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Taking a Stand Against the Assualt on OUR Public Lands

As the developer and primary author of this website, I have tried to stifle my voice and my opinion regarding matters that could be placed in the political realm. I have maintained that hi-adventure.com should be about adventures and experiences, not about my personal political views, political issues or public policy debates. However, I have …

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ACL – Repairing the Damage

Mind Games Don’t you just love those games that the mind loves to play?  I’m sitting here in pre-op at Treasure Valley Hospital getting ready for my ACL surgery.  Everything is going smoothly.  We arrived right on schedule at 11:00 AM and after taking care of the paperwork, we are here getting all of the …

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How to Shred Your ACL

The End of a Season – The Beginning of an Adventure It had been such a fantastic day, one of many at Bogus Basin this year.  Almost a foot of powder on the back side of Bogus, skiing the steep gullies and treed areas that lie in the no-mans land between Wildcat and Paradise below …

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Know Before You Go

Know before you go: This tagline has become a popular and powerful mantra for those who enter the back country. It is especially applicable for those areas that are accessed directly from the resort gates. In many of these areas, skiers and riders can simply ski right out the gate and head downhill – let …

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Do Rules Apply When We Leave the Resort

As part of our annual ritual to ring in the ski season, my wife and I met with some friends and attended the latest Warren Miller film, “Here, There and Everywhere”. As a whole, I thought it was a great film and I loved the way that they honored Warren and paid homage to him …

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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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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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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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Finding Your Flow

As strange as this may seem, I was not always a mountain biker. There was a time when I was blissfully unaware of the total awesomeness that is mountain biking. My life was a series of long work days, memorably short holidays and grand family togetherness. Great wife-check. Great kids-check. Great job-mostly-check. Life was good …

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My Final Playlist…

Truth is I have never made a mix tape. Sadly, I never received one either. With as many times as my trusty little heart has been crushed, you’d think at least one tape would have made it into my cassette player.   Having a sad mix tape would have come in handy for those inevitable “It’s …

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The Transition to Backcountry Skiing from Resort Skiing

My Backcountry Ski Story I don’t know if I’ll ever really become a full-fledged ski-mountaineer, or even an expert backcountry skier. However, I think I’m getting closer because: I am seriously contemplating switching to a Subaru for my vehicle My hair is getting almost long enough to put it in a pony-tail I pretty much …

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AIARE Avalanche Level 1 – A Student’s Perspective

Table of Contents My Perspective Photos Video Important Avalanche Related Links GPS Data and Mapping My Perspective One of the most important things that a backcountry skier can do is to start, and continue formal Avalanche education and training.  I have put this off too long, but this past weekend I finally had the opportunity …

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The Journey

A few weeks ago I was in a meeting at work that was focused on career development. One of the speakers made a comment that really got me thinking. To paraphrase his statement it went something like this; The most important thing that you can be doing is setting and meeting objectives. If you aren’t …

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Announcing GPS-Exchange.com Version 1.0

I am pleased to announce the latest addition to Hi Adventure. The new site, GPS Exchange.com, contains the following functionality: Complete database of GPS content from Hi-Adventure posts, as well as many other “tracks” that have been recorded, (80 GPS files in the database and they contain hundreds of tracks). New “map view” feature that allows …

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What is a “Local”

A couple of weeks ago, on a nice Sunday morning in Jackson Hole, my wife and I were standing in a line for breakfast at the always popular “Nora’s Fish Creek Inn”.  The two guys in front of us were becoming very agitated and the one was on his cell phone.  Sounded like he was …

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