February 14, 2012 News

Avalanche Fatality – Airbag Deployed

Great sadness fills me as I learn that 38-year-old Telluride resident Nate Soules was killed by an avalanche yesterday in the Bear Creek backcountry. The Telluride Watch says Soules was wearing an airbag pack, which he successfully deployed. However, the airbag was reportedly found by rescuers in a ‘shredded’ condition (more...)...

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February 3, 2012 SIA Preview: Rocker for the Ladies News

SIA Preview: Rocker for the Ladies

As rocker technology continues to evolve, we find it moving well beyond powder-only skis. In fact, rocker (in one form or another) is appearing throughout ski makers’ 2012-2013 lineups. While rocker certainly brings advantages to nearly all categories of skiers, I believe rocker may prove to be of great benefit to one group in particular: (more...)...

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October 22, 2011 C2N Goes to Graz News

C2N Goes to Graz

I am very pleased to announce that my short film, The Couloir to Nowhere, is an official selection of the 2011 Internationales Berg & Abenteuer Filmfestival in Graz, Austria. While the tone of this post may seem rather dry and reserved, I am in fact quite over the moon with excitement and desperately trying to (more...)...

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October 12, 2011 News

SMS Annual Potluck This Saturday

Yes it’s time again for the storied Sierra Club Ski Mountaineer’s Section Annual Potluck Dinner, this Saturday, October 15, at 5:30pm in La Canada. Trip planning for the 2011-2012 season, gear swap, board meetings, and of course some chow. New members or interested parties I’m sure are welcome to drop in. This is a fantastic (more...)...

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April 29, 2011 News

Split Avy Claims Two Skiers

Sobering and heartbreaking news: Powder Magazine is reporting the deaths of two Sierra skiers, Kip Garre and Allison Kreutzen, whose bodies were found in a pile of avalanche debris yesterday morning near Split Mountain. According to rescuers, it appears the pair were climbing Split’s east couloir with the intention of skiing it when a large (more...)...

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March 15, 2011 News


Or, How I learned to Stop Start Worrying and Love Hate Nuclear Power. The fear, initially, was that public reaction to the reactor accidents at Fukushima might scuttle the ‘Nuclear Renaissance’ blossoming across the globe as a necessary component in battling the threat of Global Warming. Could Fukushima’s ultimate legacy be vast environmental damage caused (more...)...

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March 13, 2011 News

Images from Japan

“In this vast and uncaring darkness, I am but a tiny, fragile spark of life, clinging to an illusion of safety that never was and never will be real…” (Earthquake aftermath images at the Atlantic) (more...)...

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January 29, 2011 News

C2N Tonight at SIA Denver 5pm

Reminder here in Denver that my film “The Couloir to Nowhere” is playing tonight, Saturday Jan 29 at 5pm in Theater 2, in the Colorado Convention Center as part of the Ski Channel Film Festival, downstairs from the main floor of the SIA show. SIA attendees get free admittance with your show badge, otherwise tickets (more...)...

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February 3, 2010 News

A SoCal Rando Race

Local climber and so-so skier Hamik Mukelyan is organizing an informal ski mountaineering race Sunday, February 21 (weather-depending), at Mount Baldy’s southeast bowl. Meet time is 10 a.m. at the ski hut. Course details are slim, but the route will be marked with wands, and Hamik expects 10-15 competitors. No sign up necessary: just appear (more...)...

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December 26, 2009 News

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! We’re wrapping up an eventful trip to Northern Arizona which had us briefly facing sleeping in our car in a blizzard (I-40 was closed) but gave us a short window (the freeway reopened for an hour) to make it here safely and spend the holiday with family. Add in (more...)...

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