Ski Orienteering World Cup

If cross country ski racing is a niche sport, then ski orienteering is a niche within a niche. It involves racing on cross-country skis and finding your way to a series of checkpoints scattered around the woods on trails you have never seen before, using a map you only receive 15 seconds before the race starts. It means getting around the route as fast as you can and still hitting the checkpoints in the right order. You can ski, run or walk and take any route you want. In the week-long International Orienteering Federation races at Craftsbury, VT, Outdoor Center last week, competitors from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Estonia, Bulgaria, the US and Canada, among other nations, flew down wide XC trails and narrow, bumpy snowshoe paths.  Often they just made their own trails, taking off through the trees. It is impressive to watch a skier speeding downhill while reading a map.  Above, the eventual middle distance winner, Sweden’s Tove Alexandersson. Below, a checkpoint crash, a Swiss racer reading while driving, and a near crash when two racers arrived at a checkpoint at the same time. It was also the world masters championships, so there were older competitors (bottom).  You can see a full gallery by clicking here. Click on a photo and use the arrows to see the images faster than the slide show runs. 

Info on USA and International orienteering is here and here.

And click here for a great video by Donatas Lazauskas.

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It’s Still Winter in Quebec

No matter what it’s doing where you are, it’s still winter at Mont Sainte Anne in Quebec, just down the Fleuve St. Laurent from Quebec City. Four feet of snow on the ground in the last week of February. Velo d’hiver riders (below) and skiers taking advantage of the situation while they can. Hydro Quebec electric lines humming loudly in the falling snow. For more, click here for a gallery.

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Gun Violence Protest

Images from a demonstration at the Vermont State House today to call for action to halt gun violence.































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Latino Night at Bagitos

The end of January marked the second anniversary of the Latino group that meets every Tuesday at Bagitos in Montpelier to speak Spanish, celebrate Latino culture and get together with friends. A typical night might bring together locals who are from or have ties to Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Bolivia, El Salvador, Argentina, and Uruguay.

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Home Share Now at the National Building Museum

Cindy McCloud, left, and Monika Gadre outside Cindy’s home in Montpelier, VT, which the two shared back in 2011 under the auspices of Home Share Now, the Barre-based group that brings people with home space to share together with people seeking the same. The photo is one of two of mine now at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, as part of the exhibit Making Room: Housing for a Changing America. The exhibit, up through September 16, 2018, focuses on residential living in the United States, from architectural changes to groups like Home Share Now. Click here for information on the exhibit. And here for information on Home Share Now.


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Black and White on the Oregon Coast

When it’s November on the Oregon coast and gales are ripping in from the southwest, almost everything turns black and white. These are from Cape Lookout State Park, near Tillamook


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Cross Country Skier Cover














US cross country ski team member Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minnesota) leads up the hill above the stadium in Lahti, Finland, in a photo I took at last year’s World Nordic Ski Championships. It’s the cover of the newest issue of Cross Country Skier magazine. Diggins won her first World Cup race of the year today and will be headed to PyeongChang, South Korea, in a few weeks for the Winter Olympics. Click here for info on the magazine and, if you’re a skier, subscribe!

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Craftsbury SuperTour

Kaitlynn Miller (Elmore, VT) and Kelsey Phinney (Sun Valley, Idaho) hug after Miller won the SuperTour sprint race in Craftsbury, VT, Friday. Earlier in the week, Miller was named to the US Olympic team along with six other cross-country or biathlon skiers from the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. Below, the sartorial splendor of Jack Schrupp of the Williams College Purple Cows; Forrest Mahlen (Alaska Pacific University), the winner of the men’s race; and Miller, all in the sprint qualifier.

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Good Day in the Mountains

Beautiful winter day in the mountains yesterday: sun and cold, new snow. That’s Camel’s Hump with Mt. Mansfield sticking up behind it in the top photo, as seen from Sugarbush North. Others are both from Sugarbush North. Because of the angle, Camel’s Hump and Mansfield aren’t showing their usual distinctive profiles.

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Greetings from the Season

Holiday greetings from the frozen north. For the first time in a few years we’ll have an authentic northern New England white Christmas.  It did rain on top of the whiteness most of today but we have nearly two feet of snow, so it’s still here. It’s going to get cold and snow some more, and that means an old-fashioned Vermont Christmas. Happy Holidays! All the photos were taken within a mile of home. Unless I’m guessing wrong, that’s a rescued greyhound out for a stroll in the top one.

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