Monday, August 29, 2016

Rowing Lessons with Lake Sunapee Rowing Club


A proud father and grandfather shares videos of his two sons and grandson taking July 2016 and July 2015 rowing lessons from the Lake Sunapee Rowing Club  (LSRC http://www.lakesunapeerowing.com).

The 2016 day's class was for the doubles scull and the singles scull. The LSRC provides the boats (also known as shells). 

Lake Sunapee Eight plus Coxswain on Lake Sunapee with Mt Sunapee in background
Our coach, Brenda, is just an amazing instructor with knowledge, skills, and a lot of patience.  Brenda makes the classes fun with personal instruction for each student, and a wealth of education on learning the language and techniques of rowing. 

Tim and Carson did the doubles scull, while Shaun did the singles scull. Coach Brenda motored between the two sculls given each one immediate feedback.  In addition, while Brenda counseled Shaun and Tim at the end of the evening, she had Carson get into a single scull, and with a brief tutorial, Carson was sent on his way into Lake Sunapee to adjust to the single scull.  After Brenda's session with Shaun and Tim, she rowed in a single scull beside Carson to instruct him in his first single scull lesson.

See a nine minute video of this 2 hour lesson by Coach Brenda.



In 2015 Tim and Carson, and friend Nicholas, took lessons in the Eight plus coxswain boat with LSRC.  Below is a 5 minute video of the 2 hour lesson.



Now, Shaun, Tim, Carson and Nicholas have experienced lessons offered by the Lake Sunapee Rowing Club.


So where is OutdoorSteve in his rowing this year?
  •    I had the privilege of participating in the 2016 Prouty Rowing doubles rowing event on the Connecticut River starting at the Dartmouth College boat house. As representatives of the Lake Sunapee Rowing Club, my teammate Dave and I, under the excellent tutelage of LSRC coaches, trained for the month of June and early July for two hours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. http://outdooradventurers.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-prouty-lake-sunapee-rowing-club.html
  •    Along with the Prouty training, a friend asked if I wanted his unused single scull. His offer was readily accepted, and from June till the middle of September, I managed to do a one-hour every other day row in my single scull.  The very positive results of this committed training will be discussed in a future blog. 




Shaun
Tim
Carson
Nicholas
Steve






Single Scull


Doubles


Quad




Eight Plus



What is Rowing/Crew?

Here is the definition by River City Crew: The term "crew" is often used when talking about rowing. This term is commonly misused, so this may clarify the truths of the names of the sport. "Crew", as a noun, can refer to either the people in a specific high school or collegiate rowing boat or the entire sport of rowing in high school or college. The term "crew team" is redundant and is not properly used. After college, the term "crew" is no longer used to describe the sport or people in a boat, and "rowing team" or "rowing club" is proper. In the sport of rowing, "crew" is never, ever properly used as a verb, i.e., one does not "go crewing", rather one would "go rowing". When in doubt, the noun "rowing team" or verb "rowing" will always be correct when describing the sport.
Rowing is truly a sport which can be done throughout one's lifetime.
Other Rowing Blog Posts by OutdoorSteve

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

A quest to see Tuckerman Ravine skiers


Welcome to the world of Outdoorsteve and friends. In early May my son Tim, and our friend Mike hiked the Tuckerman Ravine Trail in the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire.  Our quest was to see downhill skiers ski the Tuckerman Ravine headwall.

Tuckerman Ravine is one of New Hampshire’s unique natural resources.  Tuckerman Ravine is a vast open bowl perched on the southeast slope of Mount Washington, the highest mountain in the Northeast at 6,288 feet. In the spring snow depths in the Ravine can reach 100 feet .  

Needless to say, Tuckerman Ravine is a very dangerous area subject to avalanches and falling massive blocks of ice the size of automobiles. It also is very exciting and challenging for skiers and outdoor enthusiasts. The open porch of the Hermit Hut shelter is a great place to watch the skiers.

How do I get to ski Tuckerman Ravine?
Tuckerman Ravine can only be reached by hiking uphill for two plus hours - there is no ski lift, road, or method of access - other  than to hike.  

