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Ski Fit

In the 90s, when I worked in southern Oregon, our workplace was blessed with a gym. Not a fancy gym, but it boasted a weight machine, two treadmills, and one of those old school Nordic track ski machines. Myself and two old guys–who really weren't that old, now that I am approaching their ages–were the only people to take advantage of the gym. Jim insisted on the oldies station, so that was what we listened to. He took one treadmill and I took the other, and Dave manned the ski machine. We made fun of him for it, but he insisted it was a good workout. Now I am thinking he was right.

It's the same every year. Even though I know it's coming, the first big snow brings a scramble. Where is the maxiglide? The musher's secret for Ruby's paws? What do I even wear to ski? At the same time, the depressing seasonal reality sets in: you can be fit, but ski fit is something completely different.Outings are completely different now; friends that used to go skiing don&#03..

In the 90s, when I worked in southern Oregon, our workplace was blessed with a gym. Not a fancy gym, but it boasted a weight machine, two treadmills, and one of those old school Nordic track ski machines. Myself and two old guys–who really weren't that old, now that I am approaching their ages–were the only people to take advantage of the gym. Jim insisted on the oldies station, so that was what we listened to. He took one treadmill and I took the other, and Dave manned the ski machine. We made fun of him for it, but he insisted it was a good workout. Now I am thinking he was right.


It's the same every year. Even though I know it's coming, the first big snow brings a scramble. Where is the maxiglide? The musher's secret for Ruby's paws? What do I even wear to ski? At the same time, the depressing seasonal reality sets in: you can be fit, but ski fit is something completely different.

Outings are completely different now; friends that used to go skiing don't want to go anymore. "After the pandemic," they say, or they say nothing at all. I've learned through this who my true friends are. It is going to be mostly a solo winter, but a few friends in my Covid bubble still hang in there.

A and I push our way through the perfect kind of snow. Some people dream of groomed trails; we like breaking it through fresh powder. We spy wolf tracks in the deep snow. Strangely, nobody else is out. We take the road up, and even though I run it in the summer, it is harder on skis. A feels the same way. "I'm so out of shape," she says, even though she isn't. It's just ski fit.

We check out the pond. It looks frozen enough to skate on, but we don't have the nerve to test it. I want to go further–I always want to go further–but A wants to go back, and so we head down the steep trails toward the ski area. Typically I scream down these in fear, but today in the powder, they are manageable.

The next day I go out solo and break a longer trail. Any tracks are gone, polished by the wind, so I navigate by memory. There's a long climb, longer than I remember from running this route in summer. Did I really run up this steep hill? I guess so. I only feel confident about my route when I see the trail sign and start heading back toward the pond. A hunter has postholed in on an old ski track here, ruining it, but there is plenty of room to safely descend the big hill. I arrive wind-blown at the ski area, where a few die-hards are skinning up.

The next week, an odd storm will blow in, bringing 60 degrees and 80 mile an hour wind gusts. This hardens the snow into a gnarly crust, no good for skiing or snowshoeing. I try, get annoyed, and retreat. A friend texts: "Are you backpacking in Arizona this December?" No, I say. Even though I see friends traveling all over the place, it doesn't seem responsible right now. She isn't going either. "I hate this in between," she writes. I do too. The trails are icy, nowhere to run, the gym is closed, we wait for snow.

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Riverside Nurse Stranded on Mt Whitney for 2 Nights Found Dead + Capitol Butte and the Sedona Kitsch Vortex – Arizona

Riverside Nurse dies after hiking accident strands her on Mt Whitney for two nights.
Capitol Butte and the Sedona Kitsch Vortex – Arizona — Trip report with pictures from Seano
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https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-11-13/riverside-nurse-dies-after-mt-whitney-hiking-accident — Riverside nurse dies after hiking accident strands her on Mt Whitney for two nights.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cassandra-bravo-nurse-dies-fall-mount-whitney/

http://www.drdirtbag.com/2020/11/23/capitol-butte-and-the-sedona-kitsch-vortex/ — Capitol Butte and the Sedona Kitsch Vortex – Arizona — Trip report with pictures from Seano

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Riverside Nurse dies after hiking accident strands her on Mt Whitney for two nights.

