September 19, 2011 White Mountain Panorama Video

White Mountain Panorama

California’s White Mountain, elevation 14,252′, offers a truly unique perspective of the High Sierra, allowing you to see essentially the whole of the range in one great sweep. In addition to Sierra looks you also get a wonderful view of Owens Valley to the west and Nevada’s Fish Lake Valley to the east. This is (more...)...

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September 7, 2011 Wakesurfing? Video


Arr, my shoulders are sore, which can mean only one thing…I’ve been waterskiing at Lake Powell! My brother invited me to join him for a day of fun on the lake. Funny to say I spent a lot more time in the water when I lived in Arizona than I do living in coastal California, (more...)...

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August 14, 2011 Telescope Panorama Video

Telescope Panorama

Like its prominent neighbor to the south, San Jacinto Peak, Death Valley National Park’s Telescope Peak is a desert summit offering nothing less than a mindblowing vertical rise. Yes, of the two SJP offers the steeper facade, but in terms of total vertical, 11,043′ Telescope Peak reigns supreme, rising an astonishing 11,331′ feet above nearby (more...)...

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July 3, 2011 Mammoth: Top to Bottom Video

Mammoth: Top to Bottom

Yes, it’s another entry in my critically-acclaimed ‘Top-to-Bottom’ video series, in which I go to the top of a ski area and ski all the way down to the bottom! What an absolute blast this day was: July 2 at Mammoth Mountain. I figured if ever there was a year to get up there for (more...)...

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June 20, 2011 A Double Dose of Dana Video

A Double Dose of Dana

Looks like this is going to be it for me this year: a double descent of Mount Dana via Solstice and then Dana Couloirs. Tioga Pass opened on Saturday, so we hit the road and skinned up Glacier Canyon to access the couloirs. Accompanying Trevor and me this time for some backcountry fun was very (more...)...

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May 31, 2011 Split Mountain Video

Split Mountain

Huge, huge day on Split yesterday—we skied the north face right off the top of the north summit, then down into the Red Lake basin right beneath the east face and the central couloir. Yes, the video is long, but so was the adventure. The diversity, beauty, and abundance of skiable terrain in the Split (more...)...

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May 23, 2011 Whitney! Video


I’m so excited—Whitney has eluded me since 2006, when I passed on skiing the Mountaineer’s Route, figuring I’d get to it next season. Every year since then, I’ve waited for the north chute (above the notch) to fill in…and waited, and waited, and waited (more...)...

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April 19, 2011 Thor Peak Video

Thor Peak

Every time I visit the Whitney Portal area, I always look up at Thor Peak and wonder about skiing it—but I never do. This time, erratic coverage in the Eastern Sierra had us scrambling for a backup plan, and when I looked up at Thor Peak’s east couloirs, they both looked pretty well filled in. (more...)...

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April 5, 2011 The Girly Man Video

The Girly Man

Yes, it’s Southern California’s infamous steep-skiing classic, the Girly Man Chute, seen here in far from ideal conditions on an alternately foggy and sunny warm April day. Girly Man’s entrance seems to vary depending on coverage. On Saturday it was at least 55° at the entrance, maybe a tad steeper, with dangerously soft snow hanging (more...)...

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March 7, 2011 SierraDescents Performance Art Video

SierraDescents Performance Art

Believe it or not, this actually started out as a business-as-usual review of the Icebreaker Quantum Liner Glove. Occasionally, however, a truly unique piece of gear comes along, inspiring me to really dig in and go the extra mile (original accompanying music composed and performed by me). (more...)...

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