RSSTrip Reports

New Zealand 2006 – Trip Series

New Zealand 2006 – Trip Series

| December 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

This trip came about in a serendipitous manner.  In 2006 I wanted to see if I could ski all seven continents, and had just happened to meet Grant Guise through Ski Mountaineering racing, which Steve Romeo was also involved in.  Grant lived/lives in New Zealand and so we decided that was a good enough of […]

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Iceland 2006 – Trip Series

Iceland 2006 – Trip Series

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

This trip was made infamous in the 2007 movie “Steep” due to the avalanche footage we accidentally provided.  “I hope you got that, ’cause we’re not doing it again!”   Background This trip came about through my friendship with Matt Turley, who is/was a photographer and had been to Iceland in the summer.  At the […]

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Trip Poster Series

Trip Poster Series

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Starting in 2006, I began putting together 8 x 10 inch “trip posters” to commemorate special outings.  I stole this idea from Ruedi Homberger, aka The Snow Monster, while I was on a trip to Switzerland and saw a similar trip montage in his house.  Ruedi’s version involved cutting mats and carefully placing photos behind, whereas […]

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2014 Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctic Ski Cruise Trip Report

2014 Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctic Ski Cruise Trip Report

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Another Ice Axe Antarctic Ski Cruise has gone down in the history books, and like all those before it, this was yet another good one. I love how these trips start by collecting people from all over the world, squeezing them into South America, and then distilling all of that down to the very southern […]

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Slotterhouse AK – Photo Trip Report

Slotterhouse AK – Photo Trip Report

| October 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Rarely, if ever, have I experienced a place that gets me more excited about ski mountaineering than the Slotterhouse in the Wrangell-St.Elias National Park & Preserve in southeast Alaska. As a disclaimer, I like exploring remote areas with plenty of options, not just a single huge peak or exclusively steep skiing terrain.  This preference evolved […]

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Antarctica 2014 – The Time is Now

Antarctica 2014 – The Time is Now

| June 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

I know… it just seems like the snow has just melted and now next season is already sneaking up. Or in the case of Antarctica, the 2014 ski season is finally catching up to the northern hemisphere. November in Antarctica is like April in Utah – the days are getting longer, the temperatures are warming […]

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Wasatch Backcountry Update – March 1, 2014

Wasatch Backcountry Update – March 1, 2014

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Another wild week with rain, snow, wind and dramatically fluctuating temperatures.  But also some pretty good snow. The Red Snake returns – morning traffic due to avalanche control work.  Warm and dry in the valley bottom and dumping snow halfway up the canyon. The “high” avalanche rating kept the crowds at bay.  I think this […]

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Wrangell-St.Elias National Park & Preserve Photo Galleries

Wrangell-St.Elias National Park & Preserve Photo Galleries

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve got more great photos from this area than I can even begin to publish, but if you are into backcountry skiing, it’s the place to be… 2008 kiting trip to the Bagley Icefield… 2010 – A Quick Trip and Surprise Wedding 2012 Wilderness Ski Week 2013 Wilderness Ski Week ________________________________ Help support StraightChuter.com and […]

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2013 Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctic Ski Cruise Trip Report

| November 20, 2013 | 4 Comments

Another fun trip to Antarctica is now history and it did not disappoint.  Well, okay, the Drake Passage at only Force 3 was a bit lacking, but it still had some nice waves.  And, unlike in times past when you had two wait  years between trips, it is being held again next you in November […]

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DuMore Packraft Trip

| August 22, 2013 | 3 Comments

The true beauty of  packrafts is that their lightweight portability allows you to boat wildly remote rivers which would be logistically daunting or expensive with a hard-shell boat.   Weighing in at about 15 pounds for the entire boat, paddle, pdf, drysuit, etc., means that you can hump them over mountain passes and carry them […]

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