Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mounting Dynafits

I don't really consider myself a great carpenter, so mounting my own ski bindings without a jig is a big deal for me. I have to go pretty slow because there are many potential errors The process reminds me of Tom Hanks building that fire in Castaway--he is so pumped and proud of himself for making fire while watching that bonfire. "I... have made fire!" When I'm done, everything is right and works how it should, I think to myself, "I...have made skis!" Not really a big deal, but it still feels pretty cool to be able to do. Thanks for your resources. I couldn't have done it without you. That is all.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Kites! (Finally...)

After I sewed my kite a month ago, I haven't had time to string it up and get it flying. Until today at least. I've got it ready to rock. I'm still working on my homemade kite bar. I'll have it going by winter, so I'll just be flying it on 2 lines for a bit to get the feel of the kite. Should be good times.

Sometimes we get the wrong guy. I, for the record, voted for McCain. He's got some great ideas.

McCain’s Economic Plan For Nation: 'Everyone Marry A Beer Heiress'

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Winter stoke

Got these this weekend.

So these might be for sale. $150. Anyone interested? Naxo NX21. A 13 DIN step in randonee binding.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Targhee Race

They posted some info about the first ski mountaineering race (for westerners at least) the other day at No teams this year (bummer!) and they have a heavy metal category as well for less serious racers or those that don't have f1's and low tech bindings. I'm in!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Early October? Or late November?

Post Conference drive up Farmington Canyon in our minivan.

The weather outside was frightful.

Jami descending the stairs after her race. Yes, I said descending.

Marathon & Moe's Valley

Jami ran the St. George Marathon yesterday. She set a PR with a time of 2:57:48. Nice one Jami!

We woke up at 4:30 so I could drop her off at the race shuttle. With about 4-4.5 hours to kill, I wondered "What to do?" The bouldering guidebook for Moe's Valley says a "4x4 is sometimes necessary & at a minimum, a high clearance 2WD. Don't even attempt this in a passenger car." My corolla thinks it is a truck, so off we went in search of some house sized boulders in the desert. BTW, the road is better than advertised--I made it just fine albeit with a couple of teeth-grinding-i-hope-i-don't-high-center nervous moments.

I had to wait for about an hour for the sky to lighten a little (sun still wasn't up). Even though you can see the city from where I was, it felt nice and tranquil.

The Sentinel.

Power lines add to the ambiance of the area.

I was the only person out and had the place all to myself--hence no pictures of myself. When my weak-sauce hands started opening up, it was time to go, and I still was able to see the Mrs. running the last 6 miles of the race. Bikes at running races are awesome--so fast & easy to get around.