Our little girl is here! Roxanne and I are so happy to announce the birth of our daughter, Alice Rose Lewicky, who arrived a little early last night but safe and sound and very healthy. Mom and baby are together and doing great. I am having a lot of spontaneous tears of joy as I sit here thinking of how lucky we are to have a tiny miracle in our home—and thinking of all the wonderful times ahead. Owen is eager to meet his baby sister…he’s grabbing my hand and pulling me to the door. I’ll post some more photos later today. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers and support! It’s a girl!
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I’m not panicking, I’m not panicking, I’m not panicking…
I’M PANICKING!!! I’M PANICKING!!! I’M PANICKING!!!
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The Arizona Daily Sun ran a nice Father’s Day article on my dad and brother, both of whom are practicing doctors in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Having two Orthopedic Surgeons in the family certainly comes in handy given the impressive array of aches and pains I manage to accumulate when I’m wandering the hills. Though I must admit, my father’s standard advice for all my ailments has historically been, “Ice it.”
A big part of what makes my dad and brother such fine sports medicine doctors, in my opinion, is their passion for the outdoors. My brother appears here and there in my photos and trip reports, especially whenever the Grand Canyon is involved, and my dad is the one who taught me how to ski. Both of them understand the unique concerns of athletes because they’re athletes themselves. My dad has been active with various athletic programs in Arizona, including NAU Sports and the Arizona Cardinals. He still gets a kick out of seeing football players whose knees he’s fixed playing on tv.
Did I ever think about following in my dad’s footsteps and going into medicine? Absolutely. It would be nice to be in the operating room with my dad and brother—give me a No. 7 scalpel, gentlemen…I’m going in! Though in the end, other interests proved a bit too hard to resist…
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As much as I love sleeping under the stars in the High Sierra in Summertime, I also enjoy staying warm, dry, and free from mosquito bites. I am therefore a big fan of Black Diamond’s single-wall tents, which remain the lightest ‘real’ tents available—freestanding, breathable, highly water-resistant shelters that shine in most conditions (more…)
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A hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail near Horseshoe Meadows got hit by Wednesday’s weather and pressed “911″ on her Spot Satellite Messenger when she became cold, wet, and afraid she would not survive the night (read her account here).
In the morning, she sent an “OK” message and hiked to Lone Pine, where she was met by worried family members (more…)
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Well, I think I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t point out that heavy rain is falling here in the basin, and snow has fallen, is falling, and will fall all over the Sierra. We’re into some very strange freaky June weather here…but maybe we stuck the skis in the closet a little too early.
Looking ahead to the weekend, watch for unsettled weather to continue, with thunder and lightning potential wherever you go. Hard to know what to say about avalanche hazard at this point in the season (ESAC is already closed), but in addition to the usual threats, do beware of that potent June sun poking out and burning brand-new snow. Things can go from sublime to scary glop in minutes.
I’m still trying to shake off a nasty playground bug, so I may be forced to sit the weekend out. If you do get out there, have fun and be safe. It might just be fantastic.