This site was created as a journal about adventure in the mountains, on the bike, in the ocean and enjoying the great outdoors. From time to time I will post these experiences so others may learn more about them and hopefully enjoy them as well.

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Backcountry Equipment List

So every year I go (or try to go) on a trip with a gang of friends to the Ostrander Ski Hut, located 10 miles from the trail head at Badger pass. And every year I scramble to figure out what I need to bring and try to find previous equipment lists that I have put together. So here we go with a list that is going in the pack this year:

  • Food Group Meals
  • First Aid Kit (recommend 1 kit for every 2-3 people)
  • Ski/Board Repair Kit (P-tex, wire, epoxy, tools, wax, duct tape, etc..)
  • Stove and Fuel
  • Cooking Pots
  • Water Filter
  • Tent or Emergency Shelter

  • Backcountry Skis/Board, Boots and Poles
  • Backpack
  • Avalanche Beacons and Probes
  • Snow Shovel (should be metal type as plastic is no good for ave debris)
  • Watch
  • 2-Way Radio (determine channel before the trailhead)
  • 10-Essentials (matches, knife, whistle, map, compass, extra food, emergency shelter, spare dry clothes, 1st-aid, Flashlight/Headlamp)
  • Base Layers (multiple pair of socks, and long underwear)
  • Insulating Layers (fleece, etc...)
  • Outer Wear: Pants and Jacket (recommend storm shell and soft shell)
  • Hat: Both warm hat and baseball hat
  • Gloves (recommend multiple pair, both heavy and light)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottles, and Hydration System
  • Food and snacks for personal meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner (if not done by group)
  • Energy drinks and snacks
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Sun Glasses and Goggles
  • Prescription Glasses or Contacts + Solutions
  • Maps
  • Personal Repair Kit (extra binding and/or ski parts)
  • Eating Utensils and Dishes (bowl, fork, spoon, knife, cup, etc..)
  • Personal Hygene (toothpaste and brush, deodorant, soap)
  • Camp Towel
  • Pen and Paper
  • Fresh Batteries in all Electronics and Spare Batteries
  • Day pack (so you can leave your huge pack at the camp/hut)
  • Camera
  • Warm down camp slippers
  • Avelung
  • Helmet
  • Moleskin (if you are prone to blisters bring plenty)
  • Climbing Skin Wax and Hydrophobic Spray (required for multi-day trips)
  • High Insulating Jacket (down or thinsulate)
  • GPS and/or Altimeter
  • Section of sleeping pad for sitting in snow
  • Neck Gator


Day 9 & 10

Day #010

The recent storm has brought up to 90" of snow at Kirkwood, and although it was a little wet there were several places on the mountain to freefall though fresh untracked or almost untracked snow that went up to the knees at times. But the winds were very high and around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday the lifts to the top of the mountain closed.

Still the new G3 Rapid Transit skis are holding out and proving to be very good, especially at the tight radius swing turns in the chutes and trees, an area I have always been a little hesitant on due some fear of hitting something, but hey that is why I were a helmet right?


1.24.08 Update

D#008 STILL!

So it has been dumping up in the mountains right now. Kirkwood has a storm total of close to 36" as of this morning with another 24" possible. It is starting to look like this weekend is going to be very good.

On the resolution front I have been doing very good with limiting my Diet Coke intake at work, and haven't had one in a while. I have started to drink water instead, and I ma sure it is a matter of time before the office manager notices the Diet Coke piling up, and water supply dwindling.

I have the annual Ostrander ski hut trip in two weeks, and am feeling very out of shape for it. This year may be the year I get my ass kicked on the slopes up there.


120" +

D # 008

So last week the Sierra Nevada mountains got plastered with a massive storm dropping over 120" in several areas. Kirkwood was one of those areas and finally the mountain has the coverage it needs. On Saturday morning the snow was like east coast hard pack, another word for rough, hard and almost ice, but not yet boiler plate. As the day went on, the snow softened up and the backside was absolutely amazing.

Currently training for the upcoming Ostrander trip in about 4 weeks.


Another Resolution..

Two more resolutions:
7. To take the car to work 50% less often then last year
8. To stop drinking diet coke at work.

Today way a first day of training for the Ostrander Ski cabin trip.
This is a annual back country ski cabin I go to once per year with a
group of friends. Last I was training for about 3 months so I am
behind the curve by 2 months. It may be a brutal year!


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New Years Resolutions

OK, so here goes with the new years resolutions:

1. Get back to last years skiing shape (185 pounds)
2. Climb Mount Shasta and ski down it
3. Climb Mount Whitney
4. Ride a Century on my bike
5. Ride a 20 mph average bike ride home from work
6. Ride 1,000 miles this year

Lets see how I do........


New Years Eve At Divided Sky

Divided Sky is a great little bar in Meyers, California. It looks like the place is the renovated attic of a out of work college kid who had a dream to convert grandma's attic into a money making venture. The bar fills half the room, and the place is dark with a red glow of christmas tree lights. The crowd is a mix of almost every fringe fad culture you can imagine. In other words, the place is great for all of us who are seeking to escape from the college frat boy white hat posse crowd....

Officially the sign says it can hold 80 people, so we were happy to get ticket number 65-69 to the New Years Eve show by Radio, a bay area beat box rapper. the beats and tones he was able to lay down with just his voice, a sampler and repeater was quite amazing. The drinks were not expensive (bought 7 drinks, non of them beer for $30), and the atmosphere rocked.

The walk home to our ski cabin was fun as we made the 1.1 miles in 20 minutes singing carols at the top of our lungs, and waking everyone who was asleep. A few hours later two of our cabin mates, stumbled in, after being stopped by the police twice (why police were trying to pull people over who are WALKING home intoxicated, I do not know). The best part is they would not offer them a ride in the cold, and they forgot that the car keys in their pockets, would have given them access to their warm jackets for the walk. But at least they walked....