Got out for a nice tour yesterday. The snowpack is still very touchy. We heard well over 20 whumphs throughout the day. Our initial CT failed on isolation and we noticed recent natural slides on the way to the zone. Visibility was nil at points. This zone is the ideal terrain for high danger days. It’s not steep but it is fun and pretty long. We discussed the conditions among our group freely. Every one had a voice and we kept it mellow. It was really fun having such a positive experience with new partners as well as familiar friends. Good to finally tour with you Joey and Toni and it’s always a pleasure Edge and Ally. Here’s to the next time.
The snow came in denser than the usual champagne powder. It felt a little like storm skiing at Mt Baker. One more addition to the upside down layer cake.
Back to the column in the Summit Daily News. With the danger rose in the red as of late and a lot of close calls I felt like writing about something I’ve been seeing too much of lately. Click the link to read the rest of the article. Please set aside your agenda in the hills if the signs are telling you the stability isn’t good. Your objective will be there when it’s the right time. BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS OF AVALANCHE SLOPES ABOVE YOU, NEVER ASSUME SAFETY.
We are only human. Our whole existence is one giant human factor: We hold dreams, ambitions, desires, passions, fears, doubts, love, joy, hate and myriad other creations of the mind. As singular entities, the world is the sum of our perceptions. Each of us has to make choices, from what to wear, to what to eat, to where to live and how.
These choices — and the results of the actions we take following them — impact our lives and shape who we are. From our earliest moments we seek to understand the world. It begins as children: We fail attempting our first steps, learn from the experience and, more importantly, adapt to succeed.
This process plays out through life in every facet, from walking to backcountry skiing. We develop our passions and strengthen our fears through the pleasure and pain of experience…
Thank you for the kind words Jason and the quotes.
I really like the idea of cleaning the environment by enjoying the environment. We benefit so much from mining access but at what cost? The mines need to be cleaned up for our future generations and the mountains should be share, protected and enjoyed for us and our future generations. Stoked to be involved and excited to see where the project goes. The vision is a bright one. To the success of the Mosquito Pass Experience.
I have a lot of issues with my feet. I use Active Foot Orthotics thank you Dr. Chanin so the review isn’t for a stock version of the boots. With my metatarsalgia and neuroma I don’t have a choice. The Active Foot liners make the pain disappear. That being said the rest of the boot is stock minus the shoelaces for the liners which I don’t use.
Here’s a snippet of the review:
I finally got around to mounting the updated Maestrale RS from Scarpa at the end of winter — and I wish I’d done it sooner.
I had been skiing the first version of the Maestrale RS for the last two-and-a-half years and they served me very well. The new version, redesigned in 2014, has many improvements and skis even better than its first incarnation. This boot is for the expert skier that wants to get uphill and ski, with the main focus being the quality of the skiing. They’re heavier than most alpine-touring boots, but then again, I’ve never gotten the ultra-lightweight touring fad. If I wanted to go running, I’d go running. When I want to ski, I want to ski — and you need solid boots to do it right.
After about four days I figured out the balance points and was solid on my new setup again. The boots ski like stiff alpine boots, though not as stiff as race boots. With the variability of backcountry snow — the type of terrain these boots are made for — I’m fine with a little forgiveness…
Another recent review. This is my go to jacket for backpacking. The weight is low and the E-Vent fabric keeps me dry and warm on all the windy days.
Here’s a snippet of the review:
At the end of this past winter season I got my hands on the Rab Muztag jacket, and from spring to summer, it went with me everywhere. It’s still in my daypack for hiking adventures this fall and I’m looking forward to bringing this lightweight piece with me in the winter for those windy, sunny days in the backcountry.
At just under 12 ounces, it’s the perfect fit for the pack and a key element of the layering puzzle. With the amount of wind we see in our zone, having a windproof shell with you in the field is a requisite for comfort and success — not to mention for keeping you out of the hypothermia zone…
BCA was a sponsor of the study. It brings up an interesting concept that ski area backcountry, off piste and high use area users should consider. If the shit does hit the fan in these zones it would be awesome to be able to communicate with other groups effectively; not just from a rescue assistance perspective but on a start-zone/hangfire avoidance level too.
