Tag: skiing

Wounded Wizard

Wounded Wizard

| January 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

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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Portable Emergency Sled for Backcountry Skiing

Portable Emergency Sled for Backcountry Skiing

| April 27, 2016 | 5 Comments

One of the more unglamorous aspects of being a ski mountaineering guide is carrying all of the emergency gear which adds considerable weight to your pack which you hope you will never have to use. At the top of the list is an emergency sled, which is generally expensive dead weight. I’ve owned a variety […]

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Wasatch BC Conditions – 12/22/2013

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Executive Summary – Good and getting better. Starting yesterday, every run I took was “the best of the year” with each new one topping the last.  We’ve finally started to get some base in the Wasatch, and in celebration, I took out my new skis (BD Carbon Aspect) and only got one little scratch on […]

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Gear List Blowout

| March 22, 2013 | 29 Comments

As I was packing up my gear for a two-stage trip to Alaska, I decided to shoot photos of it for future gear lists on StraightChuter. I’ll have to see how long it takes me to get around to the actual list and details, but in the meantime, here’s some/most of what I take on […]

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Wasatch Update

Wasatch Update

| January 31, 2012 | 4 Comments

Now that the Wasatch Mountains actually have some snow, it is like celebrating November in February – a bit late, but welcome. Last Saturday we followed a masterful skin track up the Argenta aprons on Mt. Kessler and caught the trail breakers right on the summit, who turned out to be Alecs Barton and two […]

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Ski Mountaineering in Iceland – Photos

Ski Mountaineering in Iceland – Photos

| June 20, 2008 | 10 Comments

In May of 2006, I joined Matt Turley, Dylan Freed, John Griber, John Armstrong and Rob Raker on a trip to northern Iceland for some ski mountaineering.  Matt Turley was the originator of this trip as he had been to Iceland in the summer to shoot photos and thought it might make for some good […]

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