Friday, April 25, 2014

Skiing in Bolivia: the source of the Amazon

   The last week of our trip to Bolivia was spent in the capitol of La Paz and the surrounding peaks of the Cordillera Real. It was a beautiful, yet somewhat stressful experience. We were pressed for time so we felt like we couldn't fully appreciate the mountains in the way that we wanted. Our headaches lingered for most of the week as we tried to adjust to the altitude change coming from three weeks down in the lowland jungles. I'm glad we were able to get a small taste of the fascinating mountain culture and inspiring landscapes of the Bolivian Andes, and I really hope to go back one day to explore the skiing potential further. Not to mention the EPIC mountain biking.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fly-fishing in Bolivia: The Green Forrest Lodge - Caño Negro

The second part of our Bolivian exploits brought us to the jungle once again, but this time to experience our first taste of the fishing lodge life. The Green Forrest Lodge is a fishermen's paradise, where on any given cast you might hook into one of 29 species of game fish. River monsters abound.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fly-fishing in Bolivia: Golden Dorado expedition

Ten years ago, my dream was to catch a Golden Dorado. This past summer my brother Neil and I made that dream come true in the jungles of Bolivia. Ten years for us to develop our passion and skills to the point that we felt confident enough to travel to the depths of the Amazon with the soul intention of casting a fly. It was a hell of an undertaking and we couldn't possibly have done it without the help of our Bolivian friends Patrick and Federico, as well as our sponsors and parents.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Roadside runs in Alaska

For half the price of one day of heli-skiing, my brother Neil and I rented a little front wheel drive compact sedan and made it our mobile base camp for two weeks. We bounced around between Girdwood and Turnagain Pass, camping at trailheads and parking lots, and skiing anything that looked fun. I might add that a snowmobile or a helicopter would have been a tremendous help, but on this trip we intended to spend as little money as possible to see what we could manage. It worked out quite well, but really it was the spectacular weather and absolutely bomber snowpack that allowed us to do it. Neil dropped the line at the end of the video at 7:15pm on April 18th, our last day in Alaska for the season, a picture perfect ending to sickest month of skiing I've ever had