Off Week

2011-02-05 16:35:47.000 – Rebecca Scholand,  Summit Intern

Wayne, Brian, and I enjoying the skiing

My off week was nothing like Mike or Ryan’s however I did have a great time and with a lot less hassle. I stayed in the state and utilized all that I could. Thursday I started my off week skiing at Cranmore with Brian and Wayne all day. It was the first time that I had skied there despite hearing about it for years from a good friend back home. Friday I took my first shot at ice climbing with Wayne and his friend Michelle. It was a long and tiring day but I had an absolute blast. Saturday I took the day to be responsible and work on homework and run errands, but Sunday I tired myself out again with an evening Nordic skiing jaunt that was definitely a good challenge considering it was only the second time I had ever gone and the uphill pitch is much harder to master. Regardless I slept well. Monday I started my day working on fabricating a firewood dumbwaiter of sorts. After drawing out plans and cutting the correct lengths of angle iron I began to weld it together but was pleasantly interrupted for another Nordic skiing adventure. It will start by saying that the East Pasture Trail that is part of Jackson XC area is a lot of uphill followed by short steep downhill portions. Despite my slower pace I returned tired and with a good workout behind me. Tuesday I spent most of my day helping Wayne shuttle biathlon equipment out to the range and kept a relatively low energy profile in preparation for Wednesday. Because of shift change being moved to Thursday Brian, Wayne, and I took advantage of the fresh powder at Attitash. Skiing powder is a relatively new concept for me since I am used to groomers but that didn’t stop me. It was by far the best day of skiing I have had. All day we were making fresh turns across the mountain. It was a rare event that we were able to take advantage of the storm because shift changes are not usually rescheduled, however after the powder day I was ready to return to the summit. Since Thursday I have been working hard on my intern project and leaning a lot about the pitot anemometer system. It may not be fresh turns but I am enjoying it just as much.


Rebecca Scholand,  Summit Intern

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