Maps

South Sister Prouty Glacier

May 14, 2018 Had a chance to go to Oregon for some work and had an extra day, fortunately it was spectacular weather. My friend in Bend OR wanted to ski the Prouty Glacier on the South Sister. The trail head is about 30 minutes from Bend. From the trail head the route climbs justContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Mountain Biking

Ski Touring in Iceland’s Troll Peninsula

In April 2018 I went to Iceland with Andy to ski tour. The touring in Iceland’s Troll Peninsula is logistically simple in that tours start right from the road, there are no trees to obscure routes, and the mountains are below 4000 feet with tours starting from virtually sea level. In the 9 days weContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Mountain Biking

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 →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Climbing and Avalanche Education, Maps

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 →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Mountain Biking

New Caltopo Layer Patagonia

New Caltopo Layer Patagonia For those that are wondering what I’ve been working on this is how you can use my maps on Caltopo now that I have a WMS server If you want to make a .KMZ file from the layer make your base layer TF Outdoors then Stack the Custom Layer (Patagonia) atContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Maps, Mountain Biking

Gooseberry Mesa MTB

Gooseberry Mesa was my first ride on slickrock ride. The trailhead for the mesa is located just outside Hurricane UT about 2hr 45min from Las Vegas and 4hrs 45 min from Salt Lake City.  On the Mountain Bike Project website they say: “Gooseberry Mesa is a world class trail. It’s one of the best technical trails anywhereContinue 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 →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Climbing and Avalanche Education, Maps

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 →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Climbing and Avalanche Education, Maps

Cliff Area MBT Trails

Cathedral and Whitehorse are both known for rock climbing but they are also a centerpiece of the mountain bike trails in that area.  Good cross country, nice downhills, technical uphills and great views make this area a fun and interesting place to ride.  You’ll notice a high density of trails around Echo Lake.  As far asContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Mountain Biking

Marshall Property Trails

The Marshall Conservation Area is Town Conservation Land that has been recently acquired. White Mountain Chapter of NEMBA has been quite busy building trails and upgrading and relocating older trails. Please assist them in any way you can WMMBA. My understanding is that there will be more work done over the next few years so the map belowContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Mountain Biking

Thompson Road, Walmart and Outer Limits Area MTB Trails

Over the past few years I have started to mountain bike.  That new sport got me onto trails I never knew existed that were right in my backyard so to speak.  As I rode I would track myself so I could better make sense of the maze of trails I was riding. Those tracks would getContinue reading →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Mountain Biking

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 →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Mountain Biking

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 →

Posted by Marc Chauvin in Climbing and Avalanche Education

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

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