Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cause for Hope!

Really? ...66 degrees on Wednesday!...it's gonna be a scorcher, Folks!

Forecast at a Glance
Overnight
-
Rain/Snow Likely Chance for Measurable Precipitation 70%
Rain/Snow
Likely
Lo 35 °F
Sunday
-
Rain/Snow Likely Chance for Measurable Precipitation 70%
Rain/Snow
Likely
Hi 47 °F
Sunday
Night

Rain/Snow Likely Chance for Measurable Precipitation 70%
Rain/Snow
Likely
Lo 33 °F
Memorial
Day

Rain/Snow Likely Chance for Measurable Precipitation 70%
Rain/Snow
Likely
Hi 44 °F
Monday
Night

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Lo 31 °F
Tuesday
-
Mostly Sunny
Mostly
Sunny
Hi 59 °F
Tuesday
Night

Partly Cloudy
Partly
Cloudy
Lo 35 °F
Wednesday
-
Sunny
Sunny

Hi 66 °F
Wednesday
Night

Partly Cloudy
Partly
Cloudy
Lo 35 °F

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wish You Were Here!...

The Story of our Spring:

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 Point Forecast: Jackson WY
 43.49°N 110.75°W (Elev. 6327 ft)
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Forecast Valid: 11pm MDT May 21, 2011-6pm MDT May 28, 2011
Forecast at a Glance


Overnight
Chance Showers Chance for Measurable Precipitation 40%
Chance
Showers
Lo 37 °F


Sunday
Chance Showers Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Chance
Showers
Hi 63 °F
Sunday
Night

Chance Showers Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Chance
Showers
Lo 39 °F


Monday
Showers Likely Chance for Measurable Precipitation 70%
Showers
Likely
Hi 59 °F
Monday
Night

Chance Showers Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Chance
Showers
Lo 36 °F


Tuesday
Chance Showers Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Chance
Showers
Hi 55 °F
Tuesday
Night

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 40%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Lo 35 °F


Wednesday
Slight Chance Showers Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Showers
Hi 60 °F
Wednesday
Night

Slight Chance Showers Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Showers
Lo 37 °F

...it'll be snowin' in the mountains!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Teton Pass to Philips Pass Skate Ski Tour video

Check out this little movie I made...of an awesome tour...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN8WiU9zYVs

Kids Club in the Boulder Park at the base of Snow King

This
Thursday and Friday, I'm in-town guiding for Exum taking the kids from the after school program to the new boulder park at the base of Snow King. Just in time too. The ski runs have finally melted off enough that you can no longer ski top to bottom!

Spotters ready?



"The hold my foot is on spins!"



Look for good holds...



Use your legs...




Lean out when downclimbing to look for good feet.



Hmmm...now what?



Got it!


Fun for all!
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Skating around Jenny Lake on Friday 5/13

Skating around the lake was great in the shade, though this lake is close to thawing. The 'ice' is actually about 6 feet of snow ON ice, with a frozen top. If you break through this time of year, it's just into slush, but disconcerting nonetheless!

Teewinot - 'many pinnacles' - with lots of wet slides. Skiing on the lake, I could hear the 'thunder' of the slides going over cliff bands, though you couldn't always tell where the avalanche was.

The Cathedral Group - Teewinot on the left, then the Grand, with its upper north face, then Owen.

 Symmetry Spire and St. Johns.

 Mt. Moran. See the 'waterfall' on the far left?...that's actually an avalanche in progress! The snow is still consolidating...

The Exum Mountain Guides' office

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wolf Mountain Traverse on Easter Sunday 4.24.2011

I tried to get this traverse in last year, but bailed early due to warming. Only now getting around to posting it...

Three weeks ago I finally bagged it, and put up some pics with descriptions in this facebook album. Enjoy!
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2014565881949.125433.1177877515

Thursday, May 5, 2011

N. Whitegrass to Beaver Creeks Skate Ski Tour

After dropping Clara off at school, I headed for the Park and got in this cool tour.
Here's a view from the convergence of avy paths between Maverick and 25 Short, looking back at the Whitegrass Ranch meadow, there in the middle ground. It was basically my high point:


















Here's the view above me, a frequented backcountry skier destination. In the distance above and beyond, that's Buck Mtn on the left and South Teton on the right.


Skiing through the woods is remarkably fun and challenging. So much so that I fell a handful of times on this tour, but no biggie, right? As I tell my girls, "What are you supposed to do when you fall down?...That's right: Laugh!" Here's a clip:
video


Here's another clip...I hope you can share the excitement of skiing through the woods on these skinny sticks.
video
All in all, it was an amazing tour forming a loop which I think will be worth repeating again...and conditions never worsened significantly. I was back at the truck by noon, and the snow was still firm enough to walk on. As I write this, I'm monitoring conditions for another light tour off of Teton Pass, but temps are hovering above freezing, and there's widespread cloud cover. I'm dubious.