The Glamper, or Shastina as she was previously known when she was merely a truck, is a great source of happiness for me. This shiny red beauty of a 2004 Toyota Tacoma is my getaway vehicle and vacation home. Inspired by mountain guide and good friend Geoff Lodge’s previous generation dirtbagmobile; put into motion after […]Read more "The Glamper"
Many years ago, I made a promise to myself that I would take a winter off from work to ski bum in my 30’s. It seemed like a faraway goal – something that would be tough to accomplish due to my stable life with a great job, husband, mortgage and dog, along with some big […]Read more "The making of a ski bumette"
| Summer 2015 | Skiing all year is a funny thing. I love skiing so much that I never want it to end. When the more sane members of mountain communities are months into their transition from skis and snowboards to bikes and boats, you can find me high on a mountain looking for something […]Read more "Ski Fun in the Summertime"
| May 2nd, 2015 | An annual spring climb and ski of South Sister is a well-loved tradition among the backcountry skiing community in Bend. For those without snowmobiles, the annual opening of the Cascade Lakes Highway to vehicles enables the first easily accessible volcano skiing in our area. Snowmobiling down the road wasn’t an […]Read more "South Sister Season Opener 2015"
| Fall 2014 | For the second year in a row, SheJumps and the Central Oregon Avalanche Association (COAA) teamed up to bring a Know Before You Go avalanche awareness evening to the ladies of central Oregon. Last year’s inaugural event, held in downtown Bend at Crow’s Feet Commons, exceeded everyone’s expectations. The house was […]Read more "Avalanche Awareness for Women in Bend"
This was an interesting season full of change, and life was giving me plenty of excuses to not ski. But I persevered! Mountains are the best therapist, wouldn’t you agree? I managed to visit some old favorites as well as check out new zones I’d been curious about for years. October skiing on the cone, […]Read more "Photo Highlights from the 2013/2014 Backcountry Ski Season"
February 6 – 9, 2014 Like every good ski story, this one has a classic beginning: it hadn’t snowed. In a REALLY long time (which could be a week, could be a month; every snowless winter week feels like an eternity). I had enrolled in an AIARE Level 2 avalanche course the month prior with […]Read more "Adventures in Avalanche Education (or, How I Survived My AIARE Level 2)"