June 7, 2021

First Fastpacking Trip of 2021

First fastpacking trip of the summer season and it was a good one. After work we headed down to the Marble Mountains making our way up 2800ft and a little over seven miles to spend the night at the ABC lakes. The sun was setting as we trekked cross country over the final ridge providing some incredible lighting on the distance peaks.

We set up camp next to Dogwood lake on a large flat slab of granite overlooking Chinquapin lake and the valley below. We watched the waning orange glow on the cliffs above, made up some grub, and chatted by the fire.

This trip I got to break in some new gear. I picked up a smaller pack by UltrAspire and a new down quilt by Enlightened Equipment. This new gear put my base weight under 10 lbs 🎉 (total weight with food and water was at 12)

The next morning after breakfast and coffee we fastpacked back to the truck.

April 1, 2021

24 hours of vertical skiing

Yesterday I went up to Mt Ashland to support @ryanghelfi as he attempted to break the North American vertical ski record. His goal was over 62k in 24 hours. Although he fell short, he still climbed over 58,000 ft and covered 78+ miles within a 24 hour period. Simply insane.

Just imagine hiking from Lithia park to the top of mount Ashland…over 10 times…continuously…and on skis. Way to give it all you had Ryan. What an effort it was.

Oh, and props to @mt_ashland_ski_area for the fresh groomers through the evening all the way to 11:30pm 🤘

Almost to the summit of Mt Ashland, then back down and repeat

February 28, 2021

New Zone on Brown Mountain

Yeah…so that was a rad day on the mountain – 12 runs at about a mile long each (plus 4 bonus runs on a short but beautiful secluded zone), 20k vert, 34 miles, 5.5 hours, and a whole lot of joy. Good times in God’s country.

We took a few runs off the summit to the west but low visibility and what we thought my be a bad belt on the sled took us to the north chutes closer to the truck. Turned out to be a great decision. The belt was fine and we found some amazing lines with buttery snow.

February 21, 2021

“Best Trees Ever” Round 2

Sled skiing twice in the same week!

Nick had a friend in town so the three of us zipped up to the top of Brown MT and lapped the west side. It was probably quite the sight to see three people riding a single snowmobile up to the top. Worked out better than I thought!

Snow was pretty darn good too!

February 18, 2021

Brown Mountain Sled Skiing

“Those were the best trees ever!”

Yesterday was a fun day. Nick and I did some sled skiing off the west side of Brown Mountain. We got ten runs in (five each) at about a mile per run. Snow could have been better, but it was plenty good for sled skiing.

September 13, 2020

Almeda Fire 2020

What a crazy experience

At around 5pm, as the fire got worse, my friend and I zipped down into town to help my dad attempt to fortify his automotive shop. After 30-40 minutes we could tell it was only getting worse and was time to leave. After taking a break up in the hills away from the fire I drove back down on my motorcycle to evaluate the ongoing destruction. I filmed a few areas in Phoenix before heading to my parents for the evening. After arriving back home in Talent just before midnight I decided ride into the raging fire again to check on the fire’s path before going to bed – I’m glad I did. I captured some scary film and photos of the fire in Talent, talked to a guy who was watching as the last of his home burned to the ground, then saw the annihilation of neighborhoods and apartments in Phoenix. It was all quite surreal.

Now to hurry up and wait for first responders to make things safe and insurance to respond so we can all begin to rebuild our home towns

July 12, 2020

Fastpacking to Deep Lake and the “ABCD” Lakes in the Marble Mountains Wilderness

Philip and I took a quick overnight trip to the Marble Mountains Wilderness to check out the “ABCD” lakes. They’re a series of pristine alpine lakes tucked away on a trailless mountain bench above 7,000 ft.

We took Boulder Creek trail which comes in from the north, paralleling the popular Lovers Camp trail a few ridges over. The first 3.5 miles is a brutal climb straight up with over 2500ft of elevation gain (my bad Phil 😝). It’s then another 3-4 miles of side hilling to Deep Lake. The ABCDs are situated directly above.

We attempted to climb up but limited daylight and sore legs changed our minds. We instead opted to camp at Deep Lake and enjoy the little bit of light left.

In the morning Philip was kind enough to chill in camp and watch my dog as I adventured up the steep cliff side to the ABCD lakes (Aspen, Buckhorn, Chinquapin, and Dogwoood)

It took me about 30 min to find a line that wasn’t going to kill me and climb to the top and it was SO worth it. The lakes were crystal clear with high saturation of blue and greens. I made my way to the shoreline of each, ending my exploration with a fantastic dip in Dogwood lake.

Next time I’ll have to make camp at these lakes and spend a few days to soak it all in!