Tuesday, September 18, 2018

App Gap challenge + some adventuring

Kate Weinberg, now at Bates, has updated this blog post for us, even though she wasn't necessarily there. I've tried to fix the typos, but I may have missed some. Enjoy! 

This past August Alex Jospe lead a legendary trip to Vermont for the final summer camp of the summer! This weekend was, as always, jam packed with adventures including a hard rollerski race up the Appalachian Gap, waterfall exploring, a sunset hike, chinese food and of course, a long hike.


Laura and Kate arrived to the campsite on Friday night. Upon locating the campsite, they checked in with the one and only, Martha. She bestowed plenty of valuable information about the campsite to Laura and Kate. The two were happy to learn about the campsite, but got a little worried when Martha explained to them that she consumes the non potable water every day. After this, let's just say…. interesting interaction, Kate and Laura found the campsite.

The two worked hard together to set up a nice four person tent for the two of them. Laura and Kate are only slight acquaintances, so they were glad to have a four person tent that was just big enough for the two of them. Kate mainly watched and screwed up the attachments, while Laura fixed Kate’s mistakes and set up the tent, roasting her along the way.

That night Laura and Kate headed into the poppin' town of Bristol to discover an amazing night life vibe. They settled on a pizza place to carb up before the big race. Then they headed back for a nice hot goss sesh and of course, some much needed rest before the big race.


Race day arrived, and Laura and Kate headed out to the race sight to meet up with Alex Jospe, Clara Lake, Alex Burt and Ayden Nicole (both at the GMVS camp) and Clara’s dad Steve. Everyone was excited to see all of their competitors they normally only see in the winter. Rumor has it that the owners of the infamous csu_memes instagram account were present at this very race! Incredible! Everyone was jealous of those who met the memers, while others who did not have as much luck settled on the other, less desirable celebs like Sophie Caldwell and Caitlin Patterson. Everyone collected some dope t-shirts and headed into vans to get to their race start.

Alex decided to skip out on this race and instead took on the noble task of timing in the transition zone. Not racing was a somewhat out-of-character decision for the ski coach, but she still managed to snag herself a t-shirt, so I guess she still benefited from the event, even if it wasn’t in the form of endorphins.
App Gap transition zone

The girls started slightly ahead of the boys, but all faced a tremendous challenge. The course consisted of a skate leg and then a transition into a classic leg. The Appalachian Gap has an average 8% percent grade, but everyone absolutely crushed it, showing pure and utter excellence in their potato dropping skillz and DP form. All that no pole double pole really paid off!

Everyone then headed over to GMVS for a nice bbq. Then Clara, Steve, Laura, Alex and Kate headed back towards the campsite. Alex, since she didn’t race, went on a long run, while the others went on an adventure to seek out a swimming hole.

First they encountered a swimming area, but, upon exploration, came across an incredible waterfall crevasse. They explored further, climbing over rocks, standing under the waterfall and enjoying the experience of adventure in a new place.

The four headed home to the campsite to meet up with Alex before they headed out to chinese food in Bristol. After a delectable meal, they all grabbed some incredible ice cream before heading out to the sunset hike.

Alex continuously re-assured the crew that this would indeed, be a chill hike. Members were skeptical, especially Kate who was still recovering from Alex’s last “chill walk” that ended up being an hour long, steep hike.

Everyone was happy to be on the trails and the sunset view was beautiful. Everyone was grateful to be away from the hustle and bustle of home and to sit back and enjoy the view. The group watched the sunset before heading down to head back to the campsite.

Sunset hike

Kind of an underwhelming sunset, but a pretty cool little hike up to the ledge

Some form of a game at the campsite

The following morning Kate had to leave to go home to catch her flight to Switzerland. Check out her dope gopro edit of her trip by clicking the link below!!

Alex, Clara and Laura geared up for a long hike through the misty, foggy and wet vermont mountains. The hike began with a lot of uphill. Alex made sure to stop at every photo opp to take selfies for her blog, instagram and facebook where she will use the same exact photos and caption on each platform. [editor's note: I can't help it, I'm old, and that's how old people use social media]

While Alex pondered the definition of extra, Laura and Clara had themselves a nice hot goss sesh about who they thought ran @csu_memes. They journeyed over several summits, and made sure to stop and enjoy the gorgeous views.

Great views for our run.

At one point Alex decided that this 5 hour hike wasn’t enough of a workout, so she ordered the two girls to drop and give her 30 pushups. She may claim that they were, as depicted in this photo, getting low to the grass to hydrate, when in reality the truth of the situation was different.

Misty grass makes tasty mid-run fuel

Edible or not? Do we think Laura ate these berries?

Long trail is pretty awesome.

Camping location. Next year. Stark's nest.

Hard to tell, but Clara just jumped a pretty big gap to catch that tree.

Sweet spider webs.

More views.

I found bears in a cave

After the hike everyone loaded their things into cars and headed home. Everyone was a little sad to leave, but mainly happy they had the chance to come.

Huge thanks to the one and only Alex Jospe for hosting!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Louisa May Alcott 5k race

We kicked off our CSU-X fall race season with the Louisa May Alcott 5k, in Concord. It's a flat road course, which doesn't exactly suit skier strengths, but it was fun to dust off the racing legs! Strong showings by CSUers, and I think every single junior hit a PR. Good cool weather and a good summer of training will do that for you. Us more experienced coaches and parents may not have hit PRs, but we enjoyed the race anyway.

Linden led the way, in 4th place overall! Huge PR, and a good run. In the 5k, we had:

Alex B
Jane Anna

In the 10k, Cameron led the way in 2nd overall, and Pat was in 6th with a strong run.
Alex J

Full results:

I didn't get many photos of the CSU kids winning every medal there is to win, but just trust me when I say we cleaned up.

Henry, Ben, and Linden with their medals

Jody winning her class in the 10k; receiving a medal from Uta Pippig!