January 03, 2010

New Year 2010

Rocky Mountain Sky in the early a.m.

Well the New Year festivities are over and I guess that means it's time to get down to some serious work. In my case, the serious work began at 2:45 this morning when I left Canmore to catch a 7 am flight out of Calgary. If this seems ridiculously early, it is.

I would like to thank two people in particular for helping to make this happen. First and foremost, a big THANKS! to the thwarted Detroit Bomber. If it weren't for you, I would not have had to arrive at the airport three hours early to clear US Customs. Secondly, props to Mad Johnny for the ride to the Calgary Airport!

For the next three weeks, I will be guiding an Aconcagua Expedition for Mountain Madness. This will be my first time working for The Madness and I am looking forward to re-uniting with many old friends. The trip will encompass a horseshoe style traverse of the peak where we ascend the Polish Glacier side of the mountain and then descend The Ruta Normal. This will be my fifth trip to the peak and although many people write it off as a giant slog, I believe that the mountain's merits go far beyond the climbing. Infact, I'm going to go out on a wild limb here and say that climbing Aconcagua is worth it for the time spent in Mendoza alone. If you've been there, you know what I'm talking about. If not, I'm sure you can imagine. Basically, Mendoza is renowned for three things: incredible food, world-class vineyards, and heart-stopping hotties. Stay tuned.

Anyway, back to the serious business of mountains and machines. Here are a few more photos from the past week at CMH Bobbie Burns. If I can get my act together, I'll post some video asap.

Happy New Year from all of us here at Global Alpine!

The 212

The Lavigne.

And the beverage of choice.

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