December 25, 2010

Bugaboo Christmas

Christmas in the Bugaboos.

Since we were all so good during the past year, Santa hooked us up with a ride into Rory Creek on Dec 24th.

December 19, 2010

Skiing in the Bugaboos

Dani L and friends getting blasted.

Not much to say that can't be said better with a few pictures. The Bugaboos in winter is a wild looking place. My first time here was in the summer of 1994 when my brother Tony and I came out to climb the spires. He was 17 and I was 20, and it was our first road trip out west. I remember hiking out after the climbs and someone in the parking lot telling us that Jerry Garcia had just died. Man the time goes fast.

The Spires in winter.

Skiing on Grampas in Rory Creek.

They may look like twins but they are not twins.

More of the same.

A fun day on the Pontoons during lodge set-up. Ryan Bavin Photo.

Morning view from the lodge.

Staff donut. Ryan Bavin Photo.

The 2010-11 CMH Bugaboos Team. Ryan Bavin Photo.

December 15, 2010

CMH Bugaboos

First flight of the season.

Arrived at the CMH Bugaboos Lodge a few days ago and have been treated to some fine, silky, fast, and cold smokey snow. Not much to say except amen.

Skiing on Short Final at the Bugaboos.

A good start to the season.

December 12, 2010

Goodbye Desert

Moving Camp in the desert.

Like all things do, my time in the desert has come to an end and I now find myself locked in a cold and snowy Alberta winter. I usually find it ridiculous when I hear other people say this, but I can't believe how fast the time went. Six weeks in the Middle East and if not for the photos, I'd have a hard time believing that it wasn't a dream.

Spent the past two days instructing some mellow ice climbing.The temps weren't too cold and it was a civilized reintroduction to the icy north. Taking off in the morning to CMH Bugaboos to begin the heli ski season. It sounds like the lodge is getting dumped on and I am looking forward to verifying the reports. Won't be back in Canmore until after the New Year...

In the meantime, here are some shots and stories that got published while I was away.

A diddy about skiing some classic K-Country lines last spring. Highline Magazine.

Heli Skiing at the Bobbie Burns last winter. Highline Magazine.

My first Patagonia Catalog shot. This just appeared in the Japan Holiday Favorites Catalog. I took this in 2007 at Ama Dablam Base Camp in Nepal.

Booting up the Groove Tube at Icefall Lodge last spring. MEC is using this for a woman's only newsletter...

Desert sky.