A Gould Nordic Specialty

January 26, 2015

Hello y’all! Today I’m going to give you a glimpse into a different side of nordic at Gould…

At Gould nordic we do more than just ski. Sometimes we invent other ways to enjoy the outdoors. Sometimes these ways involve going to great heights and getting a birds eye view. Sometimes they involve coordination and a lack of fear. They tend to prompt a lot of laughs. What I’m talking about of course is tree climbing.

As far as I know, no other team on campus climb trees like Gould Nordic.

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Hattie high up in a tree

Last Friday was a bright, sunny, deceivingly cold, but never the less gorgeous day. After romping around preparing for our 30k ski the next day, Hattie, Leela and I collapsed on the trail in the sun, to soak up some rays. Next thing I know, Hattie and I are 20 feet in the air, looking over at each other from our adjoining trees.

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Just hanging out

And I’m not talking like this is an isolated event. No, I’ve been skiing along plenty of times, looked over and thought “oh that’s a sweet tree!” only to have Evan jump out of his skis, run over, and scale it in all of three seconds.

Just the other day while skiing along, taking in the scenery, Rachael noticed a Gould nordic jacket off to the side of the trail. Upon closer inspection she discovered a wild Ani hanging out on a tree off by herself in the woods!

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A bad quality picture, but Evan is leaping onto a smaller tree from the top of a rock, in his ski boots.

I can’t say the sport itself inspires this tree climbing, but maybe it’s the type of people who enjoy it that do?

I wish I could say that perched in a tree gives you new perspective or something cliche like that, but really it’s just fun. It’s moment like these where you appreciate the friends you’re with and time seems to slow down.

Till next time!

Melissa

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  1. Avatar Nancy says:

    How funny! Thanks for filling us in on the tree climbing antics of the Nordic team:)

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