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First Ascent Guide Erik Leidecker Transitions to Alaska
Posted on April 5, 2010

By Erik Leidecker Alaska backcountry pilot, Drake Olson, waits for a lull in the wind and then guns the throttle. His plane, a highly modified Cessna 180 equipped with skis for snow landings, lifts off. circles around and heads back towards the tiny airport in Haines, Alaska.

First Ascent Ski Team Hits Steamboat; Last Stop in Lower 48
Posted on March 15, 2010

The Crist brothers, along with Lynsey Dyer, hit up Steamboat earlier this month to test the new First Ascent ski gear in powder, bumps and corduroy.

Southern Utah First Descent Playground for Lexi duPont
Posted on February 22, 2010

By Reggie Crist I recently took a trip to Southern Utah to ski terrain that hasn’t seen this much snow in upwards of 30 years. A giant amphitheater of towering red rocks above 10,000 ft., the conditions provided a great adventure through untouched lands.

First Ascent Ski Guides Join K2 shoot at Monarch
Posted on February 11, 2010

First Ascent ski guides, Reggie and Zach Crist, design and test gear from head to foot working with both Eddie Bauer and Northwest ski company K2. This past week, they spent a few days skiing powder in Monarch, Colorado to capture photography in support of the 2011 K2 ski line.

Tahoe Powder Playground for First Ascent Ski Guides
Posted on January 23, 2010

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,

SOTS Climbers Recap Climb for Clean Water
Posted on January 15, 2010

By Melissa Arnot Arusha, Day 8 4,600 feet Inspiring. Surprising. Encouraging. That is how this trip has made me feel: encouraged.