Written by MK Dealer Services Representative Jessica Hoffmann:
As I approach the one month count down before my husband, our two dogs, and I move from scenic Tuxedo, North Carolina to scenic Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I find myself getting nostalgic about our local area crags. Western North Carolina is a fabulous area to learn how to trad climb, if you don’t mind sometimes scant pro and the local aversion to bolts. As the fall weather finally reaches the South, I am enjoying astonishing colors, the opportunity to wear my MK pants, and, of course, the perfect climbing conditions. Rumbling Bald is quite close to my house, and is part of NC’s recent land acquisitions in the Hickory Nut Gorge and Chimney Rock area surrounding Lake Lure, which is soon to become a public park. The Bald is a perfect winter crag, as it faces south and gets plenty of sun. I presume my number of days climbing in a tee are numbered for the rest of the year as we get settled in Wyoming. I am going to have to toughen up quickly! Still, I got to send what I thought would be my winter project, Southern Boys Don’t Wear Plaid, one of the classic steep lines in an area that is actually known for slab. I guess soon I will know what it is that southern boys wear in Wyoming….
Jonathan Holling has high hopes; hopes of finding himself in Beijing next year as an American Olympian for Event Riding. Holling is a new MK Ambassador and a professional 3-day event rider. He has been a consistent top-finisher in nearly every major event he has competed in in the past 4 years. Jonathan has two shows left for this year, one in Georgia and one in Ocala, Florida, where he resides. The Ocala event is the Fall Championships, and Jonathan is looking for a strong finish. He will spend the off-season training and will be competing again in January. We will keep you posted on his progress and quest for the Olympics. Visit Jonathan's website.
Mountain Khakis Ambassador Lorin Paley has a lot to look forward to this winter. She was recently profiled in Telemark Skier Magazine and also received press in Ski Racing Magazine for her incredible accomplishment in telemark racing. At the tender age of 15, Lorin has already secured her status as one of the top telemark racers in the US. Last winter, in Steamboat Springs, Lorin finished 2nd in the US National Championship, racing among people who have been skiing for longer than Lorin has been alive. More recently, Lorin placed second in the Ramapo Swimming Championships while competing against athletes who train for swimming all year long. Lorin's natural athleticism and competitive nature are sure to lead to great things in her future. Keep up the great work Lorin!! To read more on Lorin and the other Outdoor Idols for Winter 2007, go to www.outdooridols.org
Mountain Khakis will be sponsoring a few events and tours coming up soon, and we want to let you know about them:
Winter Wildlands Alliance Presents the 3rd Annual Backcountry Film Festival
An evening of backcountry skiing films that will surely leave you dreaming about the winter ahead. Enjoy great prizes from industry sponsors, beer, wine, food, and fun. Proceeds will benefit WWA and its mission to promote and preserve winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands.
Here are a few dates to look forward to:
Boise, ID November 16 Egyptian Theatre
Pioneer, CA January 11 Snowlands Network
Steamboat, CO February 7 The Mountain
For more info and an updated schedule, go to WWA online.
17th Annual Uwharrie Mountain Run
Also, those of you who run and enjoy doing it on the trails will be interested in the 17th Annual Uwharrie Mountain Run, located in the Uwharrie National Forest near Troy, North Carolina. The Uwharrie Mountain Run has been rated by Trail Running Magazine as one of the Savage Seven trail races in America. Like the Western States and Leadville races, this is a serious trail race. Uwharrie offers runners 8, 20 and 40 mile options. The 40-mile course includes over 12,000 feet of elevation gain. This is one tough race. Online registration starts November 1st. Start training now!