The west crack of the “Ice Cream Cone” (USGS ~12,405) in Grand Teton National Park is the most popular route of ascent for southbound Grand Traverse parties. To my knowledge there is no existing topo for this route on the internet. This “post” is nothing more than a photo and route description for future parties. Bobbi Clemmer and I climbed this route as part of a longer traverse on August 21st, 2022.
Mount Owen’s North Ridge is one of the longest, most aesthetic, yet equally demanding mountaineering routes in Grand Teton National Park, tucked away on the western flanks of the seldom traveled Owen-Teewinot Cirque. The route encompasses over 6,000 feet of elevation gain, half of which is considered “technical” – 4th class and above – and 13 or more roped pitches up to 5.9 – often rife with steep snow. A brutal approach involving dicy creek crossings, hours of dense bushwhacking and vast, obscure, occasionally loose, big mountain terrain solidify this full spectrum, undeniably classic, Teton alpine route – the first of it’s class for my resume – an adventure I surely won’t forget anytime soon.
Unique In Every Way – Dike Route and East Face (5.6, 5.4, IV) – Dike Pinnacle and Middle Teton, Grand Teton Nat. Park (08.20.22)
The Dike Route is a captivating 3000′ alpine climb that ascends the east face of the 12,809′ Middle Teton and it’s eastern sub-peak, the 12,350′ Dike Pinnacle, by way of a striking diabase dike gawked at by Garnet Canyon travelers far and wide. The “climb” is better classified as a full spectrum mountaineering adventure, with technical rock climbing up to 5.6, route finding difficulties, loose rock, several rappels, a runout traverse pitch, excessive third class scrambling, a long descent and mandatory steep snow crossings. On August 20th, 2022 I ticked the long desired beast with my girlfriend, Bobbi Clemmer, as her first grade IV – an epic one to say the least.
An Old-School Adventure – Almost Overhanging (5.9, III), Almost Arete – Disappointment Peak, Grand Teton Nat. Park (08.14.22)
On Sunday August 14th, 2022, Alex Wells joined my obscure vision to climb Almost Overhanging, an 850 foot, 7 pitch, seldom climbed route on Disappointment Peak’s Almost Arete. What we found was a “logical” line seriously lacking in traffic though deserving of more, with sound rock where it counted and an exciting variety of climbing styles. If Almost Overhanging could gain some traction, I believe it would stand with Open Book as another high-quality short-approach Garnet Canyon moderate, and help distribute some congestion from other routes in the area.
Coffee Cake and Quartz Crystals on the Taminah Arete (5.9, IV) – Matternought Peak, Grand Teton N.P. (08.07.22)
The Taminah Arete (5.9, IV) ascends the prominent aesthetic south ridge of Matternought Peak, an 11,360 foot southern spur of the larger Gilkey Tower. On Sunday August 7th, 2022, Liam Wylie and I completed the climb in 19 hours car-to-car – one of our finest Teton adventures, though perhaps a tent would have served us well.
The Snaz is an ultra-ultra-classic 800 foot, grade IV, 5.10- rock route on the south face of Albright Peak in Grand Teton National Park, first established by Yvon Chouinard & Mort Hempel in 1964. With an emphasis on wide cracks and a big crux roof, the Snaz played to my weaknesses for a supremely challenging outing.
On July 24th, Liam Wylie and I climbed Open Book, a six pitch, 450 foot, grade III rock route on the southeast face of Grunt Arete, the first rock feature east of Disappointment Peak’s SE Ridge, beginning in Garnet Canyon. Open Book is a Teton classic by all standards, with a stacked deck of unrelenting 5.8+ to 5.10- climbing above dramatic exposure. We finished the route in about eleven hours car to car, and had a tremendous time doing so.
Disappointment Peak’s East Ridge is perhaps the best moderate multi-pitch alpine climb in Grand Teton National Park. Ease of access combines with straightforward route finding, sound rock and epic views to create a one-of-a-kind 5.7 Teton experience. As Bobbi’s first alpine climb of the year, we sought this route in hopes of landing her first true alpine lead and park summit of summer 2022.
