Friday, January 30, 2009

a new convert?

Out training

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

snorkel snow

Face blower on Argenta after work with Alex and Jared.

photo by Alex

From the car up 3000ft to the ridge in 1 hour makes for good after work exercise. The skiing also happened to be the deepest of the year! Stopped a few hundred feet from the top of Kessler where the wind had picked up and was loading snow all over.

Monday, January 26, 2009

dusk patrol

After a few days on the MTB in St George I was excited to get back on the boards, after all it is only January.
The new snow refreshed my Freeze Creek run so I burned a lap just before dark.

Cutting trail was soft, no pics of the DH but you can imagine..... face shots!
I am feeling generous tonight after enjoying a warm bowl of Rosie's top secret Mulligatawny soup. You know the one that Elaine Benes got a hold of from the soup Nazi. I am going to share the recipe for this curried treasure with you!
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 onion chopped
2 carrots chopped
1 celery stalk chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 apple, cored, peeled, and chopped
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped. Vegetarians can replace with firm tofu.
1/2 cup flour
2 to 3 tablespoons curry powder
5 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups hot cooked rice
-Saute' vegetables, apple, and chicken in olive oil for 15 Min's
-Mix flour and curry powder and add to the pot and stir and cook for 3-5 min.
-Add chicken broth and tomatoes to the pot and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
-Add salt and pepper to taste
-To serve place 1/4 cup of rice in bowl and ladle soup over rice..
Makes about 8 cups
Possible my new favorite!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

camp lynda 1&2

4 hrs of sandy trails in the rain for day 1

Split from the group for some pavement climbs, hit zen, and then rode with Rosie for a long day 2.

Day 3 looks to be better weather and the Wasatch is getting refilled!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lisa Falls

Finished off my pre-Camp Linda skiing binge with the queen of the Wasatch classics: Lisa Falls Couloir.

A mix of skinning and booting up Tanners

Andrew and Jared in the wind on the notch. And yes they both use the "fly" for venting!

Creamy untouched skiing from the notch into upper Broads

Andrew finding a mixed traverse route on the ridge up to Twin Peaks

Noah about to summit the Twins

View of Hogum fork, The Y, and Coalpit

Looking North across BCC- Note the Whipple and Bannana Couloir off the top of Thomas Fork

Looking East at the Notch we just skied from

Top of Lisa Falls was very firm with some frozen chunks to negotiate, things corned up as we descended and the skiing got good.

Andrew placing the back up snow anchor above Lisa Falls

Testing the anchor for a better view. Primary anchor is the bush at his feet.

Last man down the arm rap
the line

Another great loop, although this one I would not want to tackle without Andrew's expertise and experience. Thanks man!

Now for a little time in the dirt.

Monday, January 19, 2009

hypodermic needle

Another gorgeous morning in the mountains!

Cameron and Andrew up...

Noah up...

Andrew up...

Midway down the needle: Noah making it look easy

The camera does it no justice

the line

Saturday, January 17, 2009


More training on skis this morning. This time out with a new crew led by Andy Mclean. If your going to learn some new lines you might as well learn from the best and someone that has ski mountaineer on their business card.

3500" booter up the Y

Jared at the top of the Y with LCC road at the bottom

Andy and Fred skinning up the apron of the coalpit headwall

booting to the top of Thunder mtn with the twins and lisa falls beyond

view of the Phieff and the NW couloir

view of Lone Peaks NE face- big lines

Jared sizing up the coalpit headwall

Andy Jump turning the 50ish degree slope

roping over the waterfall on the exit

heading back to the road...

a nice loop!

During these long stretches of high pressure when I start to see packs of roadies venturing out of the basement for some "base miles", I start to wonder about my own bike fitness. Next weekend I am heading South for a binge of dirt riding and I will surely will find out.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

hump day DP

The Samurai and current leader of the US Ski Mountaineering Association race series checking out the morning views......

down on Mt Olympus

mountain shadow

Lookout Peak- skied yesterday!

good (jump) turn...

even the suicide bobsled exit is fun in a twisted way

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


lookout peak with cris p!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

sweet and sour

The sweet and sour of life was never more apparent to me than this past week.

The Sour:
A friend of mine from work passed away in his sleep on Thursday morning. He was complaining of a headache the night before following an emergency room visit after a fender bender. He was discovered by his 15 year old son who he has been raising on his own.

Rosie's Uncles wife fell down the stairs, hit her head, and died, boom that quick.

A close friend of Rosie's husband was hit by a snowmobile while skiing at the Canyons on Friday and sustained a C5-6 spinal cord injury, he was rushed to surgery but we don't have word on his status yet.

The Sweet:
Skiing with Eva at Alta
Touring with friends
The views

lisa falls


Rich and Alex in maybird gulch


solitary turns

maybird gulch

more turns

who tours with a metal lunch box?

Just another reminder to live and love!