See the Tahoe Premier of Powderwhore Productions Film “Elevation”
The movie is part ski-porn, part documentary and a full propaganda piece promoting the joys and wonder of exploring on skis and splitboard.
EPIC LITE – A Dreaded Unplanned Bivy on Red Rocks’ Mescalito
We were certain we were on track but the last rays of light had faded.
Trip Report: Bishop Pass Trail
If you're looking for a quick trip that will reward you with amazing terrain and views, this is a perfect option.
Powderwhore Productions Elevation: A Backcountry Film is coming to Tahoe on Monday, Oct 14th at Alpenglow Sports. The trailer looks amazing and I love the unabashed backcountry-specific nature of the film. Come out and see it if you can! See below for the trailer and official press release. Trailer: ALPENGLOW SPORTS HOSTS TAHOE PREMIER OF POWDERWHORE PRODUCTIONS FILM “ELEVATION: A BACKCOUNTRY FILM.” With... [Read more]
So this is camping. It wouldn’t be so bad if we were inside. I Hate California: Camping – watch more funny videos Read More →
Man these guys make it look easy. Many people say that Yosemite is a place that’s “climbed out.” I guess not if you’re this good… Via EpicTV: “A beautiful video which breaks down of the FIRST FREE ASCENT of the Southwest face of Liberty Cap in Yosemite by Cedar Wright and Lucho Rivera. After his friend Lucho Rivera was hit by a falling rock which broke his collarbone,... [Read more]
Vegas is so close, yet so far! (photo credit – John Gray) Picking up from where we left off in Part 1, Cliff, John and I were racing to find the gully that was the key to getting off of Mescalito. As darkness closed in around us, we pulled out our headlamps. Navigation is particularly difficult at night when you don’t have the context of the landscape around you and if feels as if you are just... [Read more]
Sometimes getting in over your head is an opportunity for growth, just make sure it’s not WAY over your head… My friend, Cliff, is a professional rock climbing guide. I met him when I was a client in one of Mountain Adventure Seminars’ anchor building classes and found out he was ex-Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit (I was also a member for 2 years). I moved to Bend and so did he. Having not met... [Read more]
It’s still early in the season, but thanks (or, no thanks, if you’re a skier) to a shallow snowpack, the high passes are already opening up! Last week we decided to do a little backpacking trip out of the South Lake trailhead near Bishop, CA - one of the highest altitude trailheads in the Sierras (if not the highest). We started out about 11am, and before we knew it we were already at... [Read more]
This thing looks amazing. Earl is a crowd-funded Android-based E-ink tablet that, if it’s able to make good on all its promises (it does everythign but cook your breakfast), it just might become the biggest thing in backcountry navigation and communication since they combined GPS and radio. Color me curious. I’ll see if I can get my hands on one for a good Sierra Journal review. They’ve... [Read more]
Mt. Shasta’s Hotlum-Bolam Ridge is a fantastic route. I drove up there late Friday night, parked at the ranger station parking lot and passed out in the back of the truck (I’m not sure if that’s technically kosher, but I do it all the time). I had intended to ski the route, but one of the employees at The Fifth Season advised against it. He warned that the route would be wind-scoured... [Read more]
This is a very interesting graphic from The Economist. It shows the number of ascents, deaths and percentage of deaths for each the world’s 14 8000-meter peaks. Anapurna I has by far the highest percentage of deaths per climb. I would have thought it would be K2. Via The Economist: ON MAY 29th 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to stand atop Mount Everest in the Himalayas.... [Read more]
UPDATE: I’ve spoken with the nice folks from Steripen (whose support team is very responsive and helpful, btw) about this issue. They acknowledge that with this model, the Classic, there can be issues with water that has very low mineral content, as can be the case with snowmelt in the Sierras. This model has two electrical nodes that create a current when immersed in water, and this is... [Read more]