March 23, 2020 101 Switchbacks photography

101 Switchbacks

How many switchbacks are there between Trail Camp and Trail Crest on The Mount Whitney Trail? A lot. The exact number may never be known, but 101 seems to be (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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March 17, 2020 Cirque Peak Climbing

Cirque Peak

I’ve always wanted to ski Cirque Peak. This is a handsome sub-13K’ peak in the Golden Trout Wilderness, near Army Pass and Mount Langley (more...)...

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March 15, 2020 Mammoth Closes News

Mammoth Closes

I am posting links to my twitter account if I find something I think is helpful. Marginal Revolution has been a good source for both news and analysis, so I recommend starting there (more...)...

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February 24, 2020 WWSRA 2020-2021 Ski Reviews Gear

WWSRA 2020-2021 Ski Reviews

Available now for your viewing pleasure are my 2020-2021 ski reviews (more...)...

Posted in Gear | 9 Comments
February 13, 2020 Sierra Snowpack Update Current Conditions

Sierra Snowpack Update

We were off to such a good start this winter, but the storm spigot closed essentially at the end of December (more...)...

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February 9, 2020 Dave McCoy people

Dave McCoy

Dave McCoy, who walked into a Bishop bank in the 1930’s and offered his motorcycle as collateral (more...)...

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January 27, 2020 Snow Valley Sunday Current Conditions

Snow Valley Sunday

Sunday at Snow Valley was a handsome day, starting out mostly cloudy and then finishing off with a nice burst of sunshine in the afternoon (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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January 16, 2020 Vail, All These Years Later Colorado

Vail, All These Years Later

Originally an unnamed Colorado sheep hill near the training grounds for the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division, Vail was born in winter 1957 (more...)...

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