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Pioneer Mountains and Yurt – Idaho

Pioneer Mountains and Yurt – Idaho

| May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

It only took me about 25 years to get around to it, but after being on my wishlist for far too long, I finally made it up to Idaho’s Pioneer Mountains recently.  I first heard of them from Pete Patterson who told me that they were his favorite range, which says a lot considering that […]

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Moving Through Kashmir – A Gulmarg Ski Primer

Moving Through Kashmir – A Gulmarg Ski Primer

| April 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Much like La Grave, France, Gulmarg in Kashmir is a lift served backcountry skiing paradise.  The main difference between the two areas is that what La Grave has in vertical and steeps, Gulmarg has in width and endless open bowls of powder.  The areas are similar in infrastructure, but very different in terrain. Located in […]

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Just the Tip Video Compilation

Just the Tip Video Compilation

| April 20, 2017 | 4 Comments

Towards the end of the 2017 winter, I started shooting a series of short videos on ski mountaineering skills.  Originally it was going to be entitled “Tips and Tricks” but during a powder session with Andy Jacobsen and Noah Howell, two of the original PowderWhores founders, it became “Just the Tip” with an intro suggested […]

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Svalbard/Arctic Circle Ski Cruise in May

Svalbard/Arctic Circle Ski Cruise in May

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Svalbard is to Europe as Alaska is to America – a land of snow, ice & rocks located off of the northwest corner of the continent. Also known as Spitsbergen, which roughly translates into “Land of Pointy Rocks” in Danish, it is an incredible place to ski and  ride.  At just below 80 degrees north, the […]

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Mountain Mishaps Slideshow – Feb 9th, Snowbird

Mountain Mishaps Slideshow – Feb 9th, Snowbird

| February 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

It’s one thing to have a few close calls in the mountains and yet another to have had enough to fill an hour long slide show. What can I say – I’m a slow learner.  As part of the Utah Adventure Journal Speaker Series, I’ll be talking about some of the direct hits and near misses […]

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Wounded Wizard

Wounded Wizard

| January 25, 2017 | 2 Comments

In the age of acute political backcountry correctness, being insulted or yelled at by Bob Athey, aka The Wizard of the Wasatch, is a badge of honor.  I almost feel sorry for the up and coming youngsters who have missed out on it.  Bob is an equal opportunity offender, so you can’t take it too […]

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DIY Boot Dryer

DIY Boot Dryer

| January 21, 2017 | 7 Comments

I have to admit I’ve pondered this project for at least two years (not full time – don’t worry) and had a few false starts.  I’ve been thinking of a cheap, durable, compact boot dryer which could handle at least four sets of boots and had an easily replaceable heater unit, as that’s the part […]

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Guided Backcountry Skiing in the Wasatch Mountains

Guided Backcountry Skiing in the Wasatch Mountains

| December 9, 2016 | 3 Comments

Along with the new snow that the Wasatch Mountains are getting, there are now some new guiding operations as well.  For years, the Forest Service has limited the number of concessions in the Wasatch, but they have recently opened it up to allow some smaller companies a limited number of skier days.  One of these, Red River […]

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Little Cottonwood Canyon Closed for Backcountry Skiing

Little Cottonwood Canyon Closed for Backcountry Skiing

| November 29, 2016 | 8 Comments

It was only a matter of time before this happened.  When I was working as an Avalanche Forecaster, I heard that closing the Little Cottonwood Road during one of the big three day weekends costs the ski resorts (Alta and Snowbird) over a million dollars a day.  The road is controlled by artillery, which means […]

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Ushuaia and Antarctica 2016 Trip Report

Ushuaia and Antarctica 2016 Trip Report

| November 27, 2016 | 6 Comments

Twenty sixteen: The year of a relatively smooth Drake over (Beaufort 4-5), perfect weather, lots of ice which kept us from going too far south, skiing Deception Island, another great Black & White Party and a very smooth trip back across the Drake.  One of the best and most consistent trips skiing-wise with lots of […]

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