A Meeting of Mad Men – Aug 27th

| August 25, 2010

Oh man have I been a bad little blogger..!  Nothing new for weeks, well OK, months.  We have been putting an addition on our house which was suppose to be quick and easy, but of course it spawned a whole slew of other upgrades that have consumed most of my summer.  Hopefully the end is in sight.

Before ever skiing in Valdez/Chugach I had heard so much glowing praise about it that I figured there was no way that it could possibly live up to all the hype.  This all changed the first time I actually skied there and I had to eat my all my sarcastic thoughts.  Valdez is one of those areas where all the components come together perfectly to create excellent backcountry skiing – the access, mountains, snowpack and logistics are all ideal.

This fact was lost on me, but not on 5-6 heliskiing operators, various snowmobile events and a few Valdez locals, including Matt Kinney.  Matt is putting on a presentation this Friday titled “Backcountry Skiing in Valdez – An Environmental Perspective” which should be interesting, and in the very least, it is being held in a cool outdoor location, the Storm Mountain Amphitheater in Big Cottonwood Canyon. As a long time Valdez local, Matt has seen an incredible amount of motorized development in the last two decades.

Matt has kindly donated the proceeds of this show to our own local snow wizard, Bob Athey, who injured his shoulder in an avalanche accident last season.

The show is Friday, August 27th from 7-9pm with an encouraged donation at the gate.

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. Ralph S. says:

    Sounds like a great presentation. Wish it wasn’t 6 hours away. Hope Mr. Athey is recovering nicely.

    Opened my mailbox and the Backcountry Gear Guide was in there and now a post from you. We must be getting close…

  2. atommy says:

    its almost october and you are still mia… yep, you suck!

  3. AJ says:


    mia? mountaineering in Antartica? or Alaska? making incredible addition [on house]?

    give Andrew some slack

    when the temperature dips regular blogging will probably resume

    Andrew, good luck with the addition!

  4. atommy says:

    clever aj. im just giving andrew a little shite. quit being so serious.

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