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Snow Wolf
Nederland, Colorado
I love my wife, family, skiing, mountains and being creative...in that order.
Interests: Elaine my wife, my mom, dad and sister, my dog Stella, mountains, backcountry skiing, nordic skiing, hiking and ultra-distance backpacking, mountain biking, writing, photography.
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The past few days my thoughts have turned to wide-open spaces. sagebrush valleys, lonely mountain ranges, dark clouds of thunderstorms, tiny shack burger joints, wild horses and coyotes. The open west really. While Colorado is technically the west, we have a lack of these things in the Front Range. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Mountain Nomads
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Fjallraven is a Swedish company that makes outdoor apparel and gear. While their best known product is the somewhat "hipster" Kanken day pack, they actually produce a full line-up of highly technical products. While I have not actually laid hands on one of their tents, they look like a dead... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Mountain Nomads
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There is a good gauge for fitness behind our house. It's about a two mile climb, and it is a hard run. It's steep, works the legs, and keeps the lungs moving to the max. After doing some quick calculations, I figured out I'm a little slower right now than... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at Mountain Nomads
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I find the political season pointless. People place so much emphasis on it, and I guess to some extent it's important. As in, we don't the next Hitler to be our president. But the endless banter of political posts on Facebook is a real soul sapper. I wish folks would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Mountain Nomads
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We've moved out of the dreaded fire season and into something much more palatable...monsoon season. While the mornings are humid, the evenings bring cool air, rain, clouds, thunder and all the things that make summer life at 8,800 feet above sea level palatable. I'm not a summer person...never have been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Mountain Nomads
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Chevy Silverado tire tracks make for quite enjoyable early season nordic trails. Camaraderie. That was yesterday's word of the day. It was demo days, the annual gathering of the ski shop employee world, where we convene on Loveland Ski Area to test the latest and greatest ski equipment. Even for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Mountain Nomads
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I look out the window and snow is falling, dancing in the front spotlight. They are saying up to a foot between now and tomorrow morning, and that really changes everything. It's very possible that that foot will not go away until sometime in late-April, and that means there will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Mountain Nomads
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The first ski tour of the year always surprises with crispness. There is a sharpness to it all - the cold air, the white snow, the blue sky, the first strides. The mountain ahead rises, rolling and stark. Yet for its starkness, this mountain is an old friend. So many... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at Mountain Nomads
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Loveland Basin sits right on the top of the Continental Divide. As such, it's usually the first or second area to open for the year. The location of this year's first day of skiing. In reality, about 3% of this terrain was open! Today we decided to open the 2015-16... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Mountain Nomads
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Upon returning from a really nice trip to the west coast to spend some time with mom, Elaine and I have returned to our home in Eldora, Colorado to find 28° temperatures, a stiff blowing west wind, and a couple of inches of snow on the ground. And so, once... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Mountain Nomads
There is a severe lack of hype around nordic ski touring. This is a good thing in many ways, but not at the cost of the sport dying in this country as folks take to snowbiking (French for can't cross country ski) and A.T. skiing exclusively (I love A.T. skiing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Mountain Nomads
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Alpenglow along I-70 on Vail Pass. On Friday I went to Vail for my final visit with Dr. Hackett. After pulling and prodding for a few minutes the doctor announced that I was good to go. The rehabiltation process, which began on May 26th and extended the entire summer and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Mountain Nomads
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When I got injured in early April 2014 - a final aggravation of a bum knee that I tore and had mis-diagnosed back in 1992 - I didn’t think much of it. Yeah, I definitely tweaked the right knee, but I had done that numerous times over the past decade... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Mountain Nomads
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As we passed the bank sign in downtown Nederland, the temperature read 18° below zero. The sign switches from “Celsius” to “Fahrenheit” to “Time” slow enough so you can’t really see them all in a single pass, so I had check again to make sure the little “°F” was there.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Mountain Nomads
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And the mundane procession begins. More physical therapy today seeking range of motion, lots of rest and icing. All in all, I couldn't ask for much more two days after surgery. Save some pain on the inside of the tibia where they drilled a hole to insert the new ACL,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Mountain Nomads
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I had reconstructive ACL surgery yesterday at 8 am. Dr. Hackett spent 50 minutes inserting a cadaver ACL into my tibia and femur, and apparently all went very well (I must admit, I'd love to know whose cadaver it was! Hopefully I can do the person proud.). There was no... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Mountain Nomads
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In ten hours time, I'll be getting a new Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in my right knee. It's an injury I've apparently had since a ski racing crash in 1992 that I re-aggravated in a fall on April 4th this year. I admit, there are elements of the surgery that... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Mountain Nomads
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Orange Sklar on the top of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. D-day for knee surgery looms in four days. At this point in time - save for a somewhat fear of surgery and anesthesia and the unknown - I'm ready. Mentally, I've let go of what I'm... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Mountain Nomads
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Eerie day at work today. It conjured flashbacks to five years ago, back to white walls, plastic sheets, a face pushed down on the dirt and some dark, dark days and nights. To see someone go through something similar is tough to watch if you have any humanitarian side to... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at Mountain Nomads
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My Sklar bike, pre-paint, in a Montana wood pile. I had a nice early morning ski up and down the mountain behind our house this morning with Stella, and a great ride up Flag this evening after work as the evening light died. If I'm going to get surgery, I'm... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Mountain Nomads
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About a year ago I ordered a bike from a kid named Adam Sklar who I used to coach when I worked for the Singletrack Mountain Bicycling Association. Adam is a great guy who has shown a real passion for framebuilding. I'm not sure if I approached him or he... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Mountain Nomads
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After the doctor's appointment and bad news, we decided to go for a little mellow ski up Mayflower Gulch. It was short and beautiful. On April 4, just a few days after this year's Elk Mountain Traverse, Elaine and I did a skin and ski down the run behind our... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Mountain Nomads
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Our normal spring skiing season - the one where we climb to the top of soaring peaks and ski back down in perfect corn - is taking awhile to get going this year. Elaine and I have been working on the good weather days and off on the stormy ones,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Mountain Nomads
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We headed out this morning for a ski in the beginning of the storm. Tomorrow will be a powder day, but today was a wet slush day. Dense snow bending tree limbs, sticking to the bottom of skins and coating everything with a shaving cream layer of white. And then... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Mountain Nomads
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We're sometimes asked why we choose to live a good 45 minute drive from our place of work. It's a legitimate question, and there are nights when we get home at 11 pm or midnight that it indeed seems to make little sense to live up here, closer to the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Mountain Nomads