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post #1 of 19
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Today was a milestone for me.  As some of you already know, I started doing the ski-every-month thing awhile back.  When I started, I thought it would be "fun" to be able to ski at least one day every month for one year.  It's just ballooned from there.

Along the way, I've had a great time and skied in some fun, interesting, challenging, stupid, and inspiring places.

Well, today was month number 150.

It's almost impossible to believe that I've been at this for twelve and a half years.

I've been accused of being obsessive about it and maybe I am, but I honestly think I've had too much fun doing some of those summer outings for it to be an obsession.  I really look forward to some of those ridiculous hikes in August or September.  My wife has gone along with me on some of the goofiest excursions and we just look back at them and laugh.

It's been fun.

So now I guess I'm wondering if I'll make it to 200.
post #2 of 19
Congratulations! Call me in Aug or Sept- I want in on one of these hikes.
post #3 of 19
Congratulations.!!

That's a big number.!!
post #4 of 19
150!  Woooohoooo!

200 is just around the corner!
post #5 of 19
the Sierras are awesome for that due to the longevity of the high water content snowpack. I often see people in June or July hiking for turns when I'm already on the mountain bike. there are several places people access with a car shuttle when the mountain passes re-open. And there's Shasta for glacier mountaineering and decending. but you know all this if you're on 150. congrats. sounds like a kick!


Bob, you must have good feet. By summer, I can't contemplate getting back into the boots.
 
It's an awesome way, if you live in the mountains, to have fun in that period between resort closing dates and mountain bike trails thawing, June around here.  
post #6 of 19
I should give that a shot. Given that I have lift served acces pretty much year round.
post #7 of 19
Damn, you know when Bob Peters has a milestone, it's going to be epic, but skiing every month for over twelve years!?!???  You friggin rock, Bob...  Way to give me something to strive towards! 
post #8 of 19
Bob, that is totally amazing and really inspiring.

What kinds of things have you found yourself doing in August/September to get your turns in?
post #9 of 19
With my measley 30 I'm a full 10 years behind you.
post #10 of 19
 Bob, any man who'll ski Caribou poop to get his August turns in is a little more than inspired......
Rachel, check this one out.....Skiing Caribou Poop - TR, August 18, 2008
post #11 of 19
 Bob, with this milestone, can you tell us of any extreme cases where you had to go to extraordinary lengths to keep the string going?  Any months where you were worried you might not be able to make it happen?  Congratulations BTW.
post #12 of 19
I love it!

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 Bob, any man who'll ski Caribou poop to get his August turns in is a little more than inspired......
Rachel, check this one out.....Skiing Caribou Poop - TR, August 18, 2008
post #13 of 19
Congrats, Bob!
post #14 of 19
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Congratulations! Call me in Aug or Sept- I want in on one of these hikes.

Will do.  I love to have company.

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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

Bob, you must have good feet. By summer, I can't contemplate getting back into the boots.
 
It's an awesome way, if you live in the mountains, to have fun in that period between resort closing dates and mountain bike trails thawing, June around here.  

I'm pretty lucky with feet and ski boots.  Mine don't seem to mind being in boots all winter.  That may have something to do with my choosing "comfort" fit over "performance" fit.

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I should give that a shot. Given that I have lift served acces pretty much year round.

One of the closest calls I've had during this time was a PLANNED ride up the chairs at Mt. Hood on September 30 (last day of the month) of 2001.  We stayed overnight in the Timberline Lodge the night of the 29th, intending to ski the following morning.  The wind was howling all night even though there wasn't a cloud in the sky for hundreds of miles.  We geared up in the morning, walked over to the chair, and they CLOSED it for wind just as we were walking up.  They said that based on the forecast it would be closed all day.  Yikes... is the streak ended? 

Well, we just started walking up that access gully that they use to take the snowcats up to the Palmer Snowfield.  It was blowing so hard that we were being sandblasted and we had to wear ski goggles on the hike up.  Got up on the snowfield, made our turns, and got the hell out of there.

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Bob, that is totally amazing and really inspiring.

What kinds of things have you found yourself doing in August/September to get your turns in?

See the next post for some of the festivities.

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With my measley 30 I'm a full 10 years behind you.

I'm betting you're more than 10 years YOUNGER than me, so you should be able to beat me easily.  30 is pretty darned good.  When I first skied during the summer (month 10), I ran into a guy at the Alta parking lot who was going up to ski month # 45.  I just couldn't imagine having been at it that long.

