using the site within the next two weeks. Check out the newest posting on Google Maps Mania Blog regarding our work: Google Maps Mania is a quick blog I put up as a place to dump code snippets, ideas and howto guides. This blog has some good hints for any web developer. Check out how we do the things we do in web land.

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