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CAIC Recap
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CAIC Recap

The day started like any other fall day, cool, light breeze, small thin clouds building over the mountain tops. Nothing stood out that would make this day any better, or different from the rest but the energy was in the air. People knew they were driving to Breckenridge from all over the state. It wasn’t to ski unreal snow as the season just kicked off, there were no super star celebrity appearances, but there was one force that skiers from all over the state couldn’t resist.

Hunter Mortensen | MK Ambassador

People knew, 30 New Belgium kegs, pizza, 20 of the outdoor industry’s top companies, more give aways then free loading couch surfing ski bums can fathom, and all for one worthy cause. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center annual benefit bash. This year built on the success of last year. The crowds were amped and arrived early. Tickets sold out. People packed the River Walk Center milling about, drinking beer, telling ski stories of yore, checking out the this years gear, and crowding around the Mountain Khakis table, raving about how much they all love their MK’s, getting MK’s swag. By the end of the night the crowd was ready for the coming ski season. Many sporting shiny new gear. When the final tally was finished the night raised more then $70,000 dollars for the Friend of the CAIC.

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Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! From your friends at Mountain Khakis. We hope you’ve had a great start to 2012!

Triathlon Season Recap
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Triathlon Season Recap

At last, an end of season update.  So, this year has been eventful.  I don’t even remember how many triathlons I raced this season, but the highlights were definitely a win at the local Grizzly Triathlon (biggest pool swim triathlon in America), 5th at Ironman Coeur d’Alene, and 7th at Ironman Wisconsin. Soon after that, I bought a house and got sucked in to home improvements. I got a few bids to have someone do the work, and it about floored me what they wanted, so I decided to just do it all myself.  So now I got to work from 7:30 to 5, then work on the house from 5 to 11pm, sometimes squeezing a quick run in.  I’m making a big training room/bike shop/ski tuning bench area in the basement, and a laundry room/gear room.  Now that that’s pretty much done other than paining and putting the floor in, I started ripping out a bathroom, and have built a new wall to make it bigger, and will start sheetrocking it tonight.   The Alpine Utility Pants are great for construction, and way more comfortable than Carhartts.

Adam Jensen | MK Ambassador

I can’t wait until it’s done to start training for real again, since next season is creeping up quickly.  As for the winter, there is almost enough snow to get out on the skate skies here in town. I plan to target two 50k ski races here, one in Seeley Lake and one in West Yellowstone again.  And try the Boulder Mountain Tour in Sun Valley as well. I’ll keep you posted on how the Nordic season goes.

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Letting Go

It was Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone I know was enjoying the long-weekend. There wasn’t enough snow to get overly exuberant in the mountains, and even my friends that work seasonally were trying to enjoy the calm before the storm. Unfortunately I was being tormented by the prospect that my ship was sinking and I could do nothing about it.

Five years ago, I created Alpine Ambitions as a simple, personal blog to document my adventures while living in Slovenia. Living in Slovenia required me to become more independent as a guide, and the site became my method of distinguishing myself. For five years, it was the outlet for all of my creativity and energy. It was the root of all my success, and also the source of so much of my frustration. But undoubtedly, it allowed me to get where I am today.

Traveling in MKs
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Traveling in MKs

Stephen Ausherman | MK Ambassador
MK in the Green Belt: Germany’s Grünes Band (Green Belt) is a nature reserve established along the former Iron Curtain. The 870-mile corridor peaks on the Brocken at 3,743 feet. This pic was snapped 14 miles south of the summit at an elevation of 802 feet. M’s Trapper Henley and Original Mountain Pant kept me comfortable from bottom to top (and back).