Author Archives: cdan4th

Storms Dakota

Normally this is the time of year when the family packs up the camping gear and heads for the lovely Colorado mountains for some exploration and readjustment.  But this year, there’s still so much snow up there, we opted for … Continue reading

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Terror on Tyndall

This is NOT a good situation. I VERY MUCH DO NOT WANT TO BE HERE RIGHT NOW!  But I’m three turns and one hundred vertical feet into this descent and there are at least that many more to go to … Continue reading

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2018-19 ski spectacular

It’s early May.  In most seasons, I would have hung up the skis a month ago and skiing would be a distant memory.  This year?  Nope, there’s still plenty of snow out there and several resorts are still open.  I … Continue reading

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Newts on Buttes!

Joe joined the Boy Scouts this year. I was a Scout back in New Hampshire in the 1980s (Troop 202, Gorham, NH!) just like my father before me in the 1950s (Troop 404, Wadsworth, OH!) and Joe is very much … Continue reading

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Seven Territories

When I signed up to be a dad eleven years ago, I had many hopes and dreams for my then-hypothetical kids.  But I never really thought about how much fun it would be, eventually, to ski with them.  For the … Continue reading

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“Telemark” is Norwegian for “I Can’t Afford Real Skis”

“Free your heel and your mind will follow,” is what the telemarkers say.  Actually, they have many pithy sayings including “Randonee is French for ‘I can’t tele.‘”. The backcountry skiing bug has bitten me a lot more gradually than most … Continue reading

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It’s Okay to Change Your Mind

My career path always seemed pretty obvious. My parents were science majors at an elite liberal arts college on the east coast. My dad got his doctorate in chemistry from an Ivy. Science was everywhere in my house: my folks … Continue reading

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