April 23, 2020 A Good Day at Baldy Video

A Good Day at Baldy

From the archives, here is Mount Baldy one year ago, March 23, 2019. I videoed the kids and I enjoying a classic day of Southern California Spring skiing (more...)...

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April 4, 2020 Anvil Camp via Shepherd Pass Trail Video

Anvil Camp via Shepherd Pass Trail

This is a 2010 backtrip trip I did from Symmes Creek to Anvil Camp via the Shepherd Pass trail. We had intended to climb Mount Williamson (more...)...

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March 20, 2020 North Palisade: The U-Notch Video

North Palisade: The U-Notch

This is a May 31, 2010 climb and ski of North Palisade’s U-Notch couloir. Originally I had intended to do an extended video of the whole trip (more...)...

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January 17, 2020 Backcountry Photography Rule #1 Video

Backcountry Photography Rule #1

Oh this was a tough day, and I came within a whisker of just burying the footage and trying to forget about it entirely. Here is how bad this day was (more...)...

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May 8, 2019 San Gorgonio Reprise Video

San Gorgonio Reprise

After a nine year hiatus, Al and I returned last Sunday to the San Bernardino Mountains’ South Fork drainage, where we found snow, avalanche (more...)...

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April 30, 2019 The Gullies of Baden-Powell Video

The Gullies of Baden-Powell

The snow was not quite was I was hoping for, but Al and I nonetheless kept alive his annual tradition of skiing Baden-Powell (more...)...

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April 14, 2019 Mount Islip Video

Mount Islip

Oh, Caltrans! I am always a bit skeptical as to whether or not the road reports are accurate, but in this case, Caltrans had specifically (more...)...

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April 7, 2019 Our Magnificent Mountain Video

Our Magnificent Mountain

Los Angeles skiers can be forgiven for feeling like exiles—we are surrounded by an endless sea of concrete and steel. (more...)...

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May 19, 2017 Birch Mountain—Still Big Video

Birch Mountain—Still Big

This past weekend Bill, not one but two Prestons, and I headed to Birch Mountain for a climb and ski, and in the early morning hours, somewhere in the first two thousand vertical feet of climbing (more...)...

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March 13, 2017 Go West, Young Man Video

Go West, Young Man

You have seen it, have you not? Of course you have—it is the great White Whale of Southern California Skiing. Indeed, people across the world have seen it (more...)...

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