Thursday, 30 December 2010

Just do it!

Just do it - I loved this slogan during my time as a student. It was so motivating. Especially since I tend to overanalyze many things.

I just did it, again! I started ski touring at age 37.

Today on the mountain I met an elderly lady with a silver-grey bob and a wide smile on her face. I did recognize her from yesterday when I saw her on her skis, too. Tomorrow she will be up on the mountain on her skis, again.. 30 years from today I want to be just like this lady: happy, healthy and strong enough to go on a ski tour, walking up the mountains and enjoying a lovely winter day.

Winter used to be the time of year, we wished to be over soon. Not anymore!

No, this is NOT the elderly lady but me!

There are many elderly people ski-touring. Retired men and smiling elderly ladies. Mr Paula and I kicked off this new hobby in our 10th year. It is a hobby we can grow old on together - ignoring global warming 20 years from today ...

PS: the sparkle of the icy snow is intriguing for anyone who falls for sparkling like I do :-)

PPS: right now there is discussion going on about ski-touring:


  1. Oooooh, look at you, you intrepid thing! A late-in-life start on skis has not slowed you down much at all; congrats on your attempt to stay young in heart and mind.

    When I was 21 I was doing a rather brutal -- but insanely beautiful -- hike in Utah; my companion and I were PASSED by two people who looked to be easily 60. It was a bit embarrassing, but like you I hoped that I would live to be so fortunate.

    ps I don't mind winters with skys like the ones in your photos!

  2. Yay, intrepid we were, when we went on the other mountain the other day and the foehn storm took away our breath! I developed a lunge, I will register it, the "Paula lunge": it prevented me from getting knocked over by the blasts on top of the mountain. I made the lunge and paused until the blast passed by. Man, this was insane! (I left the camera at home that day). Reinhold Messner once spent some hours (or days?) in a storm on mountain Anapurna. The moment Mr Paula and I pulled of the furs from the skis (fake furs!) before skiing down, i felt very close. Only that we were at 1700m and Reinhold was at 7000m back then. Now we know what it feels like to be in a storm on a cold mountain.

  3. Fabulous! Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2011!!!

  4. Thank you Eddie and Jaithan! It will be a inspired 2011, too, with all your ideas on your blog. :-)