Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snow in the Alpine!

Time to break out the puffy coat winter is in full effect.  The epic indian summer and its golden trees have dropped their leaves and the alpine is coated with snow.  This past fall has been one of the most beautiful in recent memory.  As December settles in Mother Nature is off to a good start and hopefully will bless us with a deep winter.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Sea Adventure to the Deep, Deep South

Doug Workman sniffing out the powder stash.
On November 4th 2014, Mammut ambassadors Doug Workman and Todd Offenbacher set sail on the Sea Adventurer chartered by Doug Stoup’s Ice Axe Expeditions (http://www.iceaxe.tv). This is the fourth trip by Ice Axe to take a group of skiers to the Antarctica Peninsula for ski mountaineering. Workman and Offenbacher guide clients on the wildest ski adventure in the world. “It’s like skiing on the moon but with better snow,” says Offenbacher.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mixed Bag: Alpine Climbing in the Tantalus Range

Ross Berg and client climb in the Tantalus Range. Photo by Ross Berg.
It was 10:37pm on a Thursday, August 21st and I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth when I received a text from Bram. "Hey, rather last minute but a friend is flying a client to Tantalus on Saturday. One more spot in heli - $215." I responded, "YES" and scrambled to find someone to cover my weekend shifts at work. I couldn't say 'no' to the Tantalus Range…

Monday, December 1, 2014

Backyard Roots preview

A 3 part video series about ski mountaineering in the Greater Yellowstone.
Join Kt Miller and Beau Fredlund as they explore classic and new routes,
highlighting human powered-access and emphasizing avalanche awareness.

Big shout out to Mammut, Dynafit and Omnibar for the support.

Produced by Beau Fredlund & Kt Miller
Edited by Hennie van Jaarsveld.
With additional cinematography by Brody Leven.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

50 Miles of Wilderness for 50 Years of Wilderness

There are things that humans can't improve.

Wilderness has always been a contested term. The word offers an expanse of subjectivity in which to insert interpretation and to project meaning. In 1964, wilderness was given an official political definition with the passage of the Wilderness Act. Congressional acts aren't often noted for their eloquence, so The Wilderness Act of 1964 is all the more exceptional in its lyrical designation of wilderness as:

"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."

With that act, Congress settled itself upon a term for what wilderness was and set about designating certain areas of federal lands—national parks, forests, and otherwise—as “Wilderness Areas.”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

There Goes the Summer!

After missing last summer entirely due to intense classes and obligatory studying, I had big plans for this summer: climb, hike, fish, develop routes and boulders, relax, etc... However, this summer brought with it an unexpected surprise: a stubborn concussion that I got whilst water skiing--oops!

Because of this, I ended up missing a lot of work and spending week after week indoors, eyes closed and curtains drawn. 

However, just as my concussion started to fade, David's entire family arrived from Sweden for a visit. While they were here, we did all of the things I'd been planning to do:
Fishing on the Madison