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Beans & Rice Freeride Trailer Drops

Sep. 26th 2013

September 18, 2013 – The first snow of the season fell on the Tetons last night. It glimmers atop Taylor Mountain like the icing on a freshly baked cake. Winter is coming–the season of ski swaps, wood chopping, and ski movie premiers.

Jake Sakson and I will be adding to the ski season hype this fall by releasing a webisode trilogy documenting our season exploring the Tetons. Last year we decided to team up, buy a camera, create a website, and document our take on backcountry freeriding. Full disclosure–neither of us have much experience behind the lens. We were both introduced to backcountry ski filming through skiing with Powderwhore and Sweetgrass Productions, but we were always in front of the camera. It seemed simple enough; find some good snow, good lighting, ski through it and catch it on camera. Hit repeat and BAM! You have a ski movie.

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Ski Mountaineering the Grand Teton with Jason Dorais

Aug. 1st 2013

When Jason Dorais and longtime ski buddy, Lars Kjerengtroen tackled the the Grand Teton this spring, they lucked out with near perfect conditions for ski mountaineering. The snowpack they encountered while cramponing up Tepee Glacier and then to the Glencoe Couloir proved to be stable in the early morning. But as they reached the Stettner Couloir, the bright sun was causing snowmelt, increasing the chance of wet slab avalanches, so the team increased their climbing pace to reach the summit before conditions became too dangerous.

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Packing for the Grand Teton with Exum Mountain Guides

Jul. 21st 2010

Speaking of the Grand Teton, SCARPA over the past fall and winter took on the project of building a hiking/approach/rock shoe specifically for the needs of Exum Mountain Guides up in Grand Teton National Park, where you need to be able to do long approaches and climbing moderate rock in on pair of footwear.

Here’s a little vid of Exum guide Brenton Reagan taking you through what you’ll need to get up the Grand in summer conditions, including the resulting SCARPA Dharma Pro. The Dharma is now what Exum is using as its go-to shoe for guides and clients alike.

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Full-conditions climbing: ‘Everyone else just got better-looking’

Jul. 21st 2010

Sizzling summer temps and quiet blue skies provide the ideal backdrop when climbing the Grand Teton in Wyoming. The Exum Ridge, a trademark route, gets climbed ad nauseam because of its aesthetic, scenic nature and airy exposure. Parties often tackle the route in a long day. Guides solo the upper Ridge, short-roping clients through the exposed 5th class terrain, arriving at the summit in customary good form.

However, it’s a completely different story when Old Man Winter perks up – which went well into what most consider summer months this year. Seven thousand feet separate the valley floor from the spikey crown of the Teton Range. Late Spring storms and huge temperature gradients paint the upper stretches of the mountain in snow, ice and rime that often linger until mid-July—a full-meal-deal for mountaineers.

I climbed the upper route a few weeks ago with a friend who’s a much more experienced winter climber, which is good for me because … well …  he’ll lead the hard pitches and I get the added value of learning how better to negotiate technical terrain in its winterized state of affairs. At the time of our climb, one guiding service forbid its guides from taking clients up the Exum Ridge because of conditions.

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