Posts tagged "mike bromberg"

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...

more Cham fun…

I’m taking advantage of extremely wet weather here in Chamonix by posting some pics and video from some great adventures in the local mountains. I just returned from another successful Mont Blanc summit working with Mont Blanc Guides. The day was about as clear as they get! Check out the quick vid from the summit-...

Alpine Exploits

Having the perfect blend of work and play in the mountains is something that (I think) every guide struggles with. The lure of more work as well as the necessity of more play, or perhaps vice-versa; is a very delicate balance. Having been careful to not over do it on each end, I’ve had some...

Chamonix Randomness

More than halfway through the AMGA Advanced Alpine Guide’s Course on the early morning telepherique I learn that “it’s not nice to make the local guides get in before you!”… There is etiquette and manners and then their is the mountain guide hierarchy here in the chamonix valley. As an aspiring IFMG/UIAGM Aspirant Guide I’m...

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...

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...

Stop snowing already!

It has been snowing in Crested Butte for what seems like over a week straight now. Too much of a good thing. With all this snow the avalanche danger has been HIGH for about a week. There have been accidents, close calls, zero visibility, shoveling, more shoveling, skiing low angle powder, and a little complaining....

Compression Test

Avalanche Courses start tonight for me, so I thought I’d share a quick video of a compression test (at least the second 2/3 of one).  A compression test is likely the most common of  all bonding tests used when evaluating snow stability. This test is best utilized to a) confirm or deny what you already...

CBMG Winter Backcountry Ski Guide Training

It’s that time again. I’ve been avoiding skiing in the thin and somewhat sketchy early season snow, but when duty calls I’ll tough it out for a day with CB’s finest. After the first 100 meters of skinning or so, I felt right at home psyched and ready for winter. Being a very small and...