UpSkiing

Kamchatka Part 2: The Volconology Meetings. October 13 2011

Kamchatka Part 2: The Volconology Meetings. September 24th-30th 2011 Topics:  Getting here; Hotel; Meetings; Helecopter Trip; Hiking Excursions; and Banquets. Getting to Kamchatka: It is nearly 21hours of flying to travel from DIA to PKC. This of course does not count the: 3.5hr drive from Glenwood Springs to Boulder; 2hrs round trip drive from Dillon back to Avon where Dudley graciously brought me the computer which I'd accidentally left behind......

Kamchatka Overview October 02 2011

The jury is in: Yes, club and dance music are the all time top choices of music for Russians. Yes, Lady Gagga has infultrated all the way to far eastern Russia. Kamchatka is a land where the sea meets a 200km wide, 800km long peninsula of land. A backwards place still struggling to escape communist era, a place where all payments are made in cash, a place where you drive...

Equipment Improvements December 05 2010

The final testing for the next generation of UpSki Equipment was discussed and evaluated this fall at the Walter's Hut meetup on Shrine Pass Colorado. Kevin Passmore announced that a small production run of the new Carbon Fiber Control assemblies would be complete by the time an initial production run of 5 canopies was to begin in Early 2011. John Stanford took the test canopies back to his shop for...

New UpSki Design becomes Final September 2010 August 22 2010

Kevin Passmore, John Stanford and Phil Huff will meet to finalize the canopy, control center and harness innovations built and tested for the past two seasons. The meeting will be at Walter's Hut on Shrine Pass in early September 2010.

Independence Pass 2010 June 27 2010

Would not call it brown sugar exactly, the wind deposited layers of sand that came to the surface on our May 29th, 2010 UpSki on Independence Pass. It did look a lot like Carmel swirls especially the last few pictures in the slide show. There is a video of this slide show with some actual video footage which shows Kristie packing up in some pretty strong gusts.  A couple of...

"UpBoarding" with Jon Harrington June 27 2010

Jon is just one of those naturals with a video camera and You Tube. I was there with the B1 test canopy and it was a good day with lots of very solid gusts, some in the 40 to 50 mph range according to the wind gauge at Loveland Ski area (which was almost a thousand feet lower at 11,970 ft and on the lee side of the ridge). His video diary...

Testing, Testing and Refining January 12 2010

Kevin Passmore and his friends spent a couple of afternoons testing the new prototype recently above Janet's cabin near Seral Pass South of Copper Mountain, Colorado. The friends took time away from BC hut adventures to photograph and video Kevin as he tried out the latest UpSki design from John Stanford.  John and I were in Dallas together at the time and got some fresh insights by cell phone from...

Goat Mountain UpSki May 23 2009

Goat Mountain is the local name for the NorthWest facing flank of 13,200 foot Mt. Sniktau and it is just a couple of miles NE of Loveland Pass, Colorado. When the spring winds stay West and North of West this face is a great place for UpSki after Loveland Basin closes. Why wait until after Loveland Basin closes? Something about the Avalanche Path that forms Goat Mountain. Bud Robinson and Kevin...

Summer of Love September 02 2008

Bud and Tania got married on Saturday August 30th, and UpSki was well represented. Not only was the toast given by an UpSkier Trey but the Pig was roasted by Brian and the cake was baked by lady friend of Pete. The Groom was none other than Bud Robinson and the Marrying guy was me, Phil Huff! Tania was the incredible together Bride who seemed to handle pretty well Bud's...

The Carousel Canopy June 16 2008

Kevin Passmore bought an UpSki, sight unseen, from an online listing this spring. He had seen one used near Loveland Pass 4 years ago and wanted to add this unique equipment to his quiver of Kites and backcountry tools. He got a great deal when an almost brand new, shiney, red-yellow-blue canopy arrived which he calls his Carousel Canopy. Kevin and Phil returned to Independence Pass and the slopes of Twining...

UpSkiing In June June 12 2008

Twining Peak reaches 13,777 feet and at least one UpSkier made it to 13,770 feet on Saturday June 7th, 2008. UpSkiing to the Summit is not usually the objective and when Kevin Passmore guided his UpSki up the final Summit pitch on Twining Peak it was just a fun photo op. The last UpSkier to ski up the final pitch was probably Bob Linneman in the late 1980's. Most of the day...