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Antarctica & General Ski Mountaineering Gear List

Antarctica & General Ski Mountaineering Gear List

| December 15, 2015 | 2 Comments

In conjunction with Ice Axe Expeditions, I’ve put together an annotated gear list for skiing in Antarctica,although most of the items listed here are what I use or recommend for general backcountry skiing as well. ANTARCTICA ADVENTURE & SKI CRUISE – 2016 Gear List This is an extensive list that will allow for a participant to […]

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2015 Antarctic Peninsula Trip Report

2015 Antarctic Peninsula Trip Report

| November 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

The 2015 Ice Axe Adventure Cruise is a wrap and I’m already excited to hear that they’ve already sold out the upper cabins for 2016 as well.  Yippy!  I love this trip for thousands of reasons, but from a mountain guide standpoint it is especially fun as I get to work with roughly 20 other […]

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Antarctica in November

Antarctica in November

| September 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The leaves are just beginning to change here in Park City and the temps have dropped to more humane levels, which can only mean one thing is coming up: Antarctica!  I’m very psyched to be heading down for my fifth outing as a ski guide on the Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctic Adventure Cruise as it […]

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Via Ferrata – the Iron Way

Via Ferrata – the Iron Way

| July 10, 2015 | 14 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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