If you're not in the loop, the Ski-to-Sea is a seven leg relay race that starts at the Mt. Baker Ski area. The first leg is cross country skiing, followed by downhill skiing, followed by running, followed by biking, followed by canoeing, followed by mountain biking, and finishing off with kayaking. Check out the entire course, here.
Most teams elect to do the race with lots of car shuttling. We decided to forego that and did the entire race using human power, with no cars. Everything was staged with bikes, even canoe and kayak.
Here's who did what:
--James Pierson - Northwest Program Coordinator and Guide - Cross Country Skiing
--Jason Martin - Director of Operations and Guide - Downhill Skiing
--Daniel Probst - AAI guest and high-end ultra-marathoner - Running
--Jeremy Wilson - AAI Shop Manager and Guide - Road Bike
--Tom Kirby - AAI IT Manager and Guide - Canoe
--Cliff Palmer - Guide - Canoe
--Dylan Cembalski - Seven Summits Coordinator - Mountain Bike
--Hillary Schwirlich - American SW and Foreign Programs Coordinator - Sea Kayak
The rest of the team made their way to their respective legs early in the morning.
The first leg of the race was cross country skiing. James had this leg and can be seen somewhere in this video...
Dan had run up the from Mile 47 to the start of the running race and then ran right back down.
Dan handed off the chip to Jeremy, who made a very wet and chilly 42-mile ride to the start of the canoe leg.
Tom and Cliff took the chip from Jeremy and started paddling.
Hillary, legs numb from sitting in the boat, jumped out and ran up the beach in Fairhaven where she rang the bell and finished the race. Unfortunately, none of us were there to cheer her on. We were still scattered all over Whatcom county.
We will definitely be doing a human powered Ski-to-Sea adventure again in the future!
--Jason D. Martin