Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I packed in a hurry and left my camera cord. So these photos are courtesy of Randy Torcom.
Pilot Seamus doing his thing. (Note: his name is actually prounounced Shay-mus. Weird, I know)
Just waiting for my turn to drop in. Stay tuned for more epic pics and I'm sure stories coming out of this trip. As soon as I get home I'll have some original photos to share.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Just finished up this book. It's an incredible story and Jon Krakauer does an amazing job relating to Christopher (the young man in which the story is based on). Jon, having a background in climbing and traveling around Alaska, has more of a personal view on the story at hand.
It's a book that made me want to travel on my own and simplify my life. For more reasons than one, but I think the life that Chris led was truly an exploration in every way. He kinda just went with the flow of things, from hitchhiking across the U.S. to canoeing down to Mexico with no plan or end in sight.
This summer when I was climbing in Yosemite I came across a hiker who had everything he owned on his back. He stumbled out of the woods looking excited to see a group of climbers and had a lot to say. He told us he'd be hiking and on his own for the past month. Coming all the way from Spain and selling all of his belongings prior to traveling to the U.S. When we walked away, I couldn't stop thinking about getting rid of everything...and if I could actually do that.
Coming home from trips is often overwhelming with the amount of stuff that adds up in my room. I'm constantly making trips to the thrift store and trying to minimize. I've got a system with my hangers too...they all face one way until I actually wear the piece of clothing. Then the hanger is flipped around and after 6 months whatever hangers haven't been flipped...the clothes are gone. I'm looking forward for that 6 month mark to come around.
Anyways, pretty random, but Into the Wild got me thinking about it a bit more.
We had our first fly day at North Cascade Heli today. The snow was pretty warm and the clouds socked us in by mid day. I think we're supposed to get some snow tonight. Looking forward to it!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Just finished up with the last stop at the Dew Tour in sunny California...Northstar. It was an eventful week for me working with the powder in Squaw and then straight to training in Northstar.
The course was pretty small, but it was a good time. Wish the jumps were bigger with more pop, but we made the best of it. I think it was a great showing for the women in skiing. Here's the word...
Kaya won. She dislocated her shoulder in practice, but stuck it out for finals skiing without poles and pulling off a sick run. Switch up to switch out of the down box - switch 270 on 270 off the flat box - 3 off the first jump - gap dfd box - 5 - switch 7.
I got second with down rail - 450 off the flat box - switch 5 - gap dfd box - 7 - 5.
Meg got third with a switch up to switch on the down box - switch on 270 out the flat box - switch 1 one the first jump - gap the dfd box - 3 - 5.
Jill stopped a sick rodeo 7. Claudia through a 9 on the last jump.
It was a good time and I'm stoked the weather held out until last night when it started to rain. It's okay with me...I'm out. At the Reno airport right now heading to North Cascade Heli for a week. Looking forward to getting back into the powder and skiing some lines. Also haven't really ever skied much with Pollard and Benchetler. It'll be good times.
Hope it's snowing where ever you are!!!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Coming home from Colorado was a pleasant surprise. There was fresh snow on the ground and falling from the sky. It was a much needed change from the park. I skied this weekend and up until yesterday morning, epic runs at Squaw. Then it was off to Dew Tour practice at Northstar in the afternoon. Trying to focus on the course and not the powder at home proved to be a difficult task.
After the comp is done on Saturday I'll be heading out to Washington for some heli time. North Cascade here we come!! I'll be joined by Benchetler, Pollard, and Pasty C. Pretty excited about it. But for now...I need to restrain a bit and focus on the slopestyle...wish me luck.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
We've reported in the past how the US and others ship waste (especially e-waste) to China for demolition and recycling. Add Canada to that list, who shipped over 20,000 tonnes of mixed paper each year for the last two years, reports the Ontario Star, not to mention another 10,000 tonnes of milk jug plastic to South Korea. Canada made $600,000 and $800,000 respectively for the last two years and hopes to start sending disposable coffee cups to South Korea too, but is this type of recycling sustainable?
Depending on the locale, some municipalities in Canada let residents co-mingle recycling for ease of residential recycling, but this means it must be sorted and resorted and resorted. If its still too dirty, it can't be recycled in Canada, but facilities in China have an extra layer of employees who can clean and sort through this layer of recyclables.
