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Photos and tired body.

It feels like spring here in CB. I climbed rock yesterday and ice the day before. I realize that it is only March, but it feels like spring and when I can be outside in a T-shirt I tend to keep the skis in the closet… Jay F. Demonstrating a proper pinpoint search… he’s remembering...

please stand by.

A truly great course this weekend out here in CB. I’ve been busy (avy course, forecasting, long ski today, guiding ice tomorrow) and just wanted to remind the internet that I will update with something interesting soon enough… By the way, March 19-22 I will be teaching an AIARE Level II avalanche course here in...

Join me this weekend for an AIARE avalanche course.

Every single Crested Butte Mountain Guides’ level I avalanche course this season has filled to capacity. The weather is warm and the snow is good, so what are you waiting for? Join me this weekend Feb 27- March 1 for an AIARE Level I avalanche course in Crested Butte. I will be teaching this course...

more pow!

Skied some great crested butte backcountry snow with the Arc'teryx Arrakis 40 backpack.

Lake City Ice Climbing with Crested Butte Mountain Guides

The Gunnison Valley is often second to none when it comes to conditions and options. Great powder skiing and even better ice climbing this week has us absolutely psyched on the amazing conditions. I’m headed out skiing for the day, but for now check out this video of yesterday’s Introduction to Ice Climbing day down...

sorry for the delay…

Sometimes I have new and exciting products to blog about like the BD justice ski, or new techniques and research regarding avalanche forecasting. Other times, I leave the interwebs behind and I’m just too psyched on life to spend all that time in front of the computer. The best part about my job(s) are that...

Gear Review: Black Diamond Cobra Ice tool

Review by Kyle Mattingly: Material: [Shaft] carbon fiber; [Pick] steel Length: 50cm Pick Included: Laser Leash Included: No, Fang and Strike included Weight: 21oz (608g) Recommended Use: Ice, mixed, alpine climbing Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year Summary A carbon fiber leashless ice tool with more clearance then any other tool out there…I’m sold! My first impression...

CMC Ice Block week one and two

Students Climbing Chalk Falls near Leadville It’s been an extremely busy few weeks for me teaching a CMC twelve day Ice Climbing Leadership Block in Leadville, Vail and Lake City. This unique program is schedule with one 3 day weekend, then two 4-day sessions. I know the snow has probably been spectacular in CB, but...

Snow Science Article from the NY Times

A $2 million “cold lab” financed primarily by the National Science Foundation and the Murdock Charitable Trust and completed here in November allows Dr. Adams to replicate and control the uncontrollable field conditions of mountains in winter and understand in detail how snow behaves under widely varying conditions. The goal is to be better able...