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Shopping Cart Enlightenment

When I asked Alex Newport-Berra if he would like to contribute a mountain sport post to DolomiteSport, I had absolutely no idea I would get a story about a shopping cart. Coming from Alex I can understand his seeking enlightenment, but through a shopping cart? Well… this is his genius and exactly why I asked him to write in the first place for in addition to possessing the strongest cycling legs I have ever had …

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Facebook Poach Your Line?

Today we returned to ski the same backcountry peak we skied yesterday, the same one I wrote about, and posted photos of, right here at DolomiteSport. Unlike yesterday, the parking area was not empty, it had a couple of cars. Why? They saw 1) the turns from the road and 2) the post. Together with friends we laughed at the power of the web – the post certainly got some traffic. But how does this …

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Neurotic Ramblings

I like to think that wisdom is kicking in. Here it goes, my neurotic ramblings… Each and every October & November it starts, or in this case, ends. Fitness. 10 months of hard fought training days, that feeling of being unstoppable, of July & August being a peak where anything and everything is possible, easy, lean, mean, fast, comfortable, strong, powerful – comes crashing to a halt with something as truly benign as cold days …

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Alpabzug

And now for something completely different. Alpabzug No sports, no gear reviews, nothing to do with making your heart beat quickly. Just cows, the end of summer, beer and a lot of European tradition. Alpabzug: The traditional celebration of the end of summer where the cows are brought down from the high Alps to the valley floors for the coming winter. Everyone turns out for this party in their best lederhosen. Even the cows get …

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Hiding during Ferragosto

To me, the word “Ferragosto” makes me think of ringing cellphones, family squabbles and lots of dark, tanned skin being shown off on the decks of huts. Just what is this Ferragosto and why hidding during August? For American readers it is really only a useful term for trivia board games, but if one is planning a trip to the Dolomites during the month of August, read on. Ferragosto falls on August 15 and is …

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Funny Later

For two of my favorite people. Seemingly rock bottom. That is where we were, mentally, walking along a roasting hot Bishop street. Our VW Westfalia was left behind us, a carcass of a vehicle, blown engine, cratered roof, shredded interior. In one little mistake in planning, we had lost our home, office and car. In our bank account we had enough for perhaps a new set of windshield wipers, which we actually needed, they had …