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By: “Captain” Grant Burrow

Ping…Ping…Clank…Ping…Clank.  This is what I hear every morning around 4:30am on the ‘Ring of Fire’ Volcano Tour.  My eyes slowly open; I can smell the coffee brewing and sense the stoked atmosphere inside the Spyder Land Yacht from Team Volcano Tour as they prepare to climb and ski yet another volcano. 

This is a volcano tour – an attempt to ski seventeen volcanoes throughout the Pacific Northwest during the month of May. But this is much more then a ski trip – it truly is a journey (and a mostly unscripted journey at that). Beyond the team’s stated priorities of meeting local skiers and mountaineers, partaking in local activities, and, well, climbing and skiing a ton of vertical feet, it’s an open book.

For those of you who have been following our blog, you know about the team’s experiences on the mountain.  As the ‘Captain’ of the Land Yacht, I have a unique perspective of this journey.  As ‘Captain’ – and we’re going to use a more expansive definition than a mere driver here – I spend my days holding down the fort as the cleaning crew, the cook, the jester, the DJ, the maintenance tech, and as the navigator. I’m a one-man army up in here.

 My day starts when the team rises (no soundproof walls in the Land Yacht). After a quick bite to eat, I watch them exit the rig and then disappear into the woods or up a trail. Then what? I turn into the cleaning machine. For me, a clean home is a happy home!  I tie up my apron, put on my rubber gloves, and get to work.  I vacuum, do the dishes, set out our “outdoor patio” (artificial grass and lawn chairs – yep, as hilarious as it sounds), and then prep food items for brunch for when the team returns.

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The #VolcanoTour crew left the #LandYacht at 7am this morning to ski Mt. McLaughlin - they had to walk 2.5 miles in on an impassable road before beginning their ascent.  (Taken with instagram)

The #VolcanoTour crew left the #LandYacht at 7am this morning to ski Mt. McLaughlin - they had to walk 2.5 miles in on an impassable road before beginning their ascent. (Taken with instagram)


The #LandYacht has made it to the #Wyoming border and is making its way to #Reno to kick off the #VolcanoTour.  (Taken with instagram)

The #LandYacht has made it to the #Wyoming border and is making its way to #Reno to kick off the #VolcanoTour. (Taken with instagram)


This graphic was applied to the back of our #LandYacht today. Look out, #PacNW, @steepskiing @rahlvesbanzai @jmcmillan are heading your way for the Ring of Fire #VolcanoTour! cc: @WholeFoods @LiveBearNaked @smithoptics  (Taken with instagram)

This graphic was applied to the back of our #LandYacht today. Look out, #PacNW, @steepskiing @rahlvesbanzai @jmcmillan are heading your way for the Ring of Fire #VolcanoTour! cc: @WholeFoods @LiveBearNaked @smithoptics (Taken with instagram)


In the A-Basin parking lot this evening watching the #NHL Playoffs. #LandYacht (Taken with instagram)

In the A-Basin parking lot this evening watching the #NHL Playoffs. #LandYacht (Taken with instagram)


Scrubbing the #LandYacht down for another trip up to the mountains. This time A-Basin.  (Taken with instagram)

Scrubbing the #LandYacht down for another trip up to the mountains. This time A-Basin. (Taken with instagram)