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Back from the Dream Circuit!

Back from the Dream Circuit!

Berner Oberland Goodness I’m back in Chamonix after an excellent stretch of about 16 days of some of the most well known multi-day ski tours in France, Italy and Switzerland with Leavenworth, Washington’s Northwest Mountain School. Having just completed a week long Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt), a week long tour in the Ortler Range...

Off to the Alps

Bags are packed and weighed for my Spring season in the Alps! I’m psyched on some last minute gear additions from Outdoor Research including the new Helium Jacket and the Ferrosi Hoody, I’m confident that their uber-lightweight gear won’t put me over the 50lb baggage weight limit. I can’t wait to melt faces with that...

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course

Documenting a SWAG standard avalanche observation Mountain Pro and IFMGA mountain guide Steve Banks will be instructing an AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course March 21-24 based in Vail, CO. Spaces are still available in this high level course. Course cost is $400.00 and includes and AIARE Field Notebook and an AIARE Level II Course Manual....
New Dynafit Stoke!

New Dynafit Stoke!

Monday afternoon, my new Dynafit Stoke (a 2011 season early release offering from Dynafit) arrived at my doorstep and despite the empty feeling of the box: there were in fact skis inside. At 1645 grams/pair the Stoke is a relative lightweight. For reference, many skis with similar dimensions weigh in at over 4000 grams! So...

chasing rich experiences

I’ve finished everyday this week with frozen teeth. A byproduct of smiling uncontrollably as I wove my way through aspen glades dodging my similarly delighted partners. It’s not that we had skied lines that were going to make magazine covers. Or even lines with the freshest and lightest snow. We were thoroughly satiated through exploration...

Dynafit Mustagh Ata Superlight Reviewed

Update: Despite this being an old post, it still generates loads of traffic for those looking for a classic light ski mountaineering ski. While my opinion is that light is not always right, there are many newer options for lightweight skis (not to mention boots!) that are much better performing than the Mustagh Ata SL....

Avalanche Observations Febraury 22, 2010

While I was away last weekend teaching Colorado Mountain College’s Level 2 avalanche course, between two and five feet of snow fell in the Crested Butte Backcountry. Today was a brilliant bluebird morning, so we went up to have a look at all this new snow and maybe do a little bit of skiing. Below...

Ski Mountaineering: What to Carry?

While packing this morning for a day ski touring, it occurred to me that I hadn’t yet done a proper online pack explosion. Given that the spring ski mountaineering season is right around the corner, I thought I would share my gear system with you for longer ski tours. The system described below is by...

Ski Touring Obsession.

My legs are tired and my feet are sore… Yesterday’s tour, my 6th day on skis in a row, was comprised of more than a mile of vertical gain and almost thirteen miles of distance. Yesterday’s tour What did I learn from the past week of touring in the local mountains? We have options and...