April 27, 2019

Still Fat and Fab on 4/25

This just might be the busiest (and best?) winter I’ve ever experienced in the San Juan mountains.

I’ve documented many seasonal highlights, both in words and pictures, on this blog since winter began. In addition to the 136 on-snow days noted below, it’s important to mention some additional highlights and milestones:

The first real snow storm of 18-1...

April 2, 2019

It’s April- no fooling. How quickly we got here.

Like February, March stormed in and out of my life like the storms that have crushed the San Juans all winter.

A  flurry of media posts have just begun dropping, the result of trips with writers and publishers throughout late winter. Check out this piece from Jason Blevins in the Colorado Sun.

After 19 days of road closure, thi...

March 18, 2019

“The series of storm events since [the] first part of February has made for one of the most intense 6 weeks of snow accumulation we have ever experienced.  This has set up the high country for historic avalanches- 300-year event avalanches!”

-Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, Silverton, CO.

We’ve taken it on the chin a fair bit this season and this past week w...

March 1, 2019

Lately, I wish I had more energy to share my words..

I wish I had more time to fuel the creative inside.

Lately, I’ve been up before the dawn, nursing cracked hands, a weathered face and a sore body. Wondering every morning where I am- a bed, a bunk, a paco on some living room floor?

Lately, I’ve enjoyed my life. Hitting it so dam hard every day.

How blessed am I to ski and cli...

February 12, 2019

Can human judgment handle avalanches?

We’re better than ever at understanding the dangers of avalanches. So why can’t we avoid them?

Kate Siber     July 20, 2015 From the HCN print edition

All morning, I’d heard the roar of sloughs rocketing down cliffs as I skied up a mountain in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Now, standing at the summit with my six friends and...

January 29, 2019

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.

The only thing scarier than our "dumpster fire" of a continental snowpack right now are the decisions I see humans making in the backcountry. I spend too much time out there. I’m seeing too much scary stuff. And it causes me to think a tremendous amount about the motivations and behaviors of others.

More backcountry recreationalists...

December 19, 2018

Season’s Greetings Snowflakes! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and Festivus. We’ve been gifted an amazing winter to date here in the San Juans. Although the precipitation momentarily paused this past week, there’s something special under the tree for us this year. I spoke with Santa and he’s guaranteed me we’re due for a Holiday Dump. I hope you’ve...