I am incredibly honored that we won photo of the year at last night's @powdermagazine video awards. Thanks Liam Doran for taking this amazing shot! And thanks to all my sponsors, friends and family. ️️️ @patagonia @jaybirdsport @snocru @nordicausa @zealoptics @clifbarcompany @goalzero @sanukfootwear @sambazon #leki #thule @gregorypacks @petzl_official
Throwback to last week- skiing Cotopaxi in Ecuador. We enjoyed creamy snow from the summit to the snow line- about 3,000' of steeps. It was a dream line in ideal conditions. #tbt #zerolatitudeskiteam powdered by @goalzero #solarlife @zealoptics #exploremore @snocru @jaybirdsport @petzl_official @clifbarcompany photo: @nate_smith_
The view looking into the crater on Cotopaxi, the only snow capped active volcano in the world. I'm departing tonight to make my way home – sad to leave but excited for Wasatch pow. #zerolatitudeskiteam with @nate_smith_ powered by @goalzero #solarlife @zealoptics @snocru @petzl_official @clifbarcompany @jaybirdsport
I'm excited to report that we accomplished our goal of summitting and skiing the 3 highest peaks in Ecuador in 7 days. It was a burly little project with a lot of logistical challenges, but we pulled it off and will be traveling back to the US tomorrow to shred some fresh Utah pow! I'm grateful for my climbing/skiing partner on this trip, @nate_smith_ who is as eager to get up early and suffer, day after day, as I am. #zerolatitudeskiteam @goalzero #solarlife @snocru @petzl_official @zealoptics #exploremore @clifbarcompany @jaybirdsport
The Whymper summit of Chimborazo, then vs. now. I don't know when the top photo was taken, but ash from neighboring active volcano Tungurahua plus climate change are causing rapid melting on all of Chimbo's glaciers. In the past, it was possible to ski off the summit. This appears to no longer be an option during the regular climbing season. #ourtimeisnow @protectourwinters #zerolatitudeskiteam @goalzero @zealoptics #exploremore #climatechange @adventurescience @natgeo
Ascending the black ice of Chimborazo – Chimbo was the wildcard in our project. Due to the rapidly receding glaciers, it's a very difficult summit. We were the only team to summit this day, and the only ones on the mountain. We didn't know what we'd find. But the only way to find out was to go so up and up we went. #zerolatitudeskiteam @goalzero #solarlife #exploremore @zealoptics @clifbarcompany @jaybirdsport @petzl_official @snocru
Navigating the large penitentes on the way to the summit of Chimborazo 20,702 ft, 6310 m, the highest peak in Ecuador. It was one of the hardest climbs I've ever done, but we managed to get to the top. Not much skiing off the summit but we did get some turns in on the way down. @nate_smith_ and local guide Pablo pictured. #zerolatitudeskiteam powered by @goalzero #solarlife @zealoptics #exploremore @snocru @jaybirdsport @clifbarcompany #meetthemoment
I made it to Ecuador! We arrived at our hotel, the charming Cafe Cultura, around 1 am yesterday. We promptly went to sleep and woke up to do an acclimitization hike on Rucu Pichincha, an old volcano near Quito. We were able to take a cable car to around 13,000′ and then we hiked to around 15,500′. It was strenuous and it was my first time at that elevation(by a long shot). I felt ok and I was stoked! The high elevation of the peaks in Ecuador was making me nervous because I wasn’t sure how’d I feel. Hopefully I’ll continue to feel good as we climb higher!
Welcome to my night of pre-trip packing. Gear selection is crucial on a ski mountaineering expedition. Making sure I have it all… Nothing more and nothing less. @goalzero #solarlife @zealoptics #exploremore @jaybirdsport @clifbarcompany @snocru @petzl_official #zerolatitudeskiteam photo: @schirfphoto
I love living so close to so many world-class ski resorts. Here's a shot from last winter at @brightonresort. I took my first lift-serviced runs of the season there this morning and it reminded me how awesome the snow and terrain is on that mountain! Looking forward to more, after Ecuador. Photo by Brent Benson. #zerolatitudeskiteam @patagonia #funhogging @zealoptics #exploremore #leki #thule @nordicausa
Back in Utah with just enough time to pack and sneak in more training before departing for Ecuador. My main climbing partner for the trip is @Nate_smith_, an accomplished climber and guide for @mountained_. He comes from a technical climbing background and wants to push his skiing, I'm a skier wanting to learn technical systems. We will work off each others strengths throughout this expedition with the goal of achieving several high altitude summits and ski descents. Follow the #zerolatitudeskiteam! Thanks to our trip sponsors @snocru @zealoptics @clifbarcompany @jaybirdsport @goalzero @petzl_official.
Smiles for miles at the end of a big day! Skateboarding, running, hiking, mountain biking, hula hooping, gardening, surfing, eating and bowling were the sports in today’s decathlon at the @clifbarcompany #clifathletetakeover. Our team performed like champions in every event and we had a ridiculous amount of fun. Nor Cal is beautiful but I can’t wait to return to snow tomorrow! #meetthemoment #solarlife @goalzero @zealoptics #exploremore #stereovinylcruiser
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks.” -John Muir. I just arrived in the Bay Area for the @clifbarcompany athlete summit. Went straight from the plane to the woods where I got my daily dose of nature’s medicine. Tonight, I’ll be at the Wild&Scenic film festival and @protectourwinters fundraiser signing posters. #CLIFAthleteTakeover #meetthemoment #embracetheelements #throughourlenses photo: @forrestshearer
I am so unbelievably stoked to be on the December cover of @powdermagazine. It’s been my dream for as long as I can remember. Thanks to all my sponsors: @patagonia @zealoptics @nordicausa #leki #thule @clifbarcompany @snocru @jaybirdsport @sanukfootwear @sambazon @gregorypacks @altaskiarea @snowbird @petzl_official and my friends and family for believing in me! Thanks to the photog, Liam Doran, for shooting on a bitterly cold day (-20 when we got back to the car). It’s extra special because December is my birthday month! #dreamscometrue #mountainlove #meetthemoment #exploremore #throughourlenses
Avy safety tip: approach cornices cautiously as they usually break farther back than you expect. Today, I’m up in Sun Valley doing a presentation on avalanche survival and rescue with @mountained_ for the Ski and Mountain Trauma Conference. With winter fast approaching, it’s a great time to sign up for an avalanche course. Check out the @utahavalanchecenter or avalanche.org for more details on education. I want everyone to have a safe and fun winter! Photo: @jaybeyerimaging @patagonia @zealoptics @nordicausa #exploremore #embracetheelements #snocru
#throwback to the first day on skis this fall – Oct 13 at @snowbird. We hiked uphill on dirt for about 1,000′ before transitioning to skinning on snow. As we ascended, it started snowing harder and harder until it was a full-on blizzard at the top. I love being outside during a storm, it gives you a closer connection to the snowpack and the conditions. #exploremore #embracetheelements #poweryourpassion