Our first Denali training trip as a team! We climbed the Hotlum-Bolam Ridge on the north side of Mt. Shasta in northern California. The real goal of this trip was to spend time in our tent (a North Face VE-25 mountaineering tent) in the snow. The summit was an optional (but desired) goal. Continue reading “Mt. Shasta – Denali Training”
Finally, some more time skiing in the backcountry!
Given that this was the biggest winter in Tahoe history, I’m a bit ashamed to state that I’ve only gotten out into the “backcountry” once since my last skiing post. On February 26th, my roommate Maura and I skied up Angora Ridge near my house. This was mostly jut to “try out” backcountry skiing and get her some experience with Avalanche skills/gear (shovel, probe, beacon, and decision making). It was a short ski but a fun morning. Continue reading “Skiing Mt. Ralston”
I first skied outside a ski resort with my friend Ian back east in the winter of 2009-2010 in upstate New York in the Adirondacks. I was still snow boarding back then. I hauled my snowboard up on my pack using a pair of snowshoes borrowed from the Clarkson university outdoor club’s equipment room. This was the first time I’d seen anyone using climbing skins on their skis or using Telemark bindings. Continue reading “My First Backcountry Ski”
It’s official, I’m planning a trip to Denali’s West Buttress for the spring of 2018 with Brent, Patrick and Maura! Continue reading “Denali Prep”
Brent and I “did” the North Ridge of Conness on September 5th, 2015. We moved way too slow and roped up for too much of the easy” ridge. According to the timestamps on my photos we didn’t summit until 6:50pm. The hike out was a bit of a mini epic with no trail description and lots of bushwhacking/down-scrambling in the dark. Oh, and SAR was called to find us sleeping in the truck at the trailhead…