July 1, 2014 Kearsarge Peak Panorama Video

Kearsarge Peak Panorama

Great views but beware the mining trail! Kearsarge is described in Jay Anderson’s Climbing California’s Mountains as “possibly the quickest-to-reach significant summit on the entire eastern side of the Sierra.” With that kind of billing, who could resist? In keeping with my loop-or-bust tradition, I decided to ascend from the west, via Lilly Pass, with (more...)...

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June 16, 2014 Cirque Peak Panorama Video

Cirque Peak Panorama

I wanted an easy peak, but easy in the right way—and hard in the right way, too. In that regard, Cirque Peak, in the John Muir Wilderness just south of Mount Langely and New Army Pass, worked out to be just about perfect. Cirque was easy in the sense there was no dangerous climbing, and (more...)...

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June 2, 2014 Revelation Bowl Video

Revelation Bowl

Well I’m still thinking about skiing… Here’s something from 2012: Revelation Bowl, in Telluride, Colorado. What’s interesting is it looks like the video was shot in black and white, and selectively colorized. But this is just a trick of the light and landscape. I also love the way the frame is dominated by the terrain’s (more...)...

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March 18, 2014 Snow Summit: Top to Bottom Video

Snow Summit: Top to Bottom

It’s been far too long since we’ve had a new edition of my critically-acclaimed top-to-bottom video series. True, you generally need snow to make skiing videos. But snow or no snow, I will not be defeated by this cursed 2013-2014 Winter! I will not be beaten. I will endure. I will endeavor to persevere.* I (more...)...

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September 20, 2013 Sunset at Plateau Point Video

Sunset at Plateau Point

From camp I looked at the sky and it didn’t look too promising. My feet were sore, my back was sore. We’d already been out to Plateau Point that morning. I was happy to just fire up the stove and brew some tea and go to bed. But…what if I missed something? So I dragged (more...)...

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August 3, 2013 What The Heck Happened to Windsurfing? Video

What The Heck Happened to Windsurfing?

At one time I was a windsurfer first and a skier, believe it or not, a very distant second. My dad and I caught the leading edge of the windsurfing phenomenon way back in the 80’s when Ken Winner first started doing flared jibes on his longboard, and soon we too were fanatics, learning how (more...)...

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July 23, 2013 Olancha Peak Panorama Video

Olancha Peak Panorama

Man, did I underestimate this one. Trevor and I buzzed up San Gorgonio Mountain a few weeks ago with relative ease, and based on that speedy little jaunt I was expecting Olancha Peak to be more or less in the same orbit—a little higher and a little more vertical, true, but fewer miles overall. Instead, (more...)...

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July 15, 2013 Summer Ski Tips Video

Summer Ski Tips

Waterskiing, that is. Ironically of course when I lived in Arizona, I was out on the water all the time, but now that I live two miles from the Pacific Ocean, I basically never get wet. So I felt more than a little rusty getting pulled on a slalom ski. To be honest, I’m not (more...)...

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July 7, 2013 Lounging on Hammock in Flagstaff Video

Lounging on Hammock in Flagstaff

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June 16, 2013 San Gorgonio Panorama Video

San Gorgonio Panorama

At just over (or maybe under) 11,500 feet, San Gorgonio Mountain is Southern California’s high point, considerably eclipsing rivals San Jacinto Peak and Mount San Antonio. This might just be the most inspiring summit view in SoCal, but you’ll have to work for it. The shortest approach, via the Vivian Creek trail, is about 8 (more...)...

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