In an attempt for those who have trouble (and wish) to keep up with me, I have created this “now” page. Here, I’ll share what I’m currently working on, assuming that it’s not super top secret stuff.


Last Updated – April 3, 2020

Dropping in on Anvil Peak down in the San Juan Mountain range of Southwestern Colorado

Boy, oh boy, what a weird time we all find ourselves in. Most of us locked down to our homes, only able to get out and grab essential items. It’s weird and most definitely not fun. But, I suppose we should all try to make the most of it.

With that in mind, here’s a bit of a recap of a really great winter.

After a month of being home with the family, I migrated back to Colorado as 2019 turned into 2020. Little did I know that I would spend 90% of my time in the backcountry (not a resort).

I got very little use out of my Ikon Pass, only using it twice: once at Aspen Highlands and the other at Jackson Hole. However, I was on my way to Lake Tahoe when the resorts started to close down. I was just outside of Reno, NV en route to Squaw Valley, a resort that I have had my eye on for quite some time.

As things would turn out, I would have to backtrack to Colorado and watch as all of the ski resorts across the world began to stop their lifts. Thankfully, I’ve been able to still get out in the Grand Mesa National Forrest; it’s literally right in a buddy’s backyard.

Skinning up to Hahns Peak

Hahns Peak would become my first winter climb. It was a beautifully clear day and an enjoyable hike. This peak is one of the most prominent and known peaks in the Steamboat Springs area. Just beautiful.

Steep couloir in Grand Teton National Park

Early in March, a buddy and I were able to take a trip to Grand Teton National Park for some backcountry splitboarding. It was a great trip. The photo above is me dropping into the “Tomahawk Couloir.” Thankfully, it didn’t live up to his name and I was able to navigate the tight chute safely.

All in all, this winter was pretty solid. I’m super bummed that my Alaska trip got cancelled but it was out of my hands. I’ll be there next year for sure!

I’m working on putting together a season edit for the 2019-2020 winter season. It ought to be a good one.

Moving Forward

Summer 2020 is up the air, at the moment. My plan was to go back to Skagway for my third year working in the Bearhead Photography fine art gallery. Covid 19 is certainly throwing a wrench in those plans.

Here’s a little bit about the gallery.

Standing in My Buddy’s Photo Gallery “Nature’s Wildest Moments” (Summer 2018)

 

The gallery hosts photos of Alaskan wildlife taken over the last 10 years by Barrett Hedges. Barrett has landed covers for National Geographic, book covers, and had a couple of photos featured in the Smithsonian Museum. Not too shabby from a small town southern boy, aye?

More than all that, Barrett is a friend. Our paths crossed in middle Tennessee when I lived in Tullahoma (Barrett’s hometown). I’ve followed Barrett’s journey over the past few years and have gained inspiration and motivation from his story. We have much in common.

I’m pumped to be going back to Alaska and will be getting there a bit earlier than last year to take advantage of some late season snowboarding. Alaska is the pinnacle of backcountry snowboarding and, Lord-willing, I plan on extending winter as long as possible.

I’m also looking forward to the spending the summer with quite possibly the best wildlife photographer on earth. That’s not an exaggeration. He’s top 3, no doubt! Don’t believe me? Come see us next summer and see the gallery yourself!

From the slope of A.B. Mountain, overlooking Skagway (left), the Taiya inlet (middle), and the Harding Glacier (right).

Media Company

Last fall (2019), I began my media company. Since then, I have built a few websites, shot some video, and helped with some copywriting. It’s been a good start and I’m still trying to iron out all of the details. Being a one man band is quite tough but necessary at the moment.

For next winter, I’m currently working on a putting a film project together. Unsure of exactly what it will be but there will be a lot of snowboarding. I’ll be reaching out to videographers and photographers to help bring this project to life.

Other WORK

I’m working on significant changes to my website. It’ll follow more of the theme of my life, at least more than it does now. I plan on blogging a lot more about stuff that I think many of you will enjoy.

If you have anything that you think I might can bring value to you, please let me know. Send emails to nicklatoof@yahoo.com as my site will be a bit messy and that includes emails.

I’m looking forward to the future and couldn’t be more thankful that you guys are all still with me.

The wild ride continues…

– Nick

 

 

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