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The Backcountry Ski Pack.

What's in your pack?

Year after year I am asked what goes into my backcountry ski pack. The variables are endless when it comes to gear and objectives.... But here's a Sierra Journal post I wrote last spring that provides an overview. Enjoy, Rich

Climb Against The Odds Update!

BCF Summit Shot !  Sequoia Pettengell Photo

The Breast Cancer Fund's twelfth Climb Against the Odds team, made up of 34 breast cancer survivors and individuals touched by the disease, successfully completed its expedition of 14,179-foot Mount Shasta. The event has raised $568,000 to support the Breast Cancer Fund’s work to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of the disease. 22 of 34 made it to the summit. Besides some windy conditions and some nasty early morning clouds, the climb went off without a hitch. I'm very pleased to say that with your help I raised over $2,300 for the BCF! Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make it happen! Cheers, Rich

Climb Against The Odds

BCF Logo


The annual BCF "Climb Against The Odds" is coming up in June, and I'll be guiding it once again! This event is for men and women who come to climb Mt. Shasta as survivors of the disease, or who climb in honor of a loved one. For the last 8 years I have had the privilege of guiding this climb and helping raise money for this worthy cause. In the past I have donated part of my wages to the BCF, and in recent years I have begun fundraising efforts. This year my goal is to raise $2000.

Avalanche Courses & Backcountry Ski guiding options in Feb & March !!


Avalanche Courses & Backcountry Ski guiding options in Feb & March !!

Another blue bird day of skiing corn!