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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Nearly 90 degrees at 10,000 feet, and a steady flow of sunscreen-saturated sweat reduced my field of vision to bursts of light between rapid-fire blinks. After a hard left the road shot skyward at a 20 percent grade, its surface a backward conveyor m
For the final installment of our seven month trip, Cathy and I skied in Revelstoke, British Columbia. We then headed home to Anchorage in mid-February, just in time for the Alaska ski season to kick in. This spring became my best guiding sea
Watching these makes me think I was born 30 years too soon.He has many many more, too. Go check out his channel on You tube.
[caption id="photo_111374" align="alignnone" width="800"]Pleasant Valley Sunrise : Prints Available Sunrise light on the Sneffels Range near Ridgway, Colorado - July. [/caption] continue reading
Success. Communication. Leadership. Trust. Risk. There are many ways to succeed. In the mountains a successful trip is when my team is safe (we all return to our loved ones) and has fun. The summit is a bonus. As the leader, it's important to clearly
Every week, when I say I want to take it easy and spend more time sitting in air-conditioned coffee shops and catching up on writing I want to do, I really mean it. A weary moodiness sets in, and I can only conclude that my cumbrous body just doesn't
The crackulator. A system to help glacier ski ski mountaineers avoid crevasse falls.A system to help glacier skiers avoid crevasse falls.Summer mountaineering courses teach a simple rule: always rope together when walking on snow-covered glaciers. Fa
The 2018 Jackson Hole Dining and Restaurant Guide is Here! Look for free copies of the printed magazine throughout Jackson Hole and click Here to check out the online version. Cover Photo by Bob Woodall and Wade McKoy The 2018 Jackson Hole D
After reading Luc Mehl's guest blog at the Alpacka web site I indulged in some nostalgia from 2009-2010. If you're reading this, then you really should go read it.I found it flattering and it was in some ways the Golden Age of packrafting. Golden in
I've been watching this crack grow for a while now. It has finally gone clean through. The Paragon window sliders are known for cracking like this and I've been lucky mine lasted this long  Ebarr patched the first crack a couple years ago, b
After bone dry June and early July, the monsoon weather has finally arrived in the San Juans this last week! Hooray![caption id="photo_111372" align="alignnone" width="800"]Rainbow Over Ridgway : Prints Available Double rainbow over the town of Ridgw
Success. Communication. Leadership. Trust. Risk. There are many ways to succeed. In the mountains a successful trip is when my team is safe (we all return to our loved ones) and has fun. The summit is a bonus. As the leader, it's important to clearly
Research suggests that many folks do not spend enough time outside.  This is particularly true for the younger generations.  Kids are spending more time indoors, using technology and engaging in generally sedentary activities. &
Last week, when the forecast called for temperatures in the mid-90s through the weekend, I pushed my usual weekly long ride up to Monday. With temperatures in the 70s and a Camelbak full of ice water, I thoroughly enjoyed a sweat-soaked grind up Carb
Light, low-profile layers for long days in the mountains
Sport climbing in El Salto, Mexico near El Potrero Chico.One evening last summer I rode my bike over to Andrew's apartment in Chamonix. We ate eggs, cheese and avocados and drank his green beers and a bottle of Medoc. Then he told me about E
The 2018 Jackson Hole Skier Magazine is here! Look for free copies throughout the Jackson Hole area. Cover Photo: Aj Cargill on Cody Peak by Wade McKoy The 2018 Jackson Hole Skier Magazine is here! Look for free copies throughout the Jackson
Finally got out to do Penguin Ridge. This thing has mega classic status, all my friends have been like "you still havent done it?!" whenever it comes up. The weather and stars finally aligned for Julie and I to take a day mid week off to go hike all
Earlier this month I flew from Anchorage to Keflavik, Iceland and then on to Nuuk, Greenland.I'd never been to either country but always wanted to go, of course. Many of you readers have likely been to both on much longer, gnarlier, or more in-depth
After returning home to Colorado at the end of June we did a quick one-night backpack trip in the Uncompahgre Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. That evening we hiked up to a high ridgeline to watch the full moon rise behind Wetterhorn
I'm one of those weirdos who looks forward to the summer solstice because it marks the beginning of the descent toward my favorite season. The week before last was a difficult one for me, with poor air quality and asthma symptoms as a reminder that I
Packraftings roots reach deep into wild, landscape crossings of northern Alaska.Landscape crossings are what I started over thirty-five years ago as a young punk in his twenties and its where I have returned as a 50-something old curmudgeon. Northern
AMGA Annual Meeting of guides in Salt Lake CityGuide friends all recommended the annual meeting of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). They guaranteed dialed clinics and that Id learn a ton. I love to learn and am fascinated by the evolu
Success. Communication. Leadership. Trust. Risk. There are many ways to succeed. In the mountains a successful trip is when my team is safe (we all return to our loved ones) and has fun. The summit is a bonus. As the leader, it's important to clearly
My first attempt at running 100 miles was at The Yeti 100 on the Virginia Creeper Trail. The Creeper Tail is 33.4 miles long and spans from Whitetop Station to Abingdon. On the way there it passes through the town of Damascus, VA at more or less the
The former Interior Secretary speaks on public lands 'nonsense' and how the outdoor industry is woke.
