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...

May 11, 2019

Over six and a half months of stellar turns have been deposited into the fun vault and our investment in the 18-19 backcountry snow season remains strong. How can I head to Alaska when skiing in the San Juans is still so good? Easy, it's Alaska. But until that plane leaves sunny Colorado, I'll be chasing turns in this historic, never ending winter.

Recent May snowfall has fi...

March 28, 2019

Caution is giving way to confidence.

Small strides lengthening into a robust march,

As our footfalls take us deeper and higher into the mountains with every tour.

We’ve waited patiently all season for it.

The time has finally arrived,

And it’s better than our wildest dreams.

We are stepping out.

March 20, 2019

This is the largest slide I've observed in the San Juan Mountains.

Check out this monster from Edith Gulch, Crown Mountain, Eureka, CO. R5D4

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 11, 2019

I had a sneaking suspicion this might happen.

Those thoughts were confirmed Sunday morning:


For those of you who are just hearing about the crazy times up on Red Mountain Pass, here's the most recent Durango Herald article and a link to the Silverton Avalanche School's Facebook Page. Visit these pages and check out the powerful pics and video footage from the historic aval...

March 8, 2019

March has come in like a lion and has kept most of us lambs from venturing out into the mountains.

I write a lot about the unique, tenuous and often dangerous snow conditions found in the San Juan mountains. But this first week of March has proved truly historic- to the point of having me not really nowhere to begin. It's so sketch out there that reflecting and sharing my th...

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...