Thou Shall Not Fall – Chouinard-Frost Chimney (5.9, IV) – Disappointment Peak, Grand Teton N.P. (07.10.22)
The Chouinard-Frost Chimney (5.9, IV) is a notoriously old-school rock route on the north face of 11,623 foot Disappointment Peak in Grand Teton National Park. Run-outs, loose rock, visionary traverses and a very real sense of adventure characterize this “classic” Teton route.
In The Name Of Friendship – Skiing the Grand Teton’s Ford-Stettner Couloir in June – GT Nat. Park (06.08.22)
On June 8th, 2022, Carl Osterburg and I skied the Grand Teton via the traditional “Ford-Stettner Couloir” Route. This was Carl’s first and my fourth Grand Teton ski descent, a mission propelled by one sole purpose, enjoying a final day in the mountains with my best Teton friend before he packs up and moves to Minnesota. Can you think of a better sendoff? I can’t, because there isn’t one.
The winter of 2021/22 was far and above my best yet. I skied more steep lines in the Tetons, with a wider array of partners, than I have in the past three seasons combined, and was left with an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
Sifting through half written blog drafts from this past winter, I decided to finish up this short trip report for the sake of completeness – and to share some of my favorite pictures. Though far from a destination route, Boy Scout Falls provides an excellent moderate multi-pitch ice experience with easy access from the “Idaho… Continue Reading →
Water Ice Zero to Leading WI4 – 5 Things I Learned in My First Winter of Ice and Mixed Climbing (2022)
A reflective article from the winter of 2021/22, my first true season of ice, mixed and technical alpine winter climbing.
May 18th, 2022 saw my second summit ski descent of the East Face of Teewinot Mountain. Sustained 45+ degree face skiing above terraced cliffs and a 400 foot wide upper bowl funneling through a ski-width choke characterize this extremely classic Teton ski mountaineering objective. Connor James and I took advantage of the newly cleared Lupine… Continue Reading →
A simple photo journal of three great days climbing around Moab with John Modlish and Mila Deych on their way out of town. As a crew of four we climbed two buttes in Canyonlands National Park, Canyon Point and The Sphinx, and enjoyed three days of roadside cragging at Wall Street, where Bobbi Clemmer projected… Continue Reading →
It’s a War Zone – Late Season Powder in the V Couloir – Prospectors Mountain – GT Nat. Park, WY (04.28.22)
The V Couloir is a lesser skied 1,000 foot technical couloir on the north side of Prospectors Mountain. Mid-fifty degree skiing above exposure, a mid-run ice fall and likewise rappel, and notorious overhead danger characterize this exceptionally scenic yet serious ski mountaineering descent. On April 28th Connor James and I tackled the beast in iffy… Continue Reading →
Three Times The Charm – We Finally Found the Tallboy Couloir – Owen/Teewinot Cirque – GT Nat. Park, WY (04.24.22)
The Tallboy Couloir is an underground classic in the Teton steep skiing scene. 4,000 feet of fall-line vertical relief, uber-exposed entrance, 1,000 feet of sustained 50 degree skiing in a commanding, narrow and consequential upper couloir, all in the shadows of two of the Teton’s finest peaks, Mount Owen and Teewinot Mountain – need I… Continue Reading →
Rainy Couloir Stoke – Skywalk and Chuter Buck Couloirs – 25 Short/Avalanche Cyn. – GT Nat. Park, WY (04.21.22)
The Skywalk Couloir is a seldom skied and deceptively steep 500 foot technical couloir on the west side of Peak 25 Short, just left of the popular Moonwalk Couloir. Chuter Buck is a striking 800 foot technical couloir diving north from the bench beneath Buck Mountain and Peak 10,696. After scoring the MoonWALK Couloir in… Continue Reading →
Today I had the pleasure of skiing the Moonwalk Couloir with Reed Finlay and Brian Ladd. Instead of a full beta bomb, this will be a quickie with a few photos, mostly for a conditions update. For a deep dive into the Moonwalk Couloir, click here. Wow, April just won’t quit! About four feet of… Continue Reading →
Bobbi Chutes The Moon! – Chute The Moon Couloir, 25 Short/Peak 10,696 – Grand Teton Nat. Park, WY (04.16.22)
