Last week (May 6 and 7th to be precise) a crack team of ski adventurers was assembled with the sole purpose of scouting one of the three future Spearhead Hut sites. The Macbeth site sits on the south shoulder of its namesake mountain, looking west down the Fitzsimmons Creek drainage and south towards the gnarled […]
Driving home to Squamish after a day skiing around the Blackcomb backcountry, the Tantalus Range stands proud amongst parting afternoon clouds. Swerving down highway 99, I crane my neck skywards, taking in the freshly coated peaks, lamenting that I’d not had the chance to visit the range, and pessimistic about my chances to get in […]
“You should have been here yesterday” is as chilling a statement as any for a skier. Dedicating time and money to traveling somewhere new and exciting, only to be skunked by mere hours is a painful position to find yourself in. On the flip side, “Your timing is perfect”, is music to the ears. Last […]
What a great piece. If I can be skiing like him at the age of 88, I will be a happy man. Some solid kernels of wisdom sprinkled into this look into the Canadian Rockies, and a skier who has been shaped by the mountains. Click “Continue Reading” to view this video.
Exams are tough. Whether they are your first drivers test, an important midterm, or a job-dependent physical exam, they all force you to lay it on the line. There is no hiding behind feigned indifference, or deferral to a more knowledgeable friend. It is you, the challenge laid out, and the raw truth of what […]
A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY
Only sometime in the spring can I lift my head up enough to share some images with you, my readers. It has been a ski season of head-down work guiding both cat skiing and ski touring. Transfer out of one lodge in the morning, fly into another lodge that afternoon. Repeat. […]
Spring is a glorious time on the West Coast. The flowers are blooming in the city, but the mountains are still cloaked in snow. Deep snow, filling up glaciers, forming perfect couloirs and hugging steep north faces. READ ON TO VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
The weekend was looking promising. After many days of uninspiring, snow-less conditions, the weather patterns were stacking up to ensure a welcome powder respite from the recent crusts and hardpack. The forecast wasn’t calling for the grand-daddy of all storms or anything, but enough to soften up the backcountry snowpack, and incentivize us enough to […]
I love the city, but my whole being aches for winter solitude sometimes (a lot of the time). Fresh snow underfoot, great views, good friends. I achieve this escape on my pilgrimages to Selkirk Wilderness Skiing, my home away from home. I was there guiding for a few weeks around the New Year, and the conditions were the stuff of dreams. Photo gallery inside…
I attended the Outdoor Retailer Show recently, a week of gear envy, parties, and reunions with industry buddies.
This tradeshow takes place every summer in Salt Lake City, gelling together a motley crew of business people, adventure addicts, athletes and vagabonds. The convention centre is a sea of people, shiny new toys and action.