Huntington Beach – Surf City USA

In January of this year, I had the “tough” assignment to spend some time in Australia with my company doing some testing for an upcoming software release. At the end of the week, we had an extra day to enjoy Australia. I had always told myself that if I ever had the chance to get …

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Redemption on the South Teton

Some things in life just can’t be explained. Why do some people love the blue ocean water? Why do some people just wanna be in the city? Why do others get their kicks out of NASCAR? And what makes me want to be here today? It’s a mountain, each time is different. It’s in my …

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Street Youths…

Schmidt loses his car wheels to a roving band of street youths in the terribly irreverent TV show “New Girl.”  With no tires to roll with, Schmidt’s only recourse is to curse this lost generation. Over the years, generational gaps have seemingly separated us from each other.   One has only to look at the strictly …

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Ramshorn Peak – A boyhood dream

Maybe it’s where you were born and raised, Maybe it’s what you learned from your parents, Or maybe it is what burns deep inside you. I just know that some dreams grow stronger the longer you live. For me, the only place is the mountains, this is where I belong. This is my dream. – …

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Frary Peak on Antelope Island

I’ve flown over it and driven by it so many times I wouldn’t even be able to count them, but until a couple of weeks ago, I had never set foot on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. Although antelope were there when the Mormon pioneers arrived the more famous residents, the bison herd …

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How Not to Ski the South Teton

I made new friends, I had fun (kind of), and we made it home safe to our families and loved ones. As many of you know who have read my trip reports, I refer to these three things as being a key to a successful adventure in the mountains. I picked this up from one …

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Lick Creek Yurt Trip 2015

We have just reached our intended skin track for the day and we intend to head up the drainage towards Sawtooth Peak. Along the way, we will investigate one of our favorite areas called “The Pillows”, a NE facing burned area full of logs, boulders, terrain drops and small cliffs. On powder days this area …

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Gladiator Peak and the Grand Prize Tour

We have just topped out on a pass between two beautiful peaks in the Boulder Mountains of Idaho. There is a storm brewing somewhere out there to the northwest, but the only signs of the pending weather system that is approaching is this furious wind, hellbent on knocking us down. The skies are a brilliant …

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Turns All Year (The Unapproved Quest)

Chasing dreams is a great thing to do! But before you go sprinting out the door ya might want to make sure that you’ve properly communicated said dreams with your spouse. This is the story of the unapproved quest to chase turns all year. Table of Contents Video Highlights – 12 months packed into 5 …

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Ride Like A Girl…

While climbing to the top of the infamous Porcupine Rim, arguably the best downhill trail in Moab, I was struggling. My legs were weak, my cardio non-existent and my attitude sour. This was the spring of 2002 and I hated climbing. As I slogged up the hill, I could hear the steady cadence of a …

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Hi-Adventure for Mobile Devices

If you prefer to surf the interweb with your smart phone, and you have tried to browse the hi-adventure site with one of these devices, it has probably not been an optimal experience. OK, let’s be honest here. It has totally SUCKED! But as of today, the suckiness (OK, I know that isn’t really a …

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iBikes Under The Tree?

I don’t own an iThingy.  No iPod, no iTouch, no iPhone, no iPad and certainly no iPad Mini.  I have nothing against iThingys—my wife and two daughters have iPhones, iTouchs and iPods.  Truth be told, I have downloaded some un-cool, old guy music from iTunes once or twice with their help.  For me, the whole”i” …

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Oregon Coast Escape

Not all of my adventures involve snow – and that is a good thing! OK, here’s is the deal. My wife has been saying that each of these ski mountaineering trips that I have been going on requires some “beach time”. Now it is important to note that fortunately, in her case, “beach” doesn’t necessarily …

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Heaven and Hell in the Tetons

This little adventure was my October session of Turns All Year, (the unapproved pursuit of skiing every month of the year). I refer to this as “unapproved” in reference to Ann’s attitude towards this latest installment of my ongoing insanity. I was getting nervous about this trip actually coming to fruition, due to the fact …

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Scars Rule!

As Halloween approaches I am reminded of…scars. While nobody can rock a scar like Frankenstein, scars have found a place in my psyche. I stare down at my left arm above my hand. A newly minted scar in licorice red has formed. I acquired this in a recent disagreement with a step-up jump at The …

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