This March, former NCAA Nordic Ski Champion Reid Pletcher decided to embark on an epic adventure around the globe. Starting in Sochi, Russia as a Paralympic ski guide for his close friend Jake Adicoff, Reid rollerbladed 800 miles through Europe, bouldered in Moab, Utah, built igloos on top of the Rocky Mountains, and hiked through the jungles of Peru. We asked Reid to take a GoPro camera along on his travels. Here is Part 3 of the TernPro Adventure Series with Reid Pletcher in Moab:
After the epic adventures across Europe I settled into Siena Italy for 10-11 days with some old friends and took full advantage of not doing physical activity! After awesome Italian adventures I set out on what would become my personal record for long global travel. Bus to Rome, flight to Barcelona, 9 hour lay over, flight to Frankfurt, 12 hour flight to San Francisco, 5 hour lay over, 2 hour flight to Boise, taxi, 8 hour sleep in back of my truck, 3 hour drive home. . . . I usually plan on 24 hours to get across the Atlantic but this trip took almost 50 hours. Then I was officially done with my winter activities and had to change from Russia/Europe plans to Colorado/Peru plans. And I had 12 hours at home to unpack, repack, and get back in the car. This eventually got me to Moab, Utah (easily my favorite place in the world) to spend a couple days with college friends and let off some steam between the ~12,000 miles of travel I had gotten myself into. For the next 6 days we camped out Arches National Park and did some amazing hiking, mountain biking, canyoneering in the Fiery Furnace (6-7 hours getting lost in endless slot canyons), cliff jumping/swimming, and any other activity we could fit in. It became all about open options, spring vacation, and trying to enjoy the Utah sun. And it definitely helped that most of the people there were nordic skiers or cross country runners. They will never sit still and they are way too productive! A week in Moab was exactly what I needed to finally escape winter and get to Boulder Colorado for pre-Peru plans.
Check out Part 1 of the TernPro Adventure Series with Reid Pletcher HERE.
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Reid Pletcher was born and raised in the small town of Sun Valley, Idaho, where he found his passion for conquering epic challenges. He learned to unicycle up mountains, juggle fire, crochet hats, play the guitar, complete a rubrics cube in under a minutes time, ice climb