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The Feed

The Feed

| May 5, 2015 | 4 Comments

I’ve tried many eating strategies for backcountry skiing over the years.  For a brief time, a friend turned me onto the 5 for $5 burgers from Arby’s, which was entertaining, but ultimately disgusting. When I first discovered GU, I liked the orange/chocolate flavor so much that I bought a case of it, only to throw most […]

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Basic Workbench Design & Plans

Basic Workbench Design & Plans

| May 1, 2015 | 7 Comments

This is a cheap & easy variation on a Fine Woodworking design and favors two of my favorite tools – a chop box and a cordless driver. It’s all about 90 degree cuts, shooting screws and avoiding notching as much as possible. The materials for this bench came to about $63 at HomeDepot (not including the […]

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Wrangell-St. Elias Range Trip Report

Wrangell-St. Elias Range Trip Report

| April 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

This was my seventh trip to the Wrangells and more than anything, it confirmed my suspicions from the previous six outings that this place is indeed the greatest skiing on earth. Of course the greatest skiing is all relative, but to me this means the area with the most terrain, most options, best views, best […]

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Petzl RAD System Review

Petzl RAD System Review

| April 7, 2015 | 11 Comments

The Petzl RAD System (Rescue and Descent) is designed for skiers to rapidly perform crevasse rescue, rappelling or roping up to travel in glaciated terrain. The system consists of three tried & true Petzl devices; a Micro Traxion Hauling Pulley, a Tibloc and screwgate carabiners, and also adds a 6mm x 30m RAD Line, which […]

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Tiny Packs –

Tiny Packs –

| March 16, 2015 | 9 Comments

The Law of Luggage states: “The amount of stuff you carry will expand to fit whatever size backpack you have.” For this reason and a few others, I use a tiny little 15 liter pack for backcountry skiing in the Wasatch. Between racing packs and mechanized skiing packs, there are quite a few small packs […]

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Mountain Accord Needs YOU!

Mountain Accord Needs YOU!

| February 5, 2015 | 4 Comments

I know… the title has the phrase “Mountain Accord” in it, but WAKE UP!  A major milestone has been reached, and if you enjoy the Wasatch Mountains, now is the time to speak up for the future of them.  After a year of negotiations with 21 stakeholders, the current Mountain Accord (MA) process is ready […]

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Spring Trip Offerings – Svalbard, Wrangells & Antarctica

Spring Trip Offerings – Svalbard, Wrangells & Antarctica

| January 30, 2015 | 3 Comments

Although it barely feels like the winter has even started here in the Wasatch, spring is just around the corner and now is a good time to make plans.  I’ll be returning to the Wrangell-St.Elias range in Alaska for a week of guiding the first week of April, and my friends Doug and Karyn from […]

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Banned of Brothers

Banned of Brothers

| January 27, 2015 | 2 Comments

Historically, those with authority, guns and money tend to get their way, so when the Utah Department of Transportation starts hinting about closing areas in the Wasatch for backcountry skiing, it is probably worth listening to them.  UDOT is responsible for keeping the Little Cottonwood Canyon road open and safe from avalanches, and one of their […]

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2015 Winter OR Show Review

2015 Winter OR Show Review

| January 24, 2015 | 9 Comments

While there was an overwhelming amount of new stuff in store for 2015/16 at the Outdoor Retailer Show, I have to admit to having a weakness for hard goods, especially those made out of exotic steels, sexy plastics and carbon fiber.  I was not disappointed. Odds and Pointy Ends Black Diamond Snaggletooth Crampon Since most crampons are asymmetrical anyways, […]

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State of the Wasatch – Jan 11, 2015

State of the Wasatch – Jan 11, 2015

| January 11, 2015 | 8 Comments

In the comments from my last post I was called out as “an elitist blowhard,” so I’ll try to live up to that reputation by now kvetching about the Wasatch snowpack.  It is okay… but we really need more snow, especially as this is going on the fourth sub par year in a row.  We’ve been robbed. Even […]

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