Well, stole the show for those who enjoy pull-ups more than extreme snow-sports, at least. Ever since I saw the iconic leg-lamp from the timeless movie classic A Christmas Story, and the exaltation that it brought its proud owner, I had longed for my own major award (Scene in question). This year, I'd get my chance. But it would take more than knowing the name of the Lone Ranger's nephew's horse; this was going to require a feat of strength.
The task: complete more pull-ups than all competitors of the day.
The stakes: one limited-edition Navy / X Games snowboard.
I found out about the the Navy Seal's Winter X Games pull up event five days prior to showtime. I got strategic, and planned two workouts to cram into my limited prep time. First, I had to hop on the bar and see where I stood: twenty three, and a little sloppy. I expected the contest to require strict dead-hang form (which it did), so I knew there was work to be done.
The ballots for Aspen’s election have been cast, the weather is fair with daytime highs in the mid-60s, and a sizable portion of downtown looks like either a ghost town or an ominous industrial construction site. Nonetheless, there are still a myriad of reasons to make the trip to Aspen during the month of May, or at least what is left of it.
ASPEN, CO I got to spend 3 days in Aspen... DURING THE X-GAMES NO LESS!! It was a great experience that came along with a few “bumps and bruises” but I surely wouldn't trade a moment of it!
I live in Eagle and have attended at least 1 day of the “Games” each Winter since they've been in Aspen. This year was different in the manner that I got to stay Fri-Sun... had condo accommodations and lift tickets for Buttermilk! It was like I had hit a mini jackpot! I jumped on the opportunity to immerse myself in the Aspen Winter X-Game 15 experience that seemed to have just been laid at my snowboard boot covered feet :)
Morning people run the world. It’s true. The opening bell determines when things start, in any time zone; if you sleep in past nine, you miss the free continental breakfast; races start at the crack of dawn (unless you’re in the casual group, which might start at 8); even McDonald’s cuts you off from EggMcMuffins around 10:30AM.
Ready for the ultimate mountaineering challenge? Registration is still open for The Power of Four Mountaineering Race, Saturday, March 3, 2012. This physically and mentally demanding race challenges competitors to conquer a course stretching across Buttermilk, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain, gaining over 10,000 vertical feet. If you think you're up for the four-stage challenge, snag a teammate or two, and sign-up for the race. If the full-course seems to be a bit out of reach, consider the half-course race, which covers covers stages three and four.
For me, climbing is about camaraderie. It’s one of those sports that require another person. Sometimes that’s a love-hate thing, great when you can find someone to head out, frustrating when you can’t and you really want to go climbing.
Author’s Note: This is the first in a series on the rock climbing lifestyle, from the where to the with whom to the heck why.
Keystone, CO - This Fall, Aspen will once again host the top gathering for the snowsports' industry. The Meeting returns to Aspen/Snowmass Wheeler Opera House on September 29 through October 2, 2011 bringing with it the industry's top filmakers, athletes, sponsors, media and fans.
With a mere 673 skiable acres, Aspen Mountain (or Ajax, as the locals call it) seems like it should be a small mountain, but don’t let that number fool you. Ajax is one of the biggest little ski areas in the world, and if you’re a good skier, it offers all the challenge and varied terrain you could want, provided you know where you want to go and how to get there.