Windell’s Camp: Day 2
06 Aug, 2009
Arrived at Windell’s Camp yesterday, slept great last night in my bunk bed and woke up early today for the first day on snow. We have 24 adult campers, split into 3 groups with 3 coaches for the entire camp. I’m in the intermediate group, with a good mix of riders working on their rail skills.
Heading to the mountain to ride
Bruce and myself
With the hot temperatures that Oregon endured last week, there was a good amount of melting snow but the mountain is still rideable and the Windell’s park set up has a great mix of rails, jumps and the halfpipe.
We spent the morning making laps on Palmer, getting warmed up and then making laps through the public park. It felt really good to be back in the halfpipe again and I can’t wait to get some pointers on my halfpipe riding but rails are still my priority to learn for camp.
I couldn’t resist doing a couple stickers on the mountain.
The weather today was a lot colder than it had been previously, I wore my monster jacket most of the day. It wasn’t the typical summer sesh at Hood but it kept us nice and cooled down for the day.
We spent the afternoon riding the box rail right above the jump line and next to the tow rope so if we wanted to ride down we could just ride the tow rope back up. It was fun, I worked on 50/50’s on a rail longer that I’m used to and trying to go into a boardslide. I did get a tail press so that was fun.
Coach Moss showing his skills
Jon on the box rail
We ended the day with the walk down the parking lot and heading back to the camp. It was a much needed hot tub session when we got back to the camp.
Being an adult camper is quite interesting, the kids think cause you’re an adult that you know everything (quite true) and you get to spend the majority of the day around adults on snow and off snow just hanging out. We have some rad adult campers, Eddie Wall Sr is here for camp and he’s got some skills on the rails, plus Julie whose daughter wrote the winning essay for camp is here in adult camp. Just a cool variety of people around the world here, hanging out.
Tonight we packed into the van for Mexican dinner, plenty of drinks and good times outside of camp. As you can see by this time Bruce had bought the first shot of Tequila.
Kenny and Bruce.
Kenny (K-mart) is our adult “host” which means he takes care of us, drives us where we want (like beer runs) and is the best DD ever plus he has some great stories.
So I had thought that my new Vans Veil’s were broken in so that I could ride them here at Windell’s but I found out today that was not the case. I had put my custom footbeds into them before bringing them here but forgot to try them on. From the bus ride to the mountain, my feet were numb. I ended up taking out the footbeds and riding without footbeds for most of the day (not a good idea). So tonight I figured I could swing by the Windell’s demo area to check out what boots they had.
I ended up grabbing the new Bonfire women’s geo boots to ride for tomorrow, good fit on my feet and super comfortable trying them on.
Ended the night with a bonfire with beer and now computer time before heading to bed.