April 19, 2009 Shepherd Pass Skiing

Shepherd Pass

The plan was simple: Tyndall in a day. But as I made the pitch to my climbing partners, one by one they found various reasons to be elsewhere. And who could blame them? To get to 14,018′ Mount Tyndall, you must first contend with one of the worst approaches in the entire Sierra—the Shepherd Pass (more...)...

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April 6, 2009 Baldy Aerial View Current Conditions

Baldy Aerial View

Back home now in sunny Southern California. Here’s a look at Mt. San Antonio’s north face as seen yesterday through the plane window. I was hoping to catch a peek at San Jacinto’s north face, but our flight path took us to the north. Looks like Baldy’s north face still has plenty of snow for (more...)...

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April 3, 2009 Previewing the Apocalypse Skiing

Previewing the Apocalypse

Well, instead of snow, so far we’re just getting more dust. As the afternoon progressed, the sky grew more and more pink, and the snow started to look as if God had sprinkled cayenne pepper everywhere. What a mess! Adding to the atmosphere, today is Telluride’s end-of-season celebration downtown, so a live band is playing (more...)...

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April 3, 2009 Chair 9, Dust, Winter Storm Watch Current Conditions

Chair 9, Dust, Winter Storm Watch

What a funny trip this has been. I really agonized over whether or not to go, and finally decided at the last minute, thinking I’d enjoy some late-spring skiing. And then this happens…day after day of fresh snow. More snow overnight. Chair 9 was brilliant this morning: fresh tracks and even a peek of sunshine (more...)...

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