February 14, 2016 SIA 2016: Touring Boots Gear

SIA 2016: Touring Boots

For Backcountry folks, we have some auspicious boot news from this year’s SIA Snow Show: two very interesting new tech-compatible touring models (more...)...

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January 23, 2016 Hips Over Tips? Tips & Technique

Hips Over Tips?

Back from a quick gear tuneup trip to MM, which means it’s time once again to resume my never-ending quest to deconstruct steep skiing technique (more...)...

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January 20, 2016 Return To Baldy Video

Return To Baldy

Apparently I had blocked the memory of just how hard it is to tour in the San Gabriel Mountains. No longer. Dave, Al, and I returned to The Devil’s Backbone (more...)...

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January 2, 2016 Snowbowl Gets A Lift Skiing

Snowbowl Gets A Lift

A new chairlift, that is. I would tell you its name, but the Snowbowl’s website is currently down, so the new lift will have to remain at least temporarily nameless (more...)...

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December 26, 2015 A Blue, Blue Christmas California

A Blue, Blue Christmas

If you can’t be in Mammoth today, I guess Los Angeles isn’t too shabby right now either. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours—and a Happy (and snowy) New Year! (more...)...

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December 22, 2015 Back To Snow Current Conditions

Back To Snow

I am pleased to report I got back into ski boots and successfully carved GS turns on the groomers at Snow Summit yesterday (more...)...

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October 8, 2015 It Could Be Worse! News

It Could Be Worse!

Some of you out there may at this point be wondering who is this Andy character and does he in fact ever do anything outdoorsy cause, you know, I’m not seeing a lot of action ’round here… (more...)...

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September 15, 2015 Cottonwood Camp Strikes Again Hiking

Cottonwood Camp Strikes Again

Those of you who read about my rim-to-rim day hike a few years back may recall me mentioning the 1978 overnight I did with my parents to Cottonwood Camp, from the North Rim (more...)...

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August 16, 2015 Notes For A Film Musings

Notes For A Film

(characters will interact/argue with narrator) Opening shots of Death Valley. Stark. Bleak. Desolate. SUPER: “If Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what then is Madness? (more...)...

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August 8, 2015 San Francisco California

San Francisco

How bad is California’s drought? San Francisco Bay is now a wide, grassy plain, completely devoid of water. Desperate locals seeking affordable housing (more...)...

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