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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post

 Bob, with this milestone, can you tell us of any extreme cases where you had to go to extraordinary lengths to keep the string going?  Any months where you were worried you might not be able to make it happen?  Congratulations BTW.

Thanks.  Counting the Mt. Hood fiasco, there were five months that were somewhat "problematic".  See the next post.


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Congrats, Bob!

And also thanks.
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
Okay, so I decided to put some of the highlights of those past 12.5 years into one post.

Regarding times when it looked like Little Ricky might not get the turns in, it's probably fairly obvious that August would be difficult if you live in the Northern Hemisphere.  What I've found, however, is that while August can be tough, September is often even worse.  In August, there are usually remnant snowfields up high in the mountains.  By September, however, those are sometimes gone and there's no new snow around.

The first time things got dicey was in October of 1998.  I had skied a snowfield under the American Fork Twin Peaks near Snowbird in September (that was pretty heinous) and was EXPECTING it to snow in the Wasatch in October.  Well, it not only didn't snow, it got downright warm.  The only snow I could find anywhere was a group of snowmaking whales that Park City had made one optimistic night when the temps got low.  Ruthie and I walked up there with skis and made turns on about eight separate snow piles on the way down.  Here's me wondering where to go next:

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The next close call came in September of 1999, which would have been the month that would "complete" my second full year of skiing every month.  We were living in Salt Lake City and it was a very warm summer.  By the last weekend of September, it was coming down to the wire and no snow was in sight.  I talked my wife into hiking to the Timpanogos Snowfield above Emerald Lake on the way up Mt. Timpanogos.  This is a pretty big hike even if you're not carrying skis and boots.  Worst of all, the weather was truly miserable with rain, wind, and cold all the way up.  When we got to the little stone shelter at the lake, we were both like drowned and frozen rats.  My wife's hands were so cold (inside her gloves) that she couldn't even unsnap the buckles on her backpack.  Here's a photo of the two of us after we had skied the snowfield:

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The following year turned out to be just as bad.  It hadn't snowed, it was the last weekend of September, and I talked her once AGAIN into going up Timp with me.  I thought it might be better if we went from the trailhead on the north side of the mountain this time, but once AGAIN it was raining.  We hiked up in a thick cloud for the last hour or so and couldn't even find the trail to the main snowfield in all the fog.  Instead, I found a couple of snowfields under the north-facing wall of the summit and skied those.  In about 4" of new powder, even.  No photos of that disaster.

In mid-March of 1999, I managed to fall skiing (at Deer Valley, no less) and break a shoulder.  It wasn't anything too serious and I ended up doing my April skiing under the full moon at Solitude right at the end of April.  That was a hoot.

In early July of 2002, I had a huge crash on a road bike here in Jackson and really trashed my left elbow.  Double dislocation, two fractures, and an avulsed tendon.  Truly painful.  Luckily for me (ha!) it happened a couple of days after I had skied for July.  Toward the end of August, I still had this obnoxious brace on my arm but I went up the tram, hiked over to Cody Bowl, and made turns for August.  Here's a photo and if you look closely you can see the brace:

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In early June of 2006, I had surgery on a big toe problem (hallux rigidus).  That had been coming on for a long time, so I had it planned in advance.  I went skiing in the morning on Teton Pass and had the surgery in the afternoon.  Here's what the toe looked like after taking the bandages off:

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But by the end of August it was feeling good and I was able to hike over to Cody Bowl to ski.  Luckily, the tram was still running then so I could ride up the tram, making the hike a much more manageable one.  If the tram had closed that summer instead of the following one, my streak would have ended with the toe surgery.

That's the last time the streak was in serious jeopardy.  Since I "discovered" Beartooth Pass, I know that I always have a fallback location that's pretty reliable.

This has been kind of fun, so sometime in the next day or so I'll put up some of the more PLEASANT experiences along the way.

Thanks,
post #16 of 19
 Awesome!  More!
post #17 of 19
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So now I guess I'm wondering if I'll make it to 200.
 

Somehow, I think you will.

Congrats,
JF
post #18 of 19
 Next milestone for Bob Peters: his 5000th post. If he replies to this it will be the big 5-0-0-0! 
post #19 of 19
Guess he missed this post, he's hit the milestone now

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 Next milestone for Bob Peters: his 5000th post. If he replies to this it will be the big 5-0-0-0! 
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