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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Report – 4/22-4/26/10

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Pam and I just got back from a 5 day trip down the Eastern Sierra Nevada. I will provide some condition details, but they have already changed so not sure what good that will do. Our trip started with powder tree skiing outside of Mammoth on the Punta Bardini ridge. We then headed north to June Lake for a day on the Hemlock Ridge, back south again to Little Morrison and Old Man’s Bowl and then north again to Dunderburg where we skied north and south facing aspects.

Pam coming down the "Tele Bowl" on Punta Bardini

Pam coming down the "Tele Bowl" on Punta Bardini

All in all, very little corn so far as we went from powder to 60 degree temps in about 2 days and now it is snowing and super stormy once again. During our time down there, we did see mostly powder on north facing slopes, though those were starting to get super wind affected by Sunday. The snow was also getting fairly soft on most south and east facing slopes, but it was not consistent and it was more like soft snow rather than the corn that we all love to hunt!

Started the hike up Dunderburg with South Peak in the background

Started the hike up Dunderburg with South Peak in the background

After 4 days of early rises and long skiing with lots of sun exposure, we decided it was time for our own private hot springs, so we called up the folks at Benton Hot Springs in far eastern California and they hooked us up with our own private tub and campground for the night. Wow, it was truly an awesome place with nothing else around and we loved our private hot spring. Here is a pic:

View from our hot tub to the White Mountains

View from our hot tub to the White Mountains

Now, time for a little gear talk as that is what we were really there for, gear testing. I won’t mention everything here, but there are some hightlights. First and foremost is the Nemo Losi 2 Person Tent. If you don’t know anything about Nemo, start looking them up now! This tent has so much head room and easily fits 2 people. It has very steep walls thanks to the engineer’s design sense who built this thing and overall it is light, super livable and stands up to whatever elements it has to. Check out the headroom on this thing:

Showing off the head room in the Nemo Losi 2 person tent

Showing off the head room in the Nemo Losi 2 person tent

Another highlight was my new Mammut Viento Jacket. I am a sucker for soft shell jackets, but they have to work, and with this Mammut jacket, I was not disappointed. It had amazing breathability and it kept the wind and light snow off me with no problem. When you are standing on a ridge and the wind is howling at 50 knots and you are sweaty but chilling down quickly, the Viento was able to keep me warm enough and active enough to stay on top of my game and not let the weather faze me at all. My final, and new favorite piece of gear is the Black Diamond Verdict skis mounted up with Dynafit TLT ST bindings. I chose the Verdict because I didn’t need a huge ski for all this touring and in the 170cm size, it was the perfect length for short turns as well as for skinning up with ease. I also can’t say enough about the Dynafit bindings as they offerred up effortless travel and easy climbing the whole way. I don’t know if I will ever Telemark in the backcountry again!

Verdict Skis with Dynafit Bindings

Verdict Skis with Dynafit Bindings

Kavu Bags & Purses 2010, New Colors and Styles

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

UPDATE, Fall 2010: We’ve done it again, and refreshed our Kavu Bags again, this time with colors and patterns for fall and winter. Follow the same links below to see for yourself!

Spring has sprung here in the Sierra and that means that our new summer 2010 Kavu Bags and Purses have arrived! These are some of our best selling purses and shoulder bags, now available in fresh new colors.  The Keeper is a classic from Kavu, it packs a lot of organization into a small purse with five separate pockets for all your essentials. It currently comes in five colors, including Blue Abstract pictured below.  The Seattle Sling features a contoured design and carries very comfortably, it also features a convenient phone pocket on the shoulder strap.

The Sydney Satchel, is larger than the Seattle Sling and is a great go to shoulder bag when you need a little more than the bare essentials, and looks great as well. The Kicker is another of Kavu’s best sellers and for good reason. Its a great size, larger than the Keeper, but smaller than the other Kavu Purses and shoulder bags. It also has a sleek and stylish design as well as coming in 5 new colors, including the all new wallflower pictured below.

Check out our Kavu brand page for tons of great purses and shoulder bags, hats, and clothing for your summer adventures.  Have fun out there!

Tahoe Backcountry Report – 4/6/2010

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Before it starts to warm up here for good, I wanted to get some more powder skiing in and today looked like the last day for a little while. So, Jim and I headed up to Rose Knob in the Mt. Rose Backcountry area for a quick tour this morning.

The snow was still excellent with about 2 feet of fresh powder on most aspects.Jim skiing the powder

The wind has affected some higher, non sheltered areas and the sun was starting to warm the south and east facing aspects and I suspect that after today, even the North facing aspects are going to see some type of sun.
Jim skiing the powder But, it was still cold and powdery the whole time we were out.

Here is the gear talk section to let you know what kind of gear we were using and wearing.

Jim on the way up with his gear

Jim on the way up with his gear

Jim is now on his brand new pair of Black Diamond Telemark Boots, BD Zealots and Axl bindings while I am on the same setup but with the Black Diamond 01 Tele bindings. He was also sporting his brand new Mammut Ultimate Hooded Jacket with his Patagonia Sun Bucket Hat. I had my Deuter Backpack on my back with all my normal avy gear, including my Pieps DSP. All in all, we had a great morning out with the powder smiles to prove it!

Spring Powder Day at Squaw 3.31.10

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

A Spring Powder Treat – Squaw 3.31.10 from Nathaniel Mildner on Vimeo.

After a taste of spring for a few weeks, mother nature has sent a little reminder of winter our way here in Tahoe.  This was unusually light snow for spring in Tahoe and the deepest I’ve skied in several years if not my entire life.  Good Times! Even though this was all shot in bounds, I carried my full kit of avalanche safety gear including my Deuter Freerider Pro Pack and Mammut Pulse Barryvox avalanche beacon. Squaw Patrol does an excellent job of avy control, but with that much fresh snow you can’t be to careful. The one piece of gear that I wish I had was a snorkel! A couple of these runs I had to stop and rest because I was literally choking on snow.

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