Mt Washington Road Race

Mt Washington Road Race
Hannah, Madeline and Gabby go 1-2-3 up Mt. Washington in their age group

Monday, July 24, 2017

July Adventure Weekend

July's adventure weekend was pretty sweet. We met in Campton, and started with a nice rollerski up towards Waterville Valley. Then we went searching for a swimming hole along Smarts Brook, which we did eventually find after a short rainstorm. Gotta shower before you get in the pool.

Smarts Brook swimming hole. 


Matt is king of s'mores-making. Because we didn't have graham crackers (oops), we used Ben's home-made banana bread instead, or Laura's home-made chocolate cookies. Both inventive and delicious.

We camped at Tripoli Road, and a nice meal at a Mexican restaurant fueled us for Sunday's adventure. We started by stashing some cars along the Kanc, then rollerskied from one trailhead to the next, where we started hiking. We jogged over the Tripyramids, and the group split at Downe's Brook trail, with some heading down from there and some continuing past Whiteface and Passaconaway. Then back to the cars, for a quick swim, some ice cream, and home.


Up Pine Bend trail. Nice to be on a little-used trail. Not much traffic other than us.

South slide. Could see lake Winnipesaukee from here today.

Kate sleeper trail. Get it?!?

Ridge between Whiteface and Passaconaway was cool, but not too many views. Definitely a sharp ridge, it just happened to have trees on top.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

(Backup) (Backup) CSU camp days 1-4

CSU camp is nearly over, and we're had some great weather and awesome training. Here are photos!

Results from the agility test - best two of three.

Phoebe making the corner

Ben getting aggressive

Devon floating

Alex showing his moves

Amelia negotiating the triple-circle


Eva attacking

Madeleine off to a great start

Oliver broke a binding the first time, but crushed it to come back and win the overall


The ice cream lady was skeptical, but Shea ate the whole thing herself!

Minigolf night! Rob won.

The master

Visualization training

The "maple" group hammering some DP

"Cedar" and "Birches" on a skate OD

Groups met halfway along the Wapack!

CSU men in front of Monadnock

Eating this entire plate of fried clams was not a great idea, it turns out. Kimball's for after the long run!

S'mores, campfire, and some card games

Pre-agility preparations. Tape the speed reducers, and add some stability to the boots...

Schuyler on a corner!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Long run and capture the flag

Our roving long run today was down at the Blue Hills, in Milton. It's a great park, big, with lots of hills, and, importantly, a pond to jump into after the run. 

I suck at selfies. I had 12 skiers behind me, and I mostly took a picture of the trees, but at least Ben managed to sneak into the frame. 

Had to stop and turn around to actually take this one. Our goal for the run was to go over every hill we could find. We found a lot of hills.

Milo demonstrating stream crossing technique. It wasn't a strictly necessary stream crossing, since we just crossed back over, but the tree had looked so inviting...

Top of Great Blue Hill. This one had an observatory on top.

This hill had a fire tower on top. Those were the interesting ones.

Action shot!

We found a well, that was fenced off, probably to prevent people like us from getting too close to the edge.

This hill had a view on top!

Hi Boston!

Then we did some plyometrics

How is Kevin so tall?

No photos from the capture the flag game, but it was awesome. We cut the run a half hour short, and then walked deep into the woods, where I'd devised some orienteering capture the flag. Each team had three control flags, upon which hung the actual flags you were trying to steal. Each runner had an orienteering map, to help locate the flags. I'm pretty sure everybody had fun. Thanks to Dante, Tai, Kaden, Phillip, Sally, Isabel, and Nick's little brother whose name I can't remember, for joining us to make the game even awesomer!
I may have been too ambitious about how much territory we needed. Next time, smaller. And there WILL be a next time!