Almost Heaven

first_imgSkip Brown shreds the meadow.We’re so close. We’ve waited all winter for this day: good snow, good wind from the right direction, sunny, not too cold, and we’re about as deep into the West Virginia backcountry as you can get on a road.And we’re stuck in a ditch.The snowplow had turned around miles ago, so we slipped and skidded our pickup almost to the trailhead before sliding into a ditch. Behind the pickup, we’re towing a snow machine, a four-wheeler outfitted with tracks instead of wheels. It’s a cross between a snowmobile and a small tank and it’ll get us into the good stuff if we can ever get it off the trailer.Snow kiting is a colder version of kite boarding, and it’s grown rapidly in recent years. Out West, where there’s a lot of snow and above tree line terrain, the sport has taken off. Here in the East it’s harder to find good kiting locales, and conditions change so fast that you have to jump quickly on a good snowfall.One guy chasing it more than anybody is John Regan. A legend in the whitewater paddling world, John pioneered many now famous class-V rivers, notably West Virginia’s Upper Blackwater. A few seasons ago, John got into snow kiting, and he’s pursued it with the same vigor as his aggressive paddling style. Living in Western Maryland near wide-open hillside fields, John added a kite to his tele skis, got permission from his farmer neighbors, and started a new kind of first descent.After an hour of pushing, pulling, sweating, and cursing, we manage to get out of the ditch and head into the Sinks of Gandy, a high mountain meadow with a celebrated cave and underground stream system in West Virginia.John plants a windsock in the snow, quickly unfolds and launches his foil kite, and within minutes he is a half-mile away, zooming uphill on his tele skis before unleashing turn after turn in powder as he glides back downhill.He then skis over to one of the giant cornices overhanging Gandy Creek. You don’t find too many 30-foot cornices in the Mid-Atlantic, so a jump fest commences with lots of soft landings.I launch my inflatable kite and slide off after John on a snowboard. The wind holds, and we explore the entire valley. There are some thin spots and patches of ice to contend with, but mostly we’re zig zagging across snowfields, going anywhere we want. It takes minutes to kite up hills that would take an hour to hike. Then we knock out a ski-run’s worth of turns in the fresh powder.So it goes till near sundown when the wind starts to ebb. We pack up kites and gear and head home. It’s dark and freezing back at the trailhead, but we’re happy, and the PBRs go down well.last_img read more


Messi warns La Liga not to separate players from families

first_img Loading… Barcelona star Lionel Messi has warned La Liga not to separate players from their families in order to get Spanish football back underway.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their Kids10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appearedcenter_img Football across the nation has been indefinitely suspended since the middle of March since the coronavirus pandemic but players returned to individualised training sessions a week ago after widespread testing for the virus was carried out.There have been concerns that it may prove impossible to complete the 2019/20 campaign – which has 11 outstanding rounds of action across La Liga.However, the league’s authorities have continued to insist they are confident that the fixtures can be staged over the summer months and there is hope that football can return by the middle of June.There have been suggestions that players will have to be quarantined – away from friends and families – for weeks at a time in order to ensure the virus is not transmitted.Now Messi – the iconic player in the league – has stated that whilst he is keen for a return to action, it would not be at any cost and reiterated the risks involved in the competition resuming.“I want to compete again but we would not like to be separated from our families,” Messi told an interview with El Mundo Deportivo.Read Also: Messi reveals his top five best players in world football“We know that everything is going to be weird and there is a risk of going out everywhere, we should not trust ourselves.“On the subject of transfers, there are some people in the club who are in charge and should be the ones who choose what they think is best for the squad. It is clear that in this current situation everything is going to be tougher on the market as well and you have to work hard to be able to improve what we already have.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


While waiting for Saturday: BiH vs. Belgium, the Memory on the first Duel 47 years ago

first_imgOn Saturday, at 6 PM, the National football team of BiH will play a decisive match in the qualifications for the World Cup in Russia. The opponent is the National team of Belgium who already won the finals in the World Cup.Fans of football in BiH are familiar with matches that our national team and Belgium played, but club duels were a lot more common. Considering the period of the former Yugoslavia, clubs from BiH and Belgium played seven duels (not counting Intertoto Cup).It is interesting to recall the first BiH-Belgium match that was played 47 years ago.Then, in the first round of the Cup of Fair Cities (the forerunner of the UEFA Cup) played Zeljeznicar and Anderlecht. The first match was played at Kosevo Stadium on September 2, 1970, in front of about 5,000 spectators, and it was much more than dramatic.Our team played in the composition: Radovic, Becirspahic, Bratic, Hrvat, Katalinski, Kadric, Spreco, Osim, Bukal, Mujkic and Bajic (Jankovic). In the 4th minute, Ivica scored against the goalkeeper Anderlecht Colasse, but Wilfried Puis scored as well before the break.In the continuation of the match, a real drama happened. Three goals were scored in three minutes: 2: 1 Spreco (58); 3: 1 Mujkic (59); 3: 2 Mulder (60). Wilfried Puis (82) and Reserve Gilbert Van Bimst (89) made a turn for the win of Anderlecht with 3: 4 in the last 10 minutes.The match in Brussels did not need the extra time because Swedish player Inge Ejderstedt scored two goals for the victory of Anderlecht 5: 4 and the total score 9: 7!(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more