March 30, 2020 Mount Keith photography

Mount Keith

Mount Keith is a mountain I’d like to climb and ski. At least, hypothetically. This is a big one, just barely short of 14,000′, right next door to Shepherd Pass (more...)...

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March 28, 2020 Los Angeles With Clean Air Current Conditions

Los Angeles With Clean Air

Thanks to our continued unsettled weather and our unprecedented statewide sequestration, Los Angeles is currently enjoying air quality (more...)...

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March 25, 2020 Whitney Hiking

Whitney’s North Face

For the best view of Mount Whitney’s north face, try climbing Whitney’s next door neighbor, fellow fourteener Mount Russell (more...)...

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March 23, 2020 101 Switchbacks photography

101 Switchbacks

How many switchbacks are there between Trail Camp and Trail Crest on The Mount Whitney Trail? A lot. The exact number may never be known, but 101 seems to be (more...)...

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March 20, 2020 North Palisade: The U-Notch Video

North Palisade: The U-Notch

This is a May 31, 2010 climb and ski of North Palisade’s U-Notch couloir. Originally I had intended to do an extended video of the whole trip (more...)...

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March 17, 2020 Cirque Peak Climbing

Cirque Peak

I’ve always wanted to ski Cirque Peak. This is a handsome sub-13K’ peak in the Golden Trout Wilderness, near Army Pass and Mount Langley (more...)...

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March 15, 2020 Mammoth Closes News

Mammoth Closes

I am posting links to my twitter account if I find something I think is helpful. Marginal Revolution has been a good source for both news and analysis, so I recommend starting there (more...)...

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February 24, 2020 WWSRA 2020-2021 Ski Reviews Gear

WWSRA 2020-2021 Ski Reviews

Available now for your viewing pleasure are my 2020-2021 ski reviews (more...)...

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February 13, 2020 Sierra Snowpack Update Current Conditions

Sierra Snowpack Update

We were off to such a good start this winter, but the storm spigot closed essentially at the end of December (more...)...

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February 9, 2020 Dave McCoy people

Dave McCoy

Dave McCoy, who walked into a Bishop bank in the 1930’s and offered his motorcycle as collateral (more...)...

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