100,000 feet of Vert – Day 4

Day 4 – 14,169 feet of vertical gain
Backcountry Vert 10,055 feet
InBounds Vert 4,114 feet
Total Vert Climbed in four days:  59,275 feet

Cocaine is a helluva drug.” ~ Rick James.

that’s what kept going through my mind today while i was skinning without the intense ankle pain of yore. except for cocaine, i was thinking “ibuprofen is a helluva drug.” which would then bring me back around to that quote from the rick james on the dave chappelle show.  i did a number of things to try and address my ankle pain.  first, i HTFU.

then, i altered my foot bed, stacked some callus cushions and simply took 3 ibuprofens this morning… bingo!  ibuprofen is a helluva drug.  the pain was present, but kind of came and went all day depending on the slope angle and the way i was climbing.  it wasn’t so painful i couldn’t get the work done.

after quiting early yesterday i was left with 54,894 feet of vert left to achieve 100,000 feet in 7 days.  which leaves me having to average 13,724 feet each day.  after my first two days, anything in the 13s just seems easy.  my perspective on skiing big backcountry days has certainly skewed.  i skied one 10,000 foot day last year on my birthday.  it hurt.

i got a good reminder last night from my buddy chad brackelsberg that “you need to have fun too”.  with that in mind today i headed out in search of good turns and figured that if i just kept moving i could always make up some time later in the day.  the gut of reynolds peak was fun enough for 5 laps.  after skiing a few different spots i finished up with some hot laps to get my 10,000 feet of backcountry vert.  i think it ticked off around 6hr 30min.  not focusing on fast vert cost me about an hour overall.  well worth it.  i then topped it off by skinning 4,114 feet up the brighton ski resort.  i even finished while it was still light out!

saw this quote today.  it seemed quite fitting.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” –John Muir.