Monday, January 12, 2015

Part II Wyoming RoundUp ~ Jackson Hole


Jackson Hole
I led the first climb and felt great on the low angle terrain.  I was caught by Jason, Tom and Marshall on the icy, tricky steep skin through the woods.  Max Taam came into the picture after the 1st descent.  He passed me for the final time on the 4,000' descent (top to bottom JH).  Max proceeded to pass Jason Dorais.  He came from behind and missed the W by 5 seconds to Tom Goth.
Excited to travel to Verbier, Switzerland and race with Team USA. 
Men's Top 8 Qualifiers 
Jon Gaston
Tom Goth
Jason Dorais (Scarpa)
Scott Simmons (Scarpa)
Max Taam (Scarpa)
Marshall Thomson
Eric Carter
Jon Brown (Scarpa)
Its no coincidence that half of the top 8 were skiing Aliens.  Look for the new Alien 2.0 coming to a race near you soon! 

Stevie Kremer
1st Place
Working hard for Scarpa
Thanks to Tailwind for fueling me and Pine Needle Mountaineering for keeping my skis race ready! 
All the support helped me finish 3rd overall at the Roundup. 
Photo Credits
Mark Gocke
Joe Risi
Jason Dorais
Wild Snow

Wyoming Randonee RoundUp

Headed north to Wyoming with GO CB team member Jon Brown and CB "Hardman" Billy Laird for an exciting weekend of SkiMo racing.  Temperatures were pushing into the 40's, a stark contrast to -25 the last time I raced in WY.  No finish line frostbite horror stories this year.
The RoundUp included a Saturday race at Grand Targhee followed by a sprint race at Snow King Resort.  The grand finale was held at Jackson Hole Resort.  All 3 races were qualifiers for the World Championships to be held in Verbier, Switzerland, February 6-12, 2015.  This guaranteed a deep field with racers aiming for peak form. 

Setting course with Jon Brown @ Grand Targhee.
Billy Laird catches his first glimpse of The Grand!

It's getting harder to crack the to 20.  Above are the top 25 all within 30 seconds of each other, five minutes in!
Grand Targhee
The Salt Lake boys, Tom Goth and Jason Dorais (Team Scarpa) were battling it out with Team Scarpa's Durango representative (myself).  The three of us were together at all but the last transition.  Jason attacked the final, steep climb in impressive fashion and pulled off the W. 
Everyone managed to survive the treacherous descents on icy, choppy bumps.

Simmons leads the first climb.
J. Marshall Thomson
Impressive paceline early on.
Billy Laird ~ Looking Fresh
1st - Jason Dorais
2nd - Tom Goth
3rd - Scott Simmons

1st - Stevie Kremer
2nd - Lyndsey Plant
3rd - Jessie Young

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Irwin Lodge Race ~ Crested Butte Backcountry

Race Division –  5000ft of elevation gain/loss, 10 miles and a three loop race course.
 The Venue
The day started with a 10 mile snowmobile ride to the venue.  This was the first qualifying event for the U.S. Worlds Team so the competition was stout.  All of the top racers in the country were present.  A very fast start.  I lead until we reached tree-line when Marshall Thomson joined me.  Marshall led the first downhill until imploding on a dip ("early season conditions exist").  I came into the transition zone 20 seconds ahead followed closely by Jon Gaston.  The three of us stayed in this order until the bootpack.  Marshall and Jon caught me at the top as I was struggling to get back in my bindings.  I caught back up and led the second downhill until Jon predictably passed me about a third of the way down.  Jon took the W and I skated in a minute behind followed by Marshall.  It was a great 3 way battle the entire time.  Excellent skin-tracks and challenging, soft descents.  Had a blast snowmobiling the ten miles out and towing Team Pine Needle Mountaineering at Mach speed behind us. 
 The Course
 The Transportation
 (if you don't have a snowmobile)
 The Support
 Lots of lightweight gear to be found.
 Durango's Team Pine Needle Mountaineering
(Jen Gersbach, Miles Venzara & Nick Gould)
Team Pine Needle dialing it all in (pieps, shovel, probe, helmet, skins....).
Giving it!
"Team Mommy" Skins Up
 Course Marshal Colby
 Feed Zone Colby
Dicing it out with J. Marshall Thomson.
 Finish Line Chit Chat
1st Place ~ Jon Gaston
2nd Place ~ Scott Simmons
3rd Place ~ J. Marshall Thomson
Why didn't you get first Dad?
Women's Results
1st Place ~ Lyndsey Plant
2nd Place ~ Jessie Young
3rd Place ~ Nikki LaRochelle
Thanks to Elk Mountain Events and Scarpa/Trab!  Congrats to all who raced!
Photo Credits:
Quinn Simmons
Kirk Haskell
Kevin Krill

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pine Needle Mountaineering~Wolf Creek COSMIC Race #1

The first COSMIC race of the 2014-2015 season is in the books. 

 3,250' Vertical, 8.2 miles, 9 transitions, countless kick turns!
Do you think Ski Patrol will let this fly....? 
(Course consultation with Pagosa Skimo racer, Jesse Morehouse)

 Not a yard sale.... All the necessary personnel/equipment required for course setting. 
 Stormtroopers headed to Alberta Peak

Child Labor
 Left to Right;
Billy Laird - 4th Place
Jon Brown - 2nd Place (Scarpa)
Scott Simmons - 1st Place (Scarpa)
Pete Swenson - 2nd Place (Dynafit)
 Rec Racer/Professional Skier, Sven Brunso bringing it home!
 Race Director Miles Venzara takes a post-race time-out.

Natalie Brandsma all smiles after completing her first SkiMo race.
Women's Race
1st - Lindsey Plante
2nd - Sarah Stubbe
3rd - Christena Ward
4th -Natalie Brandsma
Computing race results after racing.... Not recommended.
Pine Needle Mountaineering Founder Keith Roush performs course clean-up.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Presidential Traverse ~ White Mountains ~ New Hampshire

19.8 miles ~ 8,500'
Presidential Traverses are usually hiked from north to south, climbing the following sequence of peaks, in order to get the greatest elevation gains over with early on
  1. Mt Madison – 5367 feet
  2. Mt Adams – 5774 feet
  3. Mt Jefferson – 5712 feet
  4. Mt Clay – 5533 feet
  5. Mt Washington – 6288 feet
  6. Mt Monroe – 5384 feet
  7. Mt Franklin – 5001 feet
  8. Mt Eisenhower – 4780 feet
  9. Mt Pierce – 4310 feet
  10. Mt Jackson – 4052 feet

Two years ago I came within seconds of the FKT despite getting lost several times.  This year I decided to go my wife's pace (7 hours 50 minutes) and enjoy the scenery/wind. 

 The Crawford Path

 The Cog Railway coming off of Mt Washington.
 Madison & Adams
 Summit of Mt Washington.  Taking a photo break a little over half-way there. 50 mph winds today!

Now for the 40 mile bike ride back to the car.....