Matt from the Office Tackles J-Chute with Friends

While driving out to Aspen after Silver Couloir I got a text from my buddy Chris for a scouting report. He saw my pic on Instagram and was heading to Silver in the morning. I gave him a call and filled him in as best as I could. Two days later, on Friday night, I was driving back down to Denver from Aspen and decided to reach out to him to see if he wanted to do go for a "bc mission" of our own.

Matt from the Office Heads to Caribou with Friends

After a challenging day on Buffalo Mountain followed by two straight days of shredding Snowmass and Aspen with Mo and crew, I was ready for a rest day. That was until I found out that Nic and Malaina were heading to Caribou the next day. Being that Caribou is mostly low angled terrain with an easy approach, I figured a lazy day in the backcountry beat staying down in Denver for the day.

Matt from the Office, Brent Meyer and Chad Otterstrom Tackle Drift Peak

It was right around 8 pm on Tuesday May 24th when Brent Meyer reached out to me about a backcountry mission for the following day. The texts read "Free tomorrow and have energy for an early mission? Leaving Breck at 5am. Drift Peak off Mayflower Gulch." That meant a very early 3 am wake up for me in Denver so I hesitated to say yes.

Matt from the Office Summits Grays Peak

Having come 500 ft short of summiting Grays the week before, Nic and I were as determined as ever to get atop our first 14er and ride down. We had all the gear necessary and our plan was solid, now the weather just needed to cooperate. We checked the forecasts and Saturday, May 21st seemed like our best bet.

Matt from the Office Takes on Grays and Torreys Peaks

After failing to summit Torreys Peak, Nic and I took naps then went back to the drawing board. We now knew for sure now that for our approach we would have to start skinning near I-70. This meant for a very long approach before we would start making our actual ascent up the mountain. In short, we couldn't waste any energy fumbling around on our skins on steep icy sections or having our feet sink 2 feet with every step while trying to bootpack. We decided we would use crampons in skin mode to make the ascent as easy as possible.

Matt from the Office Takes on Torreys Peak

I had been keeping an eye on the weather in Colorado for over a month and seeing storm after storm roll into the Rockies. On Friday afternoon I decided I couldn't hold off the urge to get some more turns in any longer and booked a redeye to Denver for Friday night. I touched down at Denver International a little after 2:00 am Saturday morning and heading to Nic's to get some shuteye.

Matt Takes His First AIARE Avalanche Safety Course

Unless you've lived under a rock the last few years, you've definitely heard plenty of commotion about avalanche safety and the hazards of backcountry recreation. I certainly have, especially since within the last few years I have been spending more and more days out in the backcountry. I went from spending 1 day bootpacking in 2011 to around 15 days in the backcountry this season by the time all is said and done.

Matt from the Office Heads to Loveland Pass to Tackle "The Professor" on 1.24.16

The start of day 2 was far less eventful than day 1. We actually got sleep, I had all of my gear, we had a fully functioning car and we picked up a healthy breakfast and lunch from Panera(which doesn't carry ketchup anymore?). Our destination for the day was Loveland Pass which sits right along a stretch of Route 6 between Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

Matt from the Office Heads to Berthoud Pass on 1.23.16

Day 1 of a 17 day trek out to Colorado was off to a bit of a rough start. The plan was for my buddy Jack's flight to get in at 10:30pm local time with mine getting in 30 minutes later at 11:00 pm and then heading to our buddy Nic's place for the night. This was the eve of "Snowmageddon" with flights out east being cancelled left and right yet mine somehow left more or less on time and arrived 30 minutes early.

A First Timer's Take on Splitboarding

I had been thinking of trying splitboarding for quite some time.  Having been left with no choice it was time to give it a shot.  I took a Launch Natural, converted it to a split and had my first go at splitboarding at Berthoud Pass in April.