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Warren's Windy Day April 16 2008

 Warren has climbed almost all of Colorado's Fourteeners and extensively ski tours. So for him, strong gusty winds were just to be expected on his first UpSki outing. Tunnel Bowl and the peaks above and beyond it are often used for training walks by Warren and his friends, on this day, he got the fast ascent version. The winds were forecast to be 15-25 with Gusts to 40 and the...

April is Peak UpSki Season April 06 2008

 Paul decided that he would try that funny sounding sport outing offered by his wife Mary's Technology Instructor. So one of the first UpSki visits into the Tunnel Bowl was launched on 4/5/2008 with Paul, game to go. After some instruction and almost no wind to speak of, things picked up for Paul and me as we made it to the upper bowl above the 12,000 foot level in a few minutes. Click on the picture above...

March - Like a Lion! March 05 2008

Big winds and lots of snow, just the March forecast we had in mind. The back country remains "multi-faceted" in more ways than one. Coming down will continue to be more dangerous then going up but expect to trigger deep hard slabs on almost all aspects. Winds have remained W thru NW for most of our weather cycles. Some very strong winds occurred last night so all of the BC...

Great Ozone movie February 17 2008

Here is an excellent Ozone Snow Kite Movie about wind mountaineering using traction kites. The movie starts with ski mountaineers  skinning up, much later the Ozone kite team arrive and race to the top in just a matter of minutes. The point isn't that the ascent is faster, it is of course, but it is so much more fun.  Racing uphill using a traction kite is to experience a pure backcountry freedom. Which equipment is better suited for alpine ascent?...

It's Bud's Birthday February 12 2008

It is Bud's Birthday and like the rest of us he is ready to get into the backcountry for some more UpSkiing. Bud and Tanya skied Aspen Highlands Sunday, Breckenridge on Friday and Saturday. I skied with Greg Dietl Friday morning. We have been getting some great snow!

Montezuma Returns February 06 2008

Jon Harrington and I skied A Basin and Montezuma Bowl this morning. A shift of wind to the Northwest kept up from UpSkiing on Jon's Birthday. We had a run down before clouds, wind and snow white-ed us out. The new lift is excellent and reaches well down the backside of the 'basin. Here is a picture from last year, before the bowl was lift served. Here is the slide...

Avalanche Weather January 23 2008

Think of the back country as a series of huge mouse (or Rat :)) traps. Slide out onto a large smooth surface of white, creamy cheese and after a few sweet turns you hear a pop. Your world breaks into large, bone crushing, unpalatable blocks; a second later you are jumping for the bigger blocks as you attempt to ski down and out. A split second after that your world becomes...

Release System Design January 18 2008

Much of our efforts in developing a safe back country traction kite design have centered around a quick and reliable venting system. The UpSki vent system and vent line retraction and brake systems have worked extremely well but we are looking for a light weight, low bulk version to work with the new super lightweight back country design. In the past couple of years Kite Boarding and Skiing have begun...

The UpSki Experience January 18 2008

  Welcome to UpSkiing, Wind Mountaineering and adventure in the alpine back country. This blog is mostly an ongoing discussion between UpSki Inventors John Stanford and Phil Huff about the equipment, maintenance and use of UpSki gear. Catagories include Canopy Design, Venting Systems, Release Systems and the UpSki Experience.