April 30, 2007 Bloody Bike-n-Ski Skiing

Bloody Bike-n-Ski

Despite lean times, I am happy to report I skied a descent this past weekend that’s been near the top of my most-wanted list: Bloody Couloir, in the Mammoth Lakes region of the Sierra. Blood Couloir has something of a reputation as a test piece for the locals—at least according to the guidebooks. In any (more...)...

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April 20, 2007 Epic Tents and Rain Gear

Epic Tents and Rain

If you’re familiar with Black Diamond’s ultralight single-wall tents (such as the Firstlight, Hilight, or Oneshot), you’re probably aware of at least some discussion involving the reliability of their Epic™ fabric. Nobody seems to know exactly how waterproof (or not) Epic actually is—which would seem to be a question of some importance if you’re venturing (more...)...

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April 17, 2007 Ski Touring the Sierra’s South Lake Region Skiing

Ski Touring the Sierra’s South Lake Region

This past weekend, I joined a group of SMS Angeles members for a day tour in the South Lake region, off highway 168 west of Bishop. The forecast called for snow, but given a sunny morning and the no-show performance of this year’s storms, we weren’t expecting much in the way of weather. I was (more...)...

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April 12, 2007 Mount LeConte - High & Dry Skiing

Mount LeConte – High & Dry

Amazingly enough, I’ve put together an actual backcountry skiing trip report from my latest visit to the Southern Sierra. At 13,930′, Mount LeConte just barely missed being a fourteener. Given the way the year has gone, I didn’t expect to ski anything south of Mammoth, but as I was driving through Lone Pine, I thought (more...)...

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