Monday, March 30, 2009

Photos.

My friend just sent me an e-mail with all of these amazing photos. Since I'm stuck in bed, it was a nice surprise. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Unfortunately I don't know who took the photos, otherwise I would give credit to whomever that may be.




























Sunday, March 29, 2009

Raising Malawi



I just finished watching this documentary called "I AM BECAUSE WE ARE"

The full length film is available for you to watch at www.hulu.com.

It documents the extraordinary challenges faced by Malawian children in the wake of the AIDS pandemic. Although it's very graphic at times, I found it inspiring in some ways. The children in the documentary seem to be smiling all the time, despite losing their parents to aids, being orphans, having aids themselves, etc. the list goes on.

If you've got the time, it's worth a watch and don't forget to smile everyday.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Knee update.



On Thursday I went in for my first of 2 surgeries on my knee. I was at the hospital at 3 and didn't get into surgery until around 8. It was a long day, but my dad was there to entertain me, thanks dad. This time around I was a lot smarter about things. Taking all the problems that I had with my first knee surgery and applying them to this one helped out a lot.

For example, this time I knew that I get really nauseous so the anesthesiologist gave me some preventative drugs to calm that down. Also, the first 24 hours of my first surgery were incredibly painful. Partly because I couldn't take the pain pills being that I was too nauseous. So this time they gave me a nerve block. It was the strangest sensation. The nerve that they blocked off is up by my hip. Basically they poke you with a needle on the nerve and when your leg starts to twitch just how they want it then they inject something to make it blocked. The nerve block lasts up to 24 hours and takes away a lot of the immediate pain.

While they were checking out my knee's insides they found a lot of cartilage floating around...not good. So they performed a micro fracture, where they chip and drill into your femur bone to promote the growth of cartilage. In 8 weeks when I got back in for my next surgery they will be able to use what cartilage they have grown to put back in my knee. All in all they fixed the medial and lateral meniscus, the medial femoral ligament, cleaned it out, and performed the micro fracture.

So there's a little update...still reading like a maniac and always looking for new books if you've got suggestions.

Make some turns out there for me!!!

Earth Hour



Tonight is the night. Saturday March 28th from 8:30-9:30 turn off you lights.

THIS IS THE WORLD’S FIRST GLOBAL ELECTION, BETWEEN EARTH AND GLOBAL WARMING.

On March 28 you can VOTE EARTH by switching off your lights for one hour.
Or you can vote global warming by leaving your lights on.

The results of the election are being presented at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. We want one billion votes for Earth, to tell world leaders that we have to take action against global warming.

Check out this page VOTE EARTH for more information and don't forget to turn your lights off.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Shane McConkey.



What an amazing person. I don't even know where to start with Shane. He's a legend, he's quirky, can always make anybody smile, hilarious, and an incredibly talented athlete. He's been there from the beginning of my passion for skiing and has forever since been one of my greatest inspirations.



I remember being young and thinking that I could maybe catch up with Shane and Gaffney at Squaw. I think that's when it all started for me. So thank you Shane. You will be missed and fondly remembered.



Last year while filming with MSP, Shane would pick out the craziest lines by far. Sometimes I was nervous for him...I was quickly taken back by him stomping absolutely everything. That old man one of the best damn skiers I've ever seen.

If you would like to read a detailed account on Shane's accident you can check out Porters.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Candide Kamera Première

I was just catching up on my friend Blake's blog and I saw this. Got me super excited. It's great to see people come back strong after an injury.

Books.

Since I've been pretty immobilized since my injury and didn't have the internet, I've been keeping myself busy with reading. Here are the books that I've been indulging in. Pretty much picking them up and not putting them down until I'm finished. I've been ordering all of my books off of Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. You can find used books in near to new condition for really cheap. If you guys have any suggestions of books, I would love to hear them...leave a comment or something. I gotta keep busy and I love new books. Thanks.



This book is one that I've been traveling with since last summer. A friend of mine recommended it to me to help with a number of things, but I've found it most useful in training my mind to visualize and focus. It's a great tool and I try to read a bit in it every day, even if I'm re-reading some things.



After reading Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and thoroughly enjoying it , I thought I would check out some of his other works. Beneath the Wheel is a great story of a boy with a tremendous amount of pressure on him to succeed. Hesse is a great story teller and generally has lessons to be learned within his writing.



John Steinbeck has been one of my favorite authors since I was out of high school and it wasn't homework to read The Grapes of Wrath. I've been collecting a number of his books and have enjoyed every single one of them. The Moon Is Down is an interesting tail of war. It was published in 1942 and was probably the most controversial literary work to appear during World War II. So great was its power that the Nazis made mere possession of it a capital crime.



Christopher Moore...I don't really know what to say. My brother gave me a couple of his books for Christmas and I just got around to reading them. He is a comedian, clever, and all of his books have made me laugh.



"Reads like Christopher Moore laughed his head off while writing it, quite possibly taking hits of nitrous oxide between sentences...He could win National Book Awards for titles alone." -Miami Herald



A great way to start out with Christopher Moore books...Fluke.

Land Sharks

Grete, I'm so sorry for the lack of posts the last few weeks. I was in Canada and didn't have the internet and then this happened...I'll be better from now on while I'm home on the couch.



It was the end of the week long trip to Retallack. It had been our most productive shoot as a team (Orage). The sun was out and the snow was amazing. It was an all time trip for me and so much fun. Endless cliffs and pillows!!

On the second to last day of the trip we were in a new zone. I had seen this line that I thought looked good to go. I checked it out from a number of angles and the photographer was near by lining me up for what appeared to be a perfect trany.

