The Cleanest Line
Max Hammer

Max Hammer

An athlete, a cowboy or an artist? When he was young, Max Hammer couldn’t decide what he wanted to be when he grew up. He never imagined he could find a way to be all three.Today, Max exerts the physical energy of an athlete, intuits weather and land like a cowboy and keeps his artistic mind firing whenever navigating treacherous terrain—all in his pursuit of backcountry descents. He’s a full-time father and husband, in the mountains as much as possible, and also works as a filmmaker for Houseplant Creative.

Articles

Spring time in the Sierra. Photo: Christian Pondella

The Sierra Snow Wolf

May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019

On the west face of Mount Whitney, just off the summit of the highest peak in the lower 48, we had to traverse right. For us skiers it was no real issue, a bit of sidestepping and poling would do the trick. Yet, our group was comprised of both two… Read More

Eric Pollard picks a nice spot to chill. Virginia Lakes, California. Photo: Andrew Miller

The Last Hill

Dec 20, 2017 December 20, 2017

We were off-the-couch bikers, versed in miles per hour, not miles per day. After seven days of biking to ski, we needed a rest day. Hot springs mandatory. We remembered a shortcut to the Green Church pools, which was 9 miles shorter than the highway route. Shortcuts—with deeply rutted, washboard… Read More