Category: Mountaineering Adventures

Donaldson Peak Fish Bone Couloir

In a prior trip report on this website, I discussed my list of the 10 stages of my mental state as I pursue these big ski mountaineering objectives.  Number 3 paraphrased is the, “Why am I here” phase.  This phase alludes to the pain and suffering that one endures in order to achieve some of …

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McGown North Couloir

Introduction    |     Trip Report Pictorial     |     Descent Video     |     Postscript Getting to “All In” Why the guide? This was the first question that was posed after I posted in “Boise Area Backcountry Skiers and Riders” on Facebook that I was looking to put together …

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Lost River Range Snowpack Analysis

Date / Time: April 8, 12:00PM MDT Discussion time period: Sunday, April 1 – Saturday, April 14 Week in review: This past week, the Lost River Range experienced temperatures at the 10,000 foot level that were conducive to moderate melt/freeze cycle.  7 of the last eight days saw temperatures at these elevations above freezing, with …

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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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Training Day

The Tetons Are Calling “I told you so”! That is what Ann said, laughing, as I called her from my smartphone on the Garnet Canyon trail as we headed back from our latest Teton adventure. So what was it that I had done to elicit that response? In this instance, it was the warning that …

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Mashed Taters in the Lost River Range

When it comes to spring skiing, our skiing “vegetable” of choice is corn, nice buttery corn. The recipe for this condition is clear skies, cold nights, (below freezing), and a sunny day. Timing is critical, just like grilling corn on the cob, you need just the right amount of heat/radiation. Too little and you are …

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An Epic Suffer-Fest in the Tetons

Photography courtesy Elijah Weber The mountains do not treat the proud and stubborn kindly. Sometimes that lesson can be reinforced with death, or serious injury. Most of the time, however, it is simply reinforced by pain and suffering. Spoiler alert, this is an account of one of those suffer-fests where no bodily harm occurred, but …

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Skiing the Southwest Couloir on the Middle Teton

The alarm goes off at 4:00AM and I immediately am awake. On almost any other day of the year this would not be the case, especially given that I had just rolled into bed at 11:15PM after a 6 hour drive. I’m now entering “stage 1” of a typical big peak climb & ski – …

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Australia Ski Adventure

“Cody, let it go”. I can clearly hear Sean Connery’s voice in my head as I’m looking across only one more saddle and then a 500 foot climb up the southeast ridge of Mt. Feathertop here in the Australian Alpine National Park. Why am I standing here listening in my mind to this simple, yet …

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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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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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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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