We start our hike (if we were skiing the Ravine we would be carrying our ski equipment) at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Pinkham Notch Hut on Route 16. The uphill 2.5 mile hike starts with a boulder laden path that turns into a snow and ice packed trail to Hermit Hut at the base of Tuckerman Ravine.

Once reaching the Hermit Hut Shelter, extreme alpine, snowboard, and telemark skiers continue to climb another hour or so up to the headwall of the Ravine’s various self-made ski lanes.

Skiing the Ravine is definitely not for the novice or intermediate skier.  Taking the wrong trail down, or falling on the ski, can lead to disaster – read this as serious injury or death.

To see a graphic of Tuckerman Ravine ski routes go to Time for Tuckerman.  These ski routes from the top of the ravine can reach 40 - 55 degrees at their steeper sections.

Seeing these talented skiers on Tuckerman Ravine is a bucket list item.  Hermit Hut is a place to talk to these local “skier celebrities” and hear their personal conquests is worth the 4 to 5 hour round trip hike. 

Pinkham Notch (el 2,032 ft) on Route 16, via the Tuckerman Ravine Trail ascends to Hermit Lake (el 3,875 ft). Approximate hiking time is 2 ½ hours in most books, however this hiking time depends on the physical condition of the slowest hiker to handle jumping boulder to boulder, weather, and time of year (read snow and ice in winter, and running streams down the Trail in spring).

Our hike was in early May with snow melt of small streams frequently crossing the Trail for the first half of the trip (1 ½ hours), and then ice and snow for the second half (1 1/4 hours. All in all this trip took nearly 3 hours for us to reach Hermit Hut Shelter.

Our hike back to Pinkham Notch Hut via the same trail was about 2 hours.

Enjoy the below video of our hike.

 
Microspikes or Crampons?
My video says we used "crampons" on the trail. In fact we used "microspikes".  To learn the difference go to Microspikes or Crampons?  For most hikers today in the Whites microspikes have replaced crampons - but some of the older hikers still refer to crampons when they indeed wear microspikes.
Ski runs in Tuckerman Ravine are steeper than routes at nearby developed ski areas. Adding to the challenge, as noted, Tuckerman Ravine skiers must work for their runs by hiking uphill for 2-1/2 miles or so to reach the ravine. There is no ski lift, no snow grooming, and no indoor shelter at Tuckerman Ravine. But “Skiing Tuckerman” does boast some of the most challenging terrain in the eastern U.S., making it a magnet for accomplished skiers and snowboarders, and legions of spectators who also make the climb to take in the scene.

Weather and trail conditions at Tuckerman and the Tuckerman Ravine Trail can also be found by clicking on the "Conditions" tab at outdoors.org."

Additional Trips to Tuckerman Ravine
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Steve's fifth book, Outdoor Play Fun 4 4 Seasons Volume II, is now available (2016). Order here by clicking OutdoorSteve.comOutdoor Play Volume II has trip preparations, routes, and narratives of bucket list places to go. The book will motivate friends and family to make the outdoors a key component of their daily life. If you want 5 or more books signed, send me an email and we can work out the logistics. Order at

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Radio: Wednesday August 10, 2016 at 1 pm EST at 107.7 FM WTPL

Ela (The Pearl) Ramsey
WTPL
107.7 FM

I am excited to announce I am back for an encore performance with Ela (The Pearl) Ramsey and WTPL, this Wednesday August 10th at 1 pm EST on 107.7 FM.  Earlier this summer, I had the joy of doing a live interview with Ela, and I am pleased to continue sharing my New Hampshire outdoor adventures with Ela's audience.

During the show audience calls are encouraged at 866-823-1077.

You can also listen to the 1 pm show on your computer at  by clicking LISTEN LIVE.  Hear Ela and Outdoor Steve discuss "Get Outdoors in New Hampshire".

