Oooomph!! That’s a hard thing to believe!
30 years since this little guy showed up in our long winter’s night dreams, and helped us embark on this interesting venture. And …
“what a long strange trip it has been”!
As Enn and I head into our 30th year as keen ambassadors for back country telemark skiing – (all right, it’s an obsession!) we are a little surprised to find ourselves still here! Well, of course there have been a few close calls, and yes, we’ve lost some dear souls from the slopes along the way, but … really? How incredibly lucky we are, even with this kind of behaviour out there in the wilds! Kudos to us!
Oh, hey, remember it wasn’t all easy like it is now, you young ‘uns have it all handed to you on a board now – we had to make our own gear up as we went along!
Skinny noodle wood skis…
…in Enn’s case ones he made himself, while working with Mauri Luomeranta at The Superior Ski Company.
…and these really REALLY long poles were needed to fend off the snow snakes and keep wild porcupines at bay … all sadly now extirpated from the woodlands …and the extensions also helped to test the depth of the snow in those deep drifts.
However there was this one time they weren’t long enough! – my pole was extended as far as it would go beneath me and there was no ground to be found! …if not for a trusty dog friend that came under my armpit and rescued me I would have suffocated. 😦 It’s every man (and woman ) for themselves out there – and laughter is the best medicine they say! Even at the risk of your friends’ precious lives and limbs…
….anyways maybe that will help you understand my mantra “Levity gets you up, and gravity gets you down”!
Oh, and what about those wonderful little leather slippers that were all the rage for backcountry? About as useful to a telemark turn as a plastic spoon is to ice-cream …
But back then, things were simpler.
Your mom made you a hat, based on your favourite design …..and if you had lots of hair –
well, then you didn’t need one!
Of course that was back in the day when it would snow for forty days and forty nights, and the power would go off for a week and there were no roads, only skis and horses…..and all the men had hair.
The one thing you do always need; to keep the mantra going around, the trails navigable, and remind you what you looked like back then – is your FRIENDS!
So hey out there, everyone – hope you’ve enjoyed this little celebration of the path we’ve been on together. Perhaps you can come on out to the 20th Annual Snowflea Telefest, February 19-21st 2016! We will spin some yarns and tell tall tales of all the routes we’ve taken and the ones that we did not , still out there for us to discover.
Ski you on the slopes!