Ice Climbing in Cogne, Italy • January 9, 2015

A short ski tour. Brèche de Bérard • January 7, 2015

The view from our balcony, January 4, 2015

Today, was generally pretty wet and nasty. But just before sundown, the clouds parted and revealed the mountains looming overhead.

The Aiguille du Midi.

The Aiguille du Midi.

 

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From left to right, the Aiguille de Blaitière, Aiguilles des Ciseaux. Aiguille du Fou (in the center), the Aiguille du Peigne, the Aiguille des Pélerins, and the Aiguille du Plan up and right out of the photo.

Oregon Coast for Thanksgiving, 2014

Kathy and I spent the Thanksgiving holidays visiting with family on the Oregon Coast. We had lots of lovely beach walks and great fun. Here are a few pictures from the visit. The photos are from the beach at Gearhart, and also from a bit further south, near the Arcadia beach and Arch Cape. All were taken with a Canon Powershot S120.

Looking south from the beach at Gearhart.

Looking south from the beach at Gearhart.

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An equally good second day. Tête Rouge • November 20, 2014

Our first day was so fun, we had to do it again. The Tête Rouge is a small peak, some 2800 meters or so, not far from, and a bit to the east of, the Grand Saint Bernard pass. It lies on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The fine north-facing descent from the summit ridge is a great day outing.

Skiing the north face of the Tête Rouge, Grand Saint Bernard.

Skiing the north face of the Tête Rouge, Grand Saint Bernard.

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First Ski Day of the Season! Pointe des Trois Lacs • November 19, 2014

What a fantastic way to start this season’s winter fun. A perfect day. More pics below the fold.

Pointe des Trois Lacs

Pointe des Trois Lacs

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Oregon Coast Photos • December 14, 2011

Kathy and I spent a few days on the Oregon coast visiting with her mother Jan, and Jan’s husband Bob. We were lucky enough to enjoy some good weather, somewhat unusual for this time of year. Here are just a few photos from our walks on the beach.

Sunset from the beach at Arch Cape.

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Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route • April 21-28, 2011

Our last Haute Route of this ski season was the Bourg-St-Pierre/ Plateau du Couloir variation, with Mont Vélan thrown in for good measure. For this trip we were joined by brothers Larry and Mike Sokolsky, their buddy Roy Tsugawa, as well as Amy Caddell of Vermont, and Shaun Guyton of New Zealand.

To see more photos from this trip have a look at our web site, specifically, this page!

Amy dares to violate that age-old rule: "Never lick a glacier!"

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Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route • April 11-18, 2011

Our second Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route this year brought together a great group from far-flung places. The week included a mix of good and bad weather, which led to some really fine skiing conditions.

The crew included, Byron Grant, Miguel Caracoche, Jeff and Shelley Hanks, Brad Ritzel, Kimber Keagle, Gerrit Saylor, with Kathy and Mark.

For more photos (we only have 6 or 7 here) see our entry in our recent trips page.

Miguel, Shelly, Jeff and Byron seem quite interested in dinner.

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Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route • April 1-8, 2011

Our first Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route was fantastic. Great folks! Great weather, and in spite of a reputedly terrible winter for snow, we had fine skiing conditions.

Joy and Patrick Kettler, along with Thomas Kral joined Kathy and Mark on this tour. Here are a few pics.

For the entire story and a bigger collection of photos (some 30 of them) see our entry in our Recent Trips Gallery on our web site.

Patrick, Kathy, Joy, Thomas and the Matterhorn, at the Col de Valpelline.

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