Jan 202014
 

Joe St.Onge, Patrick Graham and interns: Niels Meyer and Alisa Mcgowan have just returned from 7 days in the Pioneer Mountains on a winter mountaineering training with a production crew from the BBC. An action packed week focused on learning skills related to avalanche safety, forecasting and rescue as well as backcountry skiing and mountaineering skills. the Pioneer Yurt served as base camp and the team also put in a high camp at 10,500 for a alpine ascent of Hyndman Peak. Conditions included a generally low snowpack and wind affected snow with hazards related to widespread wind slabs. The less then optimal ski conditions were balanced by the phenomenal setting and wonderful crew from the BBC. We look forward to seeing the ambitious and sure to be amazing footage to be produced by this intrepid film crew over the next couple of years!

Climbing above the Pioneer Yurt to the Peanut

Climbing above the Pioneer Yurt to the Peanut

Getting ready for a movie night at the Pioneer Yurt

Getting ready for a movie night at the Pioneer Yurt

Entering into the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods

Entering into the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods

Duncan's Basin

Duncan’s Basin

Alpine glow on Cobb

Alpine glow on Cobb

the Team

the Team

Stoked after carving turns on the wind buff

Stoked after carving turns on the wind buff

finding soft-ish snow in the Hyndman basin

finding soft-ish snow in the Hyndman basin

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What a place to learn to ski!

What a place to learn to ski!

and phenomenal light

and phenomenal light

Spindrift and sunset= mountain magic

Spindrift and sunset= mountain magic

ahh, freedom of the hills!

ahh, freedom of the hills!

Climbing toward high camp

Climbing toward high camp

squeezing the last light out of each day with a ski

squeezing the last light out of each day with a ski

The snow kitchen  at high camp

The snow kitchen at high camp

High camp beneath among the giants

High camp beneath among the giants

High camp 2

High camp 2

climbing on Hyndman Peak

climbing on Hyndman Peak

The Team high in the mountains!

The Team high in the mountains!

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