grand teton – ford/stettner

April 28, 2016

grand teton – ford/stettner

The Grand Teton is one of the pinnacles of ski mountaineering in the lower 48 states. It’s big, complex and iconic! It requires ropes and crampons and ice axes and all that shit that makes you feel like you’re doing something cool. It was on my hit list many years ago. I really wanted to […]

skiing the hardrock 100 – day 4

April 26, 2016

skiing the hardrock 100 – day 4

Skiing The Hardrock 100 – Day 4   We woke up at 5 a.m. as planned and slowly prepared. The coffee helped bring us to life, but I really just wanted to stay in bed. I ditched as much gear and weight as possible (overpants, camera batteries, crampons, leatherman) from my pack knowing it was […]

skiing the hardrock 100 – day 3

April 14, 2016

skiing the hardrock 100 – day 3

Skiing The Hardrock 100 Day 3 (Originally posted on Wildsnow.com) Even though I slept in a big nice soft bed the rest was restless. The plan was to depart at 8 a.m. I rolled out of bed around 7, and to my surprise the swelling in my feet had gone down and my legs felt […]

skiing the hardrock 100 – day 2

April 14, 2016

skiing the hardrock 100 – day 2

Skiing The Hardrock 100 – Day 2  (Originally posted on Wildsnow.com) The alarm went off at 6 a.m. and we got up slowly. Mad Dog was back on point with a large fire, coffee and burnt breakfast burritos ready to go. It was a warm morning, which was helpful in getting us to motivate. The […]

skiing the hardrock 100 – day 1

April 5, 2016

skiing the hardrock 100 – day 1

Skiing The Hardrock 100- Day 1 (originally posted at Wildsnow.com) I love steep skiing and powder skiing and most forms of sliding on snow including the occasional long, crazy link-up or traverse. The mountains contain so many varied ways to travel and play in them that one tool, or one discipline isn’t enough for me. I […]

hardrock 100

March 15, 2016

hardrock 100

I’ve been invited to join Jason Schlarb, Scott Simmons and Paul Hamilton on an attempt at the Hardrock 100 on skis. Jason has a blog post up HERE that gives the details and plans. I’m really looking forward to checking out Colorado! I’ve done very little skiing there, so this will be a good chance […]

yonkers

March 13, 2016

yonkers

Ben and I had a date with a big peak down south on Friday, but the forecast of 50-60 mph winds made us change our minds. We had a late start and decided to go explore a new line in Stairs Gulch. Driving up the canyon we realized that our poor Wasatch has shed too […]

yellowstone-grand canyon

March 8, 2016

yellowstone-grand canyon

My friends Beau and KT live in Cooke City MT, just outside of Yellowstone N.P. They ski a lot and they enjoy the adventure side as much as the actual slide. They’re always ski-ming and dreaming up new outings, like the idea to ski into the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Ski to it, and then […]

ascent-baffin island

February 28, 2016

ascent-baffin island

The latest Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal is now available online and at a local gear shop near you (maybe). I decided to stick to story-telling in this issue instead of getting folks all bent out of shape with any more ranting and ravings. 😉   I haven’t written much about Baffin Island because it was pre-blog. […]

storm mountain-spindrift couloir

February 15, 2016

storm mountain-spindrift couloir

Managed to finish up last weeks “week of new” with a real beauty. It was many, many years ago that I first saw what looked like a possible connections of chutes on the Northeast side of Storm Mountain.  If you’re one of those couloir seekers, chute tweakers, or steep freakers then no doubt you’ve seen […]