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16February 2019

How To Go Fast, In No Hurry

“Okay folks, there’ll be a short flat coming up to traverse us over a ridge, so you’ll want to hold some speed so you have the momentum to get across.” In the backcountry, in natural terrain, skiing and riding isn’t always uninterrupted downhill. In order to work the given terrain, your guide[...]

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25January 2019

Embedded: Why Some Trips Are Just Better Than Others

“I think I’m going to pass out.” After striking out at the sixth place we thought might serve breakfast, we finally found a spot for a croissant and some cheese so we wouldn’t faint on the sidewalk on our first morning wandering through Grindelwald. It was the first 24 hours after transcontinental[...]

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12January 2019

Trying something new? Remember this.

My Christmas gift to Jeff a few years back was a banjo. He loves bluegrass music, and had been saying for a while that he would really love the chance to finally learn to play a musical instrument. I believed his enthusiasm, but I spent many months testing his resolve. I grew up[...]

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1August 2018

What kind of cairns will you build?

“I can’t believe it! They’re still here!” This past summer, Jeff and I spent a few days hiking from Mistaya Lodge, a ski touring and hiking gem up the valley from our home, perched at 7,000 feet among rocky peaks and blue-green alpine tarns. For me, it was a new experience, but[...]

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