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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...
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...

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....

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...

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...

Here we go again!

Tomorrow starts the AMGA Rock Guide Exam here in Red Rocks, Nevada. I’m excited and a little nervous, but mostly psyched for the all of the opportunities and support that I have had throughout this process. A huge thank you to my parents Mark and Jutta for all of their support and especially my partner...

AMGA Rock Guide Exam Training

I’m deep in training mode here in Hot-Vegas, check out this link to a more detailed account of what has been going on here in Vegas! Now Climbing in Red Rock Canyon! mb