Monday, April 23, 2012

Web Presence

A few weeks back I went out on a limb and submitted some pictures and words to Wildsnow.com.  It would seem that Wildsnow is possibly the most-widely read English language ski blog around.  I'm psyched with the exposure and even more psyched that my post was far less controversial than the preceding post about stickers to decorate your snowmobile.  Seriously, check it out!

I'm published!

Mt. Hector, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Yowza!  Canada is totally awesome!  This trip to "the Great White North" was my 3rd trip north in the last 4 springs.  (2009, 2011,  2012)  It is indeed white and great north of the 49th parallel.  Alex and I hemmed and hawed, planned and re-planned, packed and re-packed, drove and drove some more, and arrived on the Icefields Parkway for the tail end of a sweet sunny spell.  We grabbed just enough info to cruise mega-classic Mt. Hector on the 9th of April.




Approaching.  Tracks would be the theme of the day.
Seems that every skier's destination outside of the High Sierra
has about 10 times as many backcountry skiers as we do
here.  This particular Monday in remote Canada 17 people climbed
and descended this 5000 foot itinerary.  

Climbing more.  Canada has more skiers and more avalanches.
Skier tracks and avalanche tracks.  But sweet powder snow, even in
Mid April.

Alex nearing the summit of Hector, with Hector Lake and
the Icefields Parkway way below.

We did the optional scramble to the summit.  

... And then ripped 5000 meters of fast pow.

Fricken Glaciers!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Rock Creek to McGee

This is basically a photo essay of how Ryan spent his day.   I was there too, on the other side of the camera.  Rock Creek Road, near the pie place.
Down the west side of "Half Moon Pass".  A little scrambling.

The rest of Half Moon Pass' westside.  And onto Golden Lake.

Sweet Westside forested goodness.  Down Golden Creek and up into Pioneer Basin.

Climbing the SW side of Mt. Stanford, with Red Slate watching over.

Further up Stanford.

And down the other side of Stanford.

Further down Stanford.

Even further down.  

More turns in Stanford's NE bowl

Up a couloir on the climber's right margin of  the S. Cirque of  Mt. Morgan



Ridge scrambleneering near the Morgan Plateau

Mr. 3-Redbulls-today...

Down into Esha Canyon

At the Bottom.  We beat the darkness, on both ends of the day.  Yeehaw!
Stats:  7600 vf up, 8600 vf down. 14 miles.  About 500 vertical feet, total, hiking down.  Otherwise we skied it all.