Feathering the Throttle

25 Short, Turkey Chute, Maverick tour profile, GTNPI am a self-confessed reluctant adopter of performance monitoring technology. I even wrote a piece on my "anti-technology" feelings here. But I will admit, now that I've been using my Suunto T6 for awhile, I really enjoy poking around the data. For someone who blogs about this stuff, using these devices gives me stuff to talk about.

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Getting Serious

It's been a productive but not too structured fall. I was roller skiing and running regularly with an eye towards the Ski Mountaineering National Championships here in Jackson in early January. That races shows up early on the calender and it's hard to feel completely ready for it.

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Skin Maintenance

With a new season upon us, back country skiers everywhere are digging through their closets and bringing season-appropriate gear back to the front and getting stuff like mountain bike equipment out of the way. Seems like we forget where we put the beacon, shovel, repair kit, etc. Of course, skins are part of the search and, once found, a quick inspection often reveals crappy skin glue that you can no longer ignore.

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Zipper Modification for Light Gear

Outdoor Research Centrifuge JacketOne of the problems about favoring light gear, clothing included, is that every aspect of the gear is light. This includes the zippers. With light zippers comes small zipper pulls, not something I relish in winter clothing where tugging on these things often involves gloved hands. This usually leads to some low-level cursing and removal of gloves to get the job done.

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Early Season Bliss

East and West Hourglass Couloirs, Nez PierceThe early snow of October kept my gaze toward the high peaks most of the month. Some friends got out right after the storm and skied powder on the Middle Teton Glacier. It looked fantastic although they didn't ski from the top of the "notch" below the summit pyramid. Various commitments kept me from getting up there right away but a window opened a couple of weeks later and I rallied the usual suspects for a look-see.

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