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September 26, 2005

Checklist

It is about time to start the preparations for the upcoming season. I am slowly building my supplies up?which certainly includes building up the playlist for my new iPod.

Last week, I snuck out of work early on Thursday to head to the condo and start preparing the residence. Spending the 20+ hours last week that I did in my truck reminded me of midnight drives on icy roads to get to the slopes and be the first on the lift. I packed up the sleeping bag and slept at the base of Brian Head since the condo is torn apart. Many a night have we spent slumming it in the parking lot of a resort.

A few ideas for you from a seasoned traveler on items that you may want to keep around for the trip. First, though is having the right rig for the trip?especially if you drive any major distance. My Chevy Avalanche?s 4x4 works great and the heated leather seats warm up the backside after a rough day on the slopes.

My basic gear list


  • Sleeping bags? Just in case the roads are closed or hotels are full. Or in case you want to extend the trip that extra day or two. Plus they come in handy when three of you split a hotel room with only two beds. You guys get the cot this time?

  • iPod or other MP3 Player?And rip the CD collection.

  • Sirius Satellite Radio?Never miss an NFL playoff game again.
  • Motorola handheld radios with external mic/speakers? for taunting your buddies as they try to pick up their hats, skis, and poles halfway up the mountain after going yardsale? or for calling your buddies to tell them to pick up your ski if you were leading the pack.
  • DVD Player and car charger

  • Warren Miller videos for the trip

  • Garmin GPS

  • An assortment of pain killers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatories, plus a well stocked emergency kit.

  • Sunscreen, lip balm, etc.

  • Avalanche beacons, etc. for backcountry skiing

  • Oh yeah, and always prep the car for winter driving -- Keep blankets, flares, water, etc. on hand. Winter driving is dangerous as evidenced by the cow that I hit at 2 AM on my way to Wolf Creek last March.

And most important? Don't forget the damn key to the ski rack or the condo.

Posted by Justin at September 26, 2005 12:02 AM

Comments

Hi, Justin. Might want to add this handy gadget, since your supply list includes a fair amount of tech gear:

The i-Go Everywhere 130:
http://www.igo.com/

One adapter, multiple tips (buy one for each device and never have to lug multiple power adapters around again). Save that luggage space for essentials such as packages of trail mix! ;-)

Posted by: Joni Mueller at October 9, 2005 11:39 PM

I SO HAVE ONE OF THESE IN MY LAPTOP BAG! I ditched my Laptop power supply, my cell supply, and my iPod supply and consolidated them all into one. There is a tip for everything!

I was just traveling on business this last week and the only complaint that I have is that when I leave my laptop plugged in overnight, the stinking blue light is so bright. =) I love my iGo.

Posted by: Justin at October 10, 2005 12:17 AM