Climbing, Skiing and Avalanche Education

Gran Paradiso Map and KMZ

In my previous post I had a video explaining how I was working on a Gran Paradiso map and putting it on an offsite server so it can put it into Caltopo as a map layer to manipulate. Well that process has been completed and I have been working the map a bit more. ThatContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Mountain Biking

Gran Paradiso Digital Map

The first time I guided the Gran Paradiso I was surprised at the maps I could get. I couldn’t find any digital maps of the area beyond the TF Outdoors layer you find in Caltopo and other apps, and the paper maps were vague. One of the things I wanted to do as I learnContinue reading →

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Hokkaido Niseko Area Including Yotei

This is a rare type of post for me. I have a number of friends heading to Japan to ski or ski guide and since I needed projects to lean how to build maps I decided I would make some maps for Japan. What makes that rare is I have never been to Japan toContinue reading →

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New Caltopo Layer Patagonia

New Caltopo Layer Patagonia For those that are wondering what I’ve been working on this is how you’ll be able to use my maps on Caltopo once I can get my server online. This is on a temporary server and will be up for 30 days. If you want to make a .KMZ file fromContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Maps, Mountain Biking

Ben Macdui via Faicaill Ridge Scramble with a Descent into Lairig Ghru

During my vacation to Scotland with my wife Jane, I took a day to do a little solo mission.  We had been hiking and climbing a lot and the weather was marginal with wind in the forecast.  Jane decided to take the train to Inverness while I went on a hike with a short scramble inContinue reading →

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Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge

My wife Jane and I went to Scotland for a vacation and we had the luck of having two really good weather days in Fort William. We used that luck to climb the classic Tower Ridge on the North side of Ben Nevis. This is a classic hard scramble/climb.  The ridge straddles the line between a scrambleContinue reading →

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Mount Baker

The classic Volcano of the North Cascades Mount Baker has the quality of routes like Rainier but without the altitude.  The North Ridge of Mount Baker is a quality route with The Coleman-Demming an interesting glacier climb.  The Easton is a more monotonous glacier route but is a good introduction to glaciated mountaineering.  The ParkContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Mountain Biking

Measuring Sun Exposure

One of the important route planning skills for skiing is timing.  In the winter we time for weather like wind so we can hit a run before the wind effects the snow. In spring however we time for sun exposure.  Getting to the top of a run just prior to the sun hitting the slopeContinue reading →

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Shuksan

Next in the series of North Cascades maps is Shuksan.  This complex mountain has a wide variety of routes from the straightforward Sulfide Glacier route to the classic mixed alpine route of the Fisher Chimneys and the steeper and remote North Face.  The summit pyramid requires  some rock scrambling up the South Gully but alsoContinue reading →

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Forbidden

I guess I should start with a warning, the routes below might have errors and does not replace good route finding skills. Use at your own risk. The Mount Forbidden area of the North Cascades is home to one of the 50 Classic Climbs of North America, the West Ridge. That by itself would make the area specialContinue reading →

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Eldorado

I guess I should start with a warning, the routes below might have errors and does not replace good route finding skills. Use at your own risk. Over the years I have had the opportunity to climb a number of routes in the North Cascades teaching AMGA Advanced Alpine Guide Courses and Exams.  One area thatContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Climbing and Avalanche Education, Maps

Chamonix – Zermatt Haute Route

I guess I should start with a warning, the plan below might have errors and does not replace good route finding skills. Use at your own risk. At the beginning of this century I built a Haute Route Ski Tour plan that was passed around a lot amongst American Mountain Guides. Recently a guide asked meContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Climbing and Avalanche Education, Maps

Only What Goes Up –– Can Ski Down

Imagine a person who had never seen anyone ski but had heard that skiing downhill was not only more efficient than walking, it was fun too. That person then got himself a pair of skis and went to the top of a ski area and tried skiing, again without any experience seeing someone ski. AfterContinue reading →

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Upload a .KMZ File

I know people have seen my screen movies of maps overlaid onto Google Earth that are colorized so you can see how steep slopes are. Many have asked me how to do that and I do teach the process in my navigation course but the hardest part is creating a .kmz file.  Once you have the .kmzContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Climbing and Avalanche Education, Maps

Graham Trail

The Graham Ski Trail is an established trail but is not on any maps that I can find.  Here is a map that has it as accurate as I could make it and should help you find it.  It is easier to find from the Gulf of Slides Ski Trail but from the Sherburne TrailContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Climbing and Avalanche Education, Maps

Avalanche Avoidance Strategies

There are a lot of ways to look at the avalanche problem.  There is a risk to oversimplification but equally there is a risk to complicating the hazard.  With that in mind how can someone that has limited experience or limited knowledge start the process of making a decision? Hopefully the bullet points below can helpContinue reading →

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Mount Washington East Side Climbs and Ski Runs

Using Caltopo and Google Earth I laid out a map with climbing routes and ski runs lined out.  Click this link  to get a Geo-PDF of the map.  I would recommend that you save the map for future use.  You can import the map from your computer to your iPhone using iTunes and have the mapContinue reading →

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Alps, Cascades, Red Rocks, Joshua Tree and Smith

Friday November 23, 2012 Over the last few years I have been adjusting my work over the spring, summer and fall from rock climbing in NH to traveling more and trying to guide more alpine terrain. This year was the culmination of that change with what amounted to a 5 month road trip with aContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Selected Posts From My Old Site

Chamonix Zermatt Haute Route

April Haute Route May 11, 2009 Whenever I haven’t written in my blog for awhile I find it difficult to get started writing one. Often it is not because I don’t have anything to write about it’s usually because too much has gone on and I feel daunted trying to write it all down. ForContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Selected Posts From My Old Site

LaGrave

Tuesday April 10, 2007 I am writing from France, I left April 4th just before the Northeastern US got hit with a snowstorm and arrived in La Grave the 5th. I have a number of friends that guide in La Grave and I was quickly setup with a place to stay, this had all beenContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Selected Posts From My Old Site