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Norway Dispatch April 2

Norway Dispatch April 2

Ski Touring in the Lofoten Islands of Norway is as good as it gets… or better. Skiing from a boat is pretty darn good as well. (Warning: this video is funny, but explicit. Join me next year and we will send!
Norway Dispatch March 26th

Norway Dispatch March 26th

Notes: A small chain of islands above the Arctic circle can have some very intense wind. Eating waffles until one is near capacity is an excellent way to finish a ski tour. Even without much visibility this place should be on every serious backcountry skiers’ radar.
Norway 2011- Follow Me!

Norway 2011- Follow Me!

One of the main motivating factors for becoming an internationally certified mountain guide, is the opportunity to ski and climb in areas that I’ve only dreamt about. I’ve drooled over articles featuring ski tracks from summit to sea with peaks that look like they were purpose built for ski mountaineering. No pesky glaciers or long...
Crested Butte Skiing

Crested Butte Skiing

Been skiing hard the past few weeks… Between guiding work at CS Irwin and the odd day off here and there, the ski season in CB has been great. I’m packing for Norway and getting things dialed in for the Northern Lights Ski Mountaineering with Northern Alpine Guides. More sorting and packing…
PLUM Guide Binding Review

PLUM Guide Binding Review

“those things look like surgical instruments!” A quote one would expect to hear from a skier staring at a wall of thousand-dollar custom skis; but what the above quote was referring to was my fresh pair of PLUM Guide bindings peeking out from behind the impressive fleet. PLUM (pronounced “plume”-  /ˈpluːm/) FELISAZ SAS is a...
Steep Skiing on Ruby Mountain

Steep Skiing on Ruby Mountain

This past week, Steve Banks and I ventured out to one of our favorite lines in the Crested Butte Backcountry; Ruby Chute. Soft snow and good stability helped us make the most of a rare day off.
CMC's Ice Climbing Leadership Block

CMC’s Ice Climbing Leadership Block

Colorado Mountain College’s “Ice Block” might be the best guiding bargain in the World. Where else can you get ten days of Ice Climbing instruction with an IFMGA/UIAGM guide, transportation, high end crampon and ice tool rentals,  as well as lodging and food while traveling to Lake City and Vail. Did I mention that you...
Country Club Couloir

Country Club Couloir

The snow and stability this winter in the Crested Butte backcountry has been absolutely fantastic, and I’ve been taking advantage of my rare days off by skiing some of the more attractive lines looming above town. Last week I had a great outing on Crested Butte’s Terminator 4, involving some really fun and engaging mixed...
the other side of Crested Butte

the other side of Crested Butte

Yesterday I had a great adventure on Crested Butte’s namesake peak. A really great line that combines two of my favorite things: mixed climbing and steep skiing. Crested Butte’s namesake is more than just closed boundary resort skiing. It’s also home to 5 backcountry chutes known locally as the Terminator Chutes. Accessed the old fashioned...