Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Winter Returns

Red Mountain Pass

Friday, April 01, 2016

Headache cleared

The Garmin Fenix 2 already has the ability to clear the activities:

1) Hold the MENU button to get to SETTINGS.

2) Scroll to SETTINGS > SYSTEM > RESET >HISTORY and press the STOP/START button to select.

3) Confirm that you want to delete the entire HISTORY.

Monday, March 28, 2016

2016 Elk Mountain Grand Traverse

Well I got roped into another Grand Traverse and we finished it, albeit it was a REVERSE - back to Crested Butte.  My teammate Tim and I took 38th out of 225 teams at 9:16 so despite some issues we were happy with the result.  Goal was sub 10 but sub 9 was definitely in order.  Results here.

Backcountry Magazine Article here.

As usual no photos on my part.  I have too much crap to carry for skimo racing as it is.  Jeni and our daughter came up and got some skiing at the resort so it was a fun weekend.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Warm Weather

With the warm weather trails are opening up faster than ever.  I remember conditions like this in May.  

Southern Exposure

I had to go down to Phoenix for a quick work trip.  March is always the most difficult time to travel there due to Spring Training tours, NASCAR, and Spring Break.  ~$800 flight (less than 1 hour), ~$300 to $400 hotel rooms.  Crazy.  So I drove and took advantage of exercise possibilities on the way to and from.  This quick run was on the Black Canyon Trail.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Kendall Skiing

Our daughter has been spoiled this winter with all the skiing.  She's on her own now and is working on her "french fries" after perfecting the "pizza" techniques.  

 Her mom got a new set of rando skis this winter and she gets to do laps while we ski downhill.

Maybe someday she will get the chance to kiss the rock.  

Winter Racing

The winter skimo racing season has been great this year.  I've hit races at Wolf Creek, Crested Butte, Santa Fe, Taos, Sunlight, Powderhorn, Aspen (all 4 resorts - Snowmass, Buttermilk, Highlands and Ajax), and most recently Breckenridge shown above.  The Aspen Race and the Breckenridge races were duos, which is sort of a euro thing but in my opinion not really needed as these races are in an around a resort.  I've been racing in two piece sets this year and skipped the spandex which has made it more casual and fun.  I'm shown in the top photo with my teammate Tim.  The spare skins go on your chest/belly pockets to keep them warm and the pack is for required things like avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, etc.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Just in Time

3 straight weeks of warm temps melted a good portion of our snow pack.  A quick storm on Monday however made everything all nice again. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


Great snow at Hesperus this winter.  Regular laps being performed near daily.

Family Ski Day

Headed up to Kendall for some ski time with the family.  The winds got too high though mid afternoon so they shut down the lift.  They allow uphill so we skinned some laps.  Really cool, small town ski hill in Silverton, CO.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Back to Ohio (Peak)

The Heathen Race also took place up in Glenwood and the field had around 100 people this year.  Results for the 45+ category are here.  Ski Mountaineering races are gaining in popularity.  Here is a nice article from Outside Magazine.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ski Days

I've skied nearly every day for the last 4 weeks.  Crazy.  We've received a lot of snow in town, so I started to Nordic ski on my ski mountaineering skis.  It takes a good bit of wax, but the wide ski makes form really easy.  The reason for this is because the Hillcrest golf course is near out home and that is used for Nordic skiing in the winter - fully groomed trails.  This is also adjacent to Chapman Hill an in-town ski hill with a tow rope that allows uphill skiing for free.  So I can do a couple laps of HillCrest, a few laps at Chapman and it makes for a 15-mile, 2500-ft of climbing route.  I've thrown in Powerline and Raider's ridge at times for skimo type skinning.  
 But the go-to has been Parrot Peak, which is the closest peak to town, and a bit under 12k.  From La Plata Canyon it's a 3k climb to the towers and a bit more if you crest the peak, which I do not always do as it is windy up there.  Peak summit view is below.

The descent ends in the trees and near the canton it's gets pretty thick.  I always leave with some sort of mark.  But with cold weather and adrenaline, I don't always realize I have been cut until the finish!

Skimo racing starts up again soon.  My last race was in Crested Butte - where they had an impromptu race called the Sunday Salvage as the Irwin Lodge race had been cancelled.  Good times and a nice course, but it weird to go to Crested Butte and see their low snow pack levels while we are having an excellent year.   I read that Santa Fe already has a 92 inch base, so the snows are definitely going south this year and in Durango we usually get part of those storms.  

Sunday, December 27, 2015


Whew what a week, 7 straight days of skiing and not a penny spent on a lift ticket.  The first two photos are before a 4 day long snow dump, but there was still plenty up on Parrot Peak, a ~3k climb in 3 miles.  

 I then hit up Hesperus before it opened right in the middle of a snowstorm.
 X-mas day we had so much snow in town, I skinned up Raiders Ridge, skied the ridge went through Hill Crest Nordic Trails to get over to Chapman Hill, our neighborhood ski area.  Skinned up Chapman a few times and then skied in the dark back through Hill Crest with my Ayup lights just in time for our big dinner.  What a great day.
 The last 2 days I took advantage of the new snow and cut new tracks back up to Parrot Peak for the epic ski down Snow Slide.  Whew.

Saturday, December 05, 2015