Tag: backcountry skiing

Pioneer Mountains and Yurt – Idaho

Pioneer Mountains and Yurt – Idaho

| May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

It only took me about 25 years to get around to it, but after being on my wishlist for far too long, I finally made it up to Idaho’s Pioneer Mountains recently.  I first heard of them from Pete Patterson who told me that they were his favorite range, which says a lot considering that […]

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Moving Through Kashmir – A Gulmarg Ski Primer

Moving Through Kashmir – A Gulmarg Ski Primer

| April 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

Much like La Grave, France, Gulmarg in Kashmir is a lift served backcountry skiing paradise.  The main difference between the two areas is that what La Grave has in vertical and steeps, Gulmarg has in width and endless open bowls of powder.  The areas are similar in infrastructure, but very different in terrain. Located in […]

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Just the Tip Video Compilation

Just the Tip Video Compilation

| April 20, 2017 | 5 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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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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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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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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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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Super Stove Board Construction

Super Stove Board Construction

| April 20, 2016 | 2 Comments

It only takes getting three liters of boiling hot water spilled in your lap once to realize the importance of a good stove board for heavy winter camping.  Boiling water and melting snow are major pastimes of winter camping and the hot little camp stoves need all the help they can get to keep from spilling […]

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Winter Camping – 2016 Improvements

Winter Camping – 2016 Improvements

| April 12, 2016 | 3 Comments

On my first winter camping trip we brought a gallon jug of water, which quickly froze and left us with no water and 9 pounds of dead weight. Things have improved slightly since then, but I’m still learning little tricks of the winter base-camping trade which make life warmer, drier and better fed.  Here are a […]

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2015 Antarctic Peninsula Trip Report

2015 Antarctic Peninsula Trip Report

| November 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

The 2015 Ice Axe Adventure Cruise is a wrap and I’m already excited to hear that they’ve already sold out the upper cabins for 2016 as well.  Yippy!  I love this trip for thousands of reasons, but from a mountain guide standpoint it is especially fun as I get to work with roughly 20 other […]

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