Peter Shelton

Part Two: The Accidental Bivouac

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on January 27, 2012

It started to snow. Imperceptible ice needles at first, but then in bigger clumps falling through the gray-white air.

We took turns breaking trail, but Davey O’Brien pushed the route most of the time. It was his “easy” overnight tour, his idea to ski from Woods Lake over the divide and down to the hot-springs ghost town of Dunton. (more…)

To bivy, or not to bivy, that is the question.

Posted in Personal History, Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on January 19, 2012

It was probably about this time of year, in 1978 or 1979, when Davey O’Brien, late of Olympic Sports, proposed a ski tour to Dunton hot springs.

Davey was one of Olympic’s ski equipment gurus back when the shop was next door to the Floradora Saloon, back before the United States Olympic Committee, citing copyright infringement, made them change their name.

Davey had a heart condition. (more…)

Global Cooling

Posted in Watch columns by pshelton on May 26, 2011

We turned off the heat May 1. This is not a rule at our house. It just seemed like time. High temps were in the 70s. I think it got up to 81 degrees one day near the end of April.

We have friends who turn off their boiler religiously on May 1 and pride themselves on not turning it back on until November 1. You can usually get away with this kind of thing here in the Colona banana belt.

In fact, when the days were warming up a few weeks ago, and the sun was beaming in early and setting later and later, I began to fear, ever so viscerally, the heat that can shove a temperate spring into the oven of summer.

Then, of course, it started to snow again. (more…)