|How I got started skiing year-round: After skiing 9-10 months for a few years, I realized that I could do it and inspired by the amazing streaks of some others I figured I probably should.|
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip: One turn. I probably have looser standards about this than most.
Biggest threat to my streak: No huge threats yet, but it does amaze me (and inspire too) that so many people have such long streaks given all of the things that could easily derail a streak.
Type of equipment I use: I have used many types of AT gear but in general I prefer Dynafit. My current #1 setup is Dynafits on Shuksans, but I am also going to experiment this year with a featherweight setup of 160cm atomic randonee racing skis with dynafits and light boots. I have a downhill skiing background and I still use heavy powerful alpine gear on lifts but I'm increasingly convinced that light is right in almost all situations.
Strategy for skiing through the low season: Same as everybody else - hit the volcanos. I'm certainly not opposed to going to Timberline in August. I am also interested in travelling to other places to ski during the low season. In October of 2003 I travelled to Mexico to ski Citlaltepetl (Pico de Orizaba) and after some days of bad weather got to ski some really great corn. Of course as it worked out that October there was corn on Muir the weekend after I got back that was almost as good. I speak Spanish and am very interested in travelling to South America one of these years hopefully.
Worst and best backcountry ski trips: I haven't had all that many bad trips! One time on South Sister we stopped and took an extended break about 300ft from the summit and then a storm started to come in on us at the summit. It wasn't raining or snowing, but there were very strong winds and after trying to wait it out in a hole for a while we had to descend in some nasty icy satstrugi instead of the nice corn that we had expected. Ê
The best trip for me would probably have to be a winter trip to Mt Bucker in February of 2003 at the time of my 30th birthday. The combination of that plus great conditions, great weather, and great partners really made this trip special for me. Also high on my list are the 3 trips I have made (so far) to the North side of Adams, powder on Baker in June, and so many other great trips. I am truly blessed.
Skiing activities in the past year: Since I work nights, I am able to ski a lot of midweek winter days, which I really enjoy. When there's no snow at the passes I'm usually a weekend warrior but if I can I like to take vacation time to ski in early June.