Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Here's a teaser from Alaska!

Time's tight up here. I'm just past the middle of my AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides Course. These things are all consuming, in a good way. Its supposed to be full immersion, and we get that and then some. I'll write it all more thoroughly, but for now you'll have to be content knowing we've skied powder, corn, ice, breakable crust, bottomless mashed potatoes, and huge glaciated runs. We've gotten to the top of these runs via feet, skis, crampons, and a helicopter ride. I've learned a ton, and will learn more.

These next three days are the "Aspirant exam" portion, during which we will be assessed for our competence. Aw jeez!

Check back for more later!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Not in the mountains...

"Take your Jed to work" day at Fish and Game

I'm on a little "stay-cation", between my busiest winter work season ever, and a long spring trip to Alaska. And it's awesome. I've done things I would never do otherwise, like volunteer to collar and monitor endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep, gone rock climbing, moved into my car, rested a ton, exercised for less than an hour at a time, socialized like never before, and ate too much chocolatey desserts. Pretty luxurious.

I've also skied Mount Tom and practiced rescue skills in preparation for my course in Alaska, but those are not vacation-like things, so they don't count.

Howie in the big mountains!

All this, and I still am managing to get some business-type stuff done. Ooh-Rah!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Sometimes it takes a fall...

Not just to find "what you're made of".

Not just to show you can "recover".

But to inspire and justify absolute triumph!