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Your Turn: Stackcountry Shreds the Northwest
Posted on January 28, 2011

STACKCOUNTRY: Episode 1.1 from Stackcountry TV on Vimeo. Erich Kunz and Zach Davison’s “Stackcountry 1.1” video, shot at Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain, WA, is the first selection in our “Your Turn” series, featuring content provided by you—the people out there charging the mountain week after week!

First Ascent skiers Reggie Crist, Lynsey Dyer featured in Powder Photo Annual 2011
Posted on January 26, 2011

Photographer Will Wissman landed six photos in the coveted Powder Photo Annual 2011, which is on newsstands now. Four of the shots feature First Ascent ski guide Reggie Crist, and one features First Ascent adventurer Lynsey Dyer.

First Ascent Team Returns Home From Successful Antarctica Expedition
Posted on January 26, 2011

By Jake Norton Antarctica didn’t let us go easily. It was 1 a.m. when we saw the definitively Russian Ilyushin lumbering through the Antarctic sky. The temperature was some 20 below, and the 30-knot winds made it feel much, much colder, ripping heat from exposed flesh with efficiency.

Caroline George Guides Client to First Ascent of ‘Route du Jour’, Antarctica
Posted on January 25, 2011

By Caroline George What do you do in Antarctica when you want to kill time? You eat, sleep, read, play games, write in your journal and … do first ascents. Not a bad program, is it?

Caroline George Joins Teams for First Ascents of Gratitude, Diagon Alley in Antarctica
Posted on January 24, 2011

By Caroline George This is day six at Union Glacier. The weather is stellar with not a cloud in the sky. The first plane out to Punta Arenas flew out last night, and we just found out that we won’t fly tonight because the Punta Arenas airport is out of … fuel!

Jake Norton and Kent Harvey Make First Ascent of Ilyushin Fields, Antarctica
Posted on January 24, 2011

By Jake Norton I sent my last dispatch when we were all a bit deflated, having been told we’d most likely be sitting here at Union in bad weather for four more days. To our surprise, though, yesterday morning brought brilliant blue skies and the possibility of an Ilyushin flight in the evening.

First Ascent Team Winding Down, Waiting to Fly in Antarctica
Posted on January 24, 2011

By Jake Norton Sometimes things work well—efficiently, smooth as silk. Sometimes, well, you hit a few speed bumps. We’re in the speed-bump zone. Yesterday, we had high hopes that the weather would clear tomorrow, allowing the Ilyushin—with its new fuel pump—to cross the Drake Passage