Tag: backcountry skiing

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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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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Tiny Packs –

Tiny Packs –

| March 16, 2015 | 9 Comments

The Law of Luggage states: “The amount of stuff you carry will expand to fit whatever size backpack you have.” For this reason and a few others, I use a tiny little 15 liter pack for backcountry skiing in the Wasatch. Between racing packs and mechanized skiing packs, there are quite a few small packs […]

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State of the Wasatch – Jan 11, 2015

State of the Wasatch – Jan 11, 2015

| January 11, 2015 | 8 Comments

In the comments from my last post I was called out as “an elitist blowhard,” so I’ll try to live up to that reputation by now kvetching about the Wasatch snowpack.  It is okay… but we really need more snow, especially as this is going on the fourth sub par year in a row.  We’ve been robbed. Even […]

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