Patrick Gephart

Freelance Web Engineer | Alpine Enthusiast

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2016/2017 Season Edit

The 2016/2017 winter was hands down the best seasons I have ever had on a splitboard and snowboard. With the help of some great partners and a stabler Colorado snowpack, I was able to pursue my goal of climbing and riding more technical lines in the backcountry. The entire process of pursuing technical objectives is what I enjoy the most. The problem solving needed to ice/mixed climb a couloir and safely descend, the snowpack analysis through an entire season, and the judgement needed to know when to turn around are all parts that make up the equation of splitboard mountaineering that I love.

Much thanks to Weston Snowboards for their tremendous support and providing me with the absolute best splitboard for both freestyle/freeride and mountaineering, as well as all of the backcountry partners and mentors that have helped me progress in snow science, ice climbing, rock climbing, and backcountry knowledge.

Song: Yo La Tengo – The Room Got Heavy

Coin Slot Couloir Snowboard Descent Footage

Some fresh snow from the previous evening allowed Pat “Perry” Johnson and I to shred the Coin Slot Couloir in the morning and round out the day with the Dirty Books Couloir in the afternoon. A stable February snowpack helped 2017 shape up to be a great year for splitboard mountaineering!

Minturn Couloir Climb and Snowboard Descent Footage

Fritz Sperry and I climbing and ski/snowboarding the Minturn Couloir aka Minturn Butt Crack on a spring day. We encountered 3 sections of ice with difficulty ranging from WI2 to WI3.

Little Bear Peak – Baby Thunder Couloir Footage

As Fritz Sperry and I approached the traverse to the Hourglass Couloir for a ski/snowboard attempt on Little Bear Peak we were turned around by rapidly warming south facing snow. A spicy entrance to this north facing couloir was a good consolation prize.

Mt. Bancroft – East Ridge Direct

October 18, 2016

Fall was having a slower start than usual in the high country. Winter was nowhere in sight and warm temperatures seemed to keep everyone’s minds on summer activities. The East Ridge Direct route of the 13,250 ft. Mt. Bancroft had been on my list for a while.¬†Justin Ibarra and Pat “Perry” Johnson were interested in the idea so we decided to give it a go.¬†After a bit of research to gain the necessary knowledge of the route, we figured out the gear we would need and set off early from Summit County.

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