Under the perfect looking trany lie some land sharks disguised as rocks. I landed right on top of them. I made one turn and laid down on my side in agony.



Immediately I knew that my knee was messed up. I felt it and there was a strange bump off to the side. I was in pain...astounding pain. Chris O'Connell was first on the scene. I feel bad for him having to deal with that. I wasn't doing too well and he was trying to comfort me. Not the best situation to be in.



Shortly after J.P., T.J., our guide, and and handful of other guides, Dr.'s, and helping hands were surrounding me. I knew that something was dislocated and I kept asking people to put it back in, but I didn't really know what it was...if it were my knee or my knee cap. I couldn't tell. The Dr. gave me a shot with some gravel in it (anti nausea) and they loaded me up in the sled as comfortably as possible. They all did an absolutely amazing job. I was impressed even though it might not have seemed like it at the time.



They built a tent for me and covered me in blankets for the ride in the heli. It was a bad day to fly, but thankfully they got a heli out to where we were and took me to the Nelson hospital. It was a half hour long heli flight and I was stuck on my back with a mask on my face. I wish I could have enjoyed it. We made it to Nelson and they gave me some laughing gas to transport me to the hospital from the airport. Once I got there they cut my ski pants off me and injected me with morphine once they saw my knee. Sure enough...it was the knee cap that had dislocated to the outside of my leg. Not a pleasant sight or feeling.

After getting my boot off they popped it back in place, but it still wanted to pop out. So something was wrong with some ligaments in there. I made it home and after 3 flights, 1 heli ride, 4 Dr. appt.'s, and 1 MRI I know what's up with my knee. Here's the diagnosis...

My medial and lateral meniscus are torn along with the femoral something or other (it's job is to hold my knee cap in place). So tomorrow afternon at 3 I go in to surgery to fix that up. At the same time they will look at my ACL which they think is also torn, but won't be able to opperate on that until I heal up from my first surgery.

So it's going to be a process, but I can't wait for it to start. Make some turns out there for me and watch out for land sharks!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Retallack

Just finishing up my trip here in Retallack. It's been a great trip. My first time filming here with the sun out. TJ and JP killed it, it was great to see Phil out of his normal environment and skiing powder, but most of all it was great to be skiing with the Orage team again.


TJ X Games Schiller.


Sun's coming out.


To the right of this photo is where the big mountain portion of the Redbull Coldrush will be held.


Phil Casabon.


J.P. Auclair...perfect tranny.


All tuckered out from the big day.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

On the road again.

I was home for a week. It was nice. Now I'm at the airport again, heading to Retallack.











Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Edge of Never



Just picked up this book the other day. After finishing Timequake, I thought I would read something with a bit more grip. I wasn't really sure what the story was about. I had heard different accounts by friends, but I couldn't put them together to form much of a clue as to where this book would lead my mind.

After reading a lot of mountaineering books this summer, this was right up my ally. Knowing some of the characters in this book also made it more real to me. Despite the fact that it is real and very real at that, sometimes I can't come to terms with these epic tails of being in the mountains, for it is truly a dream for many, including myself.

Bill Kerig does an great job of telling the heartening story of Kye Peterson skiing the route, in Chamonix, France, that took his father's life, the late Trevor Peterson. Having been a pro skier himself, Bill Kerig keeps the story true to skiing and the culture surrounding it. However, it's a book that anyone can read. It's well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I hope that you pick up a copy and gain some insight into skiing, Chamonix, Kye, and many skiing legends that aren't always mentioned in todays skiing media. Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Plastic



Since I've been on the subject...

Monday, March 2, 2009

What Really Happens in a Landfill...



Just finished reading this article on what really happens in a landfill. After reading and posting about the what really happens to our recycling the question about our landfills was on my mind. Click HERE if that interests you at all...which it should.

Yes, I shower everyday and I shave my armpits...this isn't about being a hippie (The hippie subculture was originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960s and spread around the world. The word hippie derives from hipster, and was initially used to describe beatniks who had moved into San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. These people inherited the countercultural values of the Beat Generation, created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock, embraced the sexual revolution, and used drugs such as cannabis and LSD to explore alternative states of consciousness. -Wiki was my source).

Timequake



After roaming around Seattle on Friday afternoon with Hatt Marvey (You would be able to click on his name to be forwarded to his blog, but I can't connect right now...sorry), we found ourselves in Barnes and Noble. With nothing to do, but wait for my cousin to get off work at his office, we walked around aimlessly looking at the thousands upon thousands of books. I found myself in the autobiography section, puzzled about who I should read about. Harvey held some personal feelings against the author of the one book I was into, so I put it down and moved on.

Just about when I was over it, too confussed and overwhelmed to buy a book (which often happens to me when I find myself in a mass book store), Harvey handed me Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut. He said I would be a fool not to enjoy this book. He raved about it for a minute or so and at that point, all I really wanted to do was read, not to think about which book off the shelf to choose from. So it was in perfect timing that I was introduced to Kurt Vonnegut. An author that I now am quite interested and entertained by.

Timequake. At 2:27 P.M. on February 13th of the year 2001, the Universe suffered a crisis in self-confidence. Should it go on expanding indefinitely? What was the point?




Read it, read Vonnegut, be entertained by his witty and blunt humorous remarks and philosophical visions on life. Enjoy it. I did and I think you will, but I won't think you're a fool if you do not.

From Timequake:

"You think the ancient Romans were smart? Look at how dumb their numbers were. One theory of why they declined and fell is that their plumbing was lead. The root of our word plumbing is plumbum, the Latin word for "lead." Lead poisoning makes people stupid and lazy. What's your excuse?