Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 23 2012

Interview with Greg Hill

Greg Hill enjoying a slice of Canadian heaven.

  A few weeks back (13dec12) the Tahoe backcountry community was blessed to hear a bit about mountaineering and humility without a whole lot of braggadocio from Greg Hill. If you don’t know the name, perhaps it is because Greg is letting his accomplishments speak for themselves and in the grand scheme of things, as …

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Dec 21 2012

Early Season Avalanche Reminder

Now that the end of the world has passed us by – again – it seems appropriate to focus on some serious stuff. Avalanche season is here and even Tahoe has a bit of a layer issue going on right now. As ever though, the real problem with avalanches isn’t predicting them, but in limiting …

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Dec 17 2012

Review: Marker Duke for 2013

A beefy binding on a plate, screw the weight!

only Duke has a track record proving it can rock as hard as you can in-bounds, as hard as you dare out-of-bounds, and can help you climb back for another run as easy as pie. Users are adamant and consistent in their endorsement of how well the Duke skis compared to any other touring binding

Dec 11 2012

Wild about Wool

Point 6 Active Crew sock  67% merino, 29% nylon, 4% spandex

  Oh Wool! Would that I could express the many ways I love thee. In gloves, underwear, vests, shells, jackets, socks and pants. For your silky softness. The magical way you combat odor. Your longevity, naturalness, even your hand is a pleasure to hold and the warmth you control, warm when it’s cold and cool …

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Dec 08 2012

Event: Sugar Bowl hosts apres ski BC Ball

Sponsored by Sugar Bowl, ASI, & Sierra Snowkite Center

  Sugar Bowl ski resort, the Tahoe’s most backcountry friendly resort will be hosting a Backcountry Ball next Sunday, Dec. 16th from 3pm to 6pm upstairs in the Judah Lodge. What: Apres Ski Backcountry Ball When: Sunday, Dec. 16th from 3pm — 6pm Cost: FREE PRESS RELEASE: Both seasoned backcountry skiers and resort skiers curious …

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Dec 07 2012

Fondling Salomon’s Guardian

The Salomon Guardian Alpine Touring binding

  Well I’ve finally shook hands with a pair for an extended period of time, but my feet have not had the opportunity to dance again with Salomon’s Guardian — yet. There is no doubt this is a binding that carries some clout. At 6½ pounds per pair, when you decide to kick it in …

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Dec 06 2012

Current conditions in Lake Tahoe

Wringing moisture from the sky. One minute it's snow, the next it's rain.

It’s been an interesting beginning to the Twelve-13 season. We have snow, but not the fluff of dreams. Went out with a buddy on a short tour above Incline Village the other day. It was a great hike under heavy clouds that continued to wring moisture down. There was snow on the summit and rain …

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