January 24, 2011 Mt. San Antonio - North Face Video

Mt. San Antonio – North Face

My history skiing Mt. Baldy’s north face has typically run in one of two flavors: terrifying, or abominable. Okay, sometimes both. Baldy’s north face seems particularly vulnerable to becoming icy, turning the entire north side of the mountain into a deadly-serious 40-45° skating rink. When the north side is icy (and sometimes it’s hard to (more...)...

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January 23, 2011 The Rocket Tent! Gear

The Rocket Tent!

Let’s call Brooks Range’s Rocket Tent proof of concept—and the concept is a clever one: reduce weight to the absolute minimum by hybridizing ski gear. Instead of forcing you to carry the usual complement of dedicated tent poles for structural integrity, the Rocket Tent allows you to use your ski poles and avalanche probe instead (more...)...

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January 21, 2011 Finding Backcountry Partners in SoCal Skiing

Finding Backcountry Partners in SoCal

One of the more common questions I get is from people who have just moved to Southern California, and, having discovered there is actually backcountry skiing in the area, are wondering how to find partners to ski with (as well as where to go). There are a few possibilities I can recommend. And if you (more...)...

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January 18, 2011 Baldy Bowl Avalanche Current Conditions

Baldy Bowl Avalanche

One of the interesting things about Baldy Bowl (via the Ski Hut Trail) is that it’s a high use area that isn’t particularly safe. On any given weekend you’ll find a steady stream of hikers and/or climbers going up the bowl, regardless of current conditions. Perhaps that’s an indicator that climbing in general isn’t nearly (more...)...

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January 14, 2011 C2N Goes to Denver Skiing

C2N Goes to Denver

I’ve been holding off announcing this until I was sure it was official, and now it is: my documentary, The Couloir to Nowhere, will be screening as part of the Ski Channel Film Festival at SIA Denver on Saturday, January 29, at 5pm. I’m planning on attending the showing, and Dave The Man Braun should (more...)...

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January 3, 2011 9500 to 1500 Current Conditions

9500 to 1500

Was it really only two weeks ago that I was climbing in heavy rain on the ski hut trail? Snow levels have dropped from an awful 9500′ to near-record 1500′ in Southern California, putting snow where you don’t often see it, and causing travel havoc, including closing the 5 and 15 freeways. It’s enough to (more...)...

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January 1, 2011 Cornell Peak? Skiing

Cornell Peak?

Back to San Jacinto I went for the last skiing day of 2010, this time with the man formerly known as the man formerly known as Bullet (ie, once again Bullet. Or Bill. Just don’t make him angry…) Our plan was to climb up Cornell Peak and ski whatever might be skiable. As usual, however, (more...)...

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