Another long overdue post but maybe not as delayed as some of the others. The story starts at a BBQ in Will’s backyard a few days before the 2019 Squamish 50. It’s an awesome time of year where the town is full of running friends for the race but also climbers for the Arc’teryx Academy[…]
I’ve been overwhelmingly behind on blog posts so rather than try to catch up individually, this is a bit of a summary of my spring and summer. While it’s tempting to let short blurb Instagram and Facebook posts take over, I think the long-form blog posts serve a purpose as well. Our ski season on[…]
The mega ice-science trip is over and I’m back in BC. While I’m psyched about the routes we sent this week, I’ve been thinking more about the ones we backed off. The weather was quite good, a bit chilly in the mornings but always warming to bearable in the afternoon. Avalanche conditions were about as ideal as you[…]
I’ve written several times about crossing the Garibaldi Neve Traverse. It’s a popular and spectacularly beautiful ski touring route in Garibaldi Park between Squamish and Whistler. I’ve done it quite a few times with a few variations and at varying speeds but I’ve always wondered about doing it in summer, on foot.
Nick and I have done a fair amount of tromping around in the Sky Pilot group. It’s not exactly an alpine wonderland but it is easily accessible and hosts a wide variety of adventures in tons of combinations pretty much year round. We’ve slowly been working our way around the area, ticking off summits and[…]
I’ve seen lots of questions about the need to carry or use a rope on the South Coast of BC for ski touring on glaciers. Often the first “expert” to answer says something along the lines of “if you have to ask, you should just bring one”. While there may be a bit of truth[…]
The 2018 skimo season was a bit of a different one for me compared to previous years. It was my first of the last four that I didn’t end up travelling to Europe for World Cups. This wasn’t unintentional though and I was looking forward to getting the chance to spend a full winter in[…]
The Spearhead Traverse is often done over two and three days but more and more parties are choosing to go light and complete it in a single long day. The easiest route starts at Blackcomb Mountain and departs the Blackcomb Glacier via the Showcase T-Bar. It usually takes a fit and competent party 8-10 hours[…]