Kilian Jornet, arguably the finest mountain athlete of his generation and, likely, in history recently set a new standard for up and down the Matterhorn's Lion Ridge, the shortest route on the iconic mountain's main ridges. He started and finished from the Italian town of Breuil-Cervinia, ascending in 1:56 and finishing in 2:52.
It’s hard to believe it’s been that long but the first time I came across the Rab line of outdoor clothing and sleeping bags was during a climbing trip to New Zealand in 1995. I specifically remember the sleeping bags and puffy jackets. They were super clean and the shell material was curiously lighter weight than what I was used to. Americans had no access to the brand since I’m nearly positive Rab had no market penetration in the states. But the products left an indelible impression on me ever since.
On the last day of the 2013 Outdoor Retailer Show I was doing my final passes through various booths seeing if I’d missed anything or anyone. Throughout the four days I was there, I was subliminally bludgeoned by Sole insoles’ marketing ploy of putting posters up in all the bathrooms at the center. Sure enough, there I was, a captive audience while I stood there at a urinal reading about Ed Viesturs, Dean Karnazes and Chris Davenport and their signature insoles. Like a lightening bolt, I suddenly realized that in my beat up running kicks on my feet I had a pair of Sole insoles circa 2000. I wondered if anyone at the booth would be amused.
I just participated in my first Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City a couple of weekends ago. What a spectacle. I’ve had lots of shop friends over the years tell me about the event but you really can’t grasp the enormity of it until you immerse yourself in the madness for a few days.
Talk about procrastination. I’ve been putting off finishing this post for a month now. Guess I’ve gotten lazy after the ski season. Well, here it is finally.
That’s probably it. My ski season likely ended on Solstice weekend with a couple of fun trips up and down the S Couloir on Ptarmigan Peak in the Chugach Front Range above Anchorage. It’s one of the first things I skied when I moved here and continues to be a favorite of mine due to the ease of access and scope of the line. Never ceases to amaze me that this big north face is 45 minutes from the car.