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Ski Mountaineering Course in Ushuaia, Argentina

Ski Mountaineering Course in Ushuaia, Argentina

| August 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

Although it is a long ways to go for a two day course, if you happen to be in Ushuaia (perhaps on your way to Antarctica…), Ice Axe Expeditions is putting on basic and advanced ski mountaineering courses.  The courses take place on November 4th & 5th and cover a wide variety of mountain skills.  Taught […]

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Comments Needed on Heliskiing and a Heliport in the Park City and Summit County Area

Comments Needed on Heliskiing and a Heliport in the Park City and Summit County Area

| August 3, 2016 | 2 Comments

The Synderville Basin Planning Commission recently held a work session to discuss commercial helicopter use in Summit County and the Park City area.  The Wasatch Powderbird Guides have been actively involved with the planning process, presumably to try and establish a heliport base somewhere in the Park City area. Comments can be sent to the Community Development […]

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Svalbard 2016 Trip Report and Photo Album

Svalbard 2016 Trip Report and Photo Album

| June 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

Ice Axe Expeditions Arctic Circle Ski & Sail – Trip Report For more information on this trip, or similar skiing adventures in Antarctica, contact Ice Axe Expeditions out of Truckee, CA.  www.iceaxe.tv Week One – May 15-22, 2016 May 15th – Set sail from LYR. Met with Stein/Helga and went over the general plan, which is to […]

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XGK Stove Tips & Tricks

XGK Stove Tips & Tricks

| May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

I like MSR XGK EX Multi-Fuel stoves for the same reason military types prefer certain weapons over others – they can be dragged through the mud, stepped on, abused and still reliably fire.  There are lighter, more fuel efficient stoves out there, but the XGK is a proven snow melting blowtorch, especially at higher altitudes.  The […]

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Portable Emergency Sled for Backcountry Skiing

Portable Emergency Sled for Backcountry Skiing

| April 27, 2016 | 4 Comments

One of the more unglamorous aspects of being a ski mountaineering guide is carrying all of the emergency gear which adds considerable weight to your pack which you hope you will never have to use. At the top of the list is an emergency sled, which is generally expensive dead weight. I’ve owned a variety […]

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Super Stove Board Construction

Super Stove Board Construction

| April 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

It only takes getting three liters of boiling hot water spilled in your lap once to realize the importance of a good stove board for heavy winter camping.  Boiling water and melting snow are major pastimes of winter camping and the hot little camp stoves need all the help they can get to keep from spilling […]

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Winter Camping – 2016 Improvements

Winter Camping – 2016 Improvements

| April 12, 2016 | 3 Comments

On my first winter camping trip we brought a gallon jug of water, which quickly froze and left us with no water and 9 pounds of dead weight. Things have improved slightly since then, but I’m still learning little tricks of the winter base-camping trade which make life warmer, drier and better fed.  Here are a […]

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Svalbard 2016 – Spaces Available

Svalbard 2016 – Spaces Available

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Through some sort of lucky harmonic convergence, I’m going to be joining Todd Offenbacher as an Ice Axe Expeditions guide on two trips up to Svalbard this May. This is a very cool and unusual place, not to mention that it also has excellent skiing, sailing adventures and wildlife, including Ursus Maritimus, or polar bears. […]

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Contour “Start Up” Kids Touring Adapters

Contour “Start Up” Kids Touring Adapters

| March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

After many hours of modifying adult touring gear to work for for my kids, I recently found a much better solution; the Contour “Start Up” Touring Adapter. The basic idea is the same as the old BCA “Alpine Trekker” which is a hinged plate that clamps onto your alpine boot and then fits into your […]

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Skiing Around Seitz Lake – Ruby Mountains, NV

Skiing Around Seitz Lake – Ruby Mountains, NV

| March 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

I first heard of the Ruby Mountains in Nevada when Voile named a ski after them in the early 1990’s. When I asked Wally, the founder of Voile, why, he said “They’ve got the best powder on earth.” This said a lot coming from a voracious powder-hound like Wally who lives in the Wasatch. My […]

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