Saturday, July 11, 2009

Skin to the Summit

The Speights Summit Skin To The Summit race was held on the 4th of July as part of the Queenstown Winter Festival and we travelled down for the short skin from the Coronet base are, up M1 and to the hope of the lift.
Me climbing hard with "heavy gear"
The race was a "dawn patrol", meaning it started in the dark and we skinned with head lamps as the sun came up. Not to surprisingly Lornezo and Laetitia came in 1st and 2nd, with myself in 3rd. Theo and Willy battled it out for the 3rd male across the line, with Theo winning there sprint to the line and Jane was the 2nd female.
Skin to the Summit top 3 female and male finishers

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"The skier who forsakes the lifts to climb under his own power to a mountain summit is a very different person from the downhill only piste basher and is often regarded by the latter as something of a curiosity.
But he was the creator of the sport; and possibly with him lies the future"
-Robin Fedden, The book of Europen Skiing, 1966
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