Capitol Butte and the Sedona Kitsch Vortex – Arizona — Trip report with pictures from Seano

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https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-11-13/riverside-nurse-dies-after-mt-whitney-hiking-accident — Riverside nurse dies after hiking accident strands her on Mt Whitney for two nights.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cassandra-bravo-nurse-dies-fall-mount-whitney/


http://www.drdirtbag.com/2020/11/23/capitol-butte-and-the-sedona-kitsch-vortex/ — Capitol Butte and the Sedona Kitsch Vortex – Arizona — Trip report with pictures from Seano

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Mt Hood – North Face Right Gully Solo – Oregon Cascades + Mt Sill to Thunderbolt Traverse – CA Sierras – Trip Report/ Pictures

Mt Hood – North Face Right Gully Solo — Oregon Cascades — T/R +pictures – CascadeClimbers
Mt Sill to Thunderbolt Traverse – CA Sierras — Trip Report with pictures — Summitpost.org
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https://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/topic/103741-tr-mount-hood-north-face-right-gully-solo-11212020/ — Mt Hood – North Face Right Gully – Solo — Oregon Cascades – Trip report with pictures.

https://www.summitpost.org/sill-to-thunderbolt-traverse-and-unrelated-beta/1056742 — Sill to Thunderbolt Traverse — CA Sierras — Trip report with pictures.

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Mt Hood – North Face Right Gully Solo — Oregon Cascades — T/R +pictures – CascadeClimbers

Mt Sill to Thunderbolt Traverse – CA Sierras — Trip Report with pictures — Summitpost.org

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https://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/topic/103741-tr-mount-hood-north-face-right-gully-solo-11212020/ — Mt Hood – North Face Right Gully – Solo — Oregon Cascades – Trip report with pictures.

https://www.summitpost.org/sill-to-thunderbolt-traverse-and-unrelated-beta/1056742 — Sill to Thunderbolt Traverse — CA Sierras — Trip report with pictures.

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Updates : K2, Ama Dablam, Patagonia + East Temple, Checkerboard Mesa – Utah + Diopsud Buttes – Standard – Cascades

Updates : K2, Ama Dablam, Patagonia – from Explorersweb.com
East Temple, Checkerboard Mesa – Zion NP – Utah — Trip Report with pictures – from Seano
Diopsud Buttes – Standard – Cascades WA — Trip Report with pictures -from CascadeClimbers.com
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https://explorersweb.com/2020/11/20/updates-k2-ama-dablam-patagonia/ — Updates : K2, Ama Dablam, Patagonia

http://www.drdirtbag.com/2020/11/20/east-temple-checkerboard-mesa/ — East Temple, Checkerboard Mesa – Zion N.P. – Utah — Trip report with pictures from Seano.

https://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/topic/103735-tr-diobsud-buttes-standard-04162020/ — Diopsud Buttes – Standard – Cascades – WA — Trip report with pictures.

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Updates : K2, Ama Dablam, Patagonia – from Explorersweb.com

East Temple, Checkerboard Mesa – Zion NP – Utah — Trip Report with pictures – from Seano

Diopsud Buttes – Standard – Cascades WA — Trip Report with pictures -from CascadeClimbers.com

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https://explorersweb.com/2020/11/20/updates-k2-ama-dablam-patagonia/ — Updates : K2, Ama Dablam, Patagonia

http://www.drdirtbag.com/2020/11/20/east-temple-checkerboard-mesa/ — East Temple, Checkerboard Mesa – Zion N.P. – Utah — Trip report with pictures from Seano.

https://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/topic/103735-tr-diobsud-buttes-standard-04162020/ — Diopsud Buttes – Standard – Cascades – WA — Trip report with pictures.

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Four Climbers Establish New Baffin Island Routes + Jost Kobusch Focused on Winter Everest + Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc Registration

Four Climbers establish new Baffin Island Routes – from Gripped Magazine
Jost Kobusch Still Focused on Winter Everest – from Explorersweb.com
Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc Registration opens in January 2021 – Chamonix.net.eng.news
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https://gripped.com/video/new-400-metre-5-13-climbed-on-baffin-island/ — Four Climbers establish New Baffin Island routes.

https://explorersweb.com/2020/11/19/jost-kobusch-still-focused-on-winter-everest/ — Jost Kobusch : Still focused on Winter Everest.

https://www.chamonix.net/english/news/utmb-2021-registration-opens-january — Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc Registration

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Four Climbers establish new Baffin Island Routes – from Gripped Magazine

Jost Kobusch Still Focused on Winter Everest – from Explorersweb.com

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc Registration opens in January 2021 – Chamonix.net.eng.news

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https://gripped.com/video/new-400-metre-5-13-climbed-on-baffin-island/ — Four Climbers establish New Baffin Island routes.

https://explorersweb.com/2020/11/19/jost-kobusch-still-focused-on-winter-everest/ — Jost Kobusch : Still focused on Winter Everest.

