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A Recap of the Last Few Weeks
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A Recap of the Last Few Weeks

The last couple of weekends have been super fun. We hosted the WYDAHO Mountain Bike Festival from July 22-24 here in Teton Valley, with great group rides all over the area under sunny skies, two rocking parties, trials riding demos and skills clinics from the team from RipStoke, and a 5-hour cross-country race at Grand Targhee Resort on Sunday morning. Over 200 people from across the country (and Dublin, Ireland!) showed up to take advantage of what the area has to offer–totally amazing.

And after 50 miles of riding I placed second in the 5-hour race (on my singlespeed.) The race was great–a 10-mile loop of fast single track with about 1200’ of climbing per lap. The turnout was pretty good as well; about 50 racers showed up for this inaugural year, most of them local but a few from elsewhere. My buddy Jason Berning took first by about 10 minutes, but I think I could have been with him if I hadn’t spent the last 2 laps managing serious cramping in my legs.

Recap: A Two-Week Expedition to Ski with Sweetgrass Productions
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Recap: A Two-Week Expedition to Ski with Sweetgrass Productions

The wind drives waves rather than snow. Instead of huddling around a small expedition stove, I stoke a wood stove. Down booties have been replaced by flip-flops; puffy pants replaced by my favorite organic cotton Mountain Khakis. The sea and the sky melt to together, no longer is the horizon jagged with unexplored peaks.

I am back at the cabaña on the coast that serves as base camp for my southern winter in Chile. I’m never here for long, but the change creates a balance in my life that is necessary when work has me in winter about ten months a year. While here, my day is a flurry of catching up on correspondence, sorting photos and video, preparing for the next trip, writing stories, and trying to squeeze in some play in the ocean or on some singletrack. I am able to work in perfect comfort – clean clothes, hot coffee, etc. – still, not a moment passes that I am not reflecting on the trip in some way.

I have just returned from a two-week expedition to ski with the Sweetgrass Productions (www.sweetgrass-productions.com) crew for the upcoming film Solitaire. While the eight days we spent high in the Andes, skiing untouched snow, in a rarely visited place, will certainly capture the attention of audiences around the world this fall, it is the journey there, and the feelings that come after, that will resonate in my mind. The skiing is the easy part. It’s getting there, and returning home that make it all interesting.

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A California Multi-Sport Adventure
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A California Multi-Sport Adventure

Adventure Guiding for Disney in the Galapagos I recently found myself with a couple weeks off in between guiding adventure travel trips and decided to squeeze in a little adventure travel trip of my own back out to one of my favorite summer destinations, California.