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Archive for February, 2011
Tordrillos, Alaska: Kings and Corn
Tordrillos, Alaska: Kings and Corn

It is two in the morning and still light when the black bear wakes us. Holding a can of pepper spray in one hand, Andrew opens the door and shoots the huge bruin with a sustained blast to the face. The bear snorts explosively, then clawing at its nose, staggers backward and falls off the porch.

Kamchatka: Heliskiing Vilyuchensky
Kamchatka: Heliskiing Vilyuchensky

I still can’t say what possessed me to climb into an aging Aeroflot M1-8 helicopter with 23 Russian skiers, their skis, packs, a case of vodka and 650 gallons of AV gas. As Vilyuchensky, one of Kamchatka’s hundred plus volcanoes rapidly expands beneath the starboard wheel, I hope that Alexander the pilot aced his last check ride.

Switching Hands: Left to Right
Switching Hands: Left to Right

Despite making the switch from left to right, I don’t stutter, am fairly creative, very organized, and as well adjusted as anyone can hope to be given the state of the world.

Switzerland/Italy: Circumnavigating The Monte Rosa
Switzerland/Italy: Circumnavigating The Monte Rosa

Robert has entered that dangerous time of life when young men believe they are immortal.

Idaho: Bald Mountain’s Big Shoulders
Idaho: Bald Mountain’s Big Shoulders

Watching the unbroken snow rise to meet me, I realize that much of my adult life has been defined by Bald Mountain. Without the influence of expert runs that plunge from its broad ridges, I might have spent my life in the pursuit of more worldly, but far less rewarding goals.

Iceland: Skiing Isafjordur’s Chutes
Iceland: Skiing Isafjordur’s Chutes

When high pressure builds over Greenland and low pressure stalls south of Iceland the resulting collision explodes above the West Fjords in a blizzard that crushes visibility and punches avalanche warnings into the red zone.

Idaho: Major Storm Predicted For Sun Valley
Idaho: Major Storm Predicted For Sun Valley

Prior to December 16, 2010 a major dump amounted to two feet in two days. Not two feet in eight hours