Monthly Archives: November 2013

Family Fun: East Vail Ice Climbing

My sister and I get up to some pretty good adventures, including ice climbing in East Vail, near where I live. Once when she was out visiting from New York, we got all geared up and headed out for some sisterly fun.

Traci J Macnamara ice climbing

I stomped up a snow-filled gully to set up a top rope on an established anchor…

east vail ice climbing

…and then I rappelled down so that we could take turns belaying each other on the climb.

east vail top top ice climbing

Meanwhile, my sister was freezing her butt off while waiting because, well, ice climbing is a cold activity. But she looks cute, huh, like an ice princess here?

shawna macnamara ice princess

However, she was no princess on the climb. This girl can pull serious mental mojo out of that same freezing butt when necessary, and she picked her way to the top with relative ease:

shawna macnamara ice climbing

If you haven’t tried ice climbing, it’s cold (obviously), challenging, and ultimately fun. But it’s the sort of thing you want to try for the first time with an experienced mentor or guide.

Thinking about giving ice climbing a try?
Check out these Learnist boards I created to learn more about ice climbing and required gear:

“Ice Climbing 101: A Beginner’s Guide”

“Essential Ice Climbing Equipment”

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Vail 2013-2014 Ski Season Events: Are You Ready?

Vail opens up for skiing (officially, with ski lifts running and everything!) on November 22, 2013. Are you ready? Skis tuned? Gloves and hats and goggles located? You’ve got 11 days from today to get organized.

Get ready to enjoy Vail’s blue-bird days with your ski pals this winter:

Vail-Traci Macnamara and Tarrie Burnett

From the beginning of the season, until the last day…

Val Season End

…Vail has something going on.

Mark your calendar with Vail’s 2013-2014 ski season highlights, all gathered here on this board I created for Learnist (click the link to go to the board):

“Vail, Colorado: 2013-2014 Ski Season Events Preview”

Vail 2013-2014 Season Events Preview

Monday Madness: Flyboarding and Wingsuit Flying

By now, you’ve probably seen people jumping off of cliffs and flying down batman-style while wearing wingsuits. But have you heard about flyboarding, the latest craze in watersports?

Flyboarding is being called the “hottest new extreme watersport,” and a flyboard is basically a device that you can attach to a personal watercraft (such as a Jet Ski) which allows the user (imagine: you) to fly under water and in the air, sort of like a dolphin. Check out the links below to the flyboarding and wingsuit flying Learnist boards I created to learn more about these sports and to watch the viral YouTube videos they’ve inspired:

“Wingsuit Flying: The Thrills, Dangers, and Deaths”

Wingsuit flying Learnist image

“Flyboarding: The Coolest…or the Wackiest New Watersport?”

Flyboarding Learnist