This weekend I had the pleasure of joining Bobbi Clemmer on her first ever… ever… couloir ski descent – and I’m happy to report she knocked the ball out of the park! Chute The Moon was the name of the game, one of the few and finest “entry-level” couloirs in the Tetons. Load the beast… Continue Reading →
In 2015, David Gonzales wrote a popular article for POWDER Magazine titled “Is There A Better Way to Ski the Grand Teton?” – in which he discusses the perilous and increasingly pressing issue of congestion on the Grand Teton’s most popular ski route, the Ford-Stettner. This article will double down on Gonzales’s work, putting a… Continue Reading →
Unintentionally Rowdy – Skiing The Tallboy’s Evil Twin – Owen/Teewinot Cirque, Grand Teton Nat. Park (04.09.22)
This past weekend Carl Osterberg, Ryan Corley and I made an unintentional descent of a rarely skied line on the north side of Peak 11,840 while looking for the renowned Tallboy Couloir. The Tallboy’s Evil Twin, also known as the Just Enough Couloir, begins at the saddle separating Teewinot Mountain and Peak 11,840, dropping over… Continue Reading →
The Lake Louise Ice Gully is a 3-4 pitch alpine ice climb situated stunningly above Lake Louise on the eastern flank of Wyoming’s Wind River Range, easily accessed from the small town of Dubois. The very wide flow is considered classic for the area and has many variations, ranging from rambling WI3 to firm WI4,… Continue Reading →
First Winter Grand Teton Solo – East Face/Starr-Workman Variation, Ski Descent – Grand Teton Nat. Park, WY (03.30.22)
On March 30th, 2022 I completed my first solo climb and ski descent of the Grand Teton, with ropes used for rappel. I used the traditional Stettner & Chevy Couloirs (WI2+, steep snow) for ascent, but climbed a new (to me) variation of the Ford Couloir – the “Workman-Starr Sneak” – to access the summit… Continue Reading →
The “Banana Couloir” is more of a massive gully than a true couloir, providing 3,300 feet of moderate fall-line skiing on the most commanding east face of the southern Tetons. Beginning at roughly 11,000 feet, “the Banana” maintains an average slope angle above 30 degrees for over one whole skiable mile (take a second to… Continue Reading →
North End Recon & Beta Bomb – Eagles Rest (almost) In A Day – Waterfalls Canyon, Grand Teton Nat. Park, WY (3.16.22)
Eagles Rest Glacier? Waterfalls Glacier? I’m not sure how this thing doesn’t have a name, but someone should call USGS and tell them there’s a huge glacier separating the twin summits of Eagles Rest Peak, deep in the confines of Waterfalls Canyon, needing a title. Either way, first time partner Nick LaToof and I skied… Continue Reading →
Truly Magical – Knee Deep Powder in the Ellingwood Couloir – Middle Teton – Grand Teton National Park, WY (03.14.22)
According to the late great Steve Romeo, acclaimed Teton ski mountaineer and founder of TetonAT.com, “The Ellingwood Couloir on the Middle Teton is one of the most classic steep descents in the Teton Range”, and if Romeo deems it a classic, I’ll give it my humble blessing too. The Ellingwood is one of the very,… Continue Reading →
Randonee’ Skis, Apocalyptic Winds and Thigh Deep Powder – Red Sentinel Couloir, Grand Teton National Park, WY (03.12.22)
The Red Sentinel Couloir has become somewhat of a Teton “trade route” the past few seasons. Why has it taken me six winters to ski this iconic line? Probably the same reason I haven’t skied the Apocalypse Couloir – WHO KNOWS! On March 12th, 2022 I finally tagged the beast, scoring 100% fresh tracks in… Continue Reading →
Building Confidence – Climbing the Sentinel Ice Couloir (WI3/4) – Grand Teton National Park, WY (03.10.22)
The Sentinel Ice Couloir is a two… or three… or four pitch moderate ice climb on the southern aspect of Albright Peak (north side of Death Canyon). While hardly a classic, this quirky route provides an alpine style climb in a very dramatic setting, and probably the easiest accessed pitch of grade four water ice in Grand Teton National Park. Despite the Tetons receiving a walloping of snow the past week, Connor James and I set out determined to make this long planned mission happen, no matter the powder that stood in our way.
