Andrew McLean

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

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Mountain Mishaps Slideshow – Feb 9th, Snowbird

Mountain Mishaps Slideshow – Feb 9th, Snowbird

| February 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

It’s one thing to have a few close calls in the mountains and yet another to have had enough to fill an hour long slide show. What can I say – I’m a slow learner.  As part of the Utah Adventure Journal Speaker Series, I’ll be talking about some of the direct hits and near misses […]

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Wounded Wizard

Wounded Wizard

| January 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

In the age of acute political backcountry correctness, being insulted or yelled at by Bob Athey, aka The Wizard of the Wasatch, is a badge of honor.  I almost feel sorry for the up and coming youngsters who have missed out on it.  Bob is an equal opportunity offender, so you can’t take it too […]

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DIY Boot Dryer

DIY Boot Dryer

| January 21, 2017 | 7 Comments

I have to admit I’ve pondered this project for at least two years (not full time – don’t worry) and had a few false starts.  I’ve been thinking of a cheap, durable, compact boot dryer which could handle at least four sets of boots and had an easily replaceable heater unit, as that’s the part […]

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Guided Backcountry Skiing in the Wasatch Mountains

Guided Backcountry Skiing in the Wasatch Mountains

| December 9, 2016 | 3 Comments

Along with the new snow that the Wasatch Mountains are getting, there are now some new guiding operations as well.  For years, the Forest Service has limited the number of concessions in the Wasatch, but they have recently opened it up to allow some smaller companies a limited number of skier days.  One of these, Red River […]

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Little Cottonwood Canyon Closed for Backcountry Skiing

Little Cottonwood Canyon Closed for Backcountry Skiing

| November 29, 2016 | 8 Comments

It was only a matter of time before this happened.  When I was working as an Avalanche Forecaster, I heard that closing the Little Cottonwood Road during one of the big three day weekends costs the ski resorts (Alta and Snowbird) over a million dollars a day.  The road is controlled by artillery, which means […]

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Ushuaia and Antarctica 2016 Trip Report

Ushuaia and Antarctica 2016 Trip Report

| November 27, 2016 | 6 Comments

Twenty sixteen: The year of a relatively smooth Drake over (Beaufort 4-5), perfect weather, lots of ice which kept us from going too far south, skiing Deception Island, another great Black & White Party and a very smooth trip back across the Drake.  One of the best and most consistent trips skiing-wise with lots of […]

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Ski Mountaineering Course in Ushuaia, Argentina

Ski Mountaineering Course in Ushuaia, Argentina

| August 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

Although it is a long ways to go for a two day course, if you happen to be in Ushuaia (perhaps on your way to Antarctica…), Ice Axe Expeditions is putting on basic and advanced ski mountaineering courses.  The courses take place on November 4th & 5th and cover a wide variety of mountain skills.  Taught […]

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Comments Needed on Heliskiing and a Heliport in the Park City and Summit County Area

Comments Needed on Heliskiing and a Heliport in the Park City and Summit County Area

| August 3, 2016 | 5 Comments

The Synderville Basin Planning Commission recently held a work session to discuss commercial helicopter use in Summit County and the Park City area.  The Wasatch Powderbird Guides have been actively involved with the planning process, presumably to try and establish a heliport base somewhere in the Park City area. Comments can be sent to the Community Development […]

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Svalbard 2016 Trip Report and Photo Album

Svalbard 2016 Trip Report and Photo Album

| June 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

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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