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Svalbard 2016 Trip Report and Photo Album

Svalbard 2016 Trip Report and Photo Album

| June 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

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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Skiing in the Ruby Mountains, NV – Seitz Lake Approach

Skiing in the Ruby Mountains, NV – Seitz Lake Approach

| March 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the biggest cruxes of skiing in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada is access, as most of the range is surrounded by private ranches who don’t need no stinkin’ ski hippies crossing their land.  Apart from Lamoille Canyon (home to the world famous Terminal Cancer couloir), getting deep within the range on foot is […]

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Skiing and Snow Anchors

Skiing and Snow Anchors

| March 2, 2016 | 2 Comments

I doubt that most visitors to Park City will ever need to rappel during a ski descent while on vacation here, but rope work and anchors can come in handy for ski mountaineering descents. At times it might be a full-on rope stretching affair like skiing the Grand Teton in low snow, and at other […]

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