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Getting my momentum back

This morning I was feeling a little disheartened at how my quest was going but after today I am realising that I just have to keep after it. I once met a Vietnam vet who had seen a lot of atrocities and had survived through the war. I asked him what his secret was. He leaned forward, eyes red with wine, held my gaze and said ” never give up….never give up…..never give up…”

I guess I should listen to his words now and start linking a few big days. I was a little on the non motivated side this morning and looking up at the fingers I felt like the skiing wouldn’t be worth it. Dave joined me and gave me some energy and soon enough we were skiing through 30 fresh, skiing fast and aggressive. Three awesome runs later and I skied out to take my sister in law, Courtney, on her first backcountry experience. A talented skier I figured she would like the challenge of the backcountry. So we toured up 2100 feet and gave here her first b.c. turns. I think she loved them but needed more to really get into the rhythm.

No photos today but I will be back on it tommorrow. 10200 feet of decent skiing.

feels good to be blogging again, I promise non stop blogging till the end…

loss of momentum

Wow, someone has taken the wind out of my sails. In the last week I have only toured one 10 000 foot day. It was up while guiding at Sol and I managed to pull in a couple of laps during the day and then finished off with a night lap. Guiding comes first so I always work my hardest to ensure I am being the perfect guide and then if I can I sneak out for a few laps to try and achieve my silly goal I will.

But things are finally settling down and I will be able to get after it, but I am on the fringe of not being able to tour 100 ten thousand foot days, it is looking like I will have to tour a bit moe on some days and go for a million in less than 100 days, in other words average over 10 000 a day for the season. I am not sure if I like the math or not, I always liked the clean mathematical concept of 100 * 10 000 footers.

Well we will see, I better go and get after it today.

First backcountry turns

I think we all remember them, our first backcountry turns. Usually the legs are completely tired, burning with lactose as you finally crest the top. Then a few minutes later your nonchalant guide tells you its time to ski down. Apprehensive yet excited you attempt a few turns and realise that even though the powder is the best you have ever experienced its is going to be a bit of survival skiing. Managing to link up a few turns they become the best turns of your life and somehow you forget all the pain and drudgery and focus on those few great turns.

Today I went out early and lapped the fingers a few times and then skied down to meet Craig. Craig is from England here on a two week social visit with his girlfriend, Lisa. So today was Craig’s first backcountry turns, and I am unsure whether he liked it or not. He developed two huge blisters and had a few great bails, but I hope he enjoyed some moments of the day.

Valentines day, we finished off the skiing with a hot spring and dinner with our respective partners at Halcyon hot springs. Perfect day.

Day 42 10250 feet

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