MK Ambassador and computer graphics guru Senan Gorman checks in:
I just got back from a week at Snowbird, attending the Western National Ski Areas Association Trade Show & Conference. It was incredible in a variety of ways. First day there, we hit chest deep pow, followed by bluebird the next few days.
While there, the powers that be opened up the Bird for the NSAA crowd at 7am, still dark, under a full moon, with breakfast at the top of the Peruvian lift, in the middle of the newly built tunnel. It was indeed one of the reasons I truly enjoy being part of this industry!! Overall the show was incredible for business for North Pole Designs. In fact, I just might be headed out to Jackson Hole in February to meet with the folks from JH marketing and ski school to discuss developing a fully animated/interactive kids' trail map and more. Can't wait.
I just spent the last week in Salt Lake City hanging out around the trade show and preparing for Adult Nationals. The competition was held at the brand new Momentum Climbing Gym in Sandy, UT. At first I was really optimistic but then I saw the running order and it looked more like a World Cup. Chris Sharma, Dave Graham, Joe Kinder and Jon Cardwell were all in my category.
Both qualifying routes were amazing. I flashed the first route and fell 3/4 from the top of the second, unfortunately that landed me in 13th place. However there was still speed climbing to do. I was never too psyched on speed climbing, I do it maybe once a year and never train for it and somehow always place well. At the end of the qualifiers I was in 4th place. Then the finals round went well and put me in 3rd place and made me a member of the US National Team.
Mountain Khakis would like to congratulate Steve Romeo on qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Ski Mountaineering Team. Steve competed in a few randonee races in the states and did well enough to make the U.S. team. The team will head to Europe for the World Championships. Visit Steve's website to read more about his accomplishments. www.tetonat.com
Kayakers and action sports fanatics will dig the new film from Nick Troutman and FIVEIGHTWO Films, Here & Now. Nick is an MK Ambassador and a key member of Team Jackson Kayaks. The film will be released in March, and Mountain Khakis is very excited to be a sponsor.
Nick is a stud in the kayak world, and already has several accomplishments to speak of. Now, with the release of his first movie, things are really looking up. We'll post more information as we get it, but keep your eyes and ears open for this sick new film from FIVEEIGHTWO Films.