|Franklin & Artemis|
waiting to open presents~
I've been out backcountry skiing some, although not as much as last year because of the conditions (I'm really getting tired of the term "monsters in the basement") but really have been skate skiing as much if not more than I have been out touring. The Mirror Lake Highway is groomed and although a little bumpy from the snowmobile traffic, absolutely delightfully soft. The skate tracks in Park City are getting a little firm and icy with all of this high pressure, but are hanging in there.
|My brother, Stefan, and Mimi-kitty ~|
This week's adventures featured the Outdoor Retailers' Show in downtown Salt Lake City, and the national outdoor crowd got to see how bad the inversion [smog] has been with all of this high pressure. It was great to catch up with folks at the show and see a lot of really great outdoor gear. I worked with the Trail and Ultra Running website and looked for gear at the show that we could potentially product test and review on the website.
|Deer Valley Moguls Competition|
I feel like for the last month I have had less time for adventuring, since I've been working 10-12 hours one day a week at an urgent care up in Ogden. It takes about 45 minutes drive time each way as well. A little tough to motivate for, because I get slammed all day seeing patients, and the intensity never really lets up, but the staff is really supportive and great, and the extra cash will be nice for buying gear (I already have another Patagonia puffy coat on order). I'll be working there for three or four months, filling in for one of the other providers who is on leave right now.
|2014 Altra Women's trail shoe lineup~|
Perhaps the most exciting news of the New Year is that I was asked to be a member of the HUMRs (Happy Utah Mountain Runners) group. This is a group of totally-fabulous trail runners here in Northern Utah. Everyone in the group absolutely lives and breathes trail running and having met many of them over the last year, I've learned that they are such a fun group to be around. I'm looking forward to running, laughing, and socializing with them. I'm apprehensively looking forward to my "initiation" rites, which will perhaps take place at Rooster's Brew Pub in Ogden.
|Gotta hike up to ski down ~|
|The ski down was fine ~|
|Me and my brother skiing at Alta|
|The dogs and I skate skiing the Rail Trail|
in Park City ~
|Mirror Lake Highway, High Uintas, Utah ~|