Time to get after it.

Regardless of conditions its go time. Luckily conditions are getting better almost 3 feet in the alpine and storms are coming. But that 3 feet shrinks quickly and skiing is dubious below 6000 ft.

I have been busy, Vancouver and Urban Rush which was fun. Except I used penultimate in the wrong context but now know what it means.  Teach me to throw out a word I do not truly know.

I spent three days touring outside of Vancouver, one towards the Black Tusk, which was whiteout and not great, followed by 2500ft of down walking. Then a day off Blackcomb, skiing Husume and The Glacier, which was fun, and then 1200 feet of down walking. Then up Whistler and some ok turns and 1500 feet of down walking.

And now a day out of Revelstoke, so I am starting to get after it again just slowly and not with huge days.   The inner coach is pissed off and ready to rock but we need a tiny bit more snow.

Today on our way touring, my buddy Joey’s van, slipped its timing belt. Mid road Joey did a complete belt change, which was impressive and we continued to drive up higher. A screw got loose and screwed things up again, but a full timing belt change on a logging road! Seriously who does that and then continues driving upwards. I thought we had it till the screw messed things up.  Regardless,we managed to change vehicles and ended up getting some decent skiing in. Anyhow tired and ready for bed.

  1. jerimy November 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    How do you log the vertical when you have to hike back down? I know the goal is “climb and ski 2 million.” A similar situation would be doing a traverse where the start and end elevation are different and was curious how you credit the different up/down numbers towards the total.

  2. Bostock November 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    back in the days of rally racing early 80s econo shitboxes on logging roads (read highschool) I used to be able to change the timing belt in my chevette scooter in under 20mins.

    starting to feel like winter. play safe out there.

  3. dlv November 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    There was this one time two winters ago when Joey needed a ride back to his van from the Assloggin parking lot. So we happily obliged. And Joey said to give him a call and he’d help us locate a necessary item for a hut trip we were heading out to the next day. So we called and called and Joey never bothered to answer. So Joey, the next time you drop into Jackson Hole and you need something special, please don’t give me a call. Well, you could call and I’d probably help you out. Maybe the snapped timing belt is karmic reaction?

  4. AK Jack November 18, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Good you’re back in the track. Stay after it! Enough whining about downwalking.

  5. Greg November 19, 2010 at 2:59 am

    The whining about the downwalking is that it thrashes me for the next few days, 2000 feet of downwalking tires me out more than 10 000 feet up.

  6. mrs.sprouleo November 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    d/v – karmic reaction? a rather vindictive comment for a ski blog!!….thumbs up to the mountain mechanic!!

  7. jvos November 24, 2010 at 4:32 am

    hey Dlv, living in a town 200 km from anywhere in both directions sometimes leaves things a little… dry. I remember the ride… thanks again. Sorry about not getting you your necessary item. Thems the breaks when you cross the border! Ive been there a few times too.

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