June 24, 2021 Baldy via the North Backbone Video

Baldy via the North Backbone

I had no idea a fine hiking trail exists on the ridge connecting Pine Mountain, Dawson Peak, and Mount Baldy. (more...)...

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June 16, 2021 Hiking Throop Peak to Baden-Powell Video

Hiking Throop Peak to Baden-Powell

Of course I was dimly aware you could hike the San Gabriel Crest from Windy Gap (more...)...

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June 9, 2021 Ski Hut-Devil Video

Ski Hut-Devil’s Backbone Loop

Connecting the Ski Hut Trail and the Devil’s Backbone Ridge is one of my favorite SoCal hikes—in either direction (more...)...

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June 3, 2021 Mammoth Memorial Day Weekend Video

Mammoth Memorial Day Weekend

It’s no secret 2020-2021 wasn’t exactly California’s finest winter, but that didn’t stop Mammoth from offering excellent top-to-bottom skiing this past Memorial Day/closing weekend (more...)...

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May 25, 2021 Ontario Peak Video

Ontario Peak

8694′ Ontario Peak is easily among the most spectacular of the San Gabriels’ front-range peaks (more...)...

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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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