In June after our Salkantay trek to Macchu Picchu, our next big Peruvian adventure was a 7-day trek around Nevado Ausangate, a giant 20945 ft (6384m) peak in the Cordillera Vilcanota south of Cusco. This is a high mountain range – almost th
With Katie Monaco and Lael Wilcox in Banff before the start of the 2015 Tour DivideThe other night I had that dream again: It's night on the unknown mountain. I'm clinging to clumps of grass on a steep shale slope. I can hear pebbles clinking down th
The Firth River in Ivvavik National Park, Yukon Canada is a legendary wilderness run of moderate whitewater. It's also far, far away.Since the mid-2000s I'd wanted to walk in, run it, then exit--somehow--to Kaktovik to fly to Prudhoe Bay on Ravn Air&
Ice and mixed climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park with Alan Abel.Alan Abel came down from rainy Anchorage for a week of ice climbing with me in Rocky Mountain National Park. We ran the trip through Colorado Mountain School where I worked in 2008
Keynote Speaker and Mountaineer Stephen Koch loves extreme sportsKeynote Speaker and Mountaineer Stephen Koch loves extreme sports
Grand Junction, Colorado isnt known for its Mexican food. Unlike other southwestern destinations, including Durango, Colorado, anywhere in New Mexico and even Salt Lake City, Utah, its not easy to find authentic Mexican cuisine, unless you count stre
The former Interior Secretary speaks on public lands 'nonsense' and how the outdoor industry is woke.
In early June we flew to Cusco, Peru for some mountain adventures south of the equator. Our first hike was the famous Salkantay to Macchu Picchu trek. Of course Macchu Picchu is the #1 tourist destination in all of Peru and perhaps all of South Ameri
Driving long distances is a guilty pleasure of mine, right up there with cycling and running long distances I just love covering ground. The best part about road trips is breaking up the drive with some sort of hurried adventure in a new-to-me place.
Rock climbing at Indian Creek, Castle Valley and around Moab, Utah.Cathy's boss at the US Fish and Wildlife Service gave her six months to work from anywhere in the world. After Chamonix, we spent two months in Moab, Utah. Our rigorous schedule invol
Keynote Speaker and Mountaineer Stephen Koch loves extreme sportsKeynote Speaker and Mountaineer Stephen Koch loves extreme sports
The last leg of my trip was located in the Wise River Valley in south west Montana, twelve miles off the highway.  After I crossed the meandering Wise River, I pulled up to the Big Hole Lodge that is beautifully tucked in the base of the Pio
It's long past time to get over misguided assumptions about looks, ability, and character.
This last weekend in mid-May I hiked almost 50 miles over three days around the Sneffels Range all the way from Ouray to Telluride. Continue reading >>[caption id="photo_109867" align="alignnone" width="800"]Wilson Peak Showers : Prints Availab
Every couple of years, a group of friends from college plan a reunion in the Utah desert. For various reasons I missed the last two, so it had been six years since I've seen many of them. I suppose it's an anomaly that we bother to get together at al
Train your intuition to make good decisions in avalanche terrain by examining your mistakes.Train your intuition to make good decisions in avalanche terrainLast April we skied on the icefields above Prince William Sound. It was an Alaska trip of a li
Keynote Speaker and Mountaineer Stephen Koch loves extreme sportsKeynote Speaker and Mountaineer Stephen Koch loves extreme sports
While Newport, RI might hold the title of Sailing Capital of the World, for sure the city is identified hosting the Americas Cup races for decades. Newport is known for the summer mansions of Americas 19th century rich and famous, the Tennis Hall of
The Sea to Summit X-Pot cooks dinner, then folds down to nothingbrilliant
After our trek through nearby Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon, we made the long, sandy drive to Coyote Buttes South (also within the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness) which we had permits to explore for a couple days. I honestly didn&#821
 I haven't posted one of these updates in ten months. However, the Internet informed me that today (May 25) is "World Thyroid Day." I've found benefit from reading about others' experiences online, so this seems a good day to bring my blog u
Guided mountaineering and rock climbing in the Alps, mostly near Chamonix, France.Euro summer! I got to Chamonix in late July and stayed for two months. During that time I worked 43 days, three of those weeks were private trips. The other tr
Do you have a place where you love to visit? A place that is beautiful all year round? For me, the answer is yes! That place for me is a beautiful lake that you can only get to by hiking. In order to experience this beautiful lake, you have to [...]
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