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What It's Like Skiing in That Zone Between 6,000 and 8,000 meters AKA "The Death Zone"
https://vimeo.com/164510027 I get asked the question all the time: "What is it like skiing up on Everest or those 8,000 meter peaks?" Click link to the Ski Channel Interview where they asked me the same question.
What is Beyond Everest, and Why Go There
https://vimeo.com/163775862 Click link for a bit from the Ski Channel Interview. "There are a zillion places you can go to find true adventure, to have to figure it out, but only a handful of people that try..." The last bit of this interview is a great example of how cool this stuff can really get.
My Avalanch Story: Don't think your worst nightmare can't happen to you...
https://vimeo.com/163349556 Click link to The Ski Channel Interview on my experience getting caught in a massive avalanche. I am not proud of this story, but it definitely had an impact on my life and I have learned the lesson. You can't be careful enough, and ALWAYS, trust your gut out there. I didn't, and because of that, I now know, the worst things can happen to you. Sometimes we get lucky and learn that lesson the hard way. As they say, the mountains don't care who you are or how much experience you have.
Ski Mountaineering vs Mountaineering and training
https://vimeo.com/163197958 Click link for The Ski Channel Interview. Ski mountaineering has it's own difficulties compared to pure mountaineering. Where the mountaineer looks for challenge by difficult routes, the ski mountaineer looks for terrain that is skiable and not as difficult. However, the ski mountaineer has to haul a lot of extra gear and climb in AT ski boots making the up challenging. The ski descent at altitude also has it's own difficulties. This requires special training as well.
The Benefits of Running Your Own Trip vs Hiring a Commercial Guide
https://vimeo.com/162672960 Click link to hear The Ski Channel Interview. The range of commercially guided trips to say Everest is $20K to as much as $100K per person. We like many mountaineers simply can't afford to write a check that large. So we run our own trips. That still comes at a large cost, but the difference is that the cost also comes in the form of enormous satisfaction and experience gained.