It’s approaching spring climbing road trip season! Around this time last year (2021) I took off to Bishop California for three weeks of bouldering, and despite breaking my wrist on day four learned a tremendous amount about the Bishop bouldering scene, especially as it pertains to beginners. I climbed at the Buttermilks as well as the Volcanic Tablelands, and this article will focus `on both areas from the perspective of a V2-V3 outdoor boulderer.
Deep Powder, Wind Slabs and Everything In-Between – Eddington Chutes – Teton Canyon, WY (02.23.2022)
The Eddington Chutes on Treasure Mountain are home to possibly the best fall line skiing on the west slope of the Tetons. After a rapid pulse of snow following 5-6 weeks of high pressure, Reed Finlay and I sought sheltered powder and thought this to be the place. Though phenomenal conditions were found up high,… Continue Reading →
My Own Little World – Flashing The Thrill Is Gone (M4+, WI4) & The Matrix (M4, WI4-), Lessons Learned & Conditions Report – Hyalite Canyon, MT (2.18-2.19, 2022)
After belaying Brian Emory on his first coveted red-point of “The Thrill” just seven days before, I returned with Scott Melin to attempt an “on-sight” lead. We climbed for two days at the Unnamed Wall and Mummy Cooler Areas, ticking ascents on Mummy II, The Matrix, Feeding The Cat, The Fat One and of course, The Thrill Is Gone. A full conditions report and photos are included.
The “Bowling Alley” is a 2,600 foot technical ski descent on the north aspect of Teton Canyon’s Treasure Mountain. After a month of minimal snow I hoped this funky, elusive and likewise rarely descended line could be hiding some of the last untouched powder on the west slope of the Tetons. I scored, but not without significant tax.
Hyalite Fever – First WI-4 Flash, “The Thrill Is Gone” (M4, WI4) & Conditions Report – Hyalite Canyon, MT (2.10-2.11, 2022)
Breaking news: Our Teton snowpack has achieved “grim” status – but luckily it’s remained damn cold. Instead of futzing around on skis, Brian Emory and I took off to Bozeman for some mid-week ice climbing. I managed to lead & flash two WI-4’s, my first at the grade, and Brian sent his long time project, The Thrill Is Gone (M4, WI-4). Read on for a few anecdotes and a conditions report in the Genesis and Unnamed Wall areas.
Untracked Powder in the Symmetry Couloir – Symmetry Spire/Storm Point Area – Grand Teton N.P. (02.06.22)
The Symmetry Couloir, as defined in Connor Miller’s Black Book, is the large avalanche path directly south of Symmetry Spire, north of Storm Point, on the opposite shore of Jenny Lake. On February 6th, after almost a month of minimal to no snow, Chase Krumholz and I set off for this obscure line in hopes of harvesting untracked turns.
North with New Friends – Unexpected Powder on Leeks Peak (USGS 10,333′) – Grand Teton N.P. (02.04.22)
Leeks Peak (USGS Peak 10,333′) is the first highpoint on the south side of Colter Canyon in Grand Teton National Park. A long approach across Jackson Lake and a lack of prominent striking terrain steers most day trippers away, but when the snow in the core range is tracked to hell, peaks like Leeks begin to make more sense. In exchange for eight hours of time, our crew of three scored a phenomenal 3,500 foot powder run I look forward to skiing again, and valuable insight to a new area of GTNP with infinite steep descent potential.
