“I’ve never met anyone that used to backcountry ski. I know lots of people who used to alpine ski. I know lots of people who used to nordic ski. Where do they wind up? Back in the wild.”
In Honor and Envy of the One Who Made Those Tracks
a cobalt sky
interrupted only by the insistent green
of pine and fir,
gray limbs and twig-fingers
of bare trees
that even winter-drugged
have not forgotten
how to reach
as far as arborly possible
into that impossible blue
where all is possible.
Covering the earth:
sifted with diamond dust
nestled to betrothed
like a tufted comforter.
two narrow tracks carved by
a single pilgrim
who dared enter these woods
to ski beneath this blue
press her signature seal into this white.
February 22, 2013
Catamount Trail, Forest Road 10 to James Brook Trail
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! We hope you are with family enjoying some down time and stuffing your faces. We just wanted everyone to know how thankful we are to be a part of such a wonderful and supportive community! What makes this job, and our organization so special are the people that we get to hang out with and interact with on a day-to-day basis. Thank you for being so awesome!
Hope to see some of you out on the trail soon.
Found this gem over on the Adventure Journal Blog and it reminded me of a couple of definitions I heard or read somewhere…
Adventure: Something that’s not fun while it’s happening.
Epic: An overabundance of unpleasantness.
Now think about some of the things we do for fun… backcountry skiing, ice climbing, trail running, winter trail running… During all of these activities you experience moments–some of these moments being longer than others–that are not particularly fun or enjoyable, and it can be hard to explain to others why these activities are so damn fun. Some people just can’t understand how getting up before dawn to go slog up a mountain in the dark, cold, and wind could possibly be fun. And the truth is parts of these experiences are not fun, but they are rewarding. And for those of you out there that get it… the image above pretty much says it all and I just wanted to share it because it’s awesome!