know what today is?

it’s the day after the winter solstice.

know what’s so special about that?

it means yesterday was the shortest day of the year.  not in the sense that there was less than 24 hours in the day.  there was just less daylight.  so since yesterday had the smallest amount of sunlight in it, that means today has more sunlight than yesterday.  and tomorrow will have more sunlight than today.  can i get an AMEN?!?!?

we are officially past midwinter.

might as well get out there and enjoy the snow while we still have some.  the sun might still be setting at 4:30, but before you know it, we’ll be complaining about mosquitoes and cutting the grass.

here’s a list of things you can do this winter, just off the top of my head:

ice climbing
snowshoeing
cross-country skiing
downhill skiing
snowboarding
telemark skiing
sledding
build a snowman
build a snow shelter
harvest snow (get creative. use it to do your dishes, wash your hair, water your indoor plants, feed it to your dog, mix it with vinegar to clean)
snowmobiling
making snow angels

and don’t forget the winter olympics (which actually start two weeks before winter officially ends in the US). the olympic bug has bitten me already. i can’t wait for bobsledding and ski jumps!

and if you haven’t been bitten yet, try watching this vid without getting just a little stoked.  great footage, moving music – all the fixings of an inspiring video.

merry christmas to everyone.  i hope you all make the most of the year to come.


a lot of people don’t like winter. they hate it, even.

but i’m not one of them. i love it, in fact. i remember taking the long way to the bus stop so i could play in more snow.

but i find myself at a loss for words when people are talking about going florida and sitting on a sun-drenched beach for christmas and they ask me why i would ever want snow over sand.

i don’t have the words, but i do have this video.

40hr Inukshuk timelapse from Rocky Mountain Sherpas on Vimeo.

i mean, just check that out. even the music couldn’t find words.


that last mountain bike vid was a hit.

now watch mountain bikers taking a hit.

and another hit and another hit and another…


this guy attempted to walk from china to germany.

i’m gonna go ahead an ruin it for you…he doesn’t make it.

As you might know from the video or from the blog, I did walk about one third of the initial way, from November 9th 2001 (my 26th birthday) until October 27th 2008. Then I stopped. I got a haircut and shaved off my beard, and I took a plane home.

nonetheless, he made a cool video regarding his facial hair along the way.

The Longest Way 1.0 – one year walk/beard grow time lapse from Christoph Rehage on Vimeo.

thanks for reporting this, wend!


with all this summit for someone stuff going on, it’s easy for me to get distracted.

in fact, i’ve almost all but forgot about the wolfman.

sarah just asked me about it today, and oddly enough, i had just checked the website yesterday.  2010 registration isn’t available yet, but they do have the 2009 pix up (but nothing to write home about).

there’s a 14 mile mountain bike ride in the wolfman.

it’s nothing like this video, but i’d like to envision myself on one of these bikes.

mmmmmaybe someday.


early registration is officially over for the 2010 summit for someone climbs.  it kind of snuck up on me, and i didn’t make it to my $1000 goal.

…yet.

here’s where i stand now.

i am on a layaway plan.  their description is this:

“This option is best if you don’t want to put down an additional deposit. You won’t have a secure spot on a 2010 climb until you reach $1250 in funds raised, but you can also see how your fundraising is going, and you can also defer until 2011.”

so i guess if i don’t meet my next goal of $3,000, i can always put it off another year and hope a rich cougar finds me.

in the mean time, i found this site that sells personalized raffle tickets.  that site looks a little sketchy, but i’ve heard from people who have used them that they’re pretty decent tickets.  i’m thinking about selling tickets for $5 a piece with a $500 prize.

here’s a sample.
raffleexample

it’s gonna be a little awkward going door to door trying to sell these things, but it can’t be any more awkward than just straight up asking for cash.


big news with summit for someone.
they have decided on the climbs for their 2010 season.

check ’em out here.

i’m thinking up a way i can bid my decision out…maybe whoever donates the largest amount in the next two weeks gets to decide which climb i do?

hmmm…sounds like fun to me.

make a donation here.