Quality Quarantine – Middle Teton – North Ridge & NW Ice Couloir (5.6, AI2), East Face Ski Descent – Grand Teton N.P. (1.30.22)
The North Face of the Middle Teton holds two classic alpine routes in a commanding setting, the North Ridge (5.6, rock) and the Northwest Ice Couloir (5.6, AI2, steep snow). The two can be linked together to form a fusion technical mountaineering route popular with winter climbers. The East Face is one of the Fifty… Continue Reading →
But Where Are We? – Veiled Peak – North Ridge (4th) & NE Face Ski Descent – Grand Teton N.P. (1.16.21)
Veiled Peak is the most remote and least traveled 11,000 foot peak in the core Teton Range. Tucked far behind Mount Wister and standing at 11,315 feet, Veiled offers a rugged adventure to skiers and alpinists with an apt for big miles. The North Ridge is a technical scrambling alternative to the intricate and intimidating… Continue Reading →
The Ford-Stettner route on the Grand Teton is arguably the Teton Range’s most classic and sought ski mountaineering descent. On January 19th, 2022, I completed my second successful climb and ski descent of the Ford-Stettner, this time with a brand new partner. In classic Grand Teton fashion we battled copious unknowns, learned many lessons and… Continue Reading →
The Crooked Thumb Couloir is the prominent avalanche path directly north of Teewinot Mountain’s classic East Face line. The couloir tops out at 11,600 feet on the mountain’s north ridge, and despite looking benign from below, drops over 2,500 vertical feet with several tight sections of 40+ degree fall line skiing. Sadly, my camera is… Continue Reading →
On December 27th 2021, I remotely triggered an avalanche of serious destructive magnitude while traversing a north-to-south ridgeline, at approximately 9,600 feet in the west Teton backcountry, on skis. The deep persistent slab avalanche broke with a 6-10 foot crown, ran 1,400 feet, uprooted many trees and failed on the “December 5th weak layer”. Read… Continue Reading →
First and foremost, it is with a heavy heart that I solemnly offer my condolences to the family of Matthew Brien, a 33 year old Jackson local taken by the mountains far too early. 2021 was undoubtedly one of the toughest years for snow stability in the mountain west. February was the worst – haunted… Continue Reading →
Prospector Falls, also known as “Raven” or “Raven Crack” Falls, is about as classic as they come for ice climbs in Grand Teton National Park. The striking 200 foot main cascade is visible from the easily reached Phelps Lake Overlook, a favorite sight with early winter tourists. The whole route is four pitches, about 400-500… Continue Reading →
One year ago (Sept. 2020) I bought my first pair of climbing shoes. My cardinal goal was simple – 5.11 by day 365. By month 11 the chains were clipped, and along the way I learned many lessons. From sport to trad, alpine faces to lowland boulders, I pushed my limits. This article is a distillation of my first year climbing experience – the article I wish I read as a budding and infinitely inspired young climber.
Fossil Mountain & The Ice Cave Couloir – Waist Deep November Pow & The State of the Teton Snowpack (Nov. 2021)
Fossil Mountain is a remote 10,921 foot peak located deep in the central Teton Range. The Ice Cave Couloir is a short, steep and seldom skied couloir that will only be relevant to enthusiasts of the obscure. While hardly worthy of its’ own mission, the “Ice Cave” made a great addition to Carl Osterburg and… Continue Reading →
Teewinot Mountain – Southeast Couloir – A Slushy Summer Mess, and A Near Fatal Miss – Grand Teton N.P. (May 2019)
The Southeast Couloir of Teewinot Mountain is an often overlooked alternative to the highly sought East Face route. Topping out at 11,600 feet on the southernmost shoulder, the 600 foot couloir starts narrow, finishes wide and maintains a steady slope angle in the mid-forty degree* range. Despite impressive views of the Grand Teton and a… Continue Reading →
The Amore A’ Vida is an ultra-classic Teton ski-mountaineering objective located on south face of the South Teton, the fifth tallest peak of the Teton Range.
