Merry Christmas everyone! It’s a sunny Christmas day here in Colorado. We’re off to do some uphilling, with a couple of new heart rate monitors (HRMs) to try and get that perfect aerobic training so we can really get strong for our dream Wasatch backcountry skiing trip in January! Hint, you can get a reasonably priced Polar heart rate monitor at Walmart — highly recommended if you feel like your fitness level has plateaued out, or you want to build super fitness without injuring yourself. Most people train at too high a heart rate — my experience is that sticking to your target rate can result in significant improvement. An HRM really helps with this.
My favorite Christmas gift? The family knows I like anything with skiing on the cover, so somehow they found this old movie I’d never heard of. Campy fun stuff. Ski troops attack! The scene where a soldier hurls his ski pole like a javelin at an enemy is priceless. Highly un-recommended
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WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.