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Monthly Archives: June 2011

My friends at Timex have sent me a new training tool, the Trail Mate. What appears as an standard digital watch on a stylish band is really a finely tuned instrument to elevate one’s training to a new level. The Trail Mate allows one to track speed, distance and time with advanced accelerometer technology.

Starting with the basics… the Trail mate has the Indiglo night feature. Always handy in the middle of the night or in a subway that lost power in the middle of a tunnel. (Not that broken subways happen on a regular basis, just good to know we are prepared).

The watch is built upon the four toggle function that is cross platform for many of the Iron Man and Expedition series. Once the accelerometer to set to your height and weight you are set to track your distance travelled by monitoring the swing of your arms.  This data is then calculated to show how many steps one has hiked and, by extension, how many calories one has burned.

Being a bit of a gadget guy, I have had a bit of fun working though the various functions. I’ve used it running up hill, walking around town and ona couple of hard runs.

The watch is set to be relaesed on the 24th of June at a launch party at the Eastern Mountain Sports SoHo store. If you are in “The City” please join us for this special daye. I’ll have a slide show and tie it into the Outdoor Nation event the same weekend.

If you can’t make the opening, please look into the sweepstakes being held. If you win (and ya gotta play to win!) we’ll spend twep days climbing in New Hampshiore this coming 7 – 9 December.

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Hard to gather in, this blustery wet last day of May of Eleven. It began with a bang, the Seal Team night ops – (thanks guys) and is now a bit closer The day before I ran in snow ampongst the pines of Baldy Peak and in five days I’ll be on the Kahiltna Glacier, the heart of the Alaska Range for an ascent of one of North America’s most fabled peaks, Denali. At 20,320 feet it is the apex of North America, thrust up by the convergence of the eastern and western pacific plates. The granite that composes the majority of Denali is exceptionally durable. Glaciers, being water and on a quest for the oceans, have carved out the south side of the mountain into an incredible maze of cirques, spires and valleys.

Cliff Hudson and Zero X. One sharp pilot and his honed 185. 40 # lighter with out the paint......


…. Jump forward five days….


leaving Anchorage this morning for the drive to Talkeetna. A busy day purchasing food and dialing in equipment for our intrepid group of eleven. The locals have been commenting on how dry the region has been and the increased likelyhood of summer wildfires. The mountain is drying, resulting in more exposed “blue ice”. When a mountain melts out and / or is not replenished at a sustanable level, the ancient old dense ice exposes itself. From an earth sciences perspective it is part of the dynamic environment of the mountains. From an alpinist and skier’s POV the blue ice is extra dangerous. We need to aware of the conditions especially above 14 camp.

Wet in the Rockies and dry in the Alaska Range. Being in the wilds of Alaska is always enriching. Looking forward to our 14 days on Denali. A fine adventure.