Backcountry Skiing Mount Williamson California

Post and Photo credit  http://www.sierradescents.com/skiing/williamson/2006/bairs-creek-cirque-10.php Foothill Road crosses the north fork of Bairs Creek at an elevation of 5906   Climbing Williamson is as pure as it gets. Park at the bottom of the mountain. Hike up. With a trail, via Shepherd Pass, most backcountry travelers will find the most strenuous climb of their lives.…

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Backcountry Skiing the Pinner Couloir Laurel Mountain CA

Backcountry Skiing the Pinner Couloir Laurel Mountain CA

The Pinner Couloir is another Sierra classic. 3400 vert of steep, big wall couloir skiing.  This Sierra classic is close to Bishop.  There is also potential to ski 2 classic couloirs (Pinner & Bloody) from the same Camp near convict lake. Backcountry Skiing the Pinner Couloir Laurel Mountain CA Backcountry Skiing the Pinner Couloir Laurel…

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Backcountry Skiing Bloody Mountain California

Backcountry Skiing Bloody Mountain California

Bloody Couloir, Bloody Mountain Top of descent elevation: 12, 522’ Descent in Vertical Feet: 5342’ (about 2600’ for the couloir proper) Slope: 40-45 degrees (depending on time of year/snowfall) Aspect: North Distance from trailhead: 6.5 miles GPS: 37.561/-118.909 USGS Map: Bloody Mountain Notes: The Bloody Couloir is one of the most classic lines on California’s…

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Backcountry skiing Dana Couloir California

Backcountry skiing Dana Couloir California 70 miles North of Bishop California / Dana Mountain Backcountry skiing Dana Couloir California Skiing Dana Mountain Dana Couloir is one of the 50 classic California Backcountry ski descents approach The Dana Couloir by “the Glacier Canyon Trail (GCT) which starts at the Tioga Lake overlook. The overlook is outside of the Yosemite National…

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Backcountry skiing the Whipple Couloir

Whipple Couloir Big Cottonwood canyon

Backcountry skiing the Whipple couloir is a classic Wasatch ski descents.  Getting there and finding it isn’t straight forward but you’ll be rewarded if you do.  With some of the most unique and visually stunning scenery in the Wasatch the Whipple Couloir could be the most scenic of all the classic descents. Access First, you…

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November photo Gallery

November photo gallery

Finally November photo gallery captures the first of winter’s snows.   The snow levels are low but our drive to get out is high.  Early season backcountry skiing is somewhat tricky.  During the season access is as easy as riding the chair lifts and going through the backcountry gates.  Early season this is not an option…

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Backcountry Skiing Checklist

backcountry skiing checklist

For several years I’ve created a backcountry skiing checklist for a day tour.  I love going on a day tour but occasionally I would forget an item that was vital to the enjoyment of the tour.  I’ve forgotten my gloves once and my hands froze.  A solution came from an unexpected source.  I have a ski bum…

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October photo gallery

September’s end, my bike tipped over. October’s couched, Don’t touch me, it hurts ouch! Not many photos, October is over.   Every year Park City shuts down Main Street for Halloween trick or treat. Park City Main street fills up with crowds of kids, dogs, and adults decked out in costumes. I took my camera and…

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September Fall Photos

September fall photos

Boise River Rock Stacks September is my favorite month of the year. This September I took a trip to Oregon. I brought my mountain bike because like backcountry skiing, if you bring your gear, there is always a new place to ride along the way. Crossing Idaho we stopped in Boise. Upon arrival we visited…

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15 august photo gallery

15 august photo gallery

August Clicks Swaner Barn 15 august photo gallery, Summer is in full swing here in Park City.  Day time high temps are in the 70’s to 80’s and night time lows average 40–50 degrees F.  The month highlights the peak of summer events.  The Kimball Arts Festival kicks the month off on the 1st and…

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July photos 2015 / July Fly By!

July is the month that summer is in full swing. Concert crowds fill the plaza Saturdays and on Wednesdays the Park City farmers market fills the parking lot. July is also boating, camping, hiking, and biking season. If you don’t make time for summer in July, July Fly By! July Photos 2015 Playtime PC Sunrise Mountain…

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June Photos 2015 / Good dog Kota

This was the month of loss.  Kota the Rottweiler passed.  Her life was great.  She accompanied me on most of my outdoor adventures.  When Kota was around, I always had a partner to go with.  I miss my rottweiler, couple photos of her in the June Photos 2015 Gallery. June Photos 2015 Solstice Sunrise Mountain…

