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Skiing the Grand Teton: An Exercise in Patience

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Patience. A word we have heard a lot about lately, especially in regards to spring ski mountaineering. As ski mountaineers, we exercise patience often as we wait for acceptable conditions to line up with our specific objectives. Sometimes that means waiting until spring. This spring, Zach and I had our sights set, once again, on skiing the Grand Teton together. …

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Risk Tolerance in the Mountains

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Risk: possibility of loss or injury. Tolerance: the act of allowing something. From: Merriam Webster Dictionary As I was descending from the summit of Mount Matier to the saddle of the NW Face for our ski descent, I was awestruck by the beauty of the glowing, rimed snow pillars on the ridge. Distracted for a brief second during the exposed …

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Sea and Ski Alaska

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It’s no secret that Alaska is famous for its skiing. When you visit, it is mind blowing how big this place is and how many different mountain ranges and diverse climates it offers. For me, living here for 13 years now I am committed to life in the last frontier. A common question I get from guests I guide is …

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Meditations to Enhance Your Mountaineering Experience

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Meditation and mountaineering are more connected than you may think. When I am climbing mountains on my splitboard, I’ve realized that my attitude and thoughts influence how far and how fast I can go. I also notice how much better I feel after taking the time to meditate before and/or after a day of peak bagging. Exploring the validity of …

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25 Tips for Your First Ski Expedition

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After nine years and several hundred combined expedition days, V-Team Ambassadors Aaron Diamond and Ty Guarino wanted to put together a body of information that was tailored to anyone looking to go on their first ski expedition; specifically, Alaska-style basecamp expeditions that maximize fun and minimize discomfort.  Most of this information is universal for a ski expedition, but a few …

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Sharing Our Story of Climate Change

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In the dark early morning hours, I am lost in shifting hues as the sun nears the horizon. Color starts to emerge in the world as the day starts and the mountains around me become visible. The rhythm of my skis sliding uphill provides me a space for meditation. I am pondering my story of climate change and its relationship …

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Women in the Mountains

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Women in the Mountains feature photo: V-team ambassador Emily Sullivan (left) and Melis Coady (middle right) on an all-female basecamp patrol on Denali. Photo by Emily Sullivan. As International Women’s Day approaches, I’ve been reflecting on the distinctive experience of being a woman who lives for the mountains. I often think about the challenges women face in the outdoor community, …

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The Legend of the Camel’s Hump Challenge

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Each February, skiers of all levels set out to take on the Camel’s Hump Challenge. Over the years, due to the fickle Vermont weather, the Challenge has been postponed to later in the year or canceled altogether if the course is not navigable. Weather on the Hump can be intimidating on a cold Vermont winter day. Just before the midway …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Skimo Racing

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Before we dive into this Beginner’s Guide to Skimo Racing, let’s revisit my first-ever randonée race. I’ll never forget the experience: I was on a loaner ski setup that weighed 22 pounds. The boots barely walked and the skis were heavy powder skis, complete with frame bindings. It was a lap-style sprint race where participants try to get as many …

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Women’s Backcountry Scholarship Winners

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Thanks to all those who participated and shared your passionate essays. We received so many impressive entries and are excited to announce the Wandering Trails Media and Voile Women’s Backcountry Scholarship winners. As the first year running this scholarship, we received nearly 90 applications from 56 cities and three different countries. It has been extremely difficult to select only two …