“Why? For love: love of the world’s wild places, love of the struggle to overcome adversity, and the love of adventure.”

Into the Cold: Training for Backcountry Skiing

Photo: Steve Markusen on Triple Direct, Teton Pass, WY, 2019. Photo Credit: Max Markusen I peel the climbing skins off my skis, reset the bindings to downhill mode, don hat, gloves and goggles. I am alone at the top of Edelweiss Bowl, just south of Teton Pass, Wyoming. My son Charlie left two days earlier […]

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Into the Cold: Training for Ice Climbing

Photo: Pre-dawn start, pitch one of the Ames Ice Hose. The eyes are the window to the mind.  Telluride, CO, 2007. Photo Credit: Paul Gardner I shiver in the pre-dawn cold. Staring me in the face is the first pitch of the 500 foot mega-classic Ames Ice Hose. My lead, the crux pitch: one hundred […]

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Creatures of Habit: Small changes—Big Results

Photo: 2017 Minnesota Senior Games gold medals. Another bike race, another hill… and once again I was dropped from the lead riders. For years I struggled to lose weight failing time after time. Bad habits in control, I ate and drank too much; and over trained. When I hit 60 years old, my weight was […]

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