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Park City May Photo Gallery

Park City May Photo Gallery Murdock Morning Starboard Sunrise May is a beautiful month in Park City and Belize Central America.   The temps are warming with the average High around 53F and the Low 29F.  As mud-season passes, the trails are become increasingly dry enough to hike and mountain bike.  Mid-Mountain trail is almost completely snow…

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Park City April photo gallery

Park City April photo gallery

Park City April photo gallery Curvey Dreams Golf Sunrise ODC April is the official end of ski season in Park City.  This is a transition month as all the snow begins to melt.  I love the 1st half of April due to warm ski weather and closing day concerts and pond skimming competitions.  Temperatures in…

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Placencia Belize Photo Gallery

Placencia Belize Photo Gallery Placencia is a small town at the end of a long 16 miles of white sandy beach peninsula.  Belize is the only English speaking country in central America.  Belize is an amazing country, with incredible nature and friendly people.  Belize has the lowest population density in Central America and is home to the Belize…

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March photos Park City / march in the park

March photos Park City A Fresh Start Soft as Morning The Sunset Lounge March is my favorite month in Park City.  The snowpack has had a chance to accumulate, it’s the snowiest month, and the temperatures are beginning to warm up.  If we’re lucky this month we get to ski powder then get out on the…

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Caye Caulker photo gallery

Caye Caulker photo gallery Caye Caulker is a small island off the coast of the only English speaking country in central America.  Belize is an amazing country, with incredible nature and friendly people.  Belize has the lowest population density in Central America.  Belize is home to the Belize barrier reef, one of the largest coral…

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Park City February Photos

Park City February Photos A Grand Night February in Park City is very Busy for local resort workers, especially the city bus drivers.  This is the month of peak ski travel and world cup ski events.  If you are planning on visiting in February its a good idea to book early.  Prices for hotels are…

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Willow Fork Ski Tour – Park City to Brighton

Willow Fork Ski Tour leaves Canyons resort via the ninety-nine ninety backcountry gate, follow the ridge south to silver peak, then ski the West Willow Ridge to Silver Fork bus stop.   Bus ride or hitch hike up to Brighton resort, ski it, turn around and head back. 2,200 Vertical climb Distance 2 miles (each way)  1/4…

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Park City Utah December January photos

December and January in Park City Utah is full-on ski season.   Every morning crowds of  skiers and snowboarders gather in the plaza before being whisked up the mountain in the gondola.   December is still early in the season but there’s no worry about weather conditions.  Canyons has extensive snow making and excellent snow groomers…

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Backcountry Skiing Basics

Backcountry skiing basics

Backcountry skiing basics; It’s a cold sunny February day sitting on the Supreme Lift of Alta.  I look across the canyons and see people skiing knee-high powder from a storm 2 days prior… I wish I could be skiing in Grizzly Gulch, but I don’t even know where to get started on the Backcountry skiing basics.…

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Backcountry Skiing Alone

Christopher Comstock

Setting a skin track early morning all alone, the click of the bindings and the sound of snow crunching under the skis is all that breaks the silence.  Suddenly, WHOOMP, the slope avalanches from above and there is no place to go.  When skiing alone there is nobody to dig you out, and even if…

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November in Park City Utah – photos

November in Park City Utah is a transition month.  Fall is giving way to winter and excitement for the upcoming ski season fills the street around town.  The weather turns cold. The average daily high temp is 37F and the average low is 17F.   If you are looking to spend the season in Park City,…

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Of the Septembers gone by…

Of the Septembers gone by, what we could’ve done Too busy working, summers end run. A couple weeks, vacationers all gone. Name less faces, memories of none. Nothing but Tips, and outdoor clicks. Memories with photos, and September over.   September Photos of the Month 1) Dark Weiler Silhouette of Kota the Rottweiler atop a…

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August Snaps Park City

Park local City / August Snaps Sun setting behind Murdock mountain. Taken from Willow draw on a muddy road. Sunflower was taken on a cloudless sunrise.  A pretty “Sunflower watching Sunrise”. Park local city photo.  The ominous storm blocks out the light, yet Quarry Mountain is illuminated by a break in the clouds. Click  Here to see…

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July 4th photos / works of july

July 4th photos, Canyons fireworks

July 4th photos Oh the Works of July.  So much work.  So little July. July 4th photos. Summer in the west is forest fire season.  This year smoke keeps blowing in from forest fires in neighboring state (Oregon).  The Park City area has seen more moisture than normal, so fire danger isn’t as great as it…

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Summer Photography

June of Days / Summer Photography DragonsBeard The long days and warm temperatures of June allow photographers the opportunity to shoot the colorful display of flowers that haven’t been around since the last summer photography shoots. I find the most amazing wild flowers in the mountains like purple dragons beard and Columbine. Columbine There is…

