Parking lot start, summit shot, and time on the watch at the finish

Race – Mount Rainier FKT

Taking advantage of a possible break in the forecast over the May long weekend, Stano Faban, Nick Elson, and I drove down to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. We hoped for good conditions to try a speed attempt and had heard that the Disappointment Cleaver route was in good shape, following a direct line[…]

Climber in the sun in the sea

Transitions

Spring in the Sea-to-Sky means a stable corn harvest. May 2013 started with almost two weeks of soaring high pressure and freezing levels leaving Whistler-Blackcomb looking like near-August conditions at lower-mid elevations and the beginnings of the spring melt-freeze cycle in the alpine. As the snowpack settles out and corn snow takes the place of[…]

Skiing the Diavolo Glacier.

Steep Skiing or Sleep Skiing?

Sometimes, despite extensive planning, you end up spending a day doing something entirely unexpected. One of the main reasons I hesitate to plan any ski trip in advance is how things change. Partners want to come or bail, avalanche conditions change with the weather, and travel is fast or slow depending on new snow. All[…]