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Glacier Biking

Glacier Biking

Perhaps because of the wet weather, or maybe because I’m trying to fill the skiing void. (When have you seen an Alpine climber descending on foot with a shit eating grin on his face?) But this season I’ve been lusting hard after new mountain bikes. After my first foray into bikepacking earlier this month, I’ve...
July Mont Blanc Alternatives

July Mont Blanc Alternatives

It’s no secret that the winter of 2011 in the Alps was a dry one. Perhaps the worst in decades – if you’re a skier. Bare ice, marginal snow conditions and horrifically long spells of cold, dry weather. It’s also no secret that historically, dry winters are followed by wet summers. This July, I’ve had...
Alps Bikepacking

Alps Bikepacking

Adventuring in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps often involves an interesting inter-modal blend of cablecars, ski lifts, trains, cars, buses and often helicopters. Motivated for a different type of adventure (ie not climbing) and inspired by folks riding the Tour Divide back at home, I decided to kick off my summer season with an...
CMC's Rock Climbing 1 Course

CMC’s Rock Climbing 1 Course

Where else can you get a three day rock climbing course with an AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor and an IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide for as little as $103.00! NOWHERE but Colorado Mountain College! climbing on CMC rock 1 course! Dates June 10-12, 2011 and Oct 14-16, 2011 Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville Campus hosts this program...
Lofoten Edit

Lofoten Edit

Weather induced computer time has me expanding my video editing capabilities here in Crested Butte.  This clip is more skate video inspired, less of a storyline, and is heavier on the images and stoke. I’m realizing that this style of documentation keeps my attention a little better… Let me know what you think. Mike
Climbing Season

Climbing Season

The ski guide’s body after the winter season is best compared to that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex;  strong legs, fit lungs, and neglected, scrawny arms. Although the snow at home in the Crested Butte backcountry is still abundant for spring ski mountaineering, after over 100 days of skiing, my feet really begin to protest those...
French Alps Reconaissance Part II

French Alps Reconaissance Part II

The classic tours of the Alps are popular for good reason. The Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route , the Grand Canyon of ski traverses,  is so well known that it has adopted the name “Haute Route” or high route as it’s namesake. In all actuality, there are hundreds if not thousands of “Haute Routes” throughout...
French Alps Reconnaissance

French Alps Reconnaissance

On the way home from a great guiding trip to Norway, I decided to swing through my recent summer home, Chamonix, France. Typically my trips to Cham are filled with work and I often find myself eager to investigate the lifetimes’ worth of objectives. A dedicated vacances and reconnaissance trip this spring allowed me to...
Norway Dispatch April 6: Lofoten Rural "Street Art"

Norway Dispatch April 6: Lofoten Rural “Street Art”

Yesterday a few of us enjoyed a non-skiing journey down to Reine for a little bit of reconnaissance and some sightseeing. We did find some very inspiring terrain (yes, that is a 600m nearly untouched wall), but also some cool art installations along the way. I regularly explore art blogs during my daily internet feasting...