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Sublimation: A Journey to the Black Divide with Glen Plake

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Prologue It has been 3 seasons of drought for the Sierra. This makes a skier harken back to wetter and better times. Exactly 3 years ago, Easter week 2011, Glen Plake and I went on a multiday ski tour together and had a grand old time skiing some of the wildest and under-explored terrain in the High Sierra in a 5 day point-to-point tour. This was one of the biggest snow years on record and we had epic snow conditions. …

"Evolution Half-traverse" with Glen Plake

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The Evolution Ridge near sunset The Evolution Traverse is an impressive length of continuous ridge on the Sierra Crest not far from Bishop, CA. It features an aesthetic wilderness setting, spectacular climbing on the very crest of the ridge, and reasonably solid alpine granite for much of the way. Peter Croft called it “…the best traverse I have done.” in his Sierra rock climbing guidebook. He first ran the complete ridge in 1999 by himself.  Since then there have been …

Glen Plake & Howie Schwartz Ski Black Divide

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Journey to the Black Divide- Part One UIAGM Ski and Mountain Guide, Howie Schwartz and professional skiing ambassador, Glen Plake get together for some adventure skiing in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, California, in search of “probable” first descents. Part 1 features a discussion on tips for setting up a successful multiday ski mountaineering tour in the Sierra. Supported by Outdoor Research, Sierra Mountain Guides, and Sage to Summit. Stay tuned, part 2 coming out soon…..