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Finding Adventure

When my daily routine clouds my head, staying at home won’t help. I have to move but going to the gym isn’t what’s needed. The simplest ways to fix the cabin fever, and find adventure at the same time, is to go for a walk or a bike ride. Adventure Near By leaving your environment…

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Cable release

What is a cable release? A SMDV Cable Release for Canonis an attachment, on a cord, that plugs into your camera. It allows you to trip the shutter mechanically without having to physically touch the camera – This reduces camera shake or to operate the camera from a distance. A cable release is especially useful…

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Barn-a-bee Pig / barn pictures

I woke up extra early this morning for barn pictures. I had to give myself time to ride my mtn bike to use a barn as a foreground element for sunrise photos. I got there and waited, and waited, and waited. Nothing happened. The mtn to the east blocked the sun from lighting up my…

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Photos of the Day May 19

Pass the Buck Went out for Sunrise landscape photos, look who snuck up. Morning light Buck Birdie Power House The Buck that Snuck up. Click on any photo to view full album Sign up for top photo email newsletter.

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Sun Valley / surgery

We took the mountain-weiler Kota to the Sun Valley Animal center in Ketchum, Idaho to get her leg fixed. The people there are amazing! Upon x-ray on the day of her surgery, they found that her ACL ligament wasn’t torn after all. The bad news was that it was her hip. Hip surgeries are much…

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Sunrise Happens / May photos of the day

The morning was completely overcast. Should I get up to catch the sunrise? I figured there was only a 10% chance that the sunrise would “Happen”. A 10% chance was too much to leave to chance. I HAD to. As I hiked up the mountain I wondered if I should have stayed home. When I…

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Life Reflections

Life Reflections When I grow old, I hope to look back and reflect on the early mornings spent in the Rockies. This morning like many others I was tempted to lie in bed and sleep.  Waking up and hiking before the sun rises, feels like an early morning punishment. Often times, the difficult days are the rewarding ones.  Sometimes…

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Moose Mornings pictures

Monday, Park City had a significant snow storm which left spots on my lens that I forgot to clean after shooting. The next morning I was looking for a new perspective on a Park City photos of sunrise, so I hiked over to White Pine canyon. The security guard manning the gates to upper White…

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April 24 photos of sunrise

Woke up with no alarm this morning at 6:34am. Sprung to my feet, put on shoes jacket, hat, grabbed my camera and ran up the mountain to catch the sunrise. I had 6 minutes to make it so I went to one of my familiar photo spots. Here’s what I got. I think it was…

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Photos of the day April

Mid April Park City 65 and sunny followed by 2 inches and 32 degrees the next day.  I love mud season. Photos of the day April Christopher Comstock  Park City Utah 2014 Nowhere Elks Round Valley. Glacier Lilly Another Snow April 23rd Canyons April snow day 23rd day

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Seasons Over Mountain Poem

       April Start Kota Bark Hurt Knee Doctor Please Spring Melt Heart Felt Kind Donations Fire Stations Orange Moose My Bindings Loose Lonely Walks Photo Talks Sixty Three Days of Ski SEASONS OVER! April Start Fire Station   Seasons Over poem Lyrics:  April starts and Kota tore her ACL on the 4th We negotiate…

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Kota needs help it’s dire.

Kota hurt her ACL and we need help for her medical bills $2,800. Kota is a 6 year old rotty with a big heart. Kota hurt her leg playing with a kid when another dog jumped on her from behind. She is a model for the Rottweiler breed. I Christopher Comstock trained/socialize her from a…

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Utah Spring ski photos 3-21-14

Utah spring skiing with the added bonus of moose pictures on Lookout mountain. This time the moose wasn’t hidden, instead it was trail moose. I got fairly close for the shot, but I hurried on before disturbing it too much. TRAIL Moose Outdoor photography march 2014

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Hidden Moose

Hidden moose, why do you hide? Next to the trail, skiers passing bye. Only one can see you, has a photographer’s eye. Can you spot the hidden moose? click photo Many skiers passed by unaware the hidden moose.

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Winter Garden update

Inside the cold frames the spring temps are beginning to swing from below freezing to 100 degrees . Time to install the automatic venting arms and enjoy the 1st harvest of the season. So I brushed the snow off then opened the window and saw nothing living. There wasn’t even dead plants, there was just…

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Winter Garden update

It’s March 7th, there was little bit of snow last night. The cold frames did their job. Now it’s time to clear them off and watch the Winter Spinach grow. I’m excited for the 1st harvest…! March is a perfect time to plant some seeds. Put some seeds in the ground. I almost guarantee they…

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Febru-grand-finaly

The storm rolled in, the storm rolled out 4 inches stayed, A fog let way Village hustle, time slowed 1st chair, or magic carpet It doesn’t matter, you can’t stop it Enjoy the photos and Subscribe for email———> Click Photos to see full album

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$30 Hoop House.

