Category Skiing

The Goods

With the summer slowly dragging to a close, I find myself deeply entrenched in my yearly gear obsession bonanza. In honor of this annual gear geeking ritual, I decided to say my 2 cents on some of my favorite pieces of equipment from last winter and the Denali expedition. To keep it short, I’ve narrowed […]

Denali: The West Buttress

Team: Yes We Xan! Members: Eric Dahl, Peter Dreher, Nick Brunger, Jacob Brownlee Trip Dates: May 10, 2015 to June 1, 2015   Overview: At the beginning of May, myself and team Yes We Xan! flew out of Talkeetna with the hopes/intentions of summiting Denali. In the subsequent weeks, it turned into more of an […]

Denali

Information on Team Yes We Xan! Denali expedition coming soon. Until then, check out the video of the trip.

Eklutna Traverse

Last week our Denali team (Yes We Xan!) tackled the Eklutna Traverse. This outing was meant to be our final shakedown trip before we leave on May 10th. Being our final shakedown meant we hauled all of our Denali equipment (110+ lbs. per person), skipped the 5 huts scattered across the traverse, and brought a […]

Plan C: Goat & Alpenglow

Originally this was going to be a write up about an amazing 7 day Mt. Marcus Baker climb with Zach Halverson, but even the best laid plans occasionally fall through. Plan A (climbing Marcus Baker) met its first speed bump when the pilot we had talked to about flying us to Marcus Baker was recovering […]

Getting After It!

Blogging round 2. Lets see if I can be more motivated to keep it updated. This season, 2014-2015, has marked a huge uptick in my time and confidence in the backcountry. I have found myself skiing and assessing bigger and bigger lines with more comfort. Part of the reason for this increase in field time […]

It has Begun

Yesterday, November 6th, marked the first day of my 2013-2014 ski season. A buddy and I got an early start and headed north out of Anchorage to Hatcher’s Pass. We arrived at the parking lot around 9am and proceeded to skin towards Microdot. As we approached, we could see recent avalanche activity on east facing […]