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Lark Mountain Merinoholics Adventures Martin The Ideal Adventure Partner

The Ideal Adventure Partner

It might sound silly to someone who spends most of their time on well-beaten paths, but for some of us, coming across the right adventure partner can be as difficult as finding the right life partner.

There are a lot of things to take into account in order to create the right chemistry and make sure that everybody comes home safe and sound.

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Lark Mountain Alaska Merinoholics Adventures Martin

A New Friendship on Lark Mountain

I met Tim through one of my wife’s long time friends. At the time, I had no idea that we would end up climbing mountains together. I was planning to catch a few silver salmons during the Fall run down in Seward, AK and as I knew he was an accomplished angler, invited him to join me for the day. We had a good time and we got along from the start. After talking outdoors for a while, I brought up the idea of him joining me up in the mountains and he seemed very enthusiastic about it.

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Great Himalayan Trail – High Route

The Great Himalayan Trail… I heard that it hadn’t been done solo before (later to find I was the 5th), so I derailed my plans to go scuba diving for a Himalayan adventure.   The trail traverses the country of Nepal and I was awestruck by the extreme ruggedness, and the unbelievably intense and beautiful scenery.   Equally as amazing, were the unbelievably kind and hospitable locals, surviving in the harsh landscape, yet always happy and welcoming.  During my traverse I traveled through lowland jungles, across high alpine glaciers, stayed in a couple of local’s homes, had a near death experience, and a nighttime run in with a snow leopard.  Everything you could ask for to make a wonderful adventure.

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Colorado to Alaska 2016

As my first real backpacking experience the 4700 mile journey from Steamboat Springs, CO to Prudhoe Bay, AK was a trial by fire.  Starting in the middle of May on 8 feet of snow, I began the trip that would have me finish in snow on October 1st at Alaska’s Arctic coastline.  From the high ridgelines and rugged peaks of the U.S. and Canadian Rockies, to the strong currents and unpredictable weather on the mighty Yukon River, and North through the Brooks Range of Alaska.  The trip was a fabulous expression of not only the grand beauty of the wilderness, but what we can all be capable of.

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Opt Outside for Thanksgiving Holiday

Opting Outside for the Holidays

The holiday season is a time when, as a society, we all get caught up materialistic behaviors and other unhealthy habits. Less time is typically spent outdoors in an effort to prepare for the holidays. This Thanksgiving, I vowed that I would spend time outside and moving before indulging in dinner.

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Cold Weather Layers for Fall and Winter, Midweight and Expedition Wool Base Layers

A Simple Clothing System

The System

The main point of my clothing system is to have a few key clothing items that can be used for a variety of environmental and route conditions.  Being able to mix and match these key clothing items will allow you to be able to carry only what items you need for the location you’ll be hiking in.

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WHITE CASTLE NATIONWIDE CONTEST: LAST CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO THE 2018 USA LUGE FANTASY CAMP

More than 1,000 have entered for their chance to ‘Be a Slider.’ Contest ends Jan. 31, 2018.

Columbus, Ohio – Do you have what it takes to be a slider? Then don’t miss your chance to enter to win a trip for two to the 2018 USA Luge Fantasy Camp in Lake Placid, NY. White Castle is proud to team up with USA Luge for the nationwide Be A Slider contest, searching for one bold Craver to experience what it takes to be a luge athlete from USA Luge coaches and athletes taking part in the winter events in Pyeonchang.

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Americans use “flying start” to claim gold and bronze in Lillehammer sprint races

Britcher wins again, Mortensen/Terdiman take bronze medal

Geisenberger wins 6th straight overall World Cup title

LILLEHAMMER, Norway – USA Luge racer Summer Britcher completed a World Cup sweep in Sunday’s single heat sprint event in Lillehammer, and secured the fifth individual race victory of her blossoming career. The result, against a cold and snowy backdrop, also propelled the 23-year-old to third place in the overall standings.

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USA a Close Fourth in Oberhof Relay

Just 0.007 of a second separates USA Luge from the team relay podium in Oberhof, In 4 races this weekend, Germans set 3 track records

 

OBERHOF, Germany – Last spring when the World Cup schedule was released, Germany got what it wanted – one of the final three races of the season in Oberhof. The last three events determine seeding for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Germany’s domination here even exceeds what it does elsewhere.

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Britcher 6th, Hamlin 8th, Mortensen/Terdiman 11th in Oberhof World Cup

Germans dominate at home grabbing 5 of 6 medals

 

OBERHOF, Germany – This region in Thuringia is well known as a luge, biathlon and Nordic skiing hotbed.

In a good snow year, residents and visitors can be seen running their errands on cross country skis. Parents pull their children through the village on small wooden luge sleds.

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Message from the President

The ski season is in full swing through most of the country and I hope that you are able to get out and enjoy some great turns.  Our schedule is packed with events over the next few months and I hope that you will be able to come join us as a participant, volunteer or spectator.
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Britcher 5th place leads 4 in top 11 in Koenigssee World Cup

Home team sweeps gold-silver-bronze in doubles and women

KOENIGSSEE, Germany – Germany’s version of a Happy New Year greeting to the rest of the World Cup luge tour came complete with a six-for-six sweep of the doubles and women’s singles podiums Saturday in Koenigssee.

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