The Moonwalk Couloir is located on the west-north-west side of 25 Short (USGS Peak 9975′) in Grand Teton National Park – a more committing and exciting alternative to the commonly skied Chute the Moon and Turkey Chute Couloirs. The line rarely (if ever) fills in from the top, requiring a mild but exposed down-climb that… Continue Reading →
Rising a staggering 6,000 feet directly from the foothills of Grand Teton National Park, the East Face of Teewinot Mountain is a prized ski mountaineering descent sought far and wide. Instead of the usual Teton technical couloir shenanigans, the East Face resembles primetime descents in the Montana Rockies and High Sierra – steep bowl skiing… Continue Reading →
During a high pressure cycle in late February 2020, Sam Johnson and I set our sights to Mount Wister, the criminally overlooked 11,455 foot giant lurking deep in the heart of Avalanche Canyon, Grand Teton National Park. The East Face is the peak’s test-piece descent, requiring a long (for the Tetons) approach and several thousand… Continue Reading →
On a bitterly cold March 2019 morning, John Walker and I set off to attempt the “Nez Perce Trifecta” – skiing the Sliver, East Hourglass and West Hourglass Couloirs in a single push – a Teton ski mountaineering classic. We didn’t quite hit the mark. High winds, deep snow and sub-zero temperatures pushed us towards… Continue Reading →
The Deadliest Route in the Tetons – The East Face of Teewinot Mountain – Grand Teton N.P. (Aug. 2021)
The East Face of Teewinot Mountain is the deadliest route in Grand Teton National Park. But why? After my third lap on the 12,326 foot beauty, I believe I have a good idea. This article doubles as both a trip report and a discussion of “mountaineering in the information era” – a.k.a. 2021
In the last week of July 2021, I completed a bucket list free-solo ascent of the ultra-classic Exum Ridge route on Wyoming’s second tallest peak, the Grand Teton.
In September of 2018, I completed my first climb and free-solo of the Grand Teton via the Owen-Spalding Route. Here’s the story of what at the time was my most monumental and perspective shifting experience in these great mountains.
The East Ridge of Cloudveil Dome should be a Teton classic. From steep snow to high quality rock this route is the perfect half day adventure or early season training objective.
A South Garnet Ski Traverse… In June – Cloudveil Dome, S. Teton, Peak 12,295, Cave Couloir – Grand Teton N.P. (06.2021)
June 11th was likely my last ski day of the 2021 season. Andrew Grasso and I teamed up for a traverse of Cloudveil Dome, the South Teton and a few couloirs/peaks in between – savoring the last scraps of winter.
Refurbished and re-posted from my old blog, this is the 2018 story (and relevant beta) from a solo journey to conquer my first Teton classic, the East Face of the Middle Teton.
The Natural 101 from Icelantic Skis is the ski mountaineer’s quiver killer. Light enough to climb the Grand Teton and tackle multi-peak traverses, but burly enough to dispatch thin couloirs, bushy June exits and rocky October strike missions, this ski can handle quite literally anything. Introduction Lightweight or Durable? Do We Need to Compromise? In… Continue Reading →
On May 19th, 2021, Drew Grasso and I set off for what is in my opinion, one of the best corn skiing runs in Grand Teton National Park. I love Static Peak, and you should too!
3 descents – 3 seasons – 3 sets of beta – 3 stories. If you are eyeing up this Teton classic, here’s the skinny – From powder to ice, “cornslush” and beyond.
A Grand Attempt – “The Art of the Turn Around” – The Grand Teton and Nez Perce’s West Hourglass Couloir – Grand Teton N.P. (May 2021)
On May 9th 2021, Carl Osterburg and I attempted to ski the Grand Teton. Faced with dangerous conditions, we decided to turn around. This decision could have saved our lives.
In October 2020 Bobbi Clemmer and I dipped into our first respective slot canyon, Baptist Draw in Utah’s San Rafael Swell. A story about mind control, redemption and the wondrous world of slot canyoneering
On April 19th, 2021, Bobbi Clemmer and I tried our hands at the West Fork of Fat Man’s Misery, a remote slot canyon requiring multiple rappels and water crossings just outside Zion National Park
In 7 days and 21 hours, I hiked all 212 miles of the John Muir Trail, entirely unsupported, from Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mount Whitney. A life-altering journey through the “Range of Light” (Repost, 2019)
Mount Moran’s Skillet Glacier is not only a “50 Classic Ski Descent” of North America, but also marks the end of my three year journey to ski all the skyline peaks of the Teton Range.
