Archive | May, 2009

Deep Powder and Steep Rock - the life of mountain guide hans gmoser

Deep Powder and Steep Rock

A couple weeks ago I posted a piece about Bugaboo Dreams, a book about the evolution of the heli-ski industry and Hans Gmoser’s role in it. A blog reader turned me on to a new book focused on Gmoser’s life and mountain accomplishments by Chic Scott called, Deep Powder and Steep Rock. The book arrived this week and looks great…. Read More

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Mt Hood May 2009


Spring arrived in force this weekend in the Northwest. The bike was calling so I do not have a snow report, however, the lower elevation mt bike trails around Hood River are primo right now. Benj Wadsworth from the Friends of the NW Weather and Avalanche Center (FOAC) reports that "…NWAC was able to provide forecasts throught he end of… Read More

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WyEast Nordic Telemark Ski Clinics on Mt Hood

Mt Hood Tele Camp

WyEast Nordic is hosting its 26th season of Summer Tele-Camp June 13-14.  Summer on Mt. Hood is an excellent time to take a ski clinic. Creamy corn snow, mild temps and a variety of instructors make for a great weekend of skiing. The  clinic includes tour days before and after that offer a chance to explore some of the summer… Read More

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Bend Backcountry Update

The Bend Backcountry Alliance (BBA) has been working to protect human powered access around Bend, OR with recent efforts focused on a non-motorized Tumalo Butte. Here is the latest update from the BBA. We’re making headway toward a quieter, cleaner Tumalo. We are writing to thank you for your continued support for the preservation of winter trails and to give… Read More

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Light Ski line-up from Dynafit, Trab, K2

Dynafit, Trab, K2, Onyx

The weather cooperated the past few days for some time in the hills. I took the opportunity to take a crew of light weight skis and do some head to head tetsing. I partnered up with Jeremey from the Mountain Shop in Portland and another friend Bruce to partake in some skin powered laps up at the ski hill now… Read More

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Bugaboo Dreams A Story of Skiers, Helicopters & Mountains

Bugaboo Dreams A Story of Skiers, Helicopters and Mountains

I just finished reading Bugaboo Dreams A Story of Skiers, Helicopters & Mountains by Topher Donahue. The book is full of the history mountain adventure that surround Hans Gmoser, a pioneering mountaineer and skier who pushed the limits of skiing and climbing in the Canadian Rockies and beyond, as well as having started the world’s first heli-skiing operation in the… Read More

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