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10/24/2015
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A hike in the atlas mountains is both challenging and rewarding

Challenging

I secretly described my first day of hiking in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco as the “death march.” Unacclimatized for a starting altitude of 8,500 feet at Oukaimeden, Morocco’s only ski resort, but with the ski lift nonfunctioning, we climbed another 1,100 feet to the pass called Tizi n’Edal, near the highest peak in the Atlas: the Toubkal Mountain region. There followed a descent of nearly 3,000 feet on the worst scree my weary hiking feet have ever encountered. But no matter, I have good, strong knees, about the only competent part of my ancient anatomy, and there at the bottom was a lovely, lush green meadow. Foolishly jubilant, I thought it would surely be our campsite. Wrong. Another two miles of traverse followed, then a final 300-foot climb to a “picturesque” site dotted with our tents. That last 300 feet felt like climbing Mount Everest.

Moroccans call mountain passes tizi. With my somewhat jaundiced outlook on that particular day, I thought the word must be misspelled, that in fact, you would get into a dizzy tizzy when you passed through them. Continue Reading →

10/24/2015
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Mountain mania: ski hills give way to a new breed on the boards

Snow Boarding

The sport of freestyle snowboarding is becoming increasingly popular among young people, but some older skiers resent the snowboarders because of the potential for accidents. Some ski resorts welcome the snowboarders, while other resorts ban the snowboarders.

His yellow-and-black snowboard makes scraping, scratching noises over the tightly packed snow as 13-year-old Jay Magis manoeuvres into position atop Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park. Clad in baggy Gore-Tex pants, a padded purplish jacket and a woollen tuque, Magis noses down into the ski slope’s “half-pipe,” a 100-m-long, groomed snow run that looks like a wide bobsled track. With both his boots strapped onto his board, he surfs across the flatter mid-section of the pipe, gathering speed as he heads up the curve, flying over the edge, turning in midair and gliding back down. This is freestyle snowboarding – a fresh Continue Reading →

10/24/2015
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Your guide to slide

Winter is coming

Winter in Canada is the perfect time and place to enjoy the fun and healthy exercise that skiing and snowboarding provide. Most Canadian resorts offer Discover Skiing and Discover Snowboarding packages for beginners. A directory of resorts is included.

It’s the dead of winter. It’s cold outside. Your are hiding in your living room, slippers on, fire roaring, weather channel tuned in and it’s calling for snow. The “February Blahs” are falling. You’re feeling blue and house-bound and very pale compared with the rosy-cheeked weather people, who actually look as though they’re enjoying the season.

We have one message for you: This is winter folks! It’s Canada. It’s supposed to be cold. Snow is meant to cover the ground. Grab your skis, a snowboard, and get outside and have some fun! Continue Reading →

10/24/2015
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Downtown Skating Bans: A Wise Idea

A Wise Idea

WALK DOWN A CITY STREET in America today and you are likely to see teens trying out new skateboard or in-line skating tricks on sidewalks or curbs. Today, millions of teens take part in those skating sports on a regular basis.

As in-line skating and skateboarding have grown in popularity in recent years, adults have grown more concerned about the dangers of both activities. On May 7, Canyon Lake, Calif., became the latest of many towns to pass a law

banning in-line skating and skateboarding from downtown areas, arguing that the skaters pose a threat to pedestrians, property, and to the skaters themselves.

Not all adults think alike, however. In Imperial Beach, Calif., the city council rejected a similar proposal to ban skating and skateboarding. Skaters and their supporters say that their sports get a bad rap and that other cities should follow Imperial Beach’s example. Continue Reading →

10/24/2015
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Karate

The Dojo

On my first trip to Japan back in 2966, I arrived at a very small and icy dojo (gymnasium) in the middle of nowhere, and was told to sweep the floor before the lesson. The black belts looked down at us as if we were scum, and made funny noises of disapproval. Then, with a horrific scream, the sensei (teacher) ordered us to line up. Being the newest student, I was the last in line. He began, “Ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku, hichi, hachi, ku, ju,” etc., all the way up to one hundred. We, in the meantime, were doing push-ups. Mr. Enoeda, our sensei, walked around the class carrying a large wooden samurai sword. Whenever he saw someone too tired to continue, he would whack him rather hard with it.
Sensei Enoeda, who is still my teacher, is a traditionalist. He teaches in the classical Japanese manner, which freely translated means teaching in a cruel way, but with a soft heart. When I returned to New York that winter and pursued the art under one of Mr. Enoeda’s students, I noticed that classes kept getting smaller and smaller. One time only I showed up. Finally the owner of the karate dojo, who was into the art for the money, called the sensei in and told him that his lessons were too tough for American students. Apparently sensei Miyazaki said, “Ah, velly, velly good, weak students no good.” He was fired forthwith, and I followed him back to Europe. Continue Reading →