Worlds within Worlds

June 27th, 2017

Always amazed when I stop and look at the world around me as I’m hiking or riding. Works within worlds within worlds all around us.

Mt. Hunger

June 27th, 2017

A lovely, muddy, mixed terrain lollipop hike up Mt. Hunger and then over to White Rocks. ~6 miles, 2000′ of up.

Blue skies warm temps,

Contrast with the last time I was here with Greg:

Shelburne Farms

June 27th, 2017

After school walk during the last week of school for the girls at Shelburne Farms. I never tire of the buildings and views from the Farm Barn:

Horse:

Flower Child:

Texture:

Reflection Selfie

June 21st, 2017

Sprinkler puddle on the garden table reflection selfie.

Garden Pup

June 21st, 2017

Camel’s Hump June 2017

June 21st, 2017

Got out for my first hike up Camel’s Hump of 2017 a few weeks agp. Took my time, enjoyed the climb. After chatting with two trail runners I had the summit to myself for coffee.

My Finger

January 30th, 2017

Black and White

January 18th, 2017

Greg took this shot of me on a bikepacking overnight last fall. Its a marker and a reminder of the stark contrast to how I have felt for the last several years – finally kicking fitness and health into a higher gear, dealing with an auto-immune disease, and finding my riding and adventuring spirit again. At the end of last fall I don’t think I felt as good on a bike since I was brevet training back in 2006. I couldn’t ride brevet distances right now – but things were just clicking along. Single speeding most of the summer helped – but also having energy again to actually enjoy being ‘out there’ – be it on a hike or on the bike.

September Bikepacking

January 18th, 2017

Summer trip with Greg, Wil and a couple of new friends to the Moosamaloo area. ~50+ miles – dirt road, gravel, single track, some schwacking. Camp, swim in Silver Lake, eat, fire, night, ride back to the car.

May favorite shot of the trip:

I really needed to write it up months ago, and revisited it now as the winter weather sort of sucks (rain, freezing rain, disappearing ski base) – so I’ll let the pictures speak.

I rode on my Krampus, but put a 5spd cluster on the King hub’d rear wheel. Worked great, little more range than single speed, saved me on some climbs. Was useless for chasing the crew on the downhills, but that was a known factor.

At the time I hadn’t felt as good on a bike in a long long long time.

First Ski

December 6th, 2016

First ski of the season, 4 runs at Smuggs.

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New skis, new boots, new bindings… everything was different.
Going to take some time to get used to the new setup.
I’ve moved from Maschuss Epoch touring skis (185 length!) and 3 pin cable bindings and Scarpa T4 2 buckle boots to some Volkl Nanuq skis in 177 length with 22 Designs Axl bindings and Scarpa T2 3 bucket boots.

First runs are always an adjustment, but this was a lot all at once. By run 3 I did a few passable tele turns, but alpined most of the day. Run 4 was a mixed bag, lots of fast traffic on the few trails that were open, and my clumsily trying to find my center bending the knee left me wanting for some nice wide open easy groomers to practice on.

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