I don’t have a greenhouse, therefore, I’m going to have to build one. It has to be simple and it has to be inexpensive. The hoop house and cold frame fit that criteria perfectly. The hoop house is the simplest and most budget friendly of green house designs. To build one all you need are:…

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Moday Photos Feb 24

A beautiful morning here in Park City Utah. I love getting out too shoot the Early Morning Sun rise. Every thing comes to life. Today I came across a little birdie doing his good morning dance in the Sun. This little birdie was strutting his stuff, chirping. Then he saw the black beast (Kota), and…

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Glove Review / Pistolero

I’ve had my share of gloves over the years. Currently I have 9 different pairs. The Mountain Hardware PISTOLERO Glove is the Best pair of lite weight gloves I’ve ever owned. The Pistolero gloves are a tough work glove for cold weather backcountry use. Mountain glove. -They’re surprisingly warm. (yet too lite to ride chairlifts…

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Winter Garden

It’s February which ends the Persephone garden hibernation cycle. The sun is now strong enough that the spinach I planted in late September, will begin to grow again. I just need to turn on the lights. The windows that sit on top of the cold frames are called lights. I have to brush off the…

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Jan ski – Can ski

January the new year has started well. I’ve been reading good share of Dr. Seuss this lately. This is my attempt to use the photos subjects to create a short rhyme. Jan ski, can ski. I can ski, you can see. 1st tracks, 1st light 2 skiers, 2 twilight Lost in tracks. No tracks Bob.…

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Uinta backcountry skiing / Hell’s Kitchen ski mountaineering

Uinta Backcountry Skiing

Uinta backcountry skiing Hells Kitchen mountaineering trip report, Uinta mountains of Utah.  The author and his trusted rottweiler sought out epic ski lines. They were to be turned back by difficult route. The mountaineers returned the following summer and completed the Hell’s Kitchen route. With a 2-pm phone call, the window to ski Western Uintas Hell’s…

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Fall-tography October Wasatch.

The trails are kinda in yuck (mud) mode, but the photography October was in Wow mode. Locations include Pinecreek TH: in the American Fork Canyon. Little Dell: Parleys Canyon. Park City Community Garden Golden Grove Timp-Pine 4 little magpies American Fork Wasatch Mt. Aire / Little Dell Click Photos to see full album

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Moose Steaks

In a land far away, there lives a Mountain man and his rather large companion Kota the dog. These two are quite the explores and on one day backcountry skiing, one of the Mountain man’s gloves fell out of his pocket. Inspite of mounting a long search, the glove was not recovered. These were Mountain…

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October snow

The 1st October snow storm rolled through, and it was substantial.  Through the lens of life 🙂   enjoy. [pydsmugmugslider albumid=”26217675″ albumkey=”M5B2gf” albumtype=”slider” imagesize=”LargeURL” imagelink=”LightboxURL” ]

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Lost Mountain Mojo

It’s been awhile because I just lost my Mojo lately. As Timbers Army says about their rivals the Flounders, “Quality over Quantity” hope my quality can live up to the Timbers Army standers. PTFC

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fireball sunrise

There were no Punk Moose hanging around the neighborhood this morning.  Punk Moose, where are you when I need ya?   Instead caught This smokey Park City Sunrise.  

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Thursday single track

Thursday evening single track ride with the Dogs.  The dogs love it. The cool Mountain evening weather was perfect.  Tomorrow I ride  Gondola Friday in August: 10:00am-8:00pm    Photography

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Mountain bike Repair tools

TheOutdoorClick Photography Along with Hex keys, I take spare tubes, a pump, and patch kitt.  I also pack a Leatherman Skeletool for on-trail Mountain bike fixes.  The Leatherman Skeletool is lightweight and has screw drivers, knife, pliers, and a bottle opener.  So far I’ve only had to use the bottle opener to open a micro-brew…

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Mountain bike fix (disk brakes)

Today my goals were to re-launch TheOutdoorClick as a WordPress site and learn how to fix the disk brakes on my Mountain Bike.  After spending hours trying to delete and re-launch TheOutdoorClick myself, I resorted to contact my website provider HostGator to have them help me.  HostGator kicked some customer service ass and did exactly…

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