A thanks to all who placed comments, it seems my blog is what I had hoped it was. There is no issue having people, like Jim, express their opinions. We all have our own ideas, and these should be respected. But from all your answers I gathered that I am on the right track, Jim might not believe so but the rest of you do.

Today I was out in the mountains, alone. Alone and comfortable. People have asked me before how I can go out and ski alone and I have had issues answering the question. But when you spend enough time in the mountains, learning its cycles, understanding the physics of snow; you can become comfortable out here.Its not that my “false” confidence is so strong that I feel invincible, its that I know I can rely on myself. Complete self reliance. Being out there today alone, skiing steep tree lines with deep powder, and small cliffs, I cannot let my guard down. All actions must be planned, no misteps or poor decisions allowed.

There is a freedom to skiing alone, do what you want when you want. No questions, no deliberating just personal decisions. The is no doubt that  if something happens you may be Fu&^$#, but that is something that I will do everything to avoid.

Again I do not feel like I have explained anything but I know how great it feels to spend all day skiing powder all by my lonesome self.

  1. David Manning March 14, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Just another note of support, Im sitting in NZ trying to work out the best way to spend next season in Canada and was very happy when I found your site, its been way more handy than the guidebook I got. In fact we got so inspired over here even felt compelled to go for some mid summer glacier skiing the other week. Keep those line photos comming and there might well be one more skier in Revelstoke next year (Hope thats a good thing in your part of the world).


  2. Jack March 15, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Day 2 on my new Stoke, your namesake sks, by Dynafit. The grade?


    Excellent weight, shape and performance. Ecstatic with the Stoke!

  3. AgentOfInstability March 15, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Met you once in Revelstoke. You seemed friendly.

    I frequently ski alone, and am usually far more concerned about having zero margin of safety than whether or not I misjudge instability. It’s one thing to write about accepting responsibility and not making mistakes, but what happens when something goes wrong through no fault of your own?

    How do you manage that sort of unexpected contingency when touring alone?
    Would you consider writing a post about this?

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