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.
My First Teton Classic – Middle Teton – East Face/Glacier Route – Grand Teton N.P. (Apr. 2018)
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.
Skiing Mount Baird – North and East Faces – Palisades Range, Idaho – (April 2020)
Our first look at the North Face of Mount Baird (unfortunately thrashed by snowmobile-skier traffic) with the "test-piece" of the face, the North Couloir, coming directly off the summit. The West Ridge, our first ascent route, to the right. The North Ridge, our second and third ascent route, to the left. (April 5th, 2020) At... Continue Reading →
The True Reality of Ski Mountaineering – Bell Mountain’s West Face – Lemhi Range, Idaho (April 2020)
Our first views of Bell Mountain from the access road just off the Little Lost River Highway, with the west ridge in the left foreground relative to the summit. (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... Continue Reading →
A Palisades Range Traverse – Baldy Mountain, Atkinson Peak, Thompson Peak and Fog Hill – Idaho (April 2020)
Carl getting a second cup of coffee and watching the sun rise over Baldy Mountain. 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... Continue Reading →