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Our website’s theme song…

Our website’s theme song…

I'm still on a bender about old photos and found this website's namesake photo. The photo of Dr. Mike was taken in 1979 on Mt. Shasta at about the 13,000' level in a total whiteout and some fierce winds. Note the very stylin' and vintage 60/40 Powderhorn Mountaineering parka. I had one too, only...

Rodger’s Peak Basin

Rodger’s Peak Basin

I've been going through some of my old prints, slides and negatives and came across this one. That's Rodger's Peak cirque in the background, with Dr. Mike dead center. This has got to be one of the biggest cirques in the world. Rodger's Peak is one peak south from Mt. Lyell in the Ritter...

1st Annual in Search of Snow & Storms Trip

1st Annual in Search of Snow & Storms Trip

I think it was about 1977. I was studying to be an graphic designer but my high school art teacher said I should probably consider another career because I couldn't draw. Still can't. I figured I was really good at drawing straight lines, so I lateralled to architecture. That career goal...

Trinity Alps Panorama

Trinity Alps Panorama

My first trip to the Trinity Alps was back when my pack was still too heavy. We used the trailhead at the head of Coffee Creek and climbed over 3,300' in a little under 8 miles to the Caribou Lakes. Today I'd laugh at that trip profile, but back then it was serious business. Anyway, the next...

You thought waiting in line at the grocery store was frustrating.

Vasaloppet is the oldest, the longest, and the biggest cross country ski race in the world. Touted as the World's Toughest Cross Country Ski Race, it's a 90km (54 miles) cross country ski event held in Sweden and has over 15,000 skiers. The above short video shows the insanity of the start.

Devils Postpile Webcam

The new Devil's Postpile webcam is brought to you by the same people that installed the original Tioga Pass webcam. It's updated only once an hour, but hey, how much up-to-date information do you really need? There's also information about the new Tioga Pass webcam. Apparently they have it up...

Red Bull Nordic Craziness

Leave it to Red Bull to take something as hard as cross country ski racing and make it even harder. Keep in mind their heels are not locked down, so some of those downhills turns they're doing are remarkable. The part that impresses me the most is when they're racing uphill. Do you have any idea...

Lassen Nat’l Park Time Lapse

This is one of my favorite webcams, located at the Visitor's Center in Lassen. Compiled and compressed into a two minute video this covers one year in Lassen Volcanic National Park during what turned out to be a 200% snow year.

f8 and be there

f8 and be there

A famous photographer was once asked what his secret was. His reply was something to the effect of "f8 and be there." This photographer, Alexander Buisse, obviously has had the fortune of "being there," although I don't know what f-stop he was using. Check out his work.

Google Earth, you’re the ginchiest

Google Earth, you’re the ginchiest

I love Google Earth. Who doesn't? As an incessant planner, I need to always prepare for the next trip. I know I drive some of my friends at work a little crazy because of my planning, and I am trying to be a better slacker, but it's hard to break good habits. I think I'll take up drinking,...

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