Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
*update: go to www.skimovie.com to view MSP's latest offering...
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Crater Lake, OR
Crater Lake sunset, OR
City skyline from Brooklyn Bridge, NY
City skyline from Central Park, NY
Utah Valley from Dry Canyon, UT
Wasatch Range from top of Days Fork, UT
Southern Wasatch Range, UT
Red Bull Cold Rush venue, Silverton, CO
Timpanogos from Guardsman Pass, UT
Zion Nat'l Park, UT
Zion Nat'l Park, UT
Alpine City from Lone Peak approach, UT
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I've found myself running around the desert recently, so when my buddy Parker Cross gave me a ring to join a crew to climb Lone Peak, I thought it was a good time to get back in the saddle with my skis. Lone Peak is one of the more notorious mountains along the Wasatch Front and has a reputation for being one of the harder peaks to access. With a summit of 11,253' and all the various approaches being quite removed, there's a minimum required elevation gain of 5,500' no matter where you start your approach. We started in Alpine City at 3:00 am, at 5,700' elevation and approached Lone Peak from the south. The crew consisted of myself, Chris Coulter, Tony Pavlantos and Parker Cross behind the lens. Our first leg of the journey consisted of us trudging through the frozen, muddy foothills and working our way to a little glade called known as the 2nd Hamangog. The snow line was higher than expected and had to continue a little further to reach our first transition point. We calculated a gain of about 2,700' in elevation from the trail head before being able to swap from hike to tour mode. Not sure about the other guys, but the combo of skis, boots, skins, ice axe, crampons, harness, belay device, carabiners, webbing, shovel, probe, jacket, helmet, gloves, googles, food and water on my backpack had my pretty amped to be able to be at the transition to distribute that weight more evenly over my body. The touring at first was pretty mellow, following a BLM access road a little ways before making a left and heading up a ridge line for a more direct approach. Eventually the ridge line tapered and we dropped into a gully that looked like a fairly mellow climb. Coulter and Tony took the lead and I followed their trail. Drawing a straight line up the center seemed like the most obvious route, but it turned out to be much more grueling than expected. But with the sun rising and the end seeming deceivingly near, we powered through. After making our way through the crux and into a saddle, all that was left was a bit of a sidehill and one last mellow climb to the summit. Coulter and Tony arrived a bit earlier than myself and were concerned about the warming temps making our objective unsafe. So without our filmer in place and only a small window to be able to ride the NE couloir, we made a quick transition and decided to drop in. The line itself was a solid 2,000' vert and involved variable snow conditions, exposure, sluff management and all that sort of fun stuff. Coulter knew the line and has extensive experience in similar terrain so he dropped first and gave us some play by play beta of what to expect. I hadn't skied much in the past weeks and the haul up the mountain had my legs pretty spent only a few turns in, but I was pumped to be back in the mountains and was having a great time making my way down the couloir. The three of us linked back up at the bottom and kicked back for our first relaxing moment of the day, all pumped that we just tackled the NE couloir of Lone Peak. After a much needed break, we transitioned back into tour mode and started our ascent toward the exit saddle. As happy as I was to have just ridden the couloir, the 3,000' vertical descent back toward the valley was a highlight. The snow wasn't quite a spring corn or a hot pow, but it was super surfy and perfect for the ride out. We cruised down a ways, linked back up with Parker, took one last break to enjoy our surroundings and the top notch view, then headed back to our last transition point. The home stretch was brutal, but we eventually made it back to the cars and were all smiles. After a 2 am wake up, 10 hour adventure, big exposed riding and 13,000' + of traveled elevation, I'd say it was a pretty good day.
Photos by: Chris Coulter, Parker Cross, Blake Nyman
Alpine City mid way up the approach.
Coulter and Tony working their way into the belly.
Entrance to the NE couloir.
Coulter and Tony post NE couloir.
Lunch break on our way back to the valley.
Summertime view of Lone Peak from the Salt Lake Valley.
Monday, April 04, 2011
So, sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy the next 39 minutes you spend with Nimbus. Thanks for checking in and hope you enjoy!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Good work Paul! And here's to hoping we don't have to wait another few years to see the next edition from Surface...
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
January in Utah was a little slow. Not many storms came through and the couple that did brought some warm temps and rain (something us skiers absolutely love in the middle of winter...). February has been more promising thus far. The nice rain-crust layer seems to be sinking beneath our feet and replaced by it's softer, gentler and more welcomed brother, powder.
So here's to powder's return. Thanks for coming back and please kick up your feet, have some nachos and stay awhile.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
We've been out a decent amount this year, touring, hiking, exploring and the like. It's not that far into the season and I've already done more touring than I think I've ever done in the past, with plenty more ahead. It's super rad to hike around in any mountains, but fortunately I'm in the Wasatch and this place has so much to offer. It's been amazing to do the little exploring that we have and be able to find terrain I never knew was there.
I was unable to join Parker and crew on a couple of their bigger missions this year, but planning on making it happen with some future summits. So for now, here's the first episode introducing this years project. Hope you enjoy.
And here's a little bonus panoramic photo from our last tour in the Southern Wasatch.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Blake Nyman enjoys the last day of 2010 at his childhood resort, Sundance, with his brothers in tow. Super good way to end the year!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This was my first day out for the 2010/2011 season. Good times with the Surface fam in the sidecountry of Alta.
Blake Nyman makes his first runs of the 2010/2011 season.
Not much to do with snow shredding, but made a P&S out of it anyway.
My buddy Bryan and I were bored one Sunday and took a walk up nearby Dry Fork canyon in Utah to do some rappeling. We weren't too sure how big the rappel was and both of us were pretty rusty. Sketchy knots, forgotten gloves, minimal/borrowed equipment. We soon measured it to be about 230' and went for it anyway. Good practice for some upcoming ski mountaineering...
Another non-snow P&S, but got some surf time in, so maybe it relates...
Blake Nyman gets some last minute East Coast surf time and a small taste of New York's Village Halloween parade before the ski season gets started.
November was a good month in Utah. Here's a few days proof.
Blake Nyman gets some early season November shredding in on Alta's Wildcat lift. Pep Fujas, Wiley Miller & Hayden Price join in for some hot laps too!