Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mezzalama Training

Team Reside got out today for some formal "technical training" all roped up together, on our home training grounds via the Guide Ridge.  The Guide Ridge is an exposed ridge of about 900ft leading up to the peak of Mt. Crested Butte, just off of the traditional ski runs at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR)

Team Reside consists of Eric "Sully" Sullivan, Bryan "Wick" Wickenhauser and Mike Haney.  We are gearing up for our big focus this year as we travel to Italy for the Trofeo Mezzalama which is a three person, one day race across Northwestern Italy on April 28th, 2013.  It's part of the La Grande Course Series that encompasses the "classic" teams races across Europe.  The Mezzalama is known for pushing the technical abilities of a ski mountaineering team...putting "mountaineering" back in ski mountaineering, you might say.

To hone our team's technical skills we enlisted Jason Simons Jones, owner of Crested Butte Mountain Guides to take us up through the Guide Ridge on Mt. Crested Butte (CBMR).

Approaching the base of the Guide Ridge...Red Lady Bowl off to the right of the photo.

Mike Haney dancing across rock

Quick group huddle mid-Guide Ridge

A little 5.8 on slippery rock by Mike

"Hugging" large flakes of rock, on our way up the Ridge

Looking for foot holds on flakes of rock

Sully with Mt CB and base area of CBMR in background

Stoked Sully in his element

Alpinism defined, as Sully grabs for snow holds

Mike, with Sully "on tow"...and our Guide Jason

Just near the top of the peak on Mt CB

Clearly, this is a jump start to the rest of our training. Its a long season with several races under out belts already, and we clearly anticipate more We will be competing in the remainder of the COSMIC Series races that go through April 20th, along with the GORE-TEX Grand Traverse on March 29th, 2013 (a 40 mile ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen).  When not competing we are training in the local backcountry surrounding gorgeous Crested Butte, CO.  Pray for snow!

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