Thursday, January 15, 2015

Searching for Boulders

 Over the last year or so, David and I have spent a lot of time exploring the mountain ranges of Montana, looking for new boulders. With the help of Google Earth and friends, we have honed in on several large boulder fields. However, the perfect area is yet to be found. Often, the drive to a particular location is two or more hours, with as many as 30 miles on rough dirt road. Or the hike (without pads) is in excess of one or two hours. Or the boulders are plentiful, but too slabby, too chossy, or too small. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Spectral- a Ski The East Series

It is almost time again for an amazing webisode series from Meathead Films based out of the Big East. Spectral is their new endeavor and I was lucky enough to participate in some of the ski action that will be taking place. Time and time again Ski The East's Meathead Films shows that skiing on the east coast is radical and nothing to sneer at. With big blower pow days,  big mountain adventure and great park scenes, these guys really know how to capture what it is to live in New England during the winter. The following clip is the trailer and I am excited to see the first installment coming soon!

 Until next time!
~Louise Lintilhac
a.k.a Steezy Weezie

Monday, January 5, 2015

Studying the Snowpack

Analyzing the snowpack south of Cooke City on Nov. 30th
The mountains around Cooke City and Yellowstone Park have had a pretty big start to the winter, with about a meter of settled new snow from the last two weeks of November.

Unfortunately we also have some buried weak layers near the ground, which have been responsible for two major avalanche incidents this week (and one fatality).  

As per usual this time of year, it's great to dig often, and keep routes conservative.
The mountains aren't going anywhere, and the season is yet young.

Safe travels to everyone out there.

Beau Fredlund sampling some fresh snow on Nov. 30.  Photo by Kt Miller.

Training The Next Rock Jocks

As an instructor for the American Mountain Guides Association, I have the privilege of helping to train the next generation of up and coming Mountain Guides. Red Rocks, Nevada outside of Las Vegas is one of our premier training grounds in the rock discipline. Red Rocks gives us access to grade 5 routes with cracks, chicken head face climbing, a mix of natural protection and bolts and interesting descents all within view of the famous Las Vegas strip. This is the perfect terrain for guides working on becoming Certified Rock Guides.

Rainbow and Magic Mountains at sunrise

Rodney the Van

Location: Bozeman, MT, USA
Late this summer, David and I fulfilled a long-term dream: we bought a van to convert to a camping/ climbing vehicle. It was a 2010 GMC Savanna cargo van with just 20K miles. We named him Rodney, and he was a perfectly blank canvas.

SheJumps Women's Gear Clinic

Learning how to get ready and be efficient for a backcountry day can be daunting for many aspiring backcountry enthusiasts. I am still working on my systems and I have been backcountry skiing for over 10 years. It takes many hours frigging with gear and getting your skins stuck in your hair while they flap about in the wind to get it right. There is a lot of technique involved in outdoor expeditions on skis, but a lot of guess work can be eliminated by bringing good gear that has a reputation for holding up in stressful situations. For this reason, SheJumps, the nonprofit that is dedicated to getting women active in the outdoors, decided to host an event focused on helping people (and specifically women) prepare for backcountry skiing. I agreed to Emcee the event and show the women of Burlington what I have over time decided are the most important things to bring into the backcountry with me.