Thursday, September 16, 2010

Really ...TT bikes?

Generally I would say that I think the whole TT/Triathlon bike scene is But I must say, that looks like a hell of a lot of fun. Scott, you nailed it, that bike is hott.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

CBC News - Technology & Science - Rockies fossils yield 8 new species

Extraordinary New Discoveries of Localized Arthopods in Kootenay Park.
Oh I want nothing more than to be a part of all this. 8 years of school is unfortunately not in the cards :(

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to school: Day 1

The kids are back to school and the morning bike ride routine is back on. A great way to complete 30daysofcycling.
Meems is in Grade 1 and Julian has moved to the middle school for Grade 4. What will this year bring? It brought snow this morning!

CBC News - Technology & Science - Electric car ends coast-to-coast trip

An engineering student from B.C. is claiming to be the first person to cross mainland Canada in an electric car.

Ricky Gu, 21, arrived in Halifax in his converted 1972 Volkswagen Beetle on Monday night.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

LEGO party!

One of the last things we needed to do before summer holidays are over was to have a LEGO party. I have to admit, I still LOVE Lego and had a fantastic time.

This is Amelia's Ice Cream shop. The owners were very nice and gave us free ice cream and pancakes. Mmmm.

A Huge Bionicle Julian and a friend built last week.

Julian's driving cannon.

The Pigeon Assault Ship built by Julian.

My contribution was a WASP speeder.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lake Louise to Jasper Road Trip

Here are a few pics from our LL to Jasper trip last month. Sorry for the delay. 11 of us ended up riding this great two day tour with 136 km of riding on Day 1 and 96 on Day 2. Next weekend we are planning a ride from Revelstoke to Nakusp to Kaslo. Pics will be available from that ride as well.

Michael leading us up the approach to the big climb of Day 1, Sunwapta Pass.

Will loading up the bikes at the end of our trip.

Cathy dropping us on the big climb.

The group about 12km from the finish. All quite cold and ready for pizza and beer by this point. A big 27km stage inflicted some mental damage as those hills just kept coming during the monsoon rains.

Chris leads out on stage 4 on the first day.

Luke shows that Pop Tart who's boss in our camp at the Columbia Icefields.

Cole looks cool as a cucumber after the big Sunwapta climb. He rode every km of that trip. He made his ski coach happy!

Cathy looks way too relaxed. We need bigger climbs on the next ride.

A short break before taking the last stage of Day 1 up Sunwapta Pass which is visible in the background. Me, Michael, Cole, Cathy, Luke, Chris and Will.

Golden Nordic Racers Represent!

Golden Skate Park

Julian hitting the wall.
and jumping his sisters bike after his 3rd tire blowout of the week.
Julian and Mimi's pink bike.
As always Meems is a great sister and lets J use her bike. She selected the scooter as her tool of choice.
Getting more comfortable in the park.

Family Visit

Pedestrian Bridge Tourist Photo

More family photos. Julie, Meems, Mike, Julian and Dana.

Our guests loving the bike rides around Golden on a perfect late summer evening. On our way to The Bistro for some great food.

Mike showing us his ever so contemporary white sock tuck into his chinos. Lookin' good.

My cousin Julie and her great boyfriend Mike came for a few days to hang with the Hudson's. We had a great time catching up on the past ten years of life and simply showing them our great little town. Of course, it involved riding bikes. It always pays to have a bunch of extra bikes hanging around and we set up Mike and Julie with a couple rides to tour around town on.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bugaboo Threadworks...A Nostalgic look into the past.

Holy Crap. A long time ago in a basement not so far away, Bugaboo Threadworks was born. It's early days were filled with industrial sewing repairs, screwing up zippers in peoples clothing and making cool bouldering stuff for me friends.

As the biz developed more and more people came to me to place orders for random things from compression sacks to throw bags to dog packs and duffel bags.

It took three years for me to actually assemble a list of items that I would make for people and when that happened the orders started rolling in. It seems as though there was a little market for custom made, hand sewn in the Koots products.

I had so much help from so many people to develop a line of cool and functional products. They offered assistance with shop space, photography, design and layout for our catalogue.

We tested tonnes of stuff and either watched it hold up to the rigors of abuse or saw if fall apart in a pile of cordura and stitching. It was fantastic. People rolled through the shop, hung out, played music, offered input and bought stuff.

I was contacted by the folks at Gripped Magazine, in their first year of publication I believe to send in some products for review. I put a haulbag, chalkbag and a 40L daypack in the mail and two months later saw my gear in an industry magazine. It was so unbelievably cool.

The haulbag I heard ended up in Yosemite with a bunch of dirtbags, with the chalkbag and pack staying in Ontario as cragging tools. I was so happy to see gear of mine across the country.

