The Boys on the Rockpile

The Boys on the Rockpile

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Year of Walden

Allie, Meg, and Talia just achieved their goal of swimming in Walden Pond every month of the year! Here is a little about their experience.

Allie's Poem:

A dip in walden pond is a normality at best
But listen carefully here, and we'll tell you the rest
September was warm, a post run swim
We sparked an idea, and went out  on a limb
October we plunged, we were timid at the least
We learned very quickly, our exhilaration had increased
Early November our excitement drove the dive
We thought about the winter, how would we survive?
December's dip was frigid, but a warm winter day
Ski season, alas! our busy schedules were underway
On the last day of January we shoveled through snow and ice
We rolled in our shallow ice bath, completely submerged so it would suffice
February was completely frozen, but fishing holes and shovels did the trick
We laid down and had water shoveled onto us because the ice was too thick
March arrived and some of the ice on the shore started to thaw
Back to the shallow ice baths, it's temperature put us in awe
April got better, much warmer in fact
We survived the winter completely intact
May's swim was beautiful, the trees glistened green
We watched the sunset on our way out, it was nothing like we've ever seen
June was much warmer, and the water felt so nice
We reminisced about February and our struggle in breaking the ice
July came, and we didn't want the journey to end
But we were thankful for the good times and the amazing friends
Finally it was August, the last month to jump in
What a glorious year of walden it had been

Here are some pictures! We only have pictures from the fall and winter because the other months we swam after running.




Meg Loving it!
Have to fully emerge!

Allie apprehensive for her ascent

She did it!!

We had some spectators

Over to the tarp to change

Talia getting ready to bare the cold

We were pretty proud of our trench

January we found a friend!
February-ice starts to thin
Guest appearance of Sonya Jampel- she was quite excited when she jumped in and broke a lot of the ice in the process

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday Roll

I thought it was time to get some new photos up on the blog and so I ventured over to Littleton today to see who would show up.

Had to add this very cool, backlit sculpture

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mountain Weekend 2

A small crew tried the VT hills for training this weekend.  Saturday featured a beautiful roller ski in the Pleasant Valley area that had the combined nice pavement, rolling hills and zip for traffic.  The Vt. country is quite charming, but it the backside of the Mansfield range had an ominous look as it was partially shrouded in the clouds.  Walker and Chris Bean joined Madeline, James, Carina, Chris Burnham and I for this new classic roll.  I had thought about going to the Jericho roller ski course, but this loop was much closer and really nice.

That afternoon we braved the sunny 85 degree weather and went boating on the Waterbury Reservoir for a casual paddle.  Lots of splashing between the boats with little regard for the coaches as Madeline and James worked on their quick strength by seeing who could dump the most water into the opposing ship.  A short swim and we returned home to cookout.

Sunday the same crew braved a 5 minute shower to climb up Mt. Mansfield in the early morning. 
Kind of a hammerfest.  Once on the Chin we started booking it across the ridge to the nose where there is a hut as a unexpected drizzle and distant rumble got our nerves moving although the storms were not expected, but it was fortunately was a small cloudy drizzle that lifted over time.  That was enough to have Chris Bean drag the team into the depths of Mordor.  The cliff trail is a lateral trail
from the nose back to the Gondola summit that goes under over around and through the cliffs.  Two tunnels and an epic climb up the misty “Canyon of the winds” was one highlight (see photo).  The canyon is a crack in the rock that is about 300 feet across with walls about 200 feet high on the cliff and a 40 foot opposing wall that is only a few feet wide.   There is a new Stowe zip line that consists of 3 zips from the top to the bottom where speeds can exceed 80 MPH, but the high cost kept the hikers quietly eating their sandwiches while we watched some zipper roll into the fog at high speeds and huge heights.    We finished with another cookout only to find that while I was quite tired, the CSU juniors were still full of energy. 

Coach Bob

Friday, July 10, 2015

More CSU Summer Camp Photos

Rob forwarded a few photos from today's Wapack run/hike on a beautiful day:

Mt Watatic summit with Mt. Monadock in the background

Somewhere on the trail

Guns out at Binney Pond
And Smores to finish the day.  Yumm!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

CSU Summer Camp

Well, clearly Amie's group is having a lot of fun at the annual CSU Summer Ski Camp out at the Winchendon School.  Can the other groups measure up?  We'll see:

The whole gang on top of Mt. Watatic before commencing hill bounding intervals

Girls showing their guns!

Sweaty Selfie

NENSA Club of the Year Celebration

Thanks to the Yoders for hosting a very nice cookout to celebrate the naming of CSU as the NENSA Club of the Year.  It was a perfect evening with Doug manning the grill and no mosquitos!