November 21, 2010

The Eagle (and the UFC) Have Landed

The Eagle (and the UFC) Have Landed

There are a number of conversations I’m dreading having with my son. One of them is in the process of just beginning, courtesy of the UFC commercials which inconveniently appear on television during some of the shows my son watches. In my son’s conception of the world, you see, grown men don’t hit each other in the face (more…)

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October 8, 2010

Sierra Sightlines

An interesting question popped into my in-box yesterday: is it possible to see the Grand Canyon from the top of Mount Whitney? In fact I ask myself questions like this all the time, especially when I’m looking at shots of the interior Sierra and trying to identify distant peaks or other features on the horizon. Happily, I’ve found a free tool that is absolutely brilliant for coming up with the answers to exactly these kinds of questions. Can you guess what that tool is? Hint: it’s not evil…

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October 2, 2010

A Trip to the Gym

It’s official: after more than a year’s hiatus from working out, I went back to the gym today to try to get myself in shape for the upcoming ski season. I must say I approached this venture with no small degree of anxiety. After such a long break from exercise, starting with my back injury and then the birth of my daughter (and many, many sleepless nights thereafter), I was afraid I’d find myself hopelessly floundering when I hit the iron (more…)

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July 4, 2009

Back to Normal — Sort Of

Well, I’ve reskinned most of the interior pages of sierradescents back to the good old boring gray. I imagine the pink look raised some eyebrows for first-time visitors who were just looking for a gear review or two, but the occasion seemed to call for more than just business as usual (more…)

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November 26, 2008

Happy T-Day!

Happy Thankgiving everyone! Looks like we’ve finally got our first official winter storm of the season in the Southland Mountains. Mount Baldy says they got 2-6″ of snow. Up north, Mammoth reports a modest 5″ new on an admittedly meager base—but at least they’re open!

Ski Dazzle Los Angeles is Dec 4-7 at the Convention Center. Whether you go to buy gear or just to check out the scene, it’s always worth the price of admission.

That’s it for now. We’re headed north for the holiday. Then off to AZ for an MRI and hopefully some good news. If you’re traveling, travel safe this weekend, and be sure to eat a lot of turkey and pumpkin pie. Take care!

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April 14, 2008

The Great Wheel Turns

I’m in Arizona right now, going through old family photos and contemplating the meaning of life. Saturday I attended my grandmother’s funeral in Phoenix. Thoughts of that upcoming occasion undoubtedly contributed to my feelings of impending doom while hiking and skiing Lone Pine Peak (not that the route needed any assistance in that regard) (more…)

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March 4, 2008

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…

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February 20, 2008

Road Trip

Time for some R&R over here. We’re going to be hitting the road this week and next for a trip to Arizona and Colorado. I’m looking forward to skiing Telluride and checking out the new terrain that’s open off Palmayra Peak.

Not sure how much of Palmayra is actually open, but I’m been wishing I could ski that summit ever since I first skied Telluride some 20+ years ago. Even getting to cruise the drainage below the peak would be fantastic—I expect the views are magnificent, even by Tell standards. I’ll check in with more info about the terrain when I know more: what’s open, what it looks like.

Until then, be mindful of unsettled weather in the CA backcountry, and have a safe week!

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June 9, 2007

Summer Calls…

With Shasta’s conditions looking mediocre at best, I think I’m ready to call it a season and switch to hiking mode. Putting the skis away for a few months gives me a chance to rest the body and do a little work on the site. After a long hiatus, I’ve begun updating my book review section.

Most of the books I cover are favorites of mine. If you’re looking for something interesting to read this summer, give ‘em a look. I’ll also be expanding my listings of hiking and climbing books. If you know of anything essential that I’ve missed, please send an email with the title and author, and I’ll try to track down a copy.

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May 7, 2006

Mountaineering Terms

Did you know has a glossary? Neither did I. Okay, I may have forgotten. I started a glossary in the Basecamp section when I first began working on this site, though my attention soon turned elsewhere.

I mention this because the #1 Google search referral to this site is for “mountaineering terms.”

Not Backcountry Skiing, or Sierra Ski Descents, or Backcountry Gear Reviews…no, Google has decided that this site’s most important content is the glossary.


Well, all you glossary-seekers, hope you enjoy your visit. Don’t forget to bookmark us for all your future glossary needs.

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