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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Gash Point, Bitterroots

I wrote a blog for a April 7 Rocky Mountaineers trip up Gash Point. The link is HERE.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Bridger Ridge with Al

Al Parker and I were PhD students together back in the early 2000's. Now, he's one of my best friends, and we make the effort to get together a couple of times per year for a big day (or days) in the mountains. A couple of weeks back, I made it over to Bozeman to see Al, and also to visit my PhD adviser Curt. Al planned a big day in the Bridgers: we hiked up Truman Gulch, from the West, summitted the Bridger Ridge, on the north end of Bridger Ski area, and then walked south over Saddle Mountain, Bridger Peak, Baldy Mountain, and down to Bozeman's 'M' parking area. It was a long day, at 11+ hours, but it was fantastic. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Back to Little St. Joe with Matt

Matt climbing above the clouds.
It's been a few weeks back already that Matt Roscoe and I went up to Little St. Joe and spent the weekend skiing. We stayed at the Rocky Mountaineers cabin and had company both nights: on Friday there were two others and then on Saturday four more showed up. Despite the full house in the cabin, the great day skiing we had on Saturday was a balm, and we slept well despite the tight quarters. In fact, it was another magic trip, as they tend to be with Matt.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Mill Point, Bitterroots

I wrote a blog for a February 2 Rocky Mountaineers trip up Mill Point. The link is HERE.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Skiing Little Saint Joe with Dave Sumner

Dave in the East Bowl of Little Saint Joe.
Dave Sumner and I have been friends since our years in Eugene, Oregon (1998-2000). Since then, we've gotten together most years for a backpacking trip in the summer. This year, we opted to get together for some skiing instead. Dave got a cheap Alaska Airline ticket from Portland to Missoula, we skied a marginal day at Snowbowl, and then we had some great skiing up on Little Saint Joe Peak in the Bitterroot. This trip together wasn't as extensive as one of our backpacking trips, but it was great to spend time together and enjoy the beauty of western Montana. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Early Season Skiing in the Waning Days of 2017

Since returning home from Denmark and wrapping up the fall semester at the University, I've been focused on skiing. It's been the best start to a ski season that I can remember, with lots of powder days so far. Most of the outings have been just Jen and I getting up to Snowbowl, but we did make one family trip to Elkhorn Hot Springs, followed by a day of skiing at Lost Trail. Both were great, but I especially recommend Elkhorn if you like a rustic experience.

2017 has been action-packed, with a lot of challenges. Looking back on my life, there have been a few years in which 'everything' seems to happen. 1996 was one of those years, filled with family death & drama, college graduation, and marriage. 2017 seems to have been one of those years as well. It'd be nice if the challenges tapered off in 2018, but I'm not going to count on it.

Here are a few mixes of music I've been listening to over the past couple of months:

Rockin' Women



Friday, December 15, 2017

Teaching A Short Course at the Danish Technical University

My host Per Christian Hansen in downtown Copenhagen.
This past week, I was in Copenhagen, Denmark, teaching a short course - called Computational Uncertainty Quantification for Inverse Problems - to graduate students at the Danish Technical University. I taught the same course at UM this past semester, preparing the slides for the short course as I went. It was a big effort, and I had a few periods of panic and stress worrying about the short course during the fall term. But as a consequence, by the time I left for Denmark last week, I was well-prepared, and so the course went well. It was still an intense week: teaching went from 9-4pm, Monday-to-Friday, and I got a bad cold - probably a culmination of my stressful semester - early in the week. I write this blog post at the beginning of my journey home, sleep deprived and feeling unwell, but also feeling blessed to have such experiences and to be returning to Denmark for 4 months of my sabbatical next fall.
The Math and CS Dept Xmas party. This is what happens at a well-funded university.