October 1, 2019

I had a beautiful and blessed summer. I was unfocused and I was adrift. It made for some wild days and even wilder nights. I climbed eighteen 14ers and biked over 800 miles of singletrack. I worked more than I wanted to. I climbed high peaks, bikepacked great distances, shot guns, scouted critters, read many books and ate lots of yummy food. I snuck into music fests, drank...

September 20, 2019

Alaska in 2019 shouldn’t have gone as well as it did- large, remote adventures never unfold according to plan. And although I had no expectations for our trip, somehow the experience exceeded anything I could have conjured up.

After planning for 18+ days on Sanford, we were up, down and out in a quick eleven days. 11. This unexpected blitz of success provided us a new window...

September 19, 2019

Symposium Overview

We will be holding the Symposium in Silverton. Sept 27-29, 2019

Topics Include:

  • Managing simple to complex rescues in the austere mountain environment

  • Update on transceiver technology

  • Airbag technology

  • Recco

  • Shoveling

  • Probing

  • Altitude medicine

  • Backcountry trauma

  • Cold weather injuries

  • Pathophysiology of avalanc...

September 19, 2019

Four Corners Snow and Avalanche Workshop  October 26, 2019

Silverton Avalanche School invites you to the 2019 Four Corners Snow and Avalanche Workshop (4SAW).  4SAW is a continuing education and networking opportunity for avalanche practitioners and recreationists in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, Northwest New Mexico, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. The Four Corne...

July 31, 2019

Fall into debt

Fall back into bad habits

Fall from great heights and end up dead

There’s nothing good about any fall.

Fall for her

Fall into love

Fall out out of love

You claw upwards only to fall again.

Falling amplifies my distress

The fall tumbles me into a deep sadness

I fall into a dark state of despair

The fall promotes a sudden release.

Defenses fall

Tears fall

Motivation and purp...

June 30, 2019

No sooner was I back from AK than it was time for the next adventure.

The journey lines crew had plans to finish this historic snow season in style with a next level fatpack snowboard mountaineering trip. The bike tour and intended climb/ski routes were obscure and remote. We'd travel to a seldom visited part of the San Juan Mountains and use fatbikes to access camps below o...

June 22, 2019

Day Eight

The alarm goes off at 1:30 and I lay there wondering if I really slept at all. It’s summit day and the suck of the now will all be forgotten if I can just rally and get this shit done. Although it’s the middle of the night, the Alaskan summer provides me with enough light to prep in the tent without a headlamp.

Our goal is to be moving by 2am and our team spent a go...

June 20, 2019

Day 5 (con't.)

We rope up and head out to tackle the icefall proper.

I take the lead, snowplowing back down icefall camp’s entry spine before taking a sharp left turn out to the ramp. Leaving the spine, I immediately have to navigate across three monster troughs that sport slumping snow bridges to gain the center of the low angled slope leading upwards. The moves are heady. I...