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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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Splendid Solitude

My theme for 2018 (most years, really) is to go out of my way to explore new places.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised, really, at how easy this often is.  Often times, new places aren’t all that out of my way. … 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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Eleventy-eleven (2016 running retrospective)

As the big odometer in the sky prepares to roll over once again, it’s time for a look back on the year of running.  Yes, I’ve done lots of other stuff besides run this year, but running is the thing … Continue reading

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Everybody Loves Rawahs!

The mountains have me on speed-dial and I must go.  This time, it was the Rawahs on the line. “The Raw-whats?” you say. “Why, I’m so glad you asked! The Rawahs (pronounced Ray-wahs) are the northernmost extension of the Front … Continue reading

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Spring Training, ’16

The problem with spending a year training for a hundred-mile ultra is that, the next year, you feel like a complete slob for not training at that same level.  In fact, my 2016 numbers so far have been pretty big even compared to other … Continue reading

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Last Call for Summer Mountains

October in Colorado is a weird month.  Unlike summer in the high country, which arrives gradually, winter arrives like a slamming door.  The first significant snowfall of the year could be in September, or it could wait until Halloween.  In … Continue reading

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