Meet Elite24 Athlete @gabe__santos . Gabe came to us with curiosity on what Elite24 Athletes are all about, his intentions are to learn what it takes to get in peak shape so he can teach his family and loved ones how to live a healthy lifestyle. Gabe will be the first to tell you he is not an Extreme Athlete, however, he was a baseball player, was a speedy centerfielder, batted leadoff and still carries a bat and glove in his car. All traits of an athlete and a leader in our books. Here Gabe stands in celebration after peaking Mt. Wilson, a 13 mile hike up 4200' of elevation gain. It was cold and snowy, and Gabe persevered. He was not sure why he was doing this, but when he was done, he was on top of the world, literally. Gabe is the athlete we can truly appreciate, an athlete who is searching and willing to try anything, he is working on his healthy lifestyle and has the choice to participate in any of the activities we lay out. We are glad Gabe is part of the team. Come meet Gabe and the other Elite24 Athletes at any of our Bootcamps and see first hand what we are all about. DM us for details.
Heading back to the hut for warm soup and some beer stroganoff. We had a great day skiing powder despite the white out conditions. The sun broke through a little bit towards the end of the ski back. Mount Assiniboine park.
Though the snow is DEEEP, some are thinking about what’s next. @fjallravenusa is rolling out the collection for spring and it is SWEET. Check it out. @fjallravenofficial
PC: @fmarmsaterphoto #windriverrange#firstlight#alpinestart
My alarm went off at 2am and I had to hurry. Throw all my hiking gear in the Jeep and head toward the Columbia River Gorge. The group was scheduled to meet at 3am, but if you get there any time after 2:45, you’d be late. That was an oral tradition passed down from assistant instructors to us new students. I arrived at 2:48. Late, but the senior instructors were just wrapping up breakfast. They’d been at the truck stop since 1:30am for eggs, bacon, coffee. A tradition of theirs—they had been instructing this annual course for nearly 25 years. Then we loaded up in carpools, another tradition of these mountaineers. We hiked in the dark, a steady and commanding pace. None of us new students wanted to lag, to fail what couldn’t help feel a little like an initiation. After a couple miles and a couple thousand feet of elevation gain, the sky began to turn rosy pink. Not our tradition, but one the Cascades like to bring out for hikers dedicated to “alpine starts.” At the top, the snow-capped peaks of Hood and St Helens poked above the ridge tops. Our trip lead pulled out fresh strawberries and shortbread and crème for all. A tradition she said, started a few years ago. One worth carrying on, we all agreed. Looking across the Gorge at the peak of Mt Hood, I thought of the climbing party who gathered at the summit and founded the Mazamas in 1894. And how this group formed the 8-week “boot camp” called BCEP in 1956. And now I had found myself part of this experience. A tradition, it seems, is not ever a singular thing, but more an assembly of several traditions that all become the gestalt of the experience. The continuation of it are each act in repetition, carrying on the old, adding in the new. And as I hefted my pack to head back down, I had stepped in. #bcep#mazamas#dogmountain#columbiarivergorge#mthood#alpinestart#sunrisehike
One of my challenges climbing mountains is doing it in the dark 🌚. An “alpine start” is when you begin your day climbing at midnight or a bit later, to avoid rock/ice fall and crevasses opening up from sun’s heat. So you can see my dilemma! When you wake up when the night has just begun and it’s very cold and quiet, there’s a certain anxiety that comes over you. You really do feel like you are all alone. For me this anxiety exacerbates my altitude sickness. However, knowing that these are only mind tricks I have ways to cope with my fears. 1. I go to bed with a thermos full of hot sweet tea ready to drink immediately after I wake up and before I get out of my sleeping bag 2. I turn on upbeat happy music to make me feel connected to people in some way; this makes me feel less lonely 3. I keep my clothes in my sleeping bag so they are warm when I wake up 4. I mentally keep reviewing the day’s itinerary, visualizing what I’m about to do to make it less of a surprise 5. I begin the day’s climb one step at a time while quieting the monster in my head and patiently awaiting the glorious safe haven of the sunrise 🌅 (there’s nothing more welcoming than the light and heat of a sunrise). Anyone doing endurance sports can relate to this. #conqueringfears#alpinestart#alpinism#mountainlife#mountaineering#everest#trainingforeverest#endurancesports
Well we didn’t make the summit yesterday but we still had a great time (we’re smiling on the inside). The mountain was super moody all day with temps around -15, winds gusting to 45, limited visibility, and at least a foot of fresh snow while we climbed. At least the mountain came out once we hit the road so I could snag a great shot of it! We will be back Boundary...
No selfie, no artful photo. Just a quick shot of Pretty Nuts on our way home. A note here for our climbing community: As we walked towards this beauty we we stopped twice. Once by RCMP asking where we were going to climb. The second time a pickup with lights blue and white lights asking the same and warning of fines being handed out to climbers who trespass on CPR property ($115). The railway had shut down today because careless climbers triggered the avalanche warning system.