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Skiing Thu Oct 12 2017 04:30:34 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- We’re a little late with this update here, but I did want to mention that Mammoth Mountain closed August 13, making for a 2016/2017 season that offered skiing in ten consecutive months, November to August. How was the skiing in August? Not
The Eastern Sierra is in prime corn cycle right now. Although lower elevations and approaches are melted out, above 9,000 feet is stacked!Mt. Warren The Eastern Sierra is in prime corn cycle right now. Although lower elevations and approaches are mel
I think every backcountry skier out there has his or her mental list of lines that they see in their dreams and certainly chat with their buddies over at the bar. Last spring Anton Sponar, Mason Daly and I skied the north summit of the Sleeping Sexto
It only took me about 25 years to get around to it, but after being on my wishlist for far too long, I finally made it up to Idaho’s Pioneer Mountains recently. I first heard of them from Pete Patterson who told me that they were his favori
I first saw a total eclipse in 1991, in Cabo San Lucas Mexico, and while I remember specific details of the event (it got cold; stars came out; the horizon in all directions seemed to be on fire), my most intense memory was not an image but a feeling
Much like La Grave, France, Gulmarg in Kashmir is a lift served backcountry skiing paradise. The main difference between the two areas is that what La Grave has in vertical and steeps, Gulmarg has in width and endless open bowls of powder. The areas
Awesome skiing has continued into April with small storms buffing out great conditions for those who get out before it cooks.Donner Summit backcountry. Awesome skiing has continued into April with small storms buffing out great conditions for those w
There’s no end in sight to this season of spring skiing delight at Mammoth Mountain. Conditions are clearly as good as they’ve been since 2011, offering groomed racer crunch everyday at 7:30 a.m. transitioning rapidly to slurpy co
Towards the end of the 2017 winter, I started shooting a series of short videos on ski mountaineering skills. Originally it was going to be entitled “Tips and Tricks” but during a powder session with Andy Jacobsen and Noah Howell,
Mother Nature finally took her foot off the gas pedal in March and we have transitioned into smaller snowfall events followed by warm weather. A deep snowpack and plenty of sun equals California skiing at it’s best.Donner Peak. Mother Natur
After a long break, I made my way back to the Sierra’s Palisades Crest for a climb and ski of Mount Sill. My expectations were modest on this one, but Sill turned out to be a good one. I’m putting this on the list as a classic, bi
Svalbard is to Europe as Alaska is to America – a land of snow, ice & rocks located off of the northwest corner of the continent. Alsoknown as Spitsbergen, which roughly translates into “Land of Pointy Rocks” in
It felt greedy to hope that winter could continue at the same relentless pace as our record breaking January but that’s exactly what happened. After a week’s reprieve from shoveling another moisture jet pummeled California causing
After a long break, I made my way back to the Sierra’s Palisades Crest for a climb and ski of Mount Sill. My expectations were modest on this one, but Sill turned out to be a good one. I’m putting this on the list as a classic, bi
It’s one thing to have a few close calls in the mountains andyet another to have had enough to fill an hour long slide show. What can I say – I’m a slow learner. As part of the Utah Adventure Journal Speaker Series, I&am
Now that January 2017 is behind us we can look back and reflect on what a monster it was. The Donner Summit Snow Lab (elevation 7,000 feet) reported a record January with 237 inches of snow, soundly beating the previous … Continue reading &
Mammoth in May is simply untouchable. There is no place on Earth I’d rather be. Give me the free-fall magic of Wipeout/Dropout in sun-kissed spring snow, lap after lap, till my legs quit—and then give me some more. I had a feeling
In the age of acute political backcountry correctness, being insulted or yelled at by Bob Athey, aka The Wizard of the Wasatch, is a badge of honor. I almost feel sorry for the up and coming youngsters who have missed out on it. Bob is an equal oppor
A succession of atmospheric rivers have pummeled California setting up the Sierra Nevada Mountains with the best ski conditions in years. Two frustrating yet drought quenching rain events in December were followed by two more huge storms which shifte
I haven’t skied anything remotely like this since Mount Muir six years ago. This is normally just a giant cliff face. When we crested Russell-Carillon Col and saw it was covered in snow, my first thought was Oh Shit! But in the end, the tem
I have to admit I’ve pondered this project for at least two years (not full time – don’t worry) and had a few false starts. I’ve been thinking of a cheap, durable, compact boot dryer which could handle at least
Mount Carillon’s southeast face was supposed to be just an incidental snowfield en route to California fourteener Mount Russell, but instead it turned out to be 2000+ vertical feet of perhaps the best skiing I’ve ever had in the S
A few quick notes: jeez, the wind was bad on this one, but the trip itself was great. This is a new format designed to better feature my photography. Yes, I know a lot is broken right now, including comments. Comments may return as I find the time to
Yesterday I and two partners climbed and skied The Thumb from the Birch Creek trailhead, marking my first 7000-vertical-foot Eastern Sierra day since 2011—and my first Sierra outing of any size since Esha Peak in 2013. While the Thumb itsel
I ski for many reasons, but for a sunny Southern California resident days like this are a rare treat indeed. Mammoth’s record-setting 2017 winter continued this past spring break with a big storm followed by a little storm that turned into
Maybe Scarpa’s F1 doesn’t quite fit into the “ultralight” Alpine Touring ski boot category, but at just less than five and a half pounds per pair, it’s very, very closeMaybe Scarpa’s F1 does
What do you do when the mountain says, ‘I want to hurt you’? That was the question this past weekend, when Al and I scouted Folly Peak, for a planned but aborted ski descent of its north-northwest chutes. Folly Peak is a striking
With its new Micro avalanche beacon, Pieps has managed an impressive feat: they have added a genuine innovation to what would otherwise seem to be a fully-mature technology space.With its new Micro avalanche beacon, Pieps has managed an impressive fe