With the dangerous start to the Wasatch winter, our touring group has spent a lot of time talking about what has happened and what we think will happen over the next several weeks. As we discussed this, I thought it would be good to document some of our processes around decision making.
Last winter via the interwebs I became aware of a backcountry vertical gain contest called Tahoe Vertical. I enquired about competing even though my daily skin tracks were decidedly deseret, not blue lake, and Brendan allowed me to join in on the fun. The competition is put on by what I can only imagine is the best ski shop in Tahoe – AlpenGlow Sports.
With great sponsors like Clifbar, G3 and Scarpa, this is actually a community fundraising event for the always underfunded local avalanche center – Sierra Avalanche Center. I am an Observer for the Utah Avalanche Center. Simply put, these organizations save lives.
It couldn’t be easier to join in on the fun. After skiing every day you just log onto the website and record how much vert you ski that day. Even though my thighs are technically high speed quads, the vert you get from riding the real high speed quads does not count, human powered skiing only. Their database driven website allows you to see who has the most vertical gain overall, the biggest single day, etc. With a little bit of sweat and lot of luck you can win some awesome prizes. Just yesterday my bounty for winning a couple categories in last years competition arrived.
Overall Winner Most Vertical Gain for the Season: Dynafit TLT Mountain Ski Boots
Most Vertical Gain – Single Day: Pieps Tour Shovel
This year there was supposed to be a Wasatch version of the contest, but it unfortunately fell through. And they understandably tightened the rules to be local Tahoe skiers only. Boohoo.
Reviewed By: Chad Brackelsberg
I was happy to be able to test out the new UltrApire Isomeric Race hand bottle strap. After seeing a lot of UltrAspire products are races this fall and hearing great feedback of them online, I have been anxious to try several of the products including the Isomeric Race, Kinetic Pack, and Impulse waste pack. I used the Isomeric Race on a Nathan water bottle as I like these bottles better than the Specialized bottles as they are a little bit smaller in diameter and fit my hand better. The hand strap installed easily no the bottle with the bottom being very snug and therefore not able to slide up. To get the strap adjusted to my hand, I had to work the bottom up a little bit to make room. The strap provided a tight fit over my hand which is something I look for in hand bottle holders. I do not like to “grip” the bottle and instead let it hang on my hand. This is only possible with a strap that offers a tight fit on my hand. During the run, the holder performed perfectly. It was tight on my hand so I was able to let the bottle hang without gripping it, the bottom strap did not shift or move, and the top adjustable strap did not loosen. This bottle holder will be a perfect holder when a person wants to go minimalist. My only concern is that over time, will the bottom of the holder stretch out and become loose on a bottle. My only recommendation is to have a small elastic loop to hold the extra length of the adjustable top strap. I was able to tuck the strap under itself, but this took a little bit of effort and does not easily allow a person to adjust the strap on the go.
My thoughts on nutrition, said better than I could have…
“I eat real food – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. I choose foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important – I’m careful about where my meat, seafood and eggs come from, and buy organic local produce as often as possible.
This is not a “diet” – I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight. I aim for well-balanced nutrition, so I eat both animals and a significant amounts of plants. I’m not lacking carbohydrates – I just get them from vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal or pasta. And my meals are probably higher in fat than you’d imagine, but fat is a healthy source of energy when it comes from high-quality foods like avocado, coconut and grass-fed beef.
Eating like this is ideal for maintaining a healthy metabolism and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s good for body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and quality of life. It helps eliminate sugar cravings and reestablishes a healthy relationship with food. It also works to minimize your risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune.“
Thanks Whole9Life for putting it so succinctly.
Well I spent 9 hours
running hiking with a 20lbs pack through New Hampshire on the Appalachian Trail. I knew it wasn’t going to be a great run on the drive to the start in Hanover, NH and the Vermont border. Why? First we were rerouted about an extra hour because of a major road washout. Second, well the car would periodically hydroplane. Turns out the flood watch warnings were real. I won’t bother with all the details, but this video is a pretty good example of what I was dealing with. The basics: I ran out of time to wait for a weather window. I went for it in the middle of some serious nasty weather. By noon I had to put all my cloths on to deal with the storm and the low temps. I knew then that traversing the Franconia Ridge or Mount Washington, just wouldn’t be very smart. So I bailed on Route 25 after about 48 miles. This trip East was an absolute disaster caused by horrible weather. I did however get to hang out with some very dear friends who I haven’t seen in a long long time. Silver lining.
On to the next one.
i now own and am addicted to my iPhone. it makes life easier. it’s pretty crazy how many light years ahead this phone is to any other phone. lots of my friends work at microsoft. they keep you in a cocoon at microsoft surounding you with inferious windows powered phones and products. each one of them has been blown away by the functionality of my iPhone.
the 2 megapixel digi cam built in is quite nice.. if only because it’s always in my pocket, at the ready. here are some of my latest favs.