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Outdoor Alliance trip to Washington, DC

Outdoor Alliance trip to Washington, DC

| December 12, 2014 | 6 Comments

This was one of the more interested and unusual trips I’ve been on, and although it had everything to do with backcountry skiing, not a turn was had. We did however summit “The Hill” at 9:46am on December 10th with no supplemental oxygen or porters and by fair means. The trip was put together by […]

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New Zealand 2006 – Trip Series

New Zealand 2006 – Trip Series

| December 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

This trip came about in a serendipitous manner.  In 2006 I wanted to see if I could ski all seven continents, and had just happened to meet Grant Guise through Ski Mountaineering racing, which Steve Romeo was also involved in.  Grant lived/lives in New Zealand and so we decided that was a good enough of […]

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Iceland 2006 – Trip Series

Iceland 2006 – Trip Series

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

This trip was made infamous in the 2007 movie “Steep” due to the avalanche footage we accidentally provided.  “I hope you got that, ’cause we’re not doing it again!”   Background This trip came about through my friendship with Matt Turley, who is/was a photographer and had been to Iceland in the summer.  At the […]

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Trip Poster Series

Trip Poster Series

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Starting in 2006, I began putting together 8 x 10 inch “trip posters” to commemorate special outings.  I stole this idea from Ruedi Homberger, aka The Snow Monster, while I was on a trip to Switzerland and saw a similar trip montage in his house.  Ruedi’s version involved cutting mats and carefully placing photos behind, whereas […]

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2014 Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctic Ski Cruise Trip Report

2014 Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctic Ski Cruise Trip Report

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Another Ice Axe Antarctic Ski Cruise has gone down in the history books, and like all those before it, this was yet another good one. I love how these trips start by collecting people from all over the world, squeezing them into South America, and then distilling all of that down to the very southern […]

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2014-15 Ski Setup

2014-15 Ski Setup

| November 1, 2014 | 3 Comments

There’s still no snow on the ground and the temps are downright balmy, but it is never too soon to assemble a ski set up for the upcoming season. The ski crampons are just for Antarctica, but the rest is my standard issue touring gear.   Skis All around skis: Black Diamond Link 90’s in […]

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November 1st – 2014 Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Public Session

November 1st – 2014 Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Public Session

| October 27, 2014 | 3 Comments

Avalanche education is one of the best ways to avoid being caught and/or buried by an avalanche while backcountry skiing, or, as the Utah Avalanche Center says “Know Before You Go.”  To that end, the UAC is hosting a very concentrated avalanche workshop this Saturday, November 1st at the Southtowne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. […]

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Slotterhouse AK – Photo Trip Report

Slotterhouse AK – Photo Trip Report

| October 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Rarely, if ever, have I experienced a place that gets me more excited about ski mountaineering than the Slotterhouse in the Wrangell-St.Elias National Park & Preserve in southeast Alaska. As a disclaimer, I like exploring remote areas with plenty of options, not just a single huge peak or exclusively steep skiing terrain.  This preference evolved […]

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How to Build Wands

How to Build Wands

| October 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

I know – the moment you’ve all been waiting for.  Both of you. As detailed in my previous post, I’ve built a lot of bad mountaineering wands before arriving at this solution.  I like this design as they stay put in deep snow for weeks on end, withstand wind, are easy to place, easy to […]

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Ski Mountaineering Wand Making – Greatest Fails

Ski Mountaineering Wand Making – Greatest Fails

| October 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

According to Malcom Gladwell’s theory that a person can only achieve true mastery of an activity by doing it for ten thousand hours, I’m almost a wand building prodigy. This is nothing to be proud of (except if you are my mom) and came about accidentally when I was building wands to mark ski mountaineering […]

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