February 26, 2021 Update Uncategorized


I apologize for going dark for so long. I have slowly begun reengaging in activities I once took for granted — driving, reading, hiking, talking to people, even skiing with my kids a bit. Other things, like cooking dinners, or sleeping, or writing here, remain very challenging. Thank you to those of you who reached (more...)...

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June 15, 2020 Is Throop Still Going? Current Conditions

Is Throop Still Going?

For those of you who built the kicker at the bottom of the last snowfield on Throop Peak and were still hitting it as of yesterday…I salute you. 🙂 (more...)...

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May 17, 2020 Gorgonio Current Conditions


Yes, there is snow on Gorgonio’s north face—but if you want it you’ll have to work for it (more...)...

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May 6, 2020 Mount Islip Skiing

Mount Islip

The easy snow along Highway 2’s Waterman Crest is all but gone now, melted out by late April’s furious heat waves (more...)...

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April 27, 2020 Baldy Current Conditions

Baldy’s North Face

Here’s Mount Baldy’s north face, as seen from near the summit of Throop Peak (more...)...

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April 23, 2020 A Good Day at Baldy Video

A Good Day at Baldy

From the archives, here is Mount Baldy one year ago, March 23, 2019. I videoed the kids and I enjoying a classic day of Southern California Spring skiing (more...)...

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April 13, 2020 C2N -- End Credits Theme Music

C2N — End Credits Theme

Dave Braun, Lou Bartlett, and I skied Iron Mountain’s north couloir ten years ago. It remains for me the quintessential Southern California ski mountaineering adventure (more...)...

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April 11, 2020 Telegraph Peak California

Telegraph Peak

In the modern era, this is one of my photos that has long puzzled me. This is Telegraph Peak, shot from near the top of Mt. Baldy’s ski resort’s Thunder Mountain, taken May 15, 2005 (more...)...

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April 4, 2020 Anvil Camp via Shepherd Pass Trail Video

Anvil Camp via Shepherd Pass Trail

This is a 2010 backtrip trip I did from Symmes Creek to Anvil Camp via the Shepherd Pass trail. We had intended to climb Mount Williamson (more...)...

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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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