|How I got started skiing year-round: With the combined imagination and the occasional foolhardy impractical stupidity of Jason and I, and Troy and Ben Manfredi we could not but ski all 12 months of the year.|
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip: It must be on snow and an appropriate amount of effort must have been taken. Some days it takes less to satisfy. Weather and snow conditions are usually a factor.
Biggest threat to my streak: Work, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, hiking, climbing, and good old summer fun.
Type of equipment I use: Telemark Gear; Typically Scarpa T1 boots, G3 bindings, and a good pair of skis not yet broken by stupidity.
Strategy for skiing through the low season: Long hikes and iron determination.
Worst and best backcountry ski trips: Worst: Our first attempts at Dome Peak, Mount Gilbert, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, Mount Shuksan - called Sucksan due to all of our failures at the beginning - Mount Rainier, and multiple attempts of Three Fingers. All have been bad trips that were typically done in winter. The one that stands out is a one day attempt of Mount Rainier. It was our first time trying it in one day. Ben, Troy, Jason, and I did not make it and found ourselves with no sleeping bags and limited gear above 10k. It was a cold long night. Morning was a relief. There have been much worse ski trips with avalanches, crevasses, and being lost. One trip had all three, but Rainier sticks out.
Best: A three day trip up to Mount Adams where we skied three routes in three days under perfect weather and snow conditions. We finally got to ski Stormy Monday Couloir after years of waiting. On the next day we saw a way through the Lava headwall. After skiing that we topped it off with the ever perfect steep ski, the North Face Northwest Ridge.
Skiing activities in the past year: Eldorado and Klawatti Peaks, Mount StuartÕs Sherpa Glacier, The Nooksack Traverse, Sherman Peak on Mount Baker, and a lot of trips to the Snoqualmie backcountry, Mount Blum, and some other interesting routes here and there. Check out www.cascadecrusades.org and www.cascadeclassics.org.