Since he first trained with the US Ski Team, Reggie Crist has followed the annual migration pattern for the counter-cyclical winters in Argentina and Chile. The Eddie Bauer First Ascent provides a window on his latest trip to Portillo.
The knife-edge ridge leading to the summit of Rainbow Peak arcs into the sky overlooking the brilliant blue ocean and the small town of Haines, Alaska. My ski partner, Sunny, pulls out his rope and feeds it through an anchor system called a ‘dead-man’ as I prepare to walk the fine line to the top.
By Reggie Crist Following eight days and more than 10 feet of new snow, the skies finally parted for our first “bluebird” day in Haines. The early morning pink light instantly generates enough ambient heat to evaporate the remaining layer of low-lying clouds.
By Reggie Crist Heavy snow continues to fall in the Lake Tahoe region. As predicted, there has been over 4 feet in the past 4 days and more snow is forecasted. First Ascent guide and local Tahoe patroller Lel Tone has been busy at work,
I must admit that I had my doubts about pulling a 34-foot Airstream trailer into snow country, but it was smooth sailing behind our Ford Super Duty F-450. The 6.4 liter turbo diesel supplied more than enough power on high mountain passes