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tips for successfull skinning

tips for successfull skinning

Having introduced many beginning backcountry skiers and riders to the world of ascending on skis, I’m consistently reminded that there are a few foundational principles that are essential throughout the process of becoming a competent “skinner”. Our climbing skins are yet another piece of mountain equipment that was delivered without an appropriate instruction manual, but...
Powder Skiing!

Powder Skiing!

It’s powder skiing season again! Check out the footage from November 23, 2010 in the Crested Butte backcountry.
Fall Adventures

Fall Adventures

The snow is flying and winter has absolutely arrived here in Crested Butte. I’ve dug the ski and ice gear out of the closet and have even had a few days out on snow and ice. Below are a few select moments from my time in Indian Creek, UT as well as some shots from...
Moab Climbing and Yoga Weekend

Moab Climbing and Yoga Weekend

Hot off of the heels of achieving  AMGA Alpine Guide Certification and full IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide qualification, we are offering a fall Yoga and Climbing weekend. Sarah Darval of Yoga for the Peaceful, and I are extremely excited to combine our passions and offer this program in our favorite fall climbing destination. Weather in Moab...
Chamonix Guide Training Videos

Chamonix Guide Training Videos

As far as guide training goes; the more complicated the better! On my days off this summer, I’ve been taking full advantage of the learning opportunities that the Mont Blanc range presents. Our first specimen is a clip put together by Ross Berg of he and I on the Traverse d’Entreves on the Franco-Italian border....
Black Diamond Venom  Grivel Slider Mod

Black Diamond Venom Grivel Slider Mod

I’ve experimented with a pinky rest on the Black Diamond Venom once before; in the form of a Petzl Trigrest (from the Petzl Sum’tec) with only marginal results. Today, I finally experimented with the most logical solution- using the stock hardware and an older model Grivel Slider. The results seem to be quite solid. *The...

Summer 2010

I’ve taken some time away from the blog, but only because I’ve been out in the mountains…or I’ll be honest; It’s not like I’ve been disconnected, I’ve been spraying super hard over on the Mountain Pro facebook page. After returning from a solid spring of high montagne ski guiding on the Haute Route, Ortler Circuit...

Mountain Pro Spring Update

Spring has finally arrived here in Crested Butte. Albeit with intermittent spells of late winter… I’ve been busy working on many Mountain Pro offerings both near and far as well as climbing daily on warm granite of Taylor Canyon. Many exciting new developments with the business including a more formal partnership with the local guide...
April in the Alps

April in the Alps

Most sports enthusiasts have a list of destinations that make it onto their “bucket lists”. For the baseball fan, it might be watching a Sox/Yankees game at Fenway Park. For the golfer, it might be playing a round at Pebble Beach. For the serious ski enthusiast: the trip that makes most skiers’ list is almost...