March 7, 2011 Scouting Telegraph Peak Current Conditions

Scouting Telegraph Peak

Just taking a look at Telegraph Peak’s north face in the San Gabriels this past Saturday. I’ve got an ’04 or ’05 photo showing this same view of Telegraph taken May 15, with huge coverage, which always makes for a good point of comparison. How does this year stack up (more...)...

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March 6, 2011 Snow Valley $199 Pass Skiing

Snow Valley $199 Pass

One of my never-ending quests is finding an appropriate place to ski with my four-year-old son in SoCal. We drove up to Snow Valley today, motivated by distant memories I had of high-quality easy intermediate terrain. As it turns out, Snow Valley is offering $199 Season Passes, good for the remainder of this year and (more...)...

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March 3, 2011 Skiing

Andrew McLean’s Side-Step Tutorial

In cased you missed it, Andrew McLean put up an interesting chute-skiing tutorial video on his site a few days ago. I recommend checking it out. What I really like about the video is that it shows what real ski mountaineering/steep skiing often looks like: you traverse in, feel things out, discover conditions aren’t exactly (more...)...

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March 2, 2011 Exped Sim Comfort 10 DLX Gear

Exped Sim Comfort 10 DLX

If you’re in the market for an ultimate-warmth base camp pad, take a good look at Exped’s SIM Comfort 10 DLX—and its outrageous 9.5 R-value. Exped’s SIM Comfort pads come in three flavors: the 5 DLX, the 7 DLX, and the 10 DLX (the numbers correspond roughly to insulation values). As the name implies, these (more...)...

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