Ryan Wichelns

Ryan Wichelns

Ryan Wichelns is a freelance journalist and climber based in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. His favorite missions are the random, unaesthetic snow and ice covered heaps in the middle of nowhere that require a weeklong scree-choked slog to maybe climb. ”Why” is not the right question. 

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Black Diamond Stands Firm Against Recall of Popular Avalanche Transceiver

A popular Pieps beacon is facing an internet boycott after a professional skier's turned off in an avalanche.

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Top 2019 Tech Gifts for Skiing

Your loved ones will actually want to bring this technology out on the slopes.

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How this Smartwatch Makes You a Better Skier

See how you are acclimatizing and access a topo map right on your wrist with the fenix 6 Series.

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10 Gifts for the Hut-Trip Lover in Your Life

Help them live it up in the mountains this winter with these snow-loving pieces of gear.

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A GPS Smartwatch is the Adventure Enhancement You Need

With a Garmin fēnix 5X Plus, you’ll feel like you can do anything.

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Missing skier: How does mountain search and rescue work?

See inside the step-by-step process ski patrollers use to find a missing skier, and the gear that helps them do it.