Sunday, February 20, 2011

Back on the Wagon

After 2 1/2 weeks of fighting off a cold/flu/sinus infections and generally feeling horrible, I'm finally feeling 100%, just in time to be back on the outdoor bandwagon for a beautiful Vancouver winter weekend. Friday night wasn't too exciting, we spent the evening packing gear and organizing food for our upcoming backcountry ski trip to Roger's Pass, which I'm completely stoked about.
On top of the World; Roger's Pass 2009

Saturday I woke up to a chilly, but amazing, sunny morning and headed out for a 20km run with Mountain Madness Trail Clinic to train for the Dirt Duo Trail Race coming up on March 12. The run clinics are always a blast. The group of ladies that Lara and are running with this session are awesome and inspiring and I look forward to hanging out them every Saturday morning. Our little group ended this weeks run with coffee and Pastries at Moja. Yum!

On Saturday night Mike, Ramona and I went to the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival for the Finale and climbing night and enjoyed some great videos and presentations for the evening. My personal favorite was a presentation by Jasmin Caton, a hard core woman climber, skier and aspiring mountain guide who did a great presentation and was uber inspiring. We also went to Skiing Night and Alpine climbing night of the film fest earlier in the week and say some excellent videos and speakers.

The Lions from Cypress Mountain Today

Today Mike and I headed up to Cypress Mountain with our friend Christian to enjoy a day of downhill skiing in the amazing weather. The ski conditions were surprisingly soft and good and the mountain was incredibly quite. It was a fabulous day! There were a few moments when I may not have felt that way as I followed the boys onto runs that we're a bit over my head; but all in all, it was still and excellent day of cruising the mountain and it has me stoked to head to Roger's Pass on Thursday for 4 days of backcountry skiing with Tom Wolfe and ripping up the flanks of some magnification Selkirk mountains.

Livin' the Dream.

Vancouver and Beyond from Cypress Mountain Today

Roger's Pass 2009

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