Thursday, December 21, 2006

Sauna Update

So as you can see the sauna "building" is coming along nice. All papered up for the winter, windows in and now I just need the door. Ken came over yesterday and worked his magic with the power so now we can plug in a radio while we start preping the stone for its new job.


Got up this morning to Weather Alerts and snow warnings. With that in mind I knew that I had to get the black ice shots I had planed for my next flick. After a quick scope of the conditions (the ice has not been the thickest lately) I called it safe and grabbed Brad Nelson for my subject. A few hours later and many logistical snafu's overcome (picture one is us at the Ski Hut mounting bindings.........hmmm where were those bindings?????) we got on the ice and shot some of the most stunning footage I have ever seen. The ice was absolute perfect, other than the fact that it was starting to crack due to the flow that the power company was throwing down it as we were on it! Made for some scary sounds for sure. I did some cool shots with a handheld boom, and was super happy with them. We got home to review that footage however and quickly realized that as we had review each shot we had forgotten to FF and taped over the best of them!~ Rookies, rookies rookies. Despite that though it was a killer day.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Possible new artificial nordic ski area?????

So with the winter pretty much a wash, we glide junkies are becoming more and more insane. I was out riding frozen singletrack the other day and say this ski hill near our house. It is just a small 300 foot little hill. It will someday be where my children learn to ski and I look forward to that day. Right now however it looks like the perfect place for a nordic circuit! I rode over and spoke to the owner Bob and asked about that possibility and he basically said if the Nordic community can come together with a plan and a fee that will help cover the costs he would be interested. Mont Du Lac has its own snowmaking (the whole place is covered NOW) and is privatley owned, has a bar and during the summer has some killer singletrack, it is a small mecca in a sea of dispair... So now we wait and see what the Nordic Community in Duluth will do with a held breathe.......

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Eastern skiing is looking about like our skiing!

This was a shot that my buddy Roland sent me from VT. UGHGhhhh. Hopefully this turns around soon, I was acually starting to enjoy my singletrack ride today......

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Certainly I am no laywyer, but I have plenty in the family and can thus dig through a few legal terms here and there, so when I came across the Term "Usufruct" I was intrigued. So way back when we were setting up our country and constructing our government the term Usufruct was going around and it was basically stating that there is a LAW, that the current generation has both a legal and a moral obligation to future generations, IE what we do now effects those that come later and legally we need to be responsible. So what are we doing to set up our children and theirs when it comes to our wilderness and our environment? What did our great grand fathers do for us?

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Retro Photo #2: The last time an El Nino year winter came lurking......

The last time I endured a warm,split jet El Nino winter I went nuttier than a fruitcake and I can feel the mania coming on as we speak. For the past 5 days we have been at 37.5 degrees. A couple times I thought my temp gauge was shot, I mean how can it be 37.5 degrees all day, all night and do that for five days? UGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGH. No snow in sight for the foreseable future either, like until Jan.....
Anyway Brian Mohr took this shot one warm winter in VT, about two days after a dump that did not totally create what most skiers call a base but what the hell, it was white, it was cold and it was fun. I think I am holding a stick instead of poles, I am not sure why but I do remember it being a very long epic tour that went no place in general and ended up where we didnt want to be.......

Sunday, December 10, 2006

This warm weather sucks

This picture of the jet stream says it all. I am not a weather guru by any means but a split jet stream, with one going from Washington State to the arctic is not good for MN, I can tell you that. We went from 10 below a week ago to 45 and sunny this weekend. The snow is hanging on at the lakes but man would I kill for some winter.......That is Marg out last night on Big Lake.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Two Tickets to Paradise

We just bought our tickets to Norway so we can ski the Sesilami 50km ski race in the Setesdal valley. This is the region where Sondre is from and I am struck by the fact that some of the views remind me of Minnesota. It has a killer climb is a classic technique race, with a 10km skate section to the finish. I am pretty pumped, just hope we get snow here soon!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The time is now

I grabbed this off the Lakawa Site so I just wanted to give credit where credit was due. In any case I was out skiing with my father yesterday on a lake that shall remain unamed and saw that it was a foot thick with at least 5 inches of powder on it. So, I am sure that at least Jumping Joe is on the wind and I might be soon.......

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Two Fat Guys on a Bike

This was the name on the title of this picture I found at the MN State Historical Society. I have been finding these crazy pictures while doing research on some material I am thinking of using in my next film.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Nice space guys....

So this is the best place that you can see the band LOW. If you are a fan you need to come and check them out the next time they play the Sacred Heart stage. It is an old Cathedral and it is by far the trippiest place to see a truly unique band.

Ibex Winter 08?

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Stone question

So the stone question is starting to get some monentum going. So I thought I would get it out to my worldly friends out there, especially the climbers and mountaineers who in my opinion tend to be, in reality geologists on crack. So the question is this. The sauna is being built with this huge vein of Slate and Graywacke (SP) in it. It is the craziest rock I have ever seen. It is weird because it is compressed and in huge chunks it is hard like granite, fun to climb on, I would call it good rock. But that said when it is impacted or in small pieces it flakes off in shingle sized pieces. It is gray and really dark black. Anyway the question is what it will be like in the Sauna, will it absorb heat thus making it hard to heat up or will it reflect it and make it hotter faster? Who knows but yesterday I was out riding near the res and saw this sight. I have been out there testing ice thickness as we are about to have the rockstar ice skating year, just pure black ice, but that is another story. Scattered all over the ice were hundreds of small sized rocks. Now I know for a fact that nobody has been back there since I have been, so these rocks most likely blew themselves out there due to either solar heating or the intense cooling at night, the temp got down to 2 degrees last night. So interesting huh? Do you think that they got real hot, melted the snow and ice around them, then when the temp plummeted did the water expand thus shooting out on the ice? Or maybe the other way? They are facing south. What does that say about the sauna rock that is the same stone? The Stone question............hmmmmmmmmm