January 27, 2008 Mt. Baldy Ski Area — With Snow Skiing

Mt. Baldy Ski Area — With Snow

Judging by the massive crowds heading up Mount Baldy Road yesterday, I suppose it’s no secret when it snows that Southern California’s best skiing happens at a quirky little ‘resort’ called the Mount Baldy Ski Area (more...)...

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January 26, 2008 3 Avalanche Fatalaties in San Gabriel Mts. News

3 Avalanche Fatalaties in San Gabriel Mts.

Three people died yesterday in at least two separate avalanches near Mountain High ski resort, in the San Gabriel Mountains. According to the Los Angeles Times, the incidents occurred in Government and Sawmill Canyons, both of which border Mountain High East. These Canyons, which are out-of-bounds, are treed but relatively open. Both canyons run north-south. (more...)...

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January 22, 2008 Storm Watch Current Conditions

Storm Watch

Looking out the window here at fairly menacing clouds that haven’t managed to do much in the way of rain or snow in the local mountains thus far. Mt. Baldy reported a trace of snow overnight. Ie: nothing. This storm is notable for its cold temps—very cold. I’m brewing up another cup of tea down (more...)...

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January 21, 2008 I Lost My Spot!! (sort of) Gear

I Lost My Spot!! (sort of)

Truly tragic news here: on Saturday I lost my Spot tracker while testing the device in the San Gabriel mountains. I’ve been continuing to try out the unit’s ‘track’ function, which automatically sends a satellite ping every 10 minutes with your current location & time (more...)...

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January 20, 2008 West Baldy Report Current Conditions

West Baldy Report

Yesterday I climbed up West Baldy with a partner and then skied down to the hut. We started the day around 7:30 at Manker Flat, carrying skis on packs to the hut, for a nice 2000 vertical foot warm up hike. From the hut, we were able to skin up the rest of the way, (more...)...

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January 14, 2008 Scouting Baldy’s North Face Current Conditions

Scouting Baldy’s North Face

Here’s a look at Mount Baldy’s north face (Mt. San Antonio) as seen from the summit of Baden-Powell on Saturday. Compared to last year’s bare rock, the sight of all this snow in the San Gabriels is surely cause for celebration, though in truth you’re probably looking at about 2′ of coverage, so let’s keep (more...)...

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January 11, 2008 “I am a Lucky Man…” News

“I am a Lucky Man…”

“I am a lucky man,” Hillary told an interviewer after the Everest climb. “I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.” Sir Edmund Hillary, born 20 July, 1919, died January 11, 2008. (more...)...

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January 9, 2008 Complexity Theory: Judgment Day is Inevitable Musings

Complexity Theory: Judgment Day is Inevitable

I watched Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines on TV last night. Compared to the unexpected cult classic of the original Terminator, and the campy fun of its sequel, T2, the third film in the series is difficult to quantify. It was hardly received with critical acclaim. No, the film was largely panned, as was (more...)...

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January 8, 2008 Greenland Uncertainty News

Greenland Uncertainty

The New York Times has a front-page article today on the melting of Greenland’s ice. Greenland occupies a special place in the global warming watch, as it contains an extraordinary amount of frozen water (a Gulf of Mexico’s worth, according to the article). Should all of this ice melt abruptly, it would indeed make for (more...)...

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January 4, 2008 Storm of the Half-Century Current Conditions

Storm of the Half-Century

Did I really just hear the TV News say they’re expecting snowfall rates of 7+ inches per hour in the Sierra? Some forecasters are also saying this may be the biggest snowfall event in the last fifty years. Residents of Mammoth apparently got “reverse 911” calls warning them to stock up on supplies, as they (more...)...

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