March 29, 2008 Whitney Portal Road: ‘Closed’ vs. Closed Current Conditions

Whitney Portal Road: ‘Closed’ vs. Closed

Well, I drove up to Lone Pine yesterday with big plans for some climbing and skiing in the Whitney Portal region, only to discover the road, which is normally “closed” for winter had been Closed (more...)...

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March 23, 2008 Mt. Baldy - North Face Skiing

Mt. Baldy – North Face

After scouting Mount Baldy’s north face from Mount Waterman last week, I thought I’d hike up for a ski attempt this weekend. There was no question there would be snow—lots of it. But I was a little concerned about ice. This has been a strange season for north aspects in the San Gabriels. Things have (more...)...

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March 20, 2008 Route 2 - Mt. Waterman Report Current Conditions

Route 2 – Mt. Waterman Report

But is there snow? That was the question, so I packed up the skis and the boy and hit the road. Figuring I’d try to find snow a little closer to home, I drove up Route 2 from La Canada. I’ll tell you, things looked pretty bleak at first. When I passed the turnoff to (more...)...

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March 15, 2008 Skiing Palmyra Peak Skiing

Skiing Palmyra Peak

I am standing on Palmyra Peak’s summit ridge with two Telluride ski patrollers, and they seem every bit as amazed as I am to be here. From our perch at 13,150 feet, we can see deep into the vast high-altitude cirques and spines of the Telluride backcountry—Lena Basin, San Joaquin Ridge, Bear Creek Canyon. But (more...)...

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March 12, 2008 Mountain High Avalanches - Incident Report News

Mountain High Avalanches – Incident Report

This morning, I spoke with Jeff Pierce, who was the Site Commander for two of the three avalanches that took place in the vicinity of Mountain High ski area on 25 January 2008 in the San Gabriel Mountains. Jeff was also kind enough to share photos of the scene (more...)...

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March 7, 2008 Interview: Amber Seyler - ‘A Dozen More Turns’ Film & Television

Interview: Amber Seyler – ‘A Dozen More Turns’

A Dozen More Turns is one of those rare films that gets under your skin. I admit to being an expert when it comes to finding ways to avoid thinking about consequences (Andrew McLean calls this “creative rationalization”), but ADMT (more...)...

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March 4, 2008 Home Again, Home Again Musings

Home Again, Home Again

Ugh…back in city…can’t breathe, can’t think…blood thickening into sludge…concrete…people…signal breaking up…must wallow in self-pity for foreseeable future… (more...)...

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