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Using a Smartphone for Backcountry Navigation

This is an old topic, but I was very late to the Smartphone party, particularly as a backcountry navigation tool. Many of my professional guiding peers had been using them for years. I had all sorts of reasons to justify my resistance and to...

Posted on Aug 17, 2018

Lange Freetour

Lange Freetour Ski Boot

Boot choice is first determined by fit for your foot, after that, performance preferences. This is the best ski touring boot I have used by a very large margin. I guided in them all last Japan season and for 6 weeks in Canada. I wouldn't do 2000m...

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

NZ heliski

Guiding in New Zealand

One of the big benefits of pursuing professional guide qualifications under the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) is that it has opened up new working opportunities that before were just not possible. For example, I have been very very...

Posted on May 17, 2018

Hakuba Backcountry Skintrack

Thoughts on Guided Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding in Hakuba

As the local Hakuba backcountry ski season approaches I like to review past experiences and training. This gets my brain back into professional guide mode after being out of the game for the last 2 months in between north/south winters. A great...

Posted on Dec 2, 2017

Hakuba Backcountry

Where To Get Started in Hakuba's Backcountry. Part 1.

I am converting a few of our Hakuba MountainLife Magazine articles into blog posts to make them accessible to a wider audience. This post has the "Where to Get Started" articles from our 2012 and 2013 issues. There are a few more from the series...

Posted on Nov 17, 2017

Hakuba Snow Depth

Operational Risk Management

We are a backcountry guiding operation, and safety comes first, always. In this blog we describe some of our daily risk management routine. This has been daily habit for several years now, whether we are guiding that day or not. This is what we...

Posted on Aug 1, 2016

MontBell Gloves

Gear That Outperforms: Gloves

People often ask me for reviews and opinions. So occasionally I will list a few gear items which I think outperform the others. Pieces of gear which do their job really well, and make my job more fun, more comfortable, or safer. In this blog post,...

Posted on Jul 9, 2016