Help Victims of Hurricane Irene

Red Cross of Northeastern NYRelief efforts for the NY families and communities that are victims of Hurricane Irene’s destruction are being organized now.

The Red Cross needs volunteers for storm relief in northeastern New York, and is offering fast-track disaster relief training to volunteers who can assist in the relief effort.

Donate online to the Red Cross. and specify that your contribution goes directly towards Hurricane Irene relief in northeastern New York.

Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Or contact one of their local chapters for more information:

Adirondack Chapter (518) 792-6545
Northeastern NY (518) 458-8111
Mid-Hudson Valley (845) 471-0200


Gear Lust: Winter 11-12

Transpack TRV ProWe’re getting into that gear lust time of year again. My wish list is usually a compilation realistic acquisitions and pipe dreams. One must-have and affordable piece of gear for this season is a boot bag that can be worn as a backpack. My current boot bag is falling apart and I’d like to replace it with something that has a lot of capacity and leaves my hands free. As a dad, I’m a pack mule on a lift-served ski morning. I posed this same question in the Gear Forum, and got a near unanimous answer. The Transpack. I’m looking at the TRV Pro, pictured above. This piece of gear isn’t just fantasy — I’m getting it, and soon.

While the new boot bag may well be in my possession very soon, new skis are probably a fantasy. But I’ll suspend reality, and proceed with the tradition of Labor Day gear lust.

I assumed I’d finally have a ski for powder last year when I picked up a pair of Icelantic Pilgrims. Going from at 78mm ski to the 90mm Pilgrims, I was sure I’d be floating on top in 12-18 inches of snow, but the Pilgrims just aren’t powder skis. Don’t get me wrong, the Pilgrims changed my game. They required me to ski aggressively and, eventually, I did. By March when I went to Jay Peak I was holding my own with true expert skiers. And when I got my chance at the Slides in April, I went all out.

Icelantic Nomad
Icelantic Nomad • 168cm • 140-105-130

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Friday Fantasy Photo #27

Kirby on Grand Teton • Hickory Ski Center, NY • Feb 5, 2011

“We got a helluva workout skiing and riding the pomas, on our feet the whole time with no rest between runs. After lunch it started to snow hard…really hard. The new snow coated all that tracked crud we produced throughout the day. We squeezed out as many runs as our bodies could take…”