RSSTrip Reports

Up, Up & Away to Snowy AK

Up, Up & Away to Snowy AK

| March 27, 2013 | 8 Comments

If I had to pick my favorite place on earth to go skiing, it would have to be Alaska.  I know, this is a cheater’s answer as the state is so huge it is like saying “protein” is your favorite food, but that’s the point.  In Alaska you can ski anywhere from sea level to […]

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12k on 12-12-12

12k on 12-12-12

| December 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

The day started with airborne garbage cans flying around in Salt Lake City.  Texting Noah from the comfort of his upstairs bed, Jonah asked “Are you still going?”  Noah had no choice, first because it was his idea to climb and ski 12,012′ in honor of 12-12-12, but also because he was meeting me for […]

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River of Return – TR

River of Return – TR

| October 18, 2012 | 8 Comments

This was one of the funnest non-skiing trips I’ve ever been on and is an instant Wilderness adventure classic.  Named “The River of Return” as it starts and finishes at the same spot in the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness area, this trip was the brainchild of Forrest McCarthy from Jackson Hole. […]

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Roundtrip River Running

Roundtrip River Running

| September 12, 2012 | 5 Comments

At what elevation do deer turn into elk? Is there always snow on Everest? Do you finish at the same place you start on this river? These are all excellent questions, and in the case of an upcoming packrafting trip, yes, you do start and finish at the same point on this river.  This reminds […]

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Heaps, Pine Creek & Mystery Canyons

Heaps, Pine Creek & Mystery Canyons

| August 28, 2012 | 2 Comments

One of the great things about living in Utah is the proximity to excellent technical slot canyons in Zion National Park.  Many of these are considered “wet” canyons, which took on a whole new meaning for me after my first one.  In a wet canyon, it can be over 100 degrees in the sun, but […]

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Alaska 2012 Trip Report

Alaska 2012 Trip Report

| April 27, 2012 | 3 Comments

The skiing in Alaska is always good, but this year was exceptional. Not only did the weather hold out for almost the entire three week trip, but the snow was so stable it was almost scary. I kept having to remind myself to be careful of overconfidence, as all of the aspects and elevations we […]

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Wilderness Ski Week Wrap Up

Wilderness Ski Week Wrap Up

| April 7, 2012 | 1 Comment

The first annual Wild Alpine Wilderness Ski Week wrapped up a few moments ago with a final plane ride back to Chitina from the Ultima Thule Lodge. In all, I think it was one of the longest continuous stretches of great skiing I can remember with perfect weather, conditions and a fantastic group of people. […]

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Powder, Couloirs and the Heaven’s Gate Exit Couloir

Powder, Couloirs and the Heaven’s Gate Exit Couloir

| April 5, 2012 | 1 Comment

Bandwidth is slowing to a crawl here, but it was another fantastic day in the Wrangell-St. Elias range..

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Solidarity Peak

Solidarity Peak

| April 5, 2012 | 1 Comment

Yet another great day in the Wrangell-St.Elias Mountains, this time with a climb and ski descent of Solidarity Peak in perfect conditions.

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Wrangells Update

Wrangells Update

| March 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

After a smooth flight up to Anchorage and a gracious 1:00am airport pick-up, a smooth two-dog drive to Chitina and a quick Turbine Otter flight, we made it out to the Ultima Thule Lodge a few days ago.  The next day we took two Super Cubs out for a day of skiing that turned out […]

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