Hey guys!! It's been quite awhile and many adventures have passed since I last wrote on here. There is a reason. More of a personal thing than anything else and one that I will try to briefly explain.
First off I just want to say thanks to all of you out there for checking out my site and/or following along with my adventures. One of the main reasons why I started this site was to be able to share my adventures with others and hopefully inspire them to get out and enjoy what this beautiful world has to offer. There is so much to do in this life besides the standard daily routine of work, eat, sleep.
I enjoy sharing my experiences, but it came to a point where I felt as if I was almost taking away from others. For me one of the most awesome aspects of doing what I do is the sense of exploration, the sense of the unknown. I want to say this in the most sincere way that I can, but I feel as if I was taking away that feeling of exploration for people by lining out so many details like times/distances, elevation gains, route finding, ect. I actually went through and deleted all of those stats in all my TR's. I know, I know, what an asshole thing to do right? But is it? Finding out that information needs to be more than just going to a website page and having it all drawn out for you. I feel like that's the kind of thing that gets people into trouble. It is a process, and the process is what will make you understand your days objective or hazards much more in its entirety.
So that was somewhat of the initial thought process that I started having with this site and blog and again the last thing that I want is to come off as an douche. Am I justified in these feelings? I understand that TR's, blogs, and guidebooks have their place so idk, maybe I was just thinking like an asshole.
Then came spring and summer and the next season rolled around the corner. I decided to take a season off from the site. I felt like I just wanted make sure that I was riding for myself and not for others. We still got some awesome photos and videos throughout the season. And I did share still on social media, but it felt good to take the season off from the site. I don't really know why. Maybe it was because I was focusing more on guiding and work? Maybe it was just me being lazy?
I was guiding a group at the end of last February. We where getting in some beautiful low angle pow turns on the gladed North face of this zone when at the bottom of one of our runs we see two skiers come around the corner from up-valley. After talking with them for a minute they told me how they where going after a certain couloir. A couloir that is a committing spring line and this party was just attempting to ski it which to me was in absolute non-conducive conditions at that time. They then proceeded to tell me that they recognized me because they had looked at my blog for beta on the line. Now I know you can't stop people from doing things but I can't help but think to myself that by me putting things out there that it helped solidify the decision for them to do it?.
Either way, those are some of the feelings and reasons why this blog and site has been stagnant for a year and a half. It did feel good to get out and just ride to make sure that I was doing it because it's my passion and because I love it. That I wasn't just doing it for the blog/site, for the number of likes or follows, for the sponsors. I do it because it makes me feel at home, it makes me feel alive, I do it because it makes me happy.
But.... the next season is approaching and I my stoke is peaking in anticipation of the first powder turns of the season!! And so in anticipation of the next season I am going to start reviving the site with photo's and some trip reports from the last season and a half! What i've decided to do is use this as more of a photo blog and use my TR's in more of a photo fashion. Again, I really love to share to stoke and hopefully inspire others to get out and feel like a photo blog is a great way to do so!!
Thanks again for reading!! Stay tuned throughout the season to follow along! I would love to get some turns in with you guys so please don't hesitate to give me a shout and please check out my newest endeavor, Colorado Snowboard Guides!! Tell your friends and please check out www.coloradosnowboardguides.com as we will be offering guided tours and educational courses in the Summit County and surrounding areas!