Archive | Trip Reports—SkiMo Etc. (Ski Mountaineering / Randonnée Skiing, Hiking or Mountaineering)

08 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Mount Rainer — Family Style

In late 2015 my brother Karl and I hatched a plan to do a “family” Rainer trip. We choose August (of 2016) because of the typically stable weather (which it was, we had only a light breeze on the top and had sunny weather throughout). We also selected the commonly-done Disappointment Clever route as it […]

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01 May 2015 ~ Comments Off on Pfifferhorn Peak SkiMo — via a Different Route

Pfifferhorn Peak SkiMo — via a Different Route

In mid-March (2014), four of us made the ascent up to the top of Pfeifferhorn via slightly route different route than I normally do; that is up Maybird Gulch. This is an 11,000+ foot peak near Snowbird ski resort just east of Salt Lake City Utah. Here is my Strava upload. As I recall, it […]

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04 March 2015 ~ 2 Comments

A New PR on Skis — 10,000′ of Uphill

In December there was a vertical challenge at Sundance Ski Resort. The objective was to do multiple uphill (& downhill) laps on skis until you get in 10,000 ft of vertical gain. I was unable to attend, but decided to do it on my own at Brighton on Feb. 19th, 2015. I removed the tongues […]

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16 June 2014 ~ Comments Off on Provo Peak SkiMo

Provo Peak SkiMo

In March, four us (Jim Knight [+ his hound dog], Mat Gover, Joey Dempster & myself) did a hike/ski ascent of Provo Peak, just east of Provo (11,044 ft). I attempted this peak some 10 years ago, but due to inadequate equipment, I could not summit. On that attempt, also with Jim Knight, I didn’t […]

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23 March 2014 ~ Comments Off on 2014 SkiMo or Rando-Racing

2014 SkiMo or Rando-Racing

This winter, after a two-year hiatus, I decided instead of doing a lot of indoor lap swimming that I would return to doing rando skiing or skimo (ski mountaineering). I participated in the two local races in February and March. I entered the regular “recreation” division, as opposed to the “elite” division. They are both […]

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25 January 2014 ~ Comments Off on Rando Ski to the Skyline Drive

Rando Ski to the Skyline Drive

Today I went up with J.K. and skied from about the elevation of my house up to the Skyline Drive. We had bluebird weather, little wind and a short section (700 vert?) on the way down with some decent powder. We climbed some 3,800 feet and descended in about 4-1/2 hours. Because of the continuing […]

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07 December 2013 ~ Comments Off on New meaning to “Share the road!”

New meaning to “Share the road!”

Today I started off my the Rando ski season with a short workout on a forest service road, near my home. At the car I was met by snowmobilers going up, just as I was ready to go up as well, giving new meaning to the term “share the road.”

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13 April 2013 ~ Comments Off on Avalanche Forecasting

Avalanche Forecasting

For many years, I have done my share of backcountry skiing. The thing that always concerns me while traveling near or above timberline is the constant threat of avalanches. I am a novice at forecasting avalanaches, yet, recently, an expert avalanche forecaster was tragically killed in a slide near Big Cottonwood Canyon, which is east […]

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19 June 2011 ~ Comments Off on Skiing the west face of Mount Timpanogos

Skiing the west face of Mount Timpanogos

On my bucket list has always been to ski the west face of Mount Timpanogos in Utah. On May the 5th, 2011, a few guys from a local club were hiking (booting) and skiing to the top of the true summit (11,749 ft.) via Everest Ridge or the west face, as I call it. My […]

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06 March 2011 ~ Comments Off on UFO Bowls

UFO Bowls

Rando skiing on March the 5th, 2011 with Jim Knight and his new kid “Bette.” This is on the shoulder or flank of Mt. Timpanogos, just up from Aspen Grove.

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30 March 2010 ~ Comments Off on Deseret Peak Ski

Deseret Peak Ski

Deseret Peak is a little known mountain in the west desert or Stansbury mountains of Utah, just southeast of Tooele and Salt Lake City. It is 11,031 feet in elevation. My rando ski friend, Jim Knight was taking a group of UVU students there for a weekend of backcountry or rando skiing on March the […]

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07 February 2010 ~ Comments Off on Lions Head

Lions Head

2/6/2010. Rare op to have sleds (snowmobiles) take us to the west shoulder of Provo Peak, saving about 3500′ vertical of climbing. The weather  was lousy with a lot of new precip the night before so the avy potential looked high. Did a couple of laps on Lion’s Head instead

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