Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wonderful hike with Newlyweds

Josh, a former camper of mine, was married to Victoria on Thursday. Part of their honeymoon was in the Adirondacks and we climbed Mount Van Hoevenberg. The rain stopped just before we hit the summit ... it was a terrific day.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Biathlon invitational talent camp

Lucy got a lot of positive feedback from US team coaches: excellent fitness, coachable, and terrific attitude. They want to keep working with her through college and have invited her to do Wednesday over-distance workouts with the biathlon team.

She had some great experiences: warming up and chatting up Susan Dunklee this year's World Championship silver medalist, being coached by Andrea Henkel (in black) who has won 2 gold medals as well as a silver and bronze at the last three Olympics, rooming with Deedra Irwin winner of the 2016 Birkie, and going head-to-head with some of the big dogs in the time trials.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A good start to my training for Peru ...

No doubt I am anal; possibly even an obsessive-compulsive streak, but I do like spreadsheets!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Must Watch Video ...

Three sad sacks are drinking in a bar.  The conversation goes like this: "it's out of condition," and "I am out of shape"  ... you know the type. Then the question gets raised, "where are all the women?"

Well they are out in the backcountry, getting after it, and ripping!  A must watch ... four minutes long!

An interview with Krystle Wright the gal who made the film ...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Slowly moving ...

Our new home across the street at Fairhope Farm, is not quite done. However, we expect to move in over July 4th, and so we have begun shuttling things across the street. This load is my last box of mountain books and all my skis. (We may need a truck to transport Lucy's skis.)

Nice easy 90 minute trail run ...

It is still unseasonably hot and humid - almost unheard of since usually we have killing frosts in June - however a cold front is starting to move in.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Perfect Adirondack Day ...

Nice run on the Old Mountain Road, back in the day thus was all part of the Underground Railway for fleeing slaves.

Single malt at the Fossil Cabin

Saturday, June 17, 2017

BLAST FROM THE PAST ... spreading ashes

Heading up to the summit of Mount Conness to scatter Michael Franklin to the wind. Top row left to right: Brian, Hock, Danny, Daryl. Bottom row left to right: Byron, Lewy, and Mark.


I took a casual hike yesterday with a stop for 20 minutes of bouldering. The shoe felt a little weird while I was climbing ... took off shoe with a Gu stuck in it which my toe burst open. Everything was covered with yuck!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Guatemalan Friends

Former NCS students: Alex Delgado, sister Margarita, and Alejandro Castillo. We are at the tap room for Alejandro's brewery ... awesome artisanal lager, IPA, Stout, and a Wheat beer. Unfortunately, you can not get it outside of Guatemala City.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

No luck with Acatenango ...

Looked good at the start but rain and ash gave us pause. But we all had a good day including these three who will be with us this Fall.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Guatemalan Volcanoes

Acatenango ...

Hoping to climb this 13,000' strato-volcano on Sunday.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Peak Performance in sports and work

PEAK PERFORMANCE: elevate your game, avoid burnout, and thrive with the new science of success; just published yesterday (print, digital, and audio) and I am going to read the first two chapters today, which I downloaded on kindle. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Grand Gulch

Almost forty years ago I did a week-long backpacking trip in this part of the Utah desert. It was where I first exposed myself to Ed Abbey's writing, my first exposure to the magic of the Four  Corners, and the awe of the Great Kiva.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Running single track at Mount Van Hoevenberg

Eight weeks until Peru, so its time to get serious about training.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

End of the rainbow!

In one month we will be moving off campus, and out of the Rockefeller House, into our own house just across the street ... where that rainbow ends. Especially for Selden, this will be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Yanapaccha ... another Peruvian warmup

At 17,900' this is a reasonable first or second peak to attempt.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great website ... Uphill Athlete

As I was perusing the site, I came across a thorny question, which happens to be the one I am dealing with. When do I get a knee replacement? What will I be able to do afterwards? How long will rehabilitation take?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Next time in the Sierras

On my next drive to Lone Pine, Bishop, or Yosemite I am going to break up the drive and go for a run ...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fell running introduction ...

Once I retire my climbing shoes I will head back to the Lake District and do some fell running.

Another run on Old Mountain Road

Superb view from a clearing off one of the dirt roads.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Zermatt 2018

The first of our quarterly training sessions to get Lenny ready for a modest climbing trip to the Alps ... three small hikes, knot and belay school, as well as some easy rock climbing.

Goals for the 2018 summer include: breithorn, castor, and the easy route on riffelhorn.