Summit Up 10-3-2011: Where twirling skirts and flying axes rule the day |

Summit Up 10-3-2011: Where twirling skirts and flying axes rule the day

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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s pulling out our lumberjack shirts, jeans and fake tattoos to get ready to swing some axes here this fall.

We know there are folks out there, like one Daniel Rudolph, who choose to live life off the grid in this high-elevation world that can be harsh at the best of times. It’s a lot of work to live at such locations, so we decided to lace up our work boots and check out the second annual Lumberjack Games up in one of them gullies there above Montezuma at the Rudolph cabin.

Tell you what, throwing that splitting maul really does stress the back muscles. Feels a lot like someone has strung really tight rubber bands across our back. Not the most comfortable when it comes to stepping onto the Dancing with the Mountain Stars dance floor after we were all shown up by the splendidly choreographed routines of those mountain stars and their pro companions.

For one thing, those sparkly costumes and killer hats made us want to storm the stage and shake our booties right alongside the costume-clad folks in the spotlight.

Anyway, back to those woodchopper games. Beyond the physical labor that had the muscles shaking as we downed our reward beer (dually celebrating Oktoberfest along with splitting a mound of wood bigger than ourselves), we had some mental exercises thrown at us as well. Like, what is a silviculturist and how big is a cord of wood? If you know the answers to these questions, email us at


With all that fun and games, we found a Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! sitting in our inbox today. Laura Hansen of Frisco demands to know why a black SUV with Texas plates was driving up the bike path on Saturday.

“What’s up with that?” Ms. Hansen asked.

Our first reaction was to think, well, there is that stretch in Frisco where residents use the bike path as their driveway. Certainly a plausible option, and if it was that stretch, the area is clearly marked that cyclists and other recreationists may encounter motorized vehicles accessing their homes. But, we can’t say for certain, because we’re not sure on which recpath section Ms. Hansen encountered said black SUV.

So, we’ll give both the benefit of the doubt and shake our fists and say, ‘No driving on the recpath!’ With the caveat, of course, that you may do so if you’re so permitted.

With that piece of stellar advice, we’re off to make the most of the start of the week. You should too!

Gotta run. Happy Monday!

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