Monday, January 27, 2014

Black Panther

Black Panther has been my radio call name for a while now. It's more or less an inside joke between a couple of buddies and I in Tahoe, but now, I guess I'll own it…I am the Black Panther. MSP put together this edit recently. It makes me laugh and I hope it makes you laugh as well.

Monday, December 2, 2013

SAFE AS Women's Avalanche Clinics

It's happening. Tomorrow we depart Tahoe and head to Utah for our first stop of SAFE AS. With the success of last years event; Elyse, Jackie, Ingrid, Lel, Sherry and I decided to go big. We are introducing four additional days to this event this year. First stop is Dec. 5th at Snowbird then back to Squaw Valley for the 8th and 9th and up to Crystal Mountain on the 14th and lastly Steven's Pass on the 15th. 

If you missed us last year, try to get in this year. There are still spots open, albeit very few and sign ups  are rolling in. 

With the goals of heightening community snow safety and avalanche awareness we will start off the day with yoga lead by our amazing and talented instructor Sherry McConkey. After that we will go into our classroom portion of the day and then eat lunch and head our onto the hill to teach you how to use your beacon, shovel, and probe. The day is followed up by an awesome raffle with a ton of gear from our generous sponsors. Proceeds from the raffle go to various non-profits as well as partial proceeds from the event itself. 

Visit for more information and to sign up. 

If you can't make it, spread the word and we hope to catch you next year!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Thanks Shane!

This past weekend at Squaw was absolutely incredible. Tears were shed celebrating the amazing human being that Shane McConkey was, but more laughter and smiles than tears. It is such an honor to live in this beautiful community and I felt so energized with love to have this premier here. I hope that I can one day laugh as much as Shane did and have half as much fun as he did. He will always be a huge inspiration to me and to so many others.

Sherry and Ayla are two of the most graceful and beautiful people I know. So lucky to be alive and to have them in my life.

McConkey is out on iTunes now and it's coming to a city near you. I highly recommend you check out the movie at a premier AND get it on iTunes for continued stoke! Much love!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

It's Been Too Long...Greenland

For whatever reason, it's been hard for me to update this blog regularly. I've been busy for a while now. Since last fall it seems like I've been traveling way more. It's been amazing, but as a result this blog has been sacrificed to videos and the occasional post about something random that inspired me along the way.

I'd like to get back in the grove of posting more often and about more interesting promises (if anyone still reads this :).

Where do I start? This past season I focussed on filming with MSP. As I mentioned in a previous post, we went on an awesome trip to Pemberton, BC and camped out by Tenquill Lake. After the season came to an end in Whistler, I started my journey south back to California for a few days of rest then on the road again to Greenland with Warren Miller. The trip to Greenland was spectacular.

It was an unexpected way to finish off the winter. Warren Miller and The Climate Reality Project invited myself, Ted Ligety, and Mark Abma. We lived on a boat for over a week traveling to and from fjords until we found some terrain that we wanted to ski. The mountains were beautiful, the town was colorful, but it was the worst snow year in 26 years according to our guides.

The fact that the snow conditions weren't the best didn't really bother us. As our crew assembled we quickly bonded and I instantly knew it was going to be an awesome trip. Because of the camaraderie between all of us, Greenland was an absolute blast. 

It was amazing to travel to a place that I had never dreamed about. This exotic land that I didn't really know much about until I started to research before my trip became a very mysterious place to me. It's climate is so harsh and so cold. It's no wonder there are very few people, not to say that it is a bad place at all. You feel so desolate when you are out there in the mountains surrounded by ocean and very few people.  I found it to be majestic and so beautiful. 

It's vast land of ice that continued to stretch out over the whole island felt deep with history. When you looked into it up close you could see veins that ran for miles and miles. The depth of the color blue was so intense I tried hard to capture it in a photo, but inevitably failed to do so as nothing so beautiful and so deep could be captured by anything else other than the human eye.

 The ice was mesmerizing. I couldn't help, but to think about the film called Chasing Ice. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend checking it out. In the movie they speak about how this ice is in a constant state of change. It's melting. The planet is warming and the landscape is changing forever. The ice and the landscape that I saw when I was in Greenland, is not the same now and will never be the same. That thought is wild to me.

 That thought kept me staring into the depths of the ice. It was almost nerve wracking to listen to it melt. Watching drips fall off the ice and splash on the rock below made me cringe the first time I saw it until I was quickly swept away and distracted by the beauty surrounding me.

 I could see the potential in the mountains. The couliors looked amazing if there was good snow. Just our luck, the day we were leaving this zone, Mark and I decided to ski the Buddha Coulior. It was a nice sustained pitch dwarfed by huge rock walls on either side, similar to some in South America. Mark dropped in first and after he got to the bottom he radioed back to me to let me know the snow was surprisingly good.

I dropped in thinking that this might be the last run of my season as we weren't expecting to for sure be skiing after leaving the boat. It was a beautiful run. I skied straight up to Abma and immediately gave him a huge hug out of pure joy. The snow was awesome and it was by far the best run of our trip at that point.

Later on we ended up skiing a run with better snow quality. It was the first run on the trip that I felt snow hit my face. This run ended up being my last run of the trip and of the winter season. Our local guide at the bottom of the run mentioned that he's never seen anyone ski that line. Again, at the bottom we were all hugging out of pure joy once again. We spent all day in the mountains that day. The sun was up at 11:30 at night and we were just getting down out of the Alpine. It was really special to have that much daylight.

Greenland was and still is a bit of a mystery to me. Maybe it's because I felt like sometimes the streets were so empty. It's so cold there people must spend more time inside. The houses are all painted so colorfully, I'm almost certain that they cheer you up on a frosty day. That was the end of my winter. It was the coldest that I have ever been and farthest away I have ever felt from home (in a good way, a way of adventure).

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Brilliant Moment

All your preparations, all the early mornings and later nights will lead you to a place you'd only imagined. Be bold. Reach for new experiences. Find the brilliant moment.