Backcountry Ski Tours in Northern Iceland

Northern Iceland seems to offer unlimited potential for backcountry ski tours. Last week I returned from my second ski trip there. I've updated my original travel guide to backcountry skiing in Iceland with more resources on planning a trip here, and in this post I'll share some details of some classic tours we conducted on this … Continue reading Backcountry Ski Tours in Northern Iceland

Exploring a new slide path

The final days of October 2017 brought over 6 inches of rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Philippe to Mount Washington which resulted in major flooding all over the Saco River Valley (which had risen to 14 feet above flood stage!). It also apparently ripped a nice new slide path near Burt Ravine on … Continue reading Exploring a new slide path

Trip Report- Burt Ravine (3/28/18)

Yesterday I got to ski a new-to-me ravine on Mount Washington, Burt Ravine, the one just to the left of the Cog Railway when viewed from the west. We skinned up the Cog and reached the top of Airplane Gully in 2 hours and 10 minutes. Jordan, who had climbed up from the east side … Continue reading Trip Report- Burt Ravine (3/28/18)

Trip Report- Gulf of Slides 3/25/18

Yesterday we wrapped up our AIARE 1 Avalanche Course with a field trip into the Gulf of Slides on the east side of Mount Washington. The weather was fantastic and looks to staying that way for the next 48 hours. I'm catching up on some home chores today but will be heading back into the … Continue reading Trip Report- Gulf of Slides 3/25/18

Trip Report- Skiing The Flume

I've been thinking about skiing The Flume in Crawford Notch State Park for close to a decade. I've climbed it dozens of times as an excellent early season moderate ice route (one memorable trip report here) but avoid it later in the season when it fills in with snow... until today. My friend and co-avy-instructor … Continue reading Trip Report- Skiing The Flume

Weekend Report- AIARE 1 Avalanche Course, Bates Outing Club, Backcountry Ski Festival, 2 Avalanche Accidents

Holy smokes what an amazing last four days and another Nor'Easter, the third one in 10 days, hits tomorrow! Thursday I spent Thursday at Wildcat wrapping up a Northeast Mountaineering Guides AIARE 1 Avalanche Course. It was a true powder day and we got in 3 solid laps including Thompson Brook while making snow-pack and … Continue reading Weekend Report- AIARE 1 Avalanche Course, Bates Outing Club, Backcountry Ski Festival, 2 Avalanche Accidents

Mid Winter Season Check-in

I hope you have all been having a great winter so far. For me the early season ice climbing was great with a couple Black Dike ascents getting it off to a good start. Then we got 82 inches of snow in December followed by another foot the first week of January and it appeared … Continue reading Mid Winter Season Check-in

Gear Review- Ortovox Tour Rider 30 Backpack

For the majority of the winter I have been touring in the Ortovox Tour Rider 30. Ultimately it's a well thought out design that rides well but it did have a couple small quirks I'll share in my review. As always let's start with the manufacture description and specs before digging into the details. Description … Continue reading Gear Review- Ortovox Tour Rider 30 Backpack

Gear Review: Climbing Skins

This winter I extensively tested 3 of the best lightweight climbing skins available. Each skin was tested in variable conditions from super cold snow (-11 degrees Celsius) to Spring corn (0 degrees Celsius). Testing included steep skinning up to 30 degrees head on to kick turning up 40 degree terrain. Most testing occurred on Mount Washington … Continue reading Gear Review: Climbing Skins

Travel Guide- Ski Touring in Iceland (updated 2018)

Originally posted in April 2017, this post has been updated to reflect more knowledge from 2018 trip! QUICKLINKS 1. General Information 2. Flight Info 3. Cell Service 4. Getting to Akureyri 5. Lodging in Akureyri 6. Eating in Akureyri/Iceland 7. Drinking in Akureyri/Iceland 8. Weather & Avalanche Info 9. Ski Tours 10. Equipment A few days … Continue reading Travel Guide- Ski Touring in Iceland (updated 2018)