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Longing for Light – New Route on Mount Moffit in Alaska’s Hayes Range + Trips in Zion N.P. – Utah +

“Longing for Light” – New Route on Mt Moffit in Alaska's Hayes Range – RockandIce.com
Hikes (Guide) in Zion N.P. – Utah – Description with pictures – from Citrusmilo.com
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New Page on Personal Websites in the General Section of the Forum at Summitpost.org

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https://rockandice.com/climbing-news/longing-for-light-new-route-on-mount-moffitt-alaskas-hayes-range/ — ” Longing for Light ” — New Route on Mount Moffitt in Alaska's Hayes Range.

https://www.citrusmilo.com/zionguide/eastcanyon.php — Zion – Utah Guide

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New Page on Personal Websites in the General Section of the Forum at Summitpost.org

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https://rockandice.com/climbing-news/longing-for-light-new-route-on-mount-moffitt-alaskas-hayes-range/ — " Longing for Light " — New Route on Mount Moffitt in Alaska's Hayes Range.

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Winter K2 : From Savage to Crowded ? + Leap of Faith (Switzerland) Freed by Italians +

Winter K2 : From Savage to Crowded ? — from Explorersweb.com website
Leap of Faith (Switzerland) – freed by Italians — from PlanetMountain.com
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https://explorersweb.com/2020/11/17/winter-k2-from-savage-to-crowded/ — Winter K2 : From Savage to Crowded ?

https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/alpinism/leap-of-faith-freed-on-poncione-d-alnasca-matteo-della-bordella-alessandro-zeni.html — Leap of Faith (Switzerland) freed by Italians.

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https://explorersweb.com/2020/11/17/winter-k2-from-savage-to-crowded/ — Winter K2 : From Savage to Crowded ?



https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/alpinism/leap-of-faith-freed-on-poncione-d-alnasca-matteo-della-bordella-alessandro-zeni.html — Leap of Faith (Switzerland) freed by Italians.


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Fear of Cold

A big storm was coming, several feet of snow in the mountains, and I wanted one long hike before it arrived. The snow was predicted to fall all day, but not intensify before four. Could I hike 13 miles and several thousand feet before then? Yes, I could.
A dismal rain seeped through the trees as I climbed through the uninspiring first few miles of the hike to Aneroid Lake. There's no good way to say it, this is frankly a slog, with only partial views, but mostly rocks, a fairly unhealthy forest, and no break in the climb. Several fallen trees draped the trail, victims of the intense winds we had gotten a few days before. If it gets really windy, I'm turning around, I thought.
The rain turned to snow after three miles, and I had yet to shed a layer, unusual on this steep hike. I was wearing a rain jacket, a wool top and, yes, pants. Snow is always better than rain, but I worried it would start to fall so heavily that I would flounder in my trail running shoes. If the snow star..

A big storm was coming, several feet of snow in the mountains, and I wanted one long hike before it arrived. The snow was predicted to fall all day, but not intensify before four. Could I hike 13 miles and several thousand feet before then? Yes, I could.

A dismal rain seeped through the trees as I climbed through the uninspiring first few miles of the hike to Aneroid Lake. There's no good way to say it, this is frankly a slog, with only partial views, but mostly rocks, a fairly unhealthy forest, and no break in the climb. Several fallen trees draped the trail, victims of the intense winds we had gotten a few days before. If it gets really windy, I'm turning around, I thought.

The rain turned to snow after three miles, and I had yet to shed a layer, unusual on this steep hike. I was wearing a rain jacket, a wool top and, yes, pants. Snow is always better than rain, but I worried it would start to fall so heavily that I would flounder in my trail running shoes. If the snow starts to stick, I'm turning around, I thought.

At the bridge that marks 4.2 miles, the snow was sticking, but I knew that after this point, the trail slowly begins to level out after a final climb. To get this far and not at least get some views seemed sort of criminal, so I pressed on. If the snow starts to get deep, I'm turning around, I thought.

The reward of the climb is a stroll through tawny meadows and views of the higher peaks of the Northern Blues. There were no footprints in the skiff of snow that was fast collecting. I was the only one on trail.

Because I didn't stop, I reached the lake before noon. Gone was the crush of campers; the lake was still. Fog kissed the surface; there were no real views today. Stopping to eat an protein bar, my fingers quickly succumbed to the cold. It was, after all, only about 20 degrees. I couldn't sit and admire the lake; winter was coming.

There is a private inholding at this lake and for a brief moment I fantasized about spending the winter in one of the cabins. I've always wanted this–extreme isolation for a distinct period of time. But not today; I had to get down the trail.

And none too soon, because snow had already filled in my tracks. As I hiked fast to get warm, the fear of cold crept in. Even though I carried all the gear I needed to survive, I thought of all the hikers who have disappeared in cold places. I get cold easily and this is why winter will always feel a little alien.