Mount Owen – A Winter Summit and Ski Descent – Koven Route (5.3), East Face and Diagonal Couloir – Grand Teton N.P. (03.02.21)
On March 5th 2021, Sam Johnson and I had one of our wildest ski mountaineering experiences on Mount Owen, the second tallest peak of the Teton Range, which sees very few winter ascents.
My experience as a responding party in a Grand Teton N.P. Search and Rescue operation
Skiing every possible aspect of Lassen Peak in a single day, also known as the “Lassen Trifecta”
Skiing the “Left of Heart” variation of Avalanche Gulch on Mount Shasta
A Dream Realized – Skiing the Grand Teton’s Ford-Stettner Couloir – Grand Teton Nat. Park (05.15.20)
“Rise Early. Fix a time-table to which you must try to keep. One seldom regrets having an early start, but one always regrets having set off too late… The day comes to replace the night, the peaks gradually lighten, it is the hour of mystery but also of hope. Setting off by lantern-light, witnessing the… Continue Reading →
Volcano Hopping – Part One – Mount Hood (Newton-Clark Headwall), Adams (Southwest Chutes) and Middle Sister (North Ridge) – (June 2020)
Breaking news: Bar hopping is out. Volcanoes are in. Eight days and a pair of skis versus the epic array of Cascade Volcanoes from Washington to Oregon. This is the first of a three part series and includes descents on Mount Hood, Adams and the Middle Sister Shortly after knocking off a ski descent of… Continue Reading →
“Ski it Like A Man Possessed” – Devil’s Bedstead and Borah Peak – Pioneer and Lost River Ranges, Idaho (April 2020)
Our trip to central Idaho had absolutely nothing to do with the famous “50 classic ski descent” Devil’s Bedstead, and all to do with skiing off the Potato State’s tallest mountain, 12,667 foot Borah Peak. Also known as Mount Borah, the absolute behemoth towers over the town of McKay with a 3,000 foot West Face… Continue Reading →
The “Big Four” Traverse (Fossil Mountain, Mount Bannon, Jed. Smith, Meek) – Tetons West (April 2020)
I first heard mention of the Big Four Traverse, albeit not by that name, five years ago while picking the brain of a veteran lift mechanic over morning coffee at Grand Targhee Resort. He spoke of the four remote, seldom skied and closely grouped peaks, Fossil Mountain, Mount Bannon, Mount Jedediah Smith and Mount Meek,… Continue Reading →
(April 5th, 2020) At 10,025 feet, Mount Baird is a stealthy giant buried deep in the heart of Idaho’s Palisades Range. Accessed by a six mile approach up Little Elk Creek, it is rarely skied without snowmobile assistance. Adding gasoline to the fire, Baird is the tallest peak of the range, requiring a stout ~4,500… Continue Reading →
The True Reality of Ski Mountaineering – Bell Mountain’s West Face – Lemhi Range, Idaho (April 2020)
(April 18th, 2020) Bell Mountain, one of the prominent peaks in Idaho’s incredibly remote Lemhi Range, was a sight to behold as we watched the sun rise from the Little Lost River Highway, which wasn’t much more than a two lane road that eventually turned to dirt. The prominence of Bell was actually quite intimidating,… Continue Reading →
A Palisades Range Traverse – Baldy Mountain, Atkinson Peak, Thompson Peak and Fog Hill – Idaho (April 2020)
At 4:00AM Easter morning, Carl Osterburg and I met at the pitch black and unsurprisingly empty Pole Canyon trailhead in Victor, Idaho. We both live in town, so the drive was less than five minutes from the confines a warm home. We locked up my car and hopped in Carl’s Subaru to begin the sleep… Continue Reading →
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