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Backcountry Photography Rule #1

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: when, a few days later, (more)

San Jacinto Grind

San Jacinto Grind

A truism of Southern California is you don't get good SoCal skiing unless you risk getting bad SoCal skiing. We got the bad version yesterday, which began with stunning lines (more)

Southern California Dreaming (Reprise)

Southern California Dreaming (Reprise)

Motivated by forecasts of ultra-low snow levels and dreams of cold-smoke glory, Trevor and I returned yesterday to the San Jacinto Wilderness to reprise our (more)

Gorgonio & San Jacinto

Gorgonio & San Jacinto

Here's an aerial view of the north aspects of the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Jacintos, taken yesterday Feb 11, 2018. Gorgonio, at least, has more snow than I was (more)

Lost in the San Jacintos

Lost in the San Jacintos

Ah, that incomparable feeling when you're deep in the wild and you suddenly realize you have no idea where you are. This happens to me a lot in the San Jacintos. I joke I get (more)

Damn Frickin’ Lucky To Be Here Day

Damn Frickin' Lucky To Be Here Day

More than 20 million Southern Californians work and play within an 80 mile radius, and yet I was literally all alone yesterday exploring the trees of the San Jacinto (more)

San Jacinto Sunday

San Jacinto Sunday

As I wrote awhile back, you can use the SoCal ski resort webpages to get a pretty good (more)

San J Okay

San J Okay

I can't figure these storms out. After a forecast initially calling for as much as 43" of snow, Tuesday's storm left a much smaller but still respectable 18" or so in the (more)

San Jacinto Update

San Jacinto Update

Well, I guess one March Miracle is about all you can ask. This last front seemed to come in heavy here in the Basin, but it just didn't hit the mountains with nearly the same (more)

Winter Returns (Again)

Winter Returns (Again)

Our off-again, on-again winter returns this weekend, with a huge forecast that should turn our thoughts back to snow. Sunday night appears to offer the most potential for (more)

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