I’ve been using the BCA Link Radio, a backcountry radio system from BCA, for about two years and have to say they sure help “giterdun.” They are durable, easy to recharge, waterproof and stay powered for days, even in the cold. They also offer some cool features that you might not get in a typical handheld unit. When getting the job done calls for communicating with your team, having a reliable radio at your fingertips sure helps. It beats fumbling around for gear in your backpack or a jacket pocket.
BORN IN THE FIELD
The BCA system is made for the field and integrates pretty seamlessly with any pack. First, charge the unit with the USB charger (same size as a typical Android smartphone charger). This is great, in that you can charge it with your car’s 12-volt or a wall charger; I like to use my Goal Zero solar panel…
Skiing fills your dreams. I’ve known this for a long time. The more you do it the more you want to do it and it begins to border on obsession. You start thinking about objectives and begin to long for that adventure of getting those objectives done. Shades of Winter – Between embodies these sentiments and does it from the perspective of some of the best women skiers in the world while combining beautifully shot footage.
My personal hitlist is extensive, and almost all the zones featured in the movie are on it; from Mauna Kea to Haines to the Matterhorn and New Zealand’s Southern Alps and even Sweden. It was really cool from my perspective to see these talented women go after some of my own goals. Inspiration comes from many sources in life. The lineup is nothing short of just that; truly inspiring. The movie follows Sandra Lahnsteiner as she goes after her personal hitlist. Along the way she hooks up with Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso, big-mountain freeride champions Matilda Rapaport, Nadine Wallner and Janina Kuzma as well as upcoming freeskier Evelina Nilsson and WSL World Champion surfer Carissa Moore. Between them they flow through water in both its states; frozen and liquid. It looks like they all had a blast.
The bonds of the mountains bring people together in ways I haven’t experienced anywhere else in my life. Since the movie features exclusively women one might call this bond sisterhood, I know nothing of this but I do know friendships that are so deeply rooted because they were born in the mountains or forged in adventure. The movie really chronicles those bonds along with deep pow, sweet spines, big airs and beautiful light.
Not all of our endeavors in the mountains succeed. I really appreciate that these women include some of their decision making into the movie. It shows humility and the painful reality of striving for your objectives and the need to always be listening to whether the mountains will allow you to pass. They say if you want to reduce your avalanche risk bring a woman with you into the backcountry. These women show this to be true. However throughout the movie we are reminded that even given the best choices, intentions and experience, the mountains can be truly unforgiving.
I really enjoyed this film and look forward to their next release. I’m inspired by the grace these women bring to the mountains. Strength is beauty and it was awesome seeing that strength on display in such a beautiful production. I feel inspired, now if Colorado could just get some snow…#inspirelikematilda
The most recent column came out in the paper today. Here’s a snippet and you can follow the link to the rest of it. Summit Daily Column #4 Autumn
Colors are starting
First Snow in Summit
Jones Pass 10/2013
Jones Pass 10/2013
The nights are getting cooler and the first snows have fallen. There is a change in the air — the county smells differently than just a few weeks ago. We’re still getting some warm days as of late, but with the arrival of the new season’s gear guides the stoke level is ramping up. What will winter bring this year? Hopefully powder bliss is just around the corner.
Fall is hard for me to truly enjoy. It’s the most aesthetic of our seasons: the flittering aspen’s golden shimmer offers a stark contrast to the greens of Engelmanns and lodgepoles and the reds of alpine soil rich in iron oxide. But, coat the mountains with a frosting of early season snow and it’s hard not to long for what’s to come. Some say fall is the end of the cycle of life that summer sustains. I feel it’s the beginning of what sustains me: a re-emergence of the snowy life. Hopefully it comes sooner than later…