As far as I can tell, the success of a blog has as much to do with the frequency of posts as it does with the quality of content. When the average blog reader is looking to waste their time or avoid whatever it is in the real world that they ought to be doing, reliability is of paramount importance. As a semi-professional time-waster and procrastinator, I can say this as a result of more than idle speculation.
Unfortunately, I haven’t done have any interesting climbs recently to report on (hence the above photos from this fall). It’s frustrating to have time, partners and a long list of objectives when the weather and conditions are uncooperative. With the exception of some cragging and bouldering on rare occasions when the rains have abated, I’ve actually been spending most of my time skiing.
Although I’ve been heard to say that a bad day climbing is still better than a good day skiing, I’m beginning to develop a grudging appreciation for sliding down hills on a pair of planks.
However, there are many things about skiing that remain mysterious to me. These include:
• Ski hill fashion. Admittedly most forms of fashion are lost on me, but the popularity of things like neon and plaid seems a bit odd.
• Helmet cams. Literally every second person in the lift line seems to be wearing one. Am I the only person who thinks that the footage tends to makes even good skiing look both boring and nauseating? For example, I once decided to ride a mountain bike trail on the north shore after seeing a POV video that made it look flat and easy. In actual fact, it was terrifyingly steep and I ended up having to walk my bike down much of it.
• Turns for the sake of turning. I think my cross-country ski racing background has ingrained in me a need to ski as fast as possible at all times. Unfortunately, this can make a lot of backcountry yo-yoing a bit boring. Why bother skinning uphill for an hour only to straight-line it right back down again in approximately 30 seconds?
• Steep descents with multiple rappels. I actually have a great deal of respect for people making serious steep descents. After all, isn’t skiing without the possibility of falling to your death a little dull? However, trying to quantify steep skiing is a bit trickier than something like climbing. How many rappels can you make and still call it skiing?
• Telemarking. Just kidding. Although I don’t understand why all the focus is on making the gear heavier instead of lighter.
If you’re looking to waste some time or perhaps learn more about ski culture, these links are a good start: