St Patrick's day 2016 was many things: A big effort (Meagan's most voluminous day of ski touring ever- 8000ft of skinning), amazing powder skiing (one of my top 5 ski days ever), a welcome return of winter (we'd even begun to hunt corn snow), and ski date day (I love this woman, skier, videographer, and life partner). Let's get deep when we can, all in all the time, and maximize the fun factor, @buckmeagan. With help from @backcountryaccess, @featheredfriends1972, and @arcteryx. #powhappens #backcountryaccess #backcountryskiing #tetonpassresort
First, the totals:
- 24 days of alpine climbing.
- 90 days of backcountry skiing.
- 5 days of mountain biking.
- 15 days where gym climbing was my primary exercise
- 18 days of hiking
- 13 days of ice climbing.
- 84 days of rest.
- 58 days of rock climbing
- 13 days I noted I was sick.
- 9 days where the ski resort was my primary exercise
- 28 days of travel (these are not rest days...)
- 7 days in which weight lifting was my primary exercise
That should add up to 366. I'm not going to bother with the math. You get the gist of it. This notes the primary activity for the day. Many days I did something else. For instance, I lifted weights many more days than 7. But that doesn't make it into the primary activity column.
Some deductions and other data:
- 217 days of 2016 I spent in the mountains, in action. Yowza.
- 111 of those days in the mountains were for work. Approaching a 1:1 work to non-work fun-in-the-mountains ratio is pretty damn good, in my book.
- I'm not stoked on the 28 days of travel...
- 126 days of inaction isn't that bad.
- 980 hours of action, for the whole year. And that's just the body moving. An 11 hour day on the Grand Teton, for instance, is more like 6 hours of actual movement. And that's how it gets recorded.
- 543 pitches of climbing. That's all kinds: rock, ice, alpine, gym. Don't worry... Teton Rock Gym "pitches" count as .5.
- 326,800 vertical feet of ski touring.
- 50 nights camping in the backcountry.
- 104 nights away from home, but not in the backcountry. The bulk of this was camping around the west on the annual Rocktober pilgrimage. But I also visited family, toured Alaska, and worked from huts and hotels in Silverton, Cody, the Alps, Dubois, and Lake Louise Alberta.
- I've always been fascinated with athletic benchmarks in multiples of 5. Here's my list, with notes from 2016:
- 5000 foot ski tour in 5 hours, car to car. Becoming commonplace. I guided this multiple times in 2016.
- 15000 feet of ski touring in a day, on multiple peaks. Finally checked this box.
- 50 mile run. Not yet...
- 5.10 rock climbing. Tons in 2016. Climbing better than ever!
- WI 5 ice leading. Multiple pitches in 2016. Cody Wyoming and Lake Louise Canada.
- Skiing a sustained 50 degree pitch. Just a few times. This is rarer than you might think. Two Alaska runs and skiing the Briggs Route on the Grand Teton come to mind in 2016.
- V5 bouldering. Have yet to send a V5 outdoors. Though I can do it in the gym...
- M5 mixed/dry-tool leading. Didn't do any mixed climbing in 2016 actually.
- 5 minute mile run. In my dreams... this is the outlier... Will take coaching and dedicated training.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Mountaineering isn't all rainbows and butterflies. But I wouldn't have it any other way. Bring on the giant packs, loose rock, skinned knees. Sanitize your hands but leave the mountains wild as f<@k. Link in profile to further elaboration. || #mountaineering #alpinism #climbing #adventure #themountainguidesgrittyside