Some background:

Now that the website is getting an occasional hit, it occurred to me that some might be wondering about who wrote this stuff.

After I finished school and then training, and then getting a real job I started backpacking. I drifted away from it after 10 years or so, mostly from work pressures I suppose. When I retired at the age of 50, I started hiking a little, then a lot, then more. It was not long before I started going out each week, every week year round, one or two nights. For the 6 or 7 years, (or is it 7 or 8?) I've been spending maybe 110 days or more out in the mountains each year, about half on snow with skis, half booting it. Most of the time 200 k plus vert. per year. The rest of the time I amuse myself with related projects like this one, or inventing and making my own gear. Some of it actually works. OK, it does work, but probably only for me.


January 1, 2008


A lot has happened since I wrote this with the result that this site has had little attention. It looks so dated now that itís embarrassing.

LR 2013

And now it is 2020 and my interest in some of this has returned. At least Iíll see if I can get the Sasse snowpack model working.


Near the summit of Black Peak, August 2007††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Photo by John Morrow