About a mile and a half down the trail, a woman appeared, hiking toward the lake. A kindred soul! "I figured I was the only one crazy enough to be hiking up here in this weather," she said. After she left I regretted I hadn't gotten her name. There are so few people who like to do the kind of hiking I do.

As I descended, the snow turned back to rain. My mittens were soggy and useless, but I wasn't cold any longer. Looking back, all I could see was white. The season of cold is here.

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Mingma G Sherpa to Attempt Winter K2 + Two New Routes on the North Face of Monte Kalde in Turkey +

Mingma G Sherpa to Attempt Winter K2 – From Alan Arnette on his detailed blog
Ukraine Scalers open 2 new routes on the North Face of Monte Kalde in Turkey.
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https://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2020/11/16/mingma-g-sherpa-to-attempt-winter-k2/ — Alan Arnette — Mingma G Sherpa to Attempt Winter K2.

https://www.facebook.com/alpinistagarranzo/posts/2073317569471714 — Ukraine Scalers open two new routes on the North Face of Monte Kalde in Turkey.
Kiev climbers ▪️ Igor Chaplinsky, ▪️Vitaly Todorenko and Mikhail Fomin formed a cordada, while ▪️ Nikita Balabanov, with ▪️ Vyacheslav Polezhaiko (from Cherkassy) formed another one. Both lines are relatively simple (5 a-5 b), but exceptional in the area by the number of lengths (15 P) and climb the northside to the northwest ridge (about 550 n ) to reach the summit.

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Mingma G Sherpa to Attempt Winter K2 – From Alan Arnette on his detailed blog

Ukraine Scalers open 2 new routes on the North Face of Monte Kalde in Turkey.

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https://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2020/11/16/mingma-g-sherpa-to-attempt-winter-k2/ — Alan Arnette — Mingma G Sherpa to Attempt Winter K2.


https://www.facebook.com/alpinistagarranzo/posts/2073317569471714 — Ukraine Scalers open two new routes on the North Face of Monte Kalde in Turkey.

Kiev climbers ▪️ Igor Chaplinsky, ▪️Vitaly Todorenko and Mikhail Fomin formed a cordada, while ▪️ Nikita Balabanov, with ▪️ Vyacheslav Polezhaiko (from Cherkassy) formed another one. Both lines are relatively simple (5 a-5 b), but exceptional in the area by the number of lengths (15 P) and climb the northside to the northwest ridge (about 550 n ) to reach the summit.



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Nippletop, Separation, Lonely, the Triplets, Lost – Utah + 2 Hikers Rescued on Skyline Trail – San Jacinto – Nov 12 2020

Nippletop, Separation, Lonely, The Triplets, Lost – Utah – Trip Report with pictures – Seano
2 Hikers Rescued on Skyline Trail, San Jacinto on Nov 12 2020 – MtSanJacinto.info., Rmru.org
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http://www.drdirtbag.com/2020/11/14/nippletop-separation-lonely-the-triplets-lost/ — Nippletop, Separation, Lonely, the Triplets, Lost – Utah — Trip report with pictures from Seano.

http://mtsanjacinto.info/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6118… — 2 Rescues on Skyline Trail – November 12 2020rmru.org/2020/11/12/2020-057
Nov 12, 2020 · Skyline Flat Rock Rescue. November 12, 2020 Skyline Trail at Flat Rock 2020-057. Written by Editor. We got the call at 8:30am that a solo Male Hiker age 26 had started up the Skyline Trail to the Tramway at 3am. He got as far as Flat Rock and was very cold and unsteady and called 911. — RMRU.org

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Nippletop, Separation, Lonely, The Triplets, Lost – Utah – Trip Report with pictures – Seano

2 Hikers Rescued on Skyline Trail, San Jacinto on Nov 12 2020 – MtSanJacinto.info., Rmru.org

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http://www.drdirtbag.com/2020/11/14/nippletop-separation-lonely-the-triplets-lost/ — Nippletop, Separation, Lonely, the Triplets, Lost – Utah — Trip report with pictures from Seano.


http://mtsanjacinto.info/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6118… — 2 Rescues on Skyline Trail – November 12 2020rmru.org/2020/11/12/2020-057

Nov 12, 2020 · Skyline Flat Rock Rescue. November 12, 2020 Skyline Trail at Flat Rock 2020-057. Written by Editor. We got the call at 8:30am that a solo Male Hiker age 26 had started up the Skyline Trail to the Tramway at 3am. He got as far as Flat Rock and was very cold and unsteady and called 911. — RMRU.org


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