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The Otter Kind

Thought I'd give a shout out to my friend Michelle Smith, a film maker from Jackson Hole who has been steadily upping her game with these fun videos featuring my old stomping grounds. The Grand Teton is getting some love lately from TGR and will be featured on Jeremy Jones' next effort, Higher.

Michelle beats him to the punch here with this tasty nugget. She was preceeded by the Otter Body Experience, a film by David Gonzales but that awesome movie is MIA on the internet now. UPDATE: This great film is now available again here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcsQG3HZkYU 

So, sit back and check out the fun on one of the coolest lines on the biggest peak in the range along with some perspective from Teton skimo pioneer, Mark Newcomb.

The Otter Kind from getungrounded on Vimeo.



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Hi Brian,

Thanks for the Tetons video--makes me miss the Rockies.

Thought you might like this article about running, nutrition and hydration.


The whole "two different kinds of carbohydrates" thing sound dubious but possible. Just an idea, but perhaps this athlete's very high sweat rate, and ability to cool off, explains part of his success. Heat regulation is being thrown around as one of the big components of the whole central regulator theory of fatigue...guess it makes sense to wear lycra in the mountains!

All the best,


November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBruno Schull

Hey Bruno,

From what I've read, Gebrselassies' performance is likely due to several things. I'm reading Tim Noakes' "Waterlogged" right now and the Runners World article drives home a couple of points.

First, the "two different kinds of carb" thing is real, according to the science. Read my piece here to get the details. http://getstrongergolonger.squarespace.com/journal/2011/12/19/fueling-on-the-go.html

Next, I would venture that Geb's ability to sweat not only cools him but, more significantly, makes him lighter allowing him to run faster. Noakes is very emphatic in his contention that the whole dogma of not losing much body weight, ie. <2%, is nonsense. The best performing athletes lose a lot more. The question is whether it's better cooling or the weight loss that drives performance. I would vote for the latter.

Noakes would likely contend that Geb's performance is driven not by his fluid consumption but rather his vigilant attention to carbohydrate intake.

And you're right about the Lycra, all those sweaty bastards in Gortex getting in our way on the ski track have no clue. At least take your damn jacket off! Seriously, why anyone brings Gortex anything into the mountains on a typical day is beyond me. Unless it's raining....

November 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterBrian

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