It worked. Jason has been my main partner for the last few years, made the US Skimo team and keeps his own blog at jasondorais.blogspot.com. Lars has been also been doing his best to come off the couch and go as big as he possibly can every chance he gets. He's skied classics like the Pfeiff, Timp, and Mount Moran, run the Grand Canyon, and climbed all around the West.
Quickly, my posts matured somewhat as I realized that everything I typed was available for all to see. I quit making fun of my brother and friend and tried to document my training and adventures for my own sake. The circle of friends who followed along grew and quickly, an occasional stranger would stop me at work or on the street to chat about random stuff like gear choices, approaches to particular peaks, etc.
That was really cool to in a way provide a resource for friends, beginners, and "colleagues" in the mountains. I had scoured the internet for years, feasting on and receiving inspiration from tetonat.com, slc-samurai.blogspot.com, noahhowell.com, straightchuter.com, and many many more sites.
Also through keeping this journal of sorts, I've met many partners and developed new friendships which have certainly enriched my mountain experiences over the last few years. This is a great thing for a guy who works odd hours and has random Tuesday mornings to ski. It seems I always have strong available partners.
Yet another reason to blog is to provide a creative outlet. Designing a site and practicing writing and photography have all been challenging and thoroughly enjoyable. I obviously have a lot to learn about these disciplines but I'll hopefully improve throughout the coming years.
The last thing I'd like to mention is the ability to keep personal records. Memories fade, no matter how brilliant the outing. So perhaps one of the main reasons I keep doing this, is to create a hard bound copy of everything I publish as a journal for both myself and my family. I use www.blurb.com to create an annual 15x15 coffee table book, complete with all text and pictures from the preceding academic year (this calender seems to be the only one that matters). It might be quite narcissistic to print a book like this, but it sure beats scribbling on paper and it really is a priceless resource to help jog my memory and smile and laugh, recalling great days in the mountains.
|The latest edition|
|That was a great day in the Tetons|
|It's also fun to go back and read some of the rubbish I type out...|
|A little Lion King|
|Blurb allows one to customize the layout of both text and photos. Some of my favorites end up as full page spreads.|