Skiing Mt. Ralston

Finally, some more time skiing in the backcountry!

Maura skinning up Angora ridge on Beth’s AT skis

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”

My First Backcountry Ski

My first time riding the backcountry

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”

Mt. Conness

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…

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