  • Ela and Steve share outdoor excursions from Steve's latest books, Outdoor Play: Fun 4 4 Seasons Volume I and II
  • More information on Outdoor Play is available at http://www.outdoorsteve.com 

    Hear Ela and Steve's July 7, 2016 WTPL Interview

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    "Everyone must do something.  I believe I will go outdoors with family and friends"

Steve's fifth book, Outdoor Play Fun 4 4 Seasons Volume II, is now available (2016). Order here by clicking OutdoorSteve.comOutdoor Play Volume II has trip preparations, routes, and narratives of bucket list places to go. The book will motivate friends and family to make the outdoors a key component of their daily life. If you want 5 or more books signed, send me an email and we can work out the logistics. Order at http://www.amazon.com/dp/098503842X or https://www.createspace.com/5725742

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Prouty - Lake Sunapee Rowing Club Participation - July 9, 2016


Steve and Dave participated in the Prouty rowing event as members of the Lake Sunapee Rowing Club (LSRC), sponsored by Casella Recycling. Under the excellent tutelage of LSRC coaches, they trained us for a month every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and 6 AM Sunday mornings.

The Rowing event is on the Connecticut River starting and ending at the Dartmouth College boathouse.  The rowers go upstream (north) on the the beautiful Connecticut River in 5, 10, 15 or 20-mile increments (up and back format).  Rowers also have the option of turning around at any time.  Steve and Dave started their loop back just shy of the 7 mile marker, returning to the Dartmouth boathouse.

Steve and Dave's total time on the river was under four hours. They estimated their total row to be 13+ miles. None of the Prouty events are time or considered races.  The winner of the events is the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

The Connecticut River is the border between New Hampshire and Vermont. 


  




The brief descriptions below from the Prouty web site say it best:

"The Prouty is an event of The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, an organization wholly devoted to raising funds to support innovative cancer research and important patient services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. 

On July  8-9, 2016 in Hanover, New Hampshire, more than 5,000 participants and some 1,300 volunteers teamed up to raise more than $3.1 million for cancer care and research in the Prouty, Northern New England’s largest charity fundraiser.  Money raised at The Prouty goes to support cutting edge research and patient services that help ease a patient's cancer journey.

People from all over the country come together every July to raise funds by rowing on the Connecticut River,  walking or cycling through neighborhoods and roads in New Hampshire and Vermont, or hitting the links at the Hanover Country Club.


References:

Other Rowing Blog Posts by OutdoorSteve
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"Everyone must do something.  I believe I will go outdoors with family and friends"

My fifth book, Outdoor Play Fun 4 4 Seasons Volume II, is now available (2016). Order here by clicking OutdoorSteve.comOutdoor Play Volume II has trip preparations, routes, and narratives of bucket list places to go. The book will be a great to motivate friends and family to make the outdoors a key component of their daily life. If you want 5 or more books signed, send me an email and we can work out the logistics. Order at  http://www.amazon.com/dp/098503842X or https://www.createspace.com/5725742

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Radio interview July 7, 2016 at 4 pm - 107.7 FM WTPL. Hear live stream at http://www.wtplfm.com


Hear Outdoor Steve’s live radio interview Thursday July 7, 2016 at 4 pm at 107.7 FM WTPL THE PULSE in Bow, New Hampshire.
  
  •  The show is also heard live via your computer at http://www.wtplfm.com/
  •  Questions and comments may be taken at Studio Line:  866-823-1077
  •   Steve will share his excerpts on his colorful outdoor excursions including his latest books, Outdoor Play: Fun 4 4 Seasons Volume I and II.
  • More information on Outdoor Play is available at http://outdooradventurers.blogspot.com/.  

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Playing Torrey Pines in a Torrential Rain

Cathy and I (mostly me) are back-of-the-pack golfers.  However, we appreciate this wonderful game. On a recent trip to southern California we decided to play Torrey Pines Golf Course, the ocean side course for the annual PGA Farmers Insurance Open, and past and future course of the U.S. Open Championship.


