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Neff’s Canyon Cave – 2001

Neff’s Canyon Cave – 2001

| June 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

When I first heard of Neff’s cave in about 2000, it was considered one of the deepest caves in North America.  Since then, I think deeper caves have been discovered in the US, but at 1,165′ deep, Neff’s is definitely still an adventure. Bombs away….  Mark Holbrook at the gate and in the first few […]

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Ursus Horribilis, The Bear’s Face 1998

Ursus Horribilis, The Bear’s Face 1998

| June 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

In my recent slide scanning frenzy, I had a few from the 1998 first ascent of “Ursus Horribilis” in Montana which I did with Alex Lowe over three days.  Like most Alex adventurers, it was a wild ride and prior to going, I really had no idea what I was getting into.  The Bear’s Face […]

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35mm Slide Scanning

35mm Slide Scanning

| June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

After staring at a closet of 25,000+ 35mm color slides, I finally got around to having 1,000 of them digitized.  It only took me about 3 years to cull them down, organize them and send them off, but it is great to have all of these old images in modern format.  Part of the project […]

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Europe 2018 Trip Report – Lyngen Alps, Norway

Europe 2018 Trip Report – Lyngen Alps, Norway

| May 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Lyngen Alps in northern Norway is so perfectly suited for skiing it is almost like it was designed as a 600 square mile ski mountaineering amusement park.  There are roughly 145 peaks ranging from about 3,000′ up to 6,000′ and most of them have runs on every aspect and can be done as a […]

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Europe 2018 Trip Report – Chamonix

Europe 2018 Trip Report – Chamonix

| May 1, 2018 | 4 Comments

After only spending 36 hours there, I feel a little sheepish about writing a trip report about Chamonix, especially as we only skied the default beginner run, the Mer du Glace.  But as much as anything, Chamonix is the birthplace of modern alpinism and ski alpinism, so just being there and catching a glimpse of […]

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Europe 2018 Trip Report – Switzerland

Europe 2018 Trip Report – Switzerland

| April 30, 2018 | 2 Comments

Switzerland was part one of a three part trip to Europe which inadvertently came about as a way to salvage plans and plane tickets from a trip to Greenland which was cancelled due to lack of snow.  Like much of skiing, it was destiny as Europe was having a great snow year and many of […]

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Slow Motion Uphill Kick-Turn Video

Slow Motion Uphill Kick-Turn Video

| January 14, 2018 | 1 Comment

Uphill kick-turns are one of the essentials of backcountry skiing.  In general, it is better to do a “walk around” turn to change direction, but when the slope gets too steep, kick-turns are the way to go. It’s hard to say that there is any one way that is better than the others as much […]

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Antarctica 2017 Trip Report – Ice Axe Expeditions

Antarctica 2017 Trip Report – Ice Axe Expeditions

| November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The annual Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctic Ski Cruise is the fountain of youth, if for no other reasons than it makes you feel young, alive and promotes immaturity.  This was the 7th time Ice Axe has put on the “Trip of a Lifetime” and it just keeps better better and more polished every year.  This […]

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The Chuting Gallery – Available on November 12th

The Chuting Gallery – Available on November 12th

| October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve been running low on copies of “The Chuting Gallery” and sold out of them recently.  But have no fear – they are being reprinted as I type and more will be available when I return from Antarctica on November 12th.  If you really get desperate, there is currently one for sale on Amazon for $817.  […]

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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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