Final day of @jediahporter takeover! Huge days of ski mountaineering in Grand Teton National Park are the reason I moved here. This is the best ski region in the USA, and big, steep missions are my raison d’être. These days, though, are precious and few. In a full year I might get a handful of days that really scratch that itch. In that way, despite building a life around this, I am not alone. It is a simple fact that truly special days in the mountain are rare and of great value. This week, as I mentioned yesterday, brought major high pressure. I did all I had to do to rearrange life and schedule to make this big day happen. It might be weeks or months before I get another day like this one, but like all important things, the wait is worth it. Hope you all enjoyed the takeover, and enjoy this weekend in the mountains!
Day 3 of @jediahporter IG Takeover! I have a blessed existence. I spend many of my work days and many of my play days in the world’s most spectacular mountain landscapes, both gaining and applying deep experience with all sorts of steep travel and adventure. But I also have a “real life”. I have bills to pay, income that barely does that, chores and commute to complete and a social life to keep me sane. This week I worked in both my side hustles (I host an AirBnB listing and I do various types of gear consulting. This week, working on various aspects of wilderness emergency and routine communication). Some mornings I wake and do some writing before heading out the door. There are days I get home, still in my ski clothes, and change guest bedroom sheets. This is just normal life. The charmed existence of a mountain professional isn’t exempt from all the trappings of normalcy.
Day 2 of @jediahporter takeover! It is often observed that, “with all the time you spend guiding, you must be in excellent shape! You probably never have to go to a gym”. To a point, this is true. However, it isn’t the whole story. If I were to cut out all activity that weren’t guiding, health and fitness would suffer. My guiding and expedition agenda is busy and varied, but not busy nor varied enough to be all the training I need. To keep my body intact and healthy and to progress toward loftier athletic goals, I must train. Every couple years I really double down on the training, usually for a specific goal. This winter is one of those periods. I have employed a trainer and am working hard to make space and energy for a training load like I’ve never encountered. This week’s agenda included stormy interval sessions in the mountains, deep powder “recovery” skiing, and 2-3 hour post-guiding sessions in the weight and climbing gym. With two months of focused conditioning behind me, I am in the best shape of my life with body composition and joint stability like I’ve never had. Training is different than “being active”. Training is demanding, focused, and requires deep motivation and sacrifice.
Hello wilderness and mountain adventurers! @jediahporter here! I am a long-time Feathered Friends ambassador and a full-time “mountain professional”. I’ll be here for the week, sharing “a-week-in-the-life” of this mountain guide and expedition climber/skier. Hopefully I can illustrate some of what this sort of life is like, “behind the scenes”. The guiding days are easy to envision. A few weeks ago had me spending 3 full days in Grand Teton National Park “on the clock, seeking excellent powder snow for clients from Sweden, Rochester, and Austin. We found it, squeezed in between old tracks, sun crusts, and widespread wind effects from a mid-winter high pressure spell. Each of these days starts with a hearty breakfast, about half an hour collecting information on conditions and planning accordingly, and then driving from my house in Victor, Idaho around the mountains to the main Park entrances in Wyoming. On long climbs we all dig conversation, effort, and incredible views. The descents fly right by, and the return home means reversing the commute, catching up on “life”, drying wet gear, and getting quality rest.
Ever wondered what it might be like to guide year round? The hard work, dedication, and the reward? Stay tuned this week as we feature one of our longtime ambassadors, @jediahporter, IFMGA guide and ski mountaineering professional. He'll share what's it's like to guide and also illustrate the daily life training and maintaining the physical demands of his work.
Soar through the air! Happy Friday! 📸@alec_berghoef
While climbing Emperor Ridge on Mr. Robson, Justin Guarino feels quite content in his Helios! What a view! 📸@nickaiellopopeo
Once in a while it snows in the city of Seattle, and we just need to show our excitement!
Most of the country is experiencing bitter arctic temps this week, so why not go someplace warmer? Photo captured by @mountphillip