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I adore this fifty-year-old cover of Down East magazine! January is always special to me – it is my birth month (today is THE day!) and very much the heart of winter yet with the palpable sense of more light for longer days.
Music in the Meadow summer concert, Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. Photo: Andrew Gergely
Camp Skyland on Lake Champlain.
Lochearn Camp for Girls, Fairlee/ Thetford.
Lake Elmore Bathing Beach. Photo: Harry Wendell Richardson
Nothing big nor far nor out of the ordinary, but I am very happy to be getting out of town for a few days. In a summer of staying home by choice – a glorified long weekend away with family, friends and the outdoors is feeling welcomed, substantial and exhilarating. Hopefully, I can make time to post summertime inspiration from the mountains of northern New England. . .
I love when a found vintage photo leads to learning something new and unexpected. In this instance, the photographer of this fabulous 1930’s image is an interesting revelation. Lothar Rübelt (1901-1990) was an acclaimed professional photographer from Vienna, Austria known for sports photography and photojournalism. His own athletic background was accomplished as a member of the 1920 Austrian Olympic team for short-distance running.
Rübelt’s sport photography included a focus on stills but ranged to film with motorcycle and ski movies to his credit. I will have to dig deeper for the ski films but fortunately we can watch his 1924 motorcycle movie on YouTube. In Motocicletta Sulle Dolomiti is a glorious and exciting two-wheeled exploration of the Dolomites. This adventurous (off) road trip by Rübelt and his brother ascends to 2588 meters. Definitely check it out, even if you scan through the 46 minutes. At the least, jump to 37:16 for a thrilling mountain ride!
Olympic skeleton racing concludes today. I know nothing about the sport other than it looks both insane and incredibly cool. Last summer, I found this vintage photo — when else will I have a relevant occasion to share it!
Some cursory research informed me that St. Moritz, Switzerland is the birthplace of skeleton racing. The head-first position was first used in 1887, a variation on the established sports of bobsled, luge and Cresta sledding. Note the embossed Kulm St. Moritz, of the famous hotel integral to the history of this and apparently many other winter sports.
Kolstad (left) toured the U.S. for five years in the mid-1930’s jumping at exhibitions. She was popular with fans and known as The Queen of Skis (or Skies) or The Wonder Girl. Her 1938 world record jump of 72 meters at Berlin, New Hampshire remained unbroken until 1972.
Finally! It seems crazy that this is a landmark in 2014 – but given that gender inequality has plagued ski jumping at the Olympic level – there is reason for celebration with the Sochi Winter Games. The U.S. Women’s team — lead by World Champion Lindsey Van, Sarah Hendrickson and Jessica Jerome – has tirelessly fought for the inclusion of women’s ski jumping in the Olympics. Tuesday, that became a reality.
It seems only appropriate to share artist Vladimir Zarubin’s Olympic illustrations on the eve of the 22nd Winter Games kicking off in his native Russia. These retro new year’s postcards are believed to be from the mid-1980’s.
Wishing all athletes the best of luck with their pursuits and dreams. . .
Today I woke up to 10” of fresh snow and the governor requesting people to stay off the roads. That meant no school for my teacher husband, no office for me.
Last week in Innsbruck, Austria, I found these very sweet vintage photos of schoolgirls building a snow fort – perfect for the spirit of this mid-week snow day!
If you are one of those people who love the great out-of-doors; if you like to get away now and then from the gods of the valleys and come in touch with the gods of the hills; if you like to feel the freedom that comes when canoe cuts the waters of lake and river; if you enjoy the keen exhilarating pleasure that is born of the ski and snow-shoe trail, you will begin to understand the motives which lie behind the Out-O’-Doors Club of the University of Vermont. – Roderic Marble Olzendam, founder of the UVM Outing Club
The University of Vermont is my alma mater. Proximity to skiing played a disproportionate role in why I chose to attend the school. And I did take advantage of the scenario, skiing Sugarbush early on and then switching to Stowe, with a bit of night racing at Bolton Valley. A love of the outdoors, the associated culture and sub-cultures unite the university more than any other measure, I dare say.
After collecting months’ worth of random mail that still accumulates at my parents’ address, I flipped through the Fall 2013 issue of Vermont Quarterly to find a feature about the centennial anniversary of the UVM Outing Club. I love the illustrations by Ross MacDonald and certainly the ardent quote by the man who founded the club in 1913, Roderic Marble Olzendam. “Out into the free open country. . . “ written by Madison Gilmore can be read by clicking here.