Time to get the SUP out for the first paddle of season! Alturus Lake was open so we headed to the Sawtooths! Nothing like having the whole lake to yourself with few friends the whole weekend. This is still really early season paddle boarding for me considering I am still skiing. I think Nesta was even more excited than me. Last season he went out on the SUP over 30 days when he was a puppy. Now, he is over 100 pounds so I wore a wet suit just in case. Our friend photographer Thia Konig was there to capture these sweet images. Be sure to check out Thia’s site http://becauselifeisbeautiful.com
“The Mountain Niceness Tour” is a series of adventures, revolving around one of the most classic modes of transport ever on the planet, the Volkswagen Van”. The “Mountain Niceness Tour” is a series of adventures traveling and playing as hard… skiing,stand up paddleboarding, rock climbing,mt biking and surfing!
We kicked off this years tour at the City of Rocks for some rock climbing! The City offers world class granite in the middle of desert of southern Idaho. Not a bad place to camp with friends!
It’s true that I am excited for stand up paddleboarding and rock climbing season BUT the skiing is so great right now! Yesterday, we had a great ski on Galena Peak. Everything was sty-lee! We started skinning about 20 yards from the highway and took it 2700 feet up Senate Creek. Then we threw skis on pack and booted the last 1000 feet along the ridgeline to the summit. The conditions were perfect! There was 3 inches of fresh on the top and below was perfect smooth corn all the way back to the van! Good Times skiing with Steve “Angry” Thompson!
Ski ya later! Next stop the City of Rocks for the kick off of the 2013 Mountain Niceness Tour!!!!
More good times in the mountians of Idaho! When I got the email from Matt Leidecker that he had a full moon/bivy /peak/ corn ski mission. I knew I had to go! For the last 8 years I have been lucky enough to go on adventures like these with Matt. They are not standard tours. They are unique and cool adventures in mountains with the guide book author. http://www.mattlphoto.com/books.html Also along for the fun was friend Bozo Cardozo. Bozo had just returned from a month of guiding in Alaska and is always stoked to play in his backyard.
The mission was to hike in under the full moon and bivi(sleep). Wake up early and ascend the mountain with crampons and ice ace. Enjoy time on the summit with friends and ski some corn! We succeeded!
Enjoy these great images from Matt Leidecker! View all of Matt’s sweet photos in the full gallery http://mattlphoto.smugmug.com/Skiing-Galleries/201213-Ski-Season/042613-Jacqueline-Peak-Ski/29138381_zDmPrr#!i=2481208292&k=89KpHTv
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It was time to head into the Sawtooths for a Spring Ski mission of the Sickle Couloir. The Sickle is listed as one of the Top 50 ski descents! We were lucky enough to break up the approach by spending the night at the Sun Valley Trekking Fishhook Yurt. http://www.svtrek.com/huts.php SVT yurts are huts are really sty-lee. They have all the comforts of home and everything you need. I was stoked to see the pimped out http://www.goalzero.com/ solar set up for charging phones and bumping tunes!
I must say that it is a real low tide year. This trip had the most the dirt I’ve walked across on my skis and bush wacking for April. These are the normally conditions of late May not April. Dirt, down logs,beetle kill tree maze and creek crossings were the pearls of the adventure. Up high the snowpack was deepper in the Alpine as we alpine crawled up the couly. The North face was still holding cold deep chalky powder and was blower. All in all is was a long big day and great adventure! Big ups to my positive partners Mike Dunning and Parker Brown! Enjoy these images!
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