CB Mountain Guides

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...

Spring Training

Spring is the season for ski guides training for upcoming AMGA Ski Mountaineering Courses and Exams. I’ve been getting in touch and helping out fellow guides with advice for how to really maximize their instructional experiences while avoiding excessive MARGINAL scores. As temperatures climb here in the Elk Mountains, stability is quite good, even Very...

Photos and tired body.

It feels like spring here in CB. I climbed rock yesterday and ice the day before. I realize that it is only March, but it feels like spring and when I can be outside in a T-shirt I tend to keep the skis in the closet… Jay F. Demonstrating a proper pinpoint search… he’s remembering...

Join me this weekend for an AIARE avalanche course.

Every single Crested Butte Mountain Guides’ level I avalanche course this season has filled to capacity. The weather is warm and the snow is good, so what are you waiting for? Join me this weekend Feb 27- March 1 for an AIARE Level I avalanche course in Crested Butte. I will be teaching this course...

Lake City Ice Climbing with Crested Butte Mountain Guides

The Gunnison Valley is often second to none when it comes to conditions and options. Great powder skiing and even better ice climbing this week has us absolutely psyched on the amazing conditions. I’m headed out skiing for the day, but for now check out this video of yesterday’s Introduction to Ice Climbing day down...

CMC Ice Block week one and two

Students Climbing Chalk Falls near Leadville It’s been an extremely busy few weeks for me teaching a CMC twelve day Ice Climbing Leadership Block in Leadville, Vail and Lake City. This unique program is schedule with one 3 day weekend, then two 4-day sessions. I know the snow has probably been spectacular in CB, but...

Headed to Leadville…

I’ve had a great couple of days of teaching some truly motivated and inspired students in two very different activities. On Friday, fellow Crested Butte Mountain Guide Ian Hatchett and I made the short drive down to the Lake City Ice Park to teach an Ice Climbing Instructor course for the Wilderness Persuits program at...

Backcountry Snowboarding in CB

The past few days have been absolutely phenominal around here sunny skies, warm temperatures, great snow and great guests to surf some of the local pow stashes. I don’t often get the opportunity to get out riding with an exclusively splitboarding group, and I must say I had a blast the past few days riding...

AIARE Level 1 Hut Course

The saga continues for the winter 2008/2009 snowpack here in Crested Butte. Persistent weak layers, basal facets, natural avalanches and HIGH avalanche danger for over a week now. We saw the sun for a few hours yesterday, but it seems like we’re going to continue to receive heavy snowfall. As the skeptical students rolled in...