10 for 10

A few years ago, when I was trying to do 100 ten thousand foot days, I attempted 10 consecutive days of 10 000 ft. It was a wicked time each day was in a different zone, each descent different. So that by the tenth day I had skied tonnes of powder, always in a different zone, I was pumped and we headed up an unknown road. This mistake ended my 10th day, it turned out that the road led to the mountain of no vertical and we ended up doing a loop of 15 km with  barely 4000 ft of gain. So I never managed 10 for 10.

During this year I have always dreamed that I would do 10 for 10, it would be so good for my average, adding an extra 45,000 ft to my goal. But it has never manifested itself. In Bariloche, I mentioned that I was hoping for 9 out of the last 14 days of August to be tens. Then I got sick and ended up in bed for 5 days. So I did not mention anything this time.

This time I just went out day after day and watched my numbers add up. It was great, not a lot of exploring, but some serious skinning.

I lapped these two volcanoes, like a biker in a velodrome. Just setting my skin tracks in and lapping 2000-2300ft laps, head down, getting’er done.  Going to the summit of Nuevo at least 14 times, skiing off the back side a couple but mostly on this front side. Some days like today, I hung out low and lapped down low, others times  higher.

My efforts paid off. 10 days= 103,370 ft. I went from behind par to 3 days ahead. Awesome.

Also a month ago when Tracey and the kids left I vowed I would take advantage of my freedom. No responsibilities but my goal. This month would be the month that made the goal happen.  14Sept-13Oct= 30 days, 2 days off, 28 days on, average per day 9,128 ft, lowest day 2990ft(Jesse’s Birthday) biggest day 11440ft,  16 days over 10 000 for a grand total of…..255 610 ft.   That is so satisfying.

  1. Terry October 14, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Right on, Greg! Glad you are getting it done!

  2. treepilot October 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    250K in a month = 3 MM in a year!

    Great to see you ahead of pace again. When do you return to this hemisphere?

  3. hoarhey October 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Awesome Greg, way to go!

    This is my first post, but I’ve been following you since Bertrand sent me an early season pic of you or a partner of yours skiing some deep pow down low at Nevados.

    Best wishes for your success from Chicago.

    Have you gone to cerro negro or other areas near Shangrila valley?

    Is most of the lower elevation snow already burned out?

  4. betsyderek October 16, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Way to go Greg !!!! It must feel a lot better being ahead of the challenge . Still days to go to rack up more. How is your cough /

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