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Just the Tip Video Compulation

Just the Tip Video Compulation

| April 20, 2017 | 2 Comments

Towards the end of the 2017 winter, I started shooting a series of short videos on ski mountaineering skills.  Originally it was going to be entitled “Tips and Tricks” but during a powder session with Andy Jacobsen and Noah Howell, two of the original PowderWhores founders, it became “Just the Tip” with an intro suggested […]

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Svalbard/Arctic Circle Ski Cruise in May

Svalbard/Arctic Circle Ski Cruise in May

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Svalbard is to Europe as Alaska is to America – a land of snow, ice & rocks located off of the northwest corner of the continent. Also known as Spitsbergen, which roughly translates into “Land of Pointy Rocks” in Danish, it is an incredible place to ski and  ride.  At just below 80 degrees north, the […]

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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 | 2 Comments

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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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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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 – 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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Antarctica in November

Antarctica in November

| September 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The leaves are just beginning to change here in Park City and the temps have dropped to more humane levels, which can only mean one thing is coming up: Antarctica!  I’m very psyched to be heading down for my fifth outing as a ski guide on the Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctic Adventure Cruise as it […]

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Via Ferrata – the Iron Way

Via Ferrata – the Iron Way

| July 10, 2015 | 15 Comments

“Are you sure America is ready for this?” asked my wife as she stepped onto a single strand of wire strung across a deep gorge.  I’m a notorious bad judge of what American’s really want, but I’m definitely fired-up about Via Ferrata’s and recently had a chance to experience six of them in France under the […]

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