|Future Trips - preliminary and/or planning info:
|Past Trip pages with reports, photos, etc:
These are trips which I organize but generally do not guide
on. Guiding is potentially available if it is requested in advance, but
it is not included in the organization and cost of the basic trip. These
are trips which involve significant logistics which most people could not
easily organize, or get a good cost on, without having an adequate group size and
spending significant time planning. In the case of winter hut trips there
is also a large financial commitment. Both summer and winter trips make use of an accumulated cache of group gear that would cost quite a bit to purchase from scratch for one trip alone. For me these trips are pretty much
a climbing or skiing vacation in return for the planning and logistics (which
are typically extensive) and managing the financial commitments.
I can also provide your group with planning, organizing, logistical
assistance and guiding arrangements as a service. See my Guiding
"Again, I can't thank you enough for doing such an excellent job
of planning and leading the trip. It was one of the best weeks of my
life, and you deserve enormous credit for doing everything the way you
"I very much enjoyed our trip to the Selkirk mountains, which
for me would have never been possible without your preparation and organization.
I would like to thank you very much for your excellent work. I hope
that you will come to the Alps one day, so that I can pay back at least
part of it."
"The special combination of climbing in the Selkirks and getting
to know each of you made this trip one of the most memorable and enjoyable
experiences of my life. Where else could one experience the exhilaration
of climbing, the stimulation of amusing conversations on topics from
theoretical physics to politics, and the stillness of undisturbed meditation?
As I expressed on several occasions that I could remain in the Battle
Range for weeks more, having now returned to this office, I appreciate
even more the magnitude and beauty of those mountains and how blessed
we were to have experienced them. Looking back, the time seems to be
consumed in a bright flash compared to the exhaustingly slow pace of
day-to-day reality (work). Rather than submerge myself into this mundane
existence, I will instead relive each wonderful moment and focus on
the details of my next trip."
General Information Common to All Trips:
- Fairy Meadows, April 2005
The third trip to this world-renown location. The middle of
April worked very well with long days and generally good weather. By now we've got this down right and had the entire hut for our group of 18 excellent people plus myself and a great cook. Hands down the best trip yet, even though all have been good (and some hard to beat).
- Fairy Meadows, April 2002
The second trip to this world-renown location. The first week in
April is later than the previous few winters trips which allowed
for longer days and a higher percentage of clear days. We skied
many classic routes. The entire group summited Pioneer Peak, a
few continued on to Sentinel the same day. A party of two skied
the high route to Great Cairn on Thursday and were picked up there
during the flights out.
- Battle Range, July-August 2001
A week of climbing/hiking from a base camp with a helicopter flight
in and out. A very remote and spectacular area with very high peaks
sharply cut by very deep valleys.
- Blanket Glacier, Mar 2001
Excellent backcountry skiing with many options in the trees, which
was good given the typically cloudy March conditions. Despite the
low snow year the base was over 2 meters and we got 10-20
cm each night, for a total of about 1 meter during the week.
- Great Cairn, Mar 2000
This was to be a trip to the Grassi hut but weather prohibited
that, so we took Alpine Helicopters up on their good deal getting
us to Great Cairn. Despite mixed weather and the change of plans
we had plenty of adventure.
- Great Cairn Hut, July 1999
Mountaineering in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains. We helicoptered
in but hiked out via Fairy Meadows, a "big day" as they
say and quite the adventure.
- Fairy Meadows, March 1999
Backcountry skiing in the Selkirks at a classic destination. This
trip was fully catered and everyone had a blast. The weather precluded
doing the classic tours and ski ascents but the snow conditions
around the hut and below friendship col provided excellent skiing.