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January in the Selkirks

January in the Selkirks

It hasn’t snowed significantly in weeks yet mountain experiences in January have been magnificent. Instead of the typical faceshots and endless tree runs, riders have explored some fantastic alpine terrain and remarkably low avalanche hazard. Below are a few photos of fun times in the Selkirks. After nearly 20 years of mechanized skiing in the...
Unconventional Approaches

Unconventional Approaches

Since moving to Revelstoke in the fall of 2012, I have had the good fortune of exploring many of the local cliffs and have been pleasantly surprised. While most of the climbing are consists of single pitch sport climbs, there are many longer adventure climbs that also allow one to get high off the deck...
South Rib of Mt Tupper, Rogers Pass, BC

South Rib of Mt Tupper, Rogers Pass, BC

Trip: Mt Tupper, Rogers Pass, BC – South Rib D 5.8, West Ridge PD 5.3-5.6 Date: 7/1/2013 Trip Report: The striking South rib of Mt Tupper rises over 800m from it’s base in the South Rib couloir to it’s intersection with the West ridge near the summit. Since the weather on Canada Day (July 1)...

Climbing Mount MacDonald’s Northwest Ridge Integral

It has been a long time since my last post and a lot of great adventures have happened but let’s focus on the present. I’m now living and working in Revelstoke BC and the Selkirk Mountains. I climbed Mount MacDonald the other day, what a fantastic climb. The quality was right up there with the...

June and July

Crappy photos of great moments. This summer in the Alps, I experimented with carrying only an iphone as a camera. Worked well in “capturing” some moments without being a slave to the camera. Created with flickr slideshow.

Many ways to skin a cat: multi-pitch rappelling

While going through the process of becoming a Mountain Guide through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), I was thrice instructed and evaluated by a colleague who was very fond of using the phrase “there’s more than one way to skin a cat” during course debriefs and performance evaluations.  While this idiom generally conjured up...
Northern Selkirks Half Traverse

Northern Selkirks Half Traverse

After many spring seasons engrossed in guide training programs, work trips and prescribed itineraries, I’d grown increasingly enthusiastic about re-connecting with the type of mountain experience that can only be found in a wilderness context. Don’t get me wrong; I certainly appreciate and indulge in carafes of vin rouge and personal/family sized portions of Rösti...
Ski Mountaineering Skis and KÄSTLE FX 104

Ski Mountaineering Skis and KÄSTLE FX 104

About touring/ski mountaineering skis: Backcountry/ski mountaineering skis should do two things: help you climb uphill without too much extra effort, and get you downhill as comfortably as possible for the given snow conditions. Sounds simple enough, but my own web statistics (and internet trolling) seem to indicate that your average web-crawling skier spends more time...

Crested Butte’s Maroon Bells Wilderness

Our meager Colorado snowpack is dwindling, and unfortunately I chose this April to stay here in Crested Butte and make the most our spring ski opportunities. I guess I can chalk it up to bad luck after an excellent winter chasing powder… Anyhow, last week Josh Hirshberg and I ventured deep into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass...