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Via Ferrata – the Iron Way

Via Ferrata – the Iron Way

| July 10, 2015 | 5 Comments

“Are you sure America is ready for this?” asked my wife as she stepped onto a single strand of wire strung across a deep gorge.  I’m a notorious bad judge of what American’s really want, but I’m definitely fired-up about Via Ferrata’s and recently had a chance to experience six of them in France under the […]

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PC Ridgeline Meeting Recap

PC Ridgeline Meeting Recap

| June 17, 2015 | 2 Comments

This was an interesting and nuanced meeting with a generally favorable outcome for backcountry skiers.*  The main topic was should Summit County include roughly 600 – 900 acres of Forest Service land in a proposed Mountain Accord agreement where it would receive extra protection on top of what the Forest Service already provides.  The land […]

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Help Protect the Park City Ridgeline

Help Protect the Park City Ridgeline

| June 15, 2015 | 2 Comments

This is a semi-complicated story (details below), but the fate of 600 acres of Forest Service land along the Park City ridgeline is being discussed on Wednesday, June 17th by the Summit County Council. If you care about areas like the Monitors, Dutch Draw and Murdock Peak, it is imperative that you make your voices […]

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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 | 14 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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