Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sitting around in Arthur's Pass today, trying to stay dry as the forecast of "Fine and cloudy periods" has turned into steady rain. This has put a halt to Lukas and I heading up the Otira Valley again, this time with some steep skiing in mined (minus the Lycra). Instead we will study the line's on Google earth.
Below is a short promo video of Dynafit sponsored trip to Manaslu in 2007. Dynafit athlets Benedikt Böhm, Sebastian Haag and Nicolas Bonnet made a speed attempt on the 8163m Manaslu. Both Böhm and Hagg have climbed and skied 7456m Mustagh Ata (China) in 10hr41min and Gasherbrum II in 17hr.
In France this winter I had the pleasure of meeting Böhm and Bonnet and was invited on the 2008 attempt of Manaslu. I declined for a few reasons, but I gather the trip, unfortunately, didn't go ahead anyway.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Swiss quality training in NZ
Jane had just put a roast dinner in the oven and Martin was trimming some plastic off his boots, when his Swiss army knife slipped and cut across the top of his knuckle, almost cut his tendon in 2. Martin and I jumped in the car and sped off to Chch A&E. We got out of A&E about 11.15pm with instructions to return tomorrow morning for the hand to be operated on. Long story short, Martin had to wait about 40hrs until his tendon was back in one piece and he know has to decide weather he'll stay in NZ for the next 7 weeks of return home to Switzerland. The doctor (depending which one) says 4-12 weeks until he can do anything. Pretty big blow for a young guy with a big future in competitive ski mountaineering.
The "Machine" with the Machine
Lukas stayed up at Cheeseman and we did some more touring on Saturday, before and after work. Sunday was the last day for Cheeseman for the 2008 season so I am now looking for a new job for my first summer in 5 years. Lukas doing a sweet jump on his tiny race gear!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Swiss national team members Martin Anthamatten and Lukas Huser turned up at Cheeseman last night and after the boys had a big sleep in (the first time in a good bed in 3 weeks) we headed out in the wind for a ski.
Martin and Lukas are extremely strong, with Martin finishing 14th and Lukas 36th (9th in espoir) in the World Champs in Champery, Switzerland. I was preparing for the worst and expecting to get my ass handed to me, but was pleasently surprized at the casual pace they trained at. The wind was howling at the ridge top and I think it was a good intro to spring skiing in NZ for the 2 young Swiss.Pretty amusing when we got to the top and Lukas realized that his boots didn't match his bindings, meaning he had to ski with his heal free, the joys of being sponsored and having too many skis.....
The ski down was pretty nice and I was again amazed how fast the "fast guys" are able to ski on little race gear, especially Lukas with free heals!
Martin and Lukas are in NZ for 2 months preparing for the up coming races in Europe.