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The Essentials: Backcountry Builds

Updated: July 9, 2009, 2:01 PM ET
By Jeff Foss

[Jeff Foss is a General Editor at ESPN.com who oversees the action-sports section. He still writes a word or two when he has time.].

Mike Basich is a DIY kind of guy. At age four he had a workbench in his room. At 18 he packed up his riding gear (along with a welding kit), moved to Utah, and devoted his life to snowboarding. In the backcountry and elsewhere, his philosophy was one of self-reliance. Build it yourself so you know how it works. Live in the moment. Focus on personal ...

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