Category Archives: winter

James Peak Skimo Rematch

Back in the day when my quiver of skis was a lot more barren than it is today, I thought it would be a grand idea to skin up and ski down James Peak.  It turned out okay and was … Continue reading

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Descent Via Flattop

“I couldn’t catch a ball or do any of that stuff. I could do only what required brute stupidity.” — Warren Harding on mountaineering. Back in the day, the Stupid Brutes were pretty active in the ascending of mountains, the … Continue reading

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New Mexico for Fun and Profit

  It’s been a couple of years since I last traveled for work (at least to anyplace interesting). Fortunately, I was recently awarded two half-nights on the 3.5 meter telescope at Apache Point Observatory in the mountains above Alamagordo, New … Continue reading

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Pie-burner!

Turkey trots are all well and good, but what I really need is a post-Thanksgiving bit of exercise to burn off some of the pie.  In this case, it was a social run with the “Denver Run Crew” (none of … Continue reading

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The family that skis together…

Given that I didn’t once don skis even once during the 2014-15 ski season, this season couldn’t possibly have been any worse! Last winter was all about obsessive run training. This year I was determined to get back on the … Continue reading

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Pointy Things

Michele is the nearly-unique combination of an academic colleague who works on very similar topics to me and a well–matched, kindred outdoors partner.  He’s more accomplished as an astronomer than I am (based on head-to-head faculty job application results), but … Continue reading

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Walking the Planks

It’s been a long time since I was on skis; 18 months to be precise.  Last winter I spent all my free time (and more) running my way into some semblance of fitness for Bighorn.  No, the last time I … Continue reading

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