In summary:
  • Temperature was unseasonably cold at 45 degrees and windy.
  • Rain was expected.
  • Due to the weather, the course was not crowded.
  • South Course fee was $110 each plus $25 for a cart.
  • Decision time - do we play or not?  Answer - Yes!
  • As we were finishing the second hole of the South Course - life threatening weather was instantly upon us (check out the video).  Horrendous wind, lightening, rain, and hail came down from the sky. Evacuate the course!
  • We asked for a Raincheck, but the starter said the course had a  No Raincheck Policy. Decision time: 1) Walk away from our $245 paid fee for two holes, 2) Continue in live-threatening conditions, or 3) Wait in soaked clothing in hope the weather clears. We chose door number 3 - given this was a life-time opportunity to play a U.S. Open Course.
  • As we played the tenth hole - the sky again explored with life-threatening conditions.  We both readily agreed we had proved ourselves on this beautiful PGA course - and it was time for a hot shower, warm clothing, and lots of nice memories.



Halfway through the 10th Hole - No need to prove ourselves



http://torreypinesgolfcourse.com/about.htm

"About Torrey Pines

Located in La Jolla (pronounced "la hoya"), California, Torrey Pines Golf Course sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is recognized as the premier municipal golf course owned and operated by a city. It is named after the Torrey Pine, a rare tree that grows in the wild only along this local stretch of the coastline in San Diego County and on Santa Rosa Island.

It offers two picturesque and, due to its yearly hosting of the PGA TOUR's Farmers Insurance Open event, widely recognizable championship 18-hole golf courses. It is surely the most accessible public facility for the die-hard enthusiast wishing to play at a world-renown facility that nearly all golfers know by name.

Torrey Pines was the site of perhaps the most memorable modern day U.S. Open Championship, when in 2008, under the typically brutal conditions of this major tournament, injured and hobbling Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate during their sudden death playoff after 90 grueling holes of exciting golf.

Torrey Pines will host the 2020 US Open Championship."


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"Everyone must do something.  I believe I will go outdoors with family and friends"

My fifth book, Outdoor Play Fun 4 4 Seasons Volume II, is available February 2016. Order here by clicking OutdoorSteve.comOutdoor Play Volume II has trip preparations, routes, and narratives of bucket list places to go. The book will be a great to motivate friends and family to make the outdoors a key component of their daily life. If you want 5 or more books signed, send me an email and we can work out the logistics. Order at  http://www.amazon.com/dp/098503842X or https://www.createspace.com/5725742

Monday, February 15, 2016

FOTCR 2016 Knights of Sufferlandria Sufferfest Challenge


The FOTCR Warriors
 Notes:
1.      A domestique is a road bicycle racer who works for the benefit of his team and leader. In French, domestique translates as "servant".
2.      FOTCR (Fellowship Of The Chain Ring) is the name of the club lead by Domestiques Ricko and Larry.  The name was derived as a play on the title of Tolkien’s masterpiece.
3.      Bits taken from the http://www.thesufferfest.com web site.
a.       About the Sufferfest: Amongst all the afflictions that torture humanity, there is one that gets almost no attention. One that numbs minds, destroys motivation and kills enthusiasm. Turbo Trainer Boredom Syndrome (TTBS) and Treadmill Boredom Syndrome (TBS) must stop. And here at Sufferfest Studios we are determined to make these scourges on humanity a thing of the past. To do that, we create the hardest, most exciting, most effective training videos in the world for time-crunched athletes who thrive with our high-intensity/low volume training philosophy. They’re also funny.

Our downloadable videos are the only ones to feature officially licensed footage from professional races like the Tour de France, the Tour of Flanders, the Road World Championships, Challenge Roth, Diamond League Track & Field, the Milan Marathon and more. We combine that with brilliant, hand-picked music and structured interval workouts designed by world-class coaches. On-screen instructions mean that you simply need to follow – NO THINKING REQUIRED JUST SUFFERING!!!!


You see, we want to make you faster – whether you’re a pro or a first-time newbie – and we want you to have a good time while that happens. We also strive to deliver the best customer service in the industry. The Sufferlandrian community deserves nothing less.
    1. KNIGHTS OF SUFFERLANDRIA There are those who know how to suffer. And there are those who do not know how not to suffer. There are those who look pain in the face and laugh. There are those who can’t look pain in the face because pain is too scared to look up from the pounding it’s getting. Yes, there are Sufferlandrians. And then there are Knights of Sufferlandria. To be awarded the highest honor accorded by the Sufferlandrian Ministry of Madness, one must simply do 10 Sufferfest videos, back-to-back.
Preface:
On February 13, 2016 Rick, Domestique of the FOTCR (Fellowship Of The Chain Ring), threw down the gauntlet for the FOTCR membership to accept the Sufferlandria Sufferfest Challenge.  Seven (7) members accepted.   Below is the Submission Form that Domestique Rick submitted to document the efforts and request knighthood for three (3) FOTCR warriors.


