“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”
Henry David Thoreau
We just returned from our epic backcountry ski adventure in the Selkirk Mountains. Words can’t describe the magnificent alpine scenery we got to enjoy every day … and in glorious sunshine except from maybe one morning of overcast skies. The skiing was fantastic, and after a bit of time to get my “ski legs” back (I have been boarding for the last 15 years!), the fear was gone and the turns in powder on the Durrand Glacier were pure bliss!
In this type of environment, with the sunshine we got to enjoy, there really aren’t any bad pictures so it was hard to select the best. Here is our collection – please enjoy the photos!
Now I am hooked on backcountry skiing! Who needs crowded resorts and cold lifts when you can find your own rhythm, skin up a peak and really “earn” the descent. So I have to admit that I have been searching the Web for great deals on backcountry ski gear to get my own equipment going and do more of this! I found a great website (check out Level Nine Sports!) that also ships to Canada for a very reasonable price!!!
Okay so it took me a while to post ALL my 2013 training and racing pictures … but better late than never. I noticed that I hadn’t posted the shots from the Cutthroat Classic (a favourite of mine, over Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades, WA), a race that once again blew me away with the amazing scenery and organization. I’d rather forget the spill I took, literally 100m from the finish (but luckily around a corner so that nobody saw my face plant!), but otherwise I loved every minute of this. It’s a demanding uphill climb of 5miles, the a fast downhill for 6 miles. I will be back next year!
An annual tradition of mine is participating in the Grand Columbian half iron race in September in Grand Coulee, WA. Once again, a great experience! I sure hope this race continues! Check this video, showing a few seconds of the bike ride among the fields on the plateau above Grand Coulee … and maybe understand why I love it so much.
Now we are already well into the winter of 2013/2014, and I have already had lots of snow adventures. Watch this spot for updates!
It has become somewhat of a tradition, our annual trip to Hawaii once the weather turns colder here in Kelowna. We have been mixing it up by visiting different islands, and this year spent a week on Maui before going to Kona for 3 days. It had been 10 years for me since I had been to Maui last! We had a great time, exploring the island from our base near Kahana. Lots of waterfalls, great hikes, nice beaches and plenty of downtime as well. In Kona, we participated again in the Kukio Blue Water Swim, also an annual tradition. A group of 8 people from Kelowna enjoyed the morning together in Uluweuweu Bay. This is a race you can’t beat for setting and food and general effort the organizers put into it. If you are at all into open water swimming, put this on your list
Please enjoy the pictures and let me know what you think! Aloha!