Monday, October 23, 2017

Day two on snow!

Skied with two guys from the para-Olympic team at the end of the day. (It was their second workout of the day, so they were tired, but still faster than me.)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Feels like winter is coming ...

Tops of the mountains got snow yesterday; and we needed hats and gloves at the barn this morning. Students and staff have fingers crossed for a good old fashioned winter. 

Get ready for the ski mountaineering season ...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Baby onboard ...

Jon and Amanda had a lunch at Trapp Family Lodge on the occasion of their first anniversary. Although it was all the baby presents that caught the attention of the camera. The due date is December 25th.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Stockpiling snow ...

A 30' x 10' x 20' pile in the foreground and an even bigger one in the back. Ten days from now they will have a 1k loop for the para-Olympic team. Official opening day is Oct 29.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

As you can see, well beyond peak foliage ...

Nevertheless a nice run into Marcy Dam with sky all grey and gloomy.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Death and Climbing ... David Roberts

A great podcast brought to you by Alpinist ...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Beautiful night in Lake Placid

Taking some current NCS parents from Guatemala out to dinner.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nobel Prize and possible implications for mountaineering ...

I have no idea whether there is any connection between behavioral economics and climbing.  However, behavioral economics is what Thaler won the Nobel Prize for, and after reading a short essay about how Thaler applied his work to football, basketball, and baseball decisions,  I assumed there is much to be gleaned from his work about the high stakes decisions we make in our sport. (I hope to return to this in the future.) 

Short, but very engaging essay about Thaler's work ...

Here is another interesting article, about a similar line of research directly connected to climbing ...

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The resurgence of wool in the outdoors ...

Last year, I replaced my base layers with wool.  These new wool products do not stink and they are not scratchy. Of course, if you care about such things as climate change, it is also comforting to know that your base layers are not made from petroleum.  Good article ...

Monday, October 2, 2017

Snow making has started at the nordic center ...

Opening day looks like Oct. 21 ... take a look at their Facebook page.

29° yesterday morning ...

I fired up the sauna just as the sun was coming up over Cascade.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

First measurable snow on the summit of Whiteface

Trial Run

I did a hilly one hour run with a super light overnight pack as a test drive. Food, water, fleece, hat, gloves, rain gear, headlamp, life straw, sleeping bag, and my tiny air mattress ... about 13 pounds.

After shivering on many trips with a half bag - most recently on the Tahoe Rim Trail with El Presidente - I recently sprang for a super light sleeping bag. The Sea to Summit Spark II sleeping bag has a total weight of one pound, and as you can see is not much bigger than a water bottle. Good for nights that get down to 35 degrees, it should certainly be excellent in the Sierras, Rockies, or Alps during June-July-August, and maybe a few weeks in either side.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

QUOTE OF THE WEEK ... Alfred Mummery

Another quote from HOW THE ENGLISH MADE THE ALPS. After the golden age of mountaineering, when all the major peaks were climbed Mummery set the tone for the next evolution of the sport.

He suggested our real task as alpinists was to, "leave paths that common sense, custom, or the average mountain sheep would point out ... and go in some other direction where the chances appear to be in favor of breaking your neck."

So, after climbing the Hornli Ridge he tackled the Zmutt Ridge on the Matterhorn. He of course is famous for another quote, which I will amend slightly. Mummery said that mountain routes could be broken into three categories, to which I will add a fourth. A peak is either: inaccessible, the most difficult ascent in the Alps, an easy day for a lady, or fit for an aging fossil getting ready to hang up his crampons.

Friday, September 29, 2017

An exciting morning ...

Any time a 19 year old gets individual coaching from a two-time Olympic, and eight-time World Championship, gold medalist you give her your full attention. Andrea Henkel is married to a top American biathlete (Tim Burke) and retired several years ago; she was one of the best female biathletes ever.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

In the lead pack ...

Lucy was sick all week, and while I urged her to scratch, she went out with the big dogs. Although she got dropped, she set a PR and finished second in the U23 category.

Climate change ... the Himalayas ... water for sub-continent of India

More than seven hundred million people get their water from 3 Himalayan rivers (Ganges, the Indus, and Brahmaputra) which are fed by snow and glacial melt.  These are some of the lest studied glaciers in the world, yet in terms of their human impact, some of the most import. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

My one day a year running on roads

The Climb to the Castle ... 8k and 2500' ... Lucy was sick all week but we could not convince her to skip it. Similar time and place to last year, so pretty good considering.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

BALANCE ... a climber's worst nightmare

This ten minute video drama packs a surprising punch!  Well worth a view. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK ... by Arnold Lunn

"Men lifted their eyes up to the hills to rediscover the the spiritual values which were clouded by the smoke and grime of the industrial revolution. "

I am reading a used book from Chessler, HOW THE ENGLISH MADE THE ALPS. The book is overly academic; and parts of the story has been told in many other books, yet it is always refreshing to renew your love affair with the Alps.

Friday, September 22, 2017

PRETTY FUNNY ... types of people you meet on the trail

A very cool story ... SKIDA

I am not much of a mountain biker - occasionally I ride the one mile to work - but I am a huge fan of SKIDA hats and headbands locally sourced in Vermont. (My daughter has a huge collection of their headwear from years of Christmas stocking stuffers.)

This a great story of how they opened a line of cashmere products and how they have built strong relationships with their production team in Nepal.