Friday, November 21, 2008

This just in...

I've just returned from a week in New England with Bionica. November is not exactly prime season for the area; it is pretty darn cold. Still, it is a stunning place...more to come.


Sepiru Chris said...

Gee Tifighter,

I might be Canadian, but its 11pm, I am about to head out, and it is a chilly 21°C (70°F) here in Hong Kong. But that looks more than pretty darn cold; there appears to be solid water or carbon dioxide or oxygen there.

I would have assumed that New England would still have had colourful autumn leaves, not a frigid near winter experience.

I look forward to greater detail on the stunning nature of New England.


PS For greater perspective, I am trying to figure out how many litres of Pocari Sweat (a gatoradeesque drink you might recall from Asia) I will need for my hike tomorrow up the mountains on Lantau Island. And you were likely struggling to warm up some air to breathe...

Tifighter said...

Well Chris, at a 'bone-chilling' 21C, I'd suggest a trip to one of those expedition outfitters in Mong Kok to best ensure that your Canadian bones do not freeze too much...

Sepiru Chris said...

Hi Tifighter,

I linked to one of your posts the other day, so maybe you will get some more traffic. Who knows.

I actually passed by the Chamonix outfitter in Mong Kok just the other day, (!) but seeing as how I will be skiing there in a few weeks, I'll wait until I am "at the source".

Well, actually, I will raid the odds-and-sods grab bags of friends in France and Switzerland to become the least Japanese and most eclectically dressed skier on the slopes.


Tifighter said...

I don't know. Last time I was in Cham, it was mostly Brits, just like Verbier. Kiwis too. Interestingly, there is a Korean restaurant there...hmm...

Sepiru Chris said...

Well, there were enough French to steal my new skis last time I was skiing there. There were a fair number of English, but it was pretty easy to outski them and get space for yourself.

Verbier is chock full of people, but Chamonix mid-week is still pretty special. The off-piste skiing on the glacier makes everything worthwhile. Of course, I have never stayed overnight in Chamonix, and the town looks pretty horrific. We would always drive in for the day and then go home.

Plus, there is some great snowshoeing, although you really need a good guide because the ice melt has been extraordinary. Last year the guides were researching and using hundred year old maps because crevasses that hadn't been seen for a hundred years were visible again, and no one knew what was safe anymore.

Maine sounds pretty nice, from your spartan description. Maybe because of your spartan description.

I like the idea of ocean canoeing, something I have not done much of. Your other website spoke glowingly of sea canoeing.

My experience is white water canoeing and big portaging expeditions in Northern Saskatchewan.

We need to re-skin our two-man kayak for Hong Kong because the current skin has failed the salt water test. Also, there is no way a canoe would fit into our apartment, but the folding kayak fits on top of the dressers. woo hoo!