Toronto's Solid Waste Department acknowledges that in the long term shipping waste around the world is not sustainable and hopes that eventually local paper mills and recycling facilities will be able to keep the materials local. Currently items are loaded on a train and driven to the coast where they are then stacked on boats, given several weeks to ship to China and then unloaded onto trucks and driven to recycling plants. Others feel this current system is just a "necessary evil" until communities develop their own recycling facilities. This ongoing loop means that currently items are shipped for breakdown in China, the materials are then repurposed into new products that are then shipped and sold in Canada, and then disposed of and shipped back to China.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I'm still entranced by the book Earth From Above by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It just so happened that we have a copy at our house right now and it's been my bedtime reading for the past few nights. The into to the book has some interesting numbers, one of which I thought I would share.
Distribution of water consumption in the world.
-One person in France consumes between 150 and 250 liters of water per day. Only 2 liters of this is used for drinking. Therefore, less than 0.5% of the water treated for drinking is in fact drunk.
-The average Kenyan uses 4 liters of water per day.
-One person in New York consumes 680 liters per day.
Think about this next time you take a bath, flush the toilet, and wash dishes.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Family dinner thanks to Molly and Big A. You guys are great! Thanks for putting up with all of us.
Rub the Budha's belly!! Maybe that's how Molly keeps it together.
Henrik has the same photo on his blog. Packing up to leave Meg's and head to Keystone.
All ready to go!
The trip to Meru, Kenya made by the Alpine Initiatives Team was more successful than we could have ever imagined. We were able to complete the kitchen for KACH, as well as start working on the Bio-Intensive garden.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Feels pretty good to win the first comp since about a year and a half without competing . I was looking forward to getting a chance to compete on the X Games course and putting a run together.
Luke did an incredible job on the mic, Shay a stupendous job with the photos, and Molly an impecible job with the cooking. I'd also like to say that I fulfilled the 10% rule with my first stop apre ski to supply the house with plenty of party time. Since I'm pretty much over bars after Vegas, a nice dinner at the house with some friends is suiting.
10% to all of my amazing friends. I love my friends.
Henrik is pretty tall with these quad tees layered out to the knees.
Luke had to give me a little bump up onto the podium.
Phil Casabon layed one down today...I thought, was without a doubt in the finals.
This is how I feel right now. Pretty happy.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Today, Keri and I got a little too excited during practice. Keri came up short on the cannon box and bashed her knee to her face and I went to big on the first jump and due to the quickness of the course I didn't have enough time to pull off before I was on the second jump doing a flat spin off the side of the lip to flat. It was awesome.
Molly Olenick was kind enough to supply Keri with some super glue for her chin hole and myself with some iodine for my mouth rinse. It was fun times and we both walked away with some B.A. (BAD ASS) points...all smiles and ready for tomorrow.
Photo Cred: Shay
Photo Cred: Shay again.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
After last nights extreme Foosball tournament, I was pretty sore. It was a bit intense seeing as how I was shaking at the end of each game, but Meg and Byron walked away victorious. Check Byron's interview out on Freeskier.com and read about Meg and Keri fighting over him.
I had to upload this video. Keri's got this thing with her leg that I thought was pretty funny. Kinda like the face that a drummer might make mid set.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
-timing is necessary to get a ride
-start getting sleep now because driving all night takes it out of you
-from competition back to the woods of Canada
-drink lot's of water
-this never gets old
-beacon, shovel, probe...no more easy packing for park trips
-call mom and dad
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I skied for a day in Keystone, which was awesome as always, and then packed up and headed to the Olenick's place in Carbondale (where I will call home for the next week). Just before leaving Keystone, the super French Canadian Kim Lamarre baked a little good bye cake. So we indulged and hit the road.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I'd like to encourage all of you guys to check out Alpine Initiatives video update of their trip to Kenya.
Click on this link: Alpine Initiatives to direct you to the video.
Enjoy and check this link: Alpine Initiatives Website for more information.
Ang is one of the girls that stands out to me in the pipe. She's super smooth, goes big, isn't afraid to try new tricks, has an amazing attitude about life and about skiing, and is a great person to talk to.