Monday, July 23, 2018
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Posted by Hock at 5:36 AM
Sunday, July 15, 2018
When William and I were climbing on the Riffelhorn, we ran into a plein air painter named Mark F. Lodge. This Brit spends his summers painting in Zermatt and other Swiss mountains. His large oils are well out of my price range, however the smaller canvases, watercolors, and prints would make handsome additions to the Fossil Cabin.
Take a look at his website ... http://www.markflodge.co.uk/home/4572418091
Posted by Hock at 5:58 AM
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Check it out on one of my favorite websites:
Posted by Hock at 2:35 PM
As always, presents on my birthday gravitate toward books:
- The Maverick Mountaineer: George Ingle Finch, the wild colonial boy who took on the British Alpine establishment
- North: finding my way while running the Appalachian Trail
- Deena Kastor's Let Your Mind Run
- Art of Freedom: the life and climbs of Voytek Kurtyka
- as well as an audio copy of The Monkey Wrench Gang for my next long plane ride.
Posted by Hock at 2:35 AM
Friday, July 13, 2018
I am starting to read Bernadette McDonald's the Art Of Freedom: the life and climbs of Voytek Kurtyka and this Boukreev quote was from the introduction:
"Mountains are not stadiums were I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are cathedrals where I practice my religion."
Posted by Hock at 3:45 AM
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Posted by Hock at 6:09 PM
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
I have ceased to collect or care about those baubles.
However, this race has such a cool take on this tradition. There are 38 individual 4000m peaks that can be climbed from Zermatt. In order of height, each year this race strikes a commemorative medal of a different peak ... this year ... the Dent Blanche.
Posted by Hock at 4:39 AM
Monday, July 9, 2018
Saturday, July 7, 2018
The 21k had just under 5000 vertical gain as well as some technical downhills. My goals were to not go out fast, work the uphills, and finish under four hours. I finished in 3:59:40, I did not go out too fast, and up until 16k I was working the hills pretty well and felt on course for a 3:30 or 3:40. My calves started cramping and I feel like I fell totally apart in the last 2k, although the splits had me maintaining my position.
This race put me over 20,000+ total vertical for this trip. Definitely the 12 biggest days since the Tahoe Rim at the end of last summer.
Posted by Hock at 9:38 AM
Friday, July 6, 2018
Edward Whymper said it succinctly and spot on, and one stroll through the Zermatt cemetery confirms this passage.
"Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end."
Posted by Hock at 12:29 AM
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Finished 11 days of hiking and climbing and all that is left is 21k of trail running with 2000 feet of climbing.
Posted by Hock at 7:44 AM
Then the flurry of 21k uphill, trains, planes, driving, furious work, and then an admissions trip to Guatemala.
Posted by Hock at 2:03 AM
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Posted by Hock at 12:42 AM
Probably would make for a good coffee table book, as they are often in spectacular places.
Posted by Hock at 12:31 AM
That said, Zermatt was always a farm village, and making goat cheese was always a traditional staple. However, these days the town is more about skiing, high end hotels, fancy shops, and guiding the Matterhorn.
Posted by Hock at 12:19 AM
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
I am thoroughly trashed ... heading out to get some food and watch England play Colombia.
Posted by Hock at 11:41 AM
Monday, July 2, 2018
After a 5k hike and 2500' with heavy packs it was time for Hugo's apple tart just out of the oven. Hugo is in charge of the hut, but before he retired he guided 90 Matterhorn ascents, not to mention other peaks.
Posted by Hock at 6:18 AM