Simi Hamilton

We found some pretty exciting mixed climbing and chilly temps while heading up Capital, one of Colorado's harder 14'ers

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Like a good omen for the season to come, it was 3° F at my house this morning when I woke up to drive (slide) to the airport. Fall seemed to last for only a day and it turned into winter overnight. I’m not complaining, I love it. There’s nothing better than layering up for a long and cold ski on a short day, and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing in a few hours. Like many of the other businessmen and women sitting around me in the Denver airport, I’m en route to a destination where I’ll get some work done. In 24 hours I’ll land in Rovaniemi, Finland (the actual home of Santa Clause and probably best known for being directly on the Arctic Circle), drive 200 km north of that dark city, and begin the season in the heavy and cold air of Muonio. I’m fired up to connect with all my teammates and coaches again, dial in my skis this week, and resume the elusive search for wireless throughout Europe (a task that seems to consume most of my time during the winter). Next weekend’s World Cup opener in the small mining town of Gallivare, Sweden will bring out the crowds and excitement that accompanies European xc racing, novelties that many of us forgot about during the long summer months. The weekend after marks the first World Cup sprint in Kuusamo, Finland, a resort town nestled on the Russian border that’s probably best known for its per capita beer consumption during ski comp weekends. One thing you can count on the Finn’s for: having a good time at ski races. Then it’s a quick (knock on wood) trip back to North America to race atop the cobble streets of Quebec City before Period 1’s final race weekend in Canmore, Alberta. Boom, kazaam, in, out, Christmas.

One thing I always take for granted before the season starts is a few days at home to catch my breath. It never occurs to me how much I need that until after it’s passed. This time around, I ticked off some pretty awesome adventures with my amigos and finally got a start at chipping away at a to-do list that I’ve been adding to since 2009.

We found some pretty exciting mixed climbing and chilly temps while heading up Capital, one of Colorado's harder 14'ers

There's no better place to find oneself than on a cool ridge in the backcountry

Buddy Mark Falender contemplating loose, exposed, 5.4 dry tool/finger jam boulder problem. And the looming darkness

Well. I’m off. Got a plane to catch, so to speak.

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