Winter is here!! Fresh snow and a fresh shot in the new Backcountry Magazine. Proud to be a member of the Mammut athlete team the past 8 years. Big Ups to Jon Mancuso for the sweet shot from Galena Summit!
I am super stoked for the mountain to open on Thanksgiving! It has been great to see some early season snow and watch Baldy transform to winter. Everything is in place for a great season! Plus, I am super proud to be featured in Sun Valley Resorts winter ski ads. This marks the 2nd winter I’ve been featured by Sun Valley (also 2010). The ads have run in Freeskier, Skiing,Ski, The Skier’s Journal and others. I am also on the 80th season brochure and trail map. The photo was taken by Jon Mancuso. Be sure to check out Jon’s sweet site http://www.jonmancuso.com/
Psyched to get the closing shot in the spring issue of SUP the Mag! The shot was taken by Ray Gadd at Redfish Lake last fall. Be sure to check out Ray’s site http://rayjgadd.500px.com/
Located in the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Redfish Lake is named for the brilliant Sockeye Salmon that once returned from the Pacific Ocean in such massive quantities that the lake shimmered red during spawning season. Sadly, these fish are now on the endangered species list. In the fall when supping you can see a few of these beautiful fish that have been trucked in to spawn.
One of my favorite paddles is a lap around Redfish Lake. It is about 9.7 miles when you circumnavigate. The lake sits at 6,500 feet and is surrounded by 10,000 foot peaks.
Enjoy this edit from July.
I have been thinking about my Dad a lot this summer. Being in Bali and spending so much time on the water this summer has allowed me time to feel his presence. He is always there looking after me. I always loved telling him about my different adventures and he would just laugh and with his beaming smile. Man, he sure loved to laugh.
My Dad had some great sayings…”talk is cheap”, “you got to want it” and “finish strong”. Dad would have been 79 this year. In honour of his birthday I paddled the Sawtooth lakes. I love you buddy.
Stanley Lake=2.4, Redfish Lake=9.7, Petit Lake=4.5, Alturus=4.7
Total 21.3 miles
The SUP white water season kicks off with the spring run off. This time of year allows one to sup the Big Wood River. The Big Wood River is a really beautiful river that not many people get to float. Generally, the river is way too shallow except the spring to early June. It has been describes as Class 2+ with class 5 consequences due to the lack of eddies to pull over and the amount of wood. I have a nice route from West Ketchum to the Greenhorn Bridge. This is a fun 9 mile paddle.