Category Archives: winter

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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Winter Training

It’s been pretty quiet around here for the last few months.  You might think I’ve been doing nothing in particular, but the truth is I’ve been training (relatively speaking) like a fiend and been super-busy besides.  Twelve weeks ago I … Continue reading

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