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Fall is rock climbing season

After a very cold, windy, and snowy week in Wyoming’s wind river range, I made it back to Colorado for the beginning of what is sure to be a solid fall rock climbing season. Yesterday cbmg guides John Mackinnon and Kyle mattingly and I made a trip out to the black canyon for a training...

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Maroon Bells in the Morning Light

to Wyoming!

I’m headed to Leadville to prepare for an Alpine Mountaineering trip taking place out in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. This course is part of the Colorado Mountain College outdoor recreation and leadership Associates Degree program.  As an esteemed adjunct faculty member, I get the pleasure of instructing the some fine and motivated individuals. So… for...

Off-Trail in CB

As most of the front-range received a significant dump of snow (CB was spared), it feels a little like fall here in the Gunnison valley. Cool overnight temps and brisk mornings in the high country and perfect temps for rock climbing down in the Taylor and Black Canyons. For me, most of the summer work in...

More internet waste from OR…

It’s like spending four days straight in a giant big-box outdoor store. Interesting at first, but a good reminder that I truly don’t have what it takes to make a career out of retail sales. Anyways, here are some highlights from the show. TetonAT and Wildsnow.com both have some good posts of their take on...

OR Day 2

The mind-numbing has set in… OR day two consisted of me making the rounds and seeking out the goods. To be honest, nothing particularly groundbreaking in my opinion. I’m really digging on these new sportivas—>>   According to the folks at Sportiva these high end kicks were designed by an Italian guida who designed these as...

Summer OR show Day 1

For once,  my overstated preconceptions (see previous post) were fairly accurate. The OR show is very reminiscent of a petting zoo where most of the animals look the same; 25-40 year old Caucasian males with messenger bags and button-up plaid shirts. To be fair, I fit this stereotype quite nicely.  A convention center larger and more populous than Crested Butte, complete...

Pre-Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

The O.R. summer market is this weekend and I am headed to Salt Lake City to work the Brooks Range Mountaineering booth. This being my first OR experience I hope to share some products that I find noteworthy and/or particularly comical. I’m especially interested (as always) in new ski equipment for the upcoming season. For now...

Taylor Canyon Intro to Trad

  As the busy summer season winds to an end here in Crested Butte, we often have the opportunity to create custom instructional courses for our guests. Last week, the Kruglak father-daughter duo spent three days learning the basics of Traditional climbing in the beautiful granite paradise of Taylor Canyon. With the “fall out of the...