Completed Submission Form for Knighthood
Record Of Suffering: FOTCR 2016 Knights of Sufferlandria Sufferfest Challenge
https://youtu.be/LqnvHNHTKq8; Url Of Glorious Photo: I am the bald guy, Festina jersey, in the video link above.

Body: On Saturday 2/13, a gruppo of seven (7) Knighthood questers, all members of the Fellowship of the Chain Ring (FOTCR) assembled at the Fort Walsh Naval Air Station in Bedford NH: Shannon Kamieneski; Roy Tilsley; Larry Gagnon; Bob Fortin; Jeff Kerr; Brian Mahoney, and your humble correspondent.


The main hangar (family room) of said facility had been prepared for this event the night before, by putting down tarps, assembling trainers and bikes, and gathering all manner of nutrients to sustain the questers. We were off (our rockers) and cycling by 7:40 a.m.

The Order of Battle was as indicated in previous FB posting, to wit: Downward Spiral; TBTITW; Angels (2010); Violator (those 64 sprints nearly did me in); A Very Dark Place; DAYT; Angels (2015); The Rookie; Nine Hammers; and The Wretched.

As the morning progressed, Brother Gagnon, who only recently underwent a hip replacement (!!) and was definitely honoring Rule 5 stopped his journey as had been planned, but stuck around for several more videos to offer coaching, encouragement, and the sight and smell of beer....A bit further down the "road", Brother Fortin and Sister Kamieneski gracefully withdrew, but will undoubtedly quest another day. Brother Tilsley did like wise after Video No. 6, but he will be heard from again. That left three of us: Kerr (on rollers for 6 vids); Mahoney; and Walsh.
We kept laboring through the final 3 hours, having in mind the observation made by the previously successful Dame Kelly Sorah that once you finished 7, you were going to make it through to the end!

Fought off cramps, incipient spasms, soreness etc. to finish with the Wretched, a little bit after 6:45 p.m. WOW!! All 3 of the survivors agreed that they only kept going because the others did so, and to bask in the glory of epic suffering.

I wound up with 124.60 miles (most I have ever done in a day) on a Cycle Ops fluid trainer, with AVS of 13.2, and MAX of 24.5; Jeff had 172.13 miles, most of which was on rollers - holy schmoke! 

My lovely wife Carol should get big props for putting up with this, and for providing spectacular brownies, granola mix, etc. for sustenance. Our friend Steve Priest made an excellent video during the course of the event, and there will be additional info. from Jeff, Brian, etc. when they submit their application.

We are very proud of this achievement, and even happier that we raised just under $2,000 to benefit New Horizons for NH, a soup kitchen/shelter for the homeless in Manchester!
We kneel, and most humbly request admission to Sufferlandrian Knighthood.
Kind regards,
Rick, Domestique of the FOTCR
Bedford, NH

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RULES FOR A KNIGHT OF SUFFERLANDRIA ATTEMPT
http://thesufferfest.com/pages/knights-of-sufferlandria

Besides learning the Rules for a Knight of Sufferlandria Attempt, at the end of the above web page is a list of knights from the United States.  Sir Jeff is #245, Sir Rick is #246, and Sir Brian is #247.
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"Everyone must do something.  I believe I will go outdoors with family and friends"

My fifth book, Outdoor Play Fun 4 4 Seasons Volume II, is available February 2016. Order here by clicking OutdoorSteve.comOutdoor Play Volume II has trip preparations, routes, and narratives of bucket list places to go. The book will be a great to motivate friends and family to make the outdoors a key component of their daily life. If you want 5 or more books signed, send me an email and we can work out the logistics. Order at  http://www.amazon.com/dp/098503842X or https://www.createspace.com/5725742