As things unfolded my attention turned mostly to custom lightweight climbing and ski packs. I never really made any money on them after the loads of hours I spent tweaking ideas and the designs but it sure did create inspiration within me like I had never felt before.

Eventually I got the point where orders were exceeding my capable delivery schedules and I needed to make the choice of go big or bust. At the time we were thinking of a family, buying a house and requiring a steady cash flow, something which BTW did not always consistently offer.

We chose to close the business while we were ahead. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.

I still get asked regularly if I can repair stuff or make random things for people. "Do you still have a machine?" is asked about four times a month and I unfortunately say no.

Bugaboo Threadworks offered flexibility, constant creativity and seat of your pants problem solving. It was exciting, and adventurous. Scary and exhilarating.

These days I seem like I live on cruise control. The creativity in my life seems lost, routine has created complacency.

I need a new vision, something that will excite me and instill passion as I once had.

There are ideas...but do I take the plunge and the financial risk? I want nothing more.

Cover art for the BTW 2002 catalogue.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mimi lays down her first mega skid

I have to say I don't think Amelia has ever been so proud as when she laid out this huge skid in front of Julian. Even he gave her a high five. That's my girl. Our shop bill for rear tires is going to be high this fall on our rides to school. :)

Mimi slays the Cello

Hmmmm. As if we don't have enough instruments I'm our home (it must be over twenty) we are likely going to get Meemers a cello. What would you do? Look at her. The cello rocks!

This pic is from the youth orchestra organized by Dana and additional music teachers in town as part of a summer music camp program.

Snow in the Mountains!!

Geothermal in place for new Daylodge

John from Hellbent Geothermal placing the last two tubes for the new heating system. The lodge is now finally underway. I'll keep updates flowing both here and on the GNSC blog as well.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


This is was put behind at Derailed bike shop today and is in for a time before heading to burning man. Has to be early 50's. Cool sweeping stays with an equally bizarre fork. Sturmey Archer 3 Spd. Very fun.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Rogers Pass Day2: Balu Pass

We got up a bit late and decided to go for a longer trip up to Balu Pass. The 10km hike is much more gradual and does not feel like you are gaining elevation so fast. Julian did not ONCE complain. I was very surprised.

A method to keep Julian from getting bored came in the form of the 100m break dance. Every 100m exactly of elevation change (as displayed by my altimeter watch) we stopped and had a little break dance session whether people were around us or not. It was quite fun. This pic is from the way back down from the pass.
The views are spectacular from this trail. The mountains on the left hand side of the image are of Mt. Tupper and Hermit. It is fun showing all of these peaks to Julian as I have climbed the majority of the mountains in the area, prior to Julian being born. I asked if he wanted to climb some of them and he flat out said no. I think that will change when he gets his own mountain axe.
The hike back down with Ursus Major in the background. The trails are top notch up there.
Success...lunch at altitude.
This pic was taken on the way up. Amazingly there was no smoke lingering. By Monday the valleys were socked in once again. McDonald is in the background.

Rogers Pass trip with Julian Day 1: Marion Lake

Julian and decided to head off on a boys only adventure up to Rogers Pass, in Glacier National Park. The weather was fantastic if not too sunny and hot. The first day we hiked to Marion Lake and about half way up to Abbott Ridge before we decided to turn around. We hiked about 8 km on day 1.

Some cool mushrooms, ferns, devils club and berries adorned the side of the trail.
Julian became the proud owner of a new pocket knife and was very responsible with it. He has wanted one forever. This moment was staged, really...he is not a psychotic murderer.
At the end of the hike we celebrated with a Jiffy Pop treat.
The view from Marion Lake. No bugs either. Amazing.
The hike to Marion Lake is only just over 2km but it is straight up the whole way.

Friday, August 13, 2010


I need an iPhone app that allows me to take pics without cutting off my son's head. :)

Woke up to an Alien Destroying Zombie Ghost (his words) demanding a bike ride. Of course I said yes...would you mess with an alien Destroying Zombie Ghost?

Perseid Pics

Artwork by Julian (only one extra m)
Halley's Comet pic (love the smashing meteors around it)
Dusk at 8000 feet. Pretty nice view from the restaurant.
The Brewmasters Astronomy Event was sponsored by Big Rock Brewery. 3 courses of food with a glass of beer with each, along with an astronomy discussion in between each of the courses by yours truely. It was a fantastic time.
Our evening menu. Soooo good.

Jason Eastwood enjoys a fine evening meal with the Hudson's. Jason was the live entertainment for the event playing some incredible guitar.
Julian and Dana taking in a high altitude sunset with rainbow in the valley below
Beer, figs and blue cheese go very well with Big Rock Brewery Honey Brown.
Julian and I on the gondola ride to the top.