The climbfish have now evolved to cover my life in the US - including very exiting life in downtown Baltimore (aka the wire) and ocean research expeditions with NOAA. I don't promise frequent updates but I will try and cover the most and least exiting times here. Enjoy!
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Best of Winter

Hard earned turns in the Grand Teton National Park

I know I said I had stopped blogging... but I'm also very good of just doing one more (like fishing, there is always just one more cast). I have found myself in absolutely phenomenal winter scenes the last few months, though much to short I at least have some of them frozen on my camera. Pictures from Christmas in the Swizz/French Alps and the Swedish Country Side and a great little roadtrip to Jackson and the Great Teton National Park, WY, USA. Something to reap energy from in cold but snowless, very flat Baltimore this weekend. I would not mind doing this full time again for a while... 

"Slightly" desperate for mountains and snow I flew out to Denver for a long weekend, then drove 8 hours through Wyoming to meet two french friends driven there by a lack of snow in Europe  
Coffee on an abandoned camping ground, heating up after a night sleeping in my rental car... 
Walking is free 

Jackson Hole and the Teton Pass living up to its reputation
Many good lines to be had!
No lift lines, no lifts. Grand Tetons in the background 
Apparently Grand Teton translates to giant tits in French... not to be connected to this picture 
A heard of 10000 Elks grazing outside Jackson - winter migration from Yellowstone  
Grand Tetons National Park with an impressive lineup 
Getting ready for a day in the mountains 
4 hours non stop walking to get up...

The goal of the day, but the snail/swede had not fully adjusted to the altitude 
...and a fun 30 minutes to get down 

Apreski in the sun on the parking lot, best kind there is

Sweden up close
We had phenomenal conditions when I was back home in Sweden over christmas. View over Slätbaken 
Me and sis taking advantage of the good weather to do some CrossNature workout! 

Nisse with inexhaustible energy
Large ice crystals forming in the cold weather. 3 days earlier it was open water here 
Time to test the ice. Safety first
Then get closer to the edge
Then get on the edge 
Dads house in winter dress
Theo had no memory of snow. Really scary and weird white fluff on the ground that was not there the day before!
I admit it. Though stinky and loud, ATVs are fun.
A few days earlier, time for that Christmas bath 
Other resigned to be stinky observers
Swizz Alps before Christmas, little snow but we found what was left in Zinal and got a few turns in on our tour through europe. 
The Swizz know how to do a good winter market
Across the Boarder from Geneva I found my french friends (same as in WY) and they dragged me up a mountain as usual
Inside the hut... cheese, bread wine, more cheese and wine and bread, and some bread and cheese and wine and you got yourself a small french picnic

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It's time for an out

If you followed Climbfish the last year you might have noticed that activity has slowed down to a crawl. It is time for an official blog time out! I'm to lazy, and I'm trying to keep to the motto "less screen time, more fun time" - though sporadic infrequent or very frequent updates may still occur...

To finish off in style, for whatever short or eternally long time it will take before I do any updates again, I made a highlight summary of what I've been up to lately. Highlight means I've excluding anything else, like commuting, dentists visits, car breakdowns and other totally unnecessary ingredients in life.

 1. Highlight - Scientific diver check!
After a persistent campaign to convince my bosses that they should let me join the NOAA dive team. A pile of paperwork and some actual training later I finally got to go on my first Scientific Dive Mission to Puerto Rico earlier this fall as a part of NOAAs great dive program. Should make for more opportunities to get out of my cube in the year to come. Here is one of the highlights from that first week

2. Highlight  - Swedish Time
It took me a full year to get back to Sweden again after our wedding 2013, but lately I've found myself going back to Sweden a lot, both a few weeks this summer as well as a fall trip a few weeks back, with a trip over Christmas to come as well. Friends, Family and some networking, check! Damn good.

3. Highlight  - Garden of success!
This is one of the blogs I planned to do this whole year but never came around to... I was very exited this spring when me and Trevor engineered a passive watering system for my garden boxes out of a few cheap PVC pipes and some water absorbing textiles. All I can say is that it worked beautifully, and that all plants that did not have this phenomenal system did pretty great to... I'm still munching off the Garden, down to kale, some straggling carrots, and a few happy basil plants who just got to move inside.

4. Highlight - Living off the land and anything else found edible
Aside of the very occasional dead bodies,
downtown Clifton Park also produce
a bountiful harvest of chestnuts!

Anna was in Kenya for 6 weeks this fall and left me to roam around Baltimore City all by myself. I decided that shopping was no fun and tried to live on anything I could harvest and salvage. When I ran out of milk I traded our room mate for some for a loaf of sour dough bread I just baked... 2 months later and only 100$ spend on food I consider it a success! Though partly thanks to a stored food reserve in the freezer, a bountiful harvest season, good friends, and the life of two deer which I shot with my compound bow together with my friend Rob (who got his own deer too). No pics included to save those who are sensitive...  First time I shot anything with a bow so I was a bit nervous, but it went great and the kill was as "clean"  as any gun experience that I have had (meaning that the two deer died very quickly from the powerful arrows).
Not allowing myself to go shopping  for a while was great to stop wasting a bunch of food and it made me realize what you really need. Totally and highly recommended! I ate better and healthier then in a long time (and not in any way on a diet).

Delicious dumpster dive fetch, together with some fresh veggies from the garden

5. Highlight  - Hamden Fest and Druid Hill Cycle Cross
Hands down, one of the best days of the year was this years Hamden Fest. Baltimore's own Future Island played for what felt like thousands of people as the sun was setting on the avenue a few blocks from our house. Not bad. I also took part of the awesome Cycle Cross Race that my friend Jay help set up in druid hill park each year. It kicked my ass but fun, finished 50 out of 135 starting. Best Cycle Cross course in history.
Druid Hill Cycle Cross in full action!
Mazen givin it his best! 
More racing... The infamous Hamden Fest Toilet Race 
Party Time on the Avenue
Future Islands
6. Highlight  - Brooklyn Brewery
Finally made it off Manhattan to explore Brooklyn on a Sunny Saturday. Almost like Baltimore = Good times. Anna brought me to NY to see First Aid Kit play live. Bliss. That said, all you Swedish friends (yes, that mean you to!) who keeps going to New York without visiting Bmore should get out of the (indeed very nice) NY bubble and come down! Just do it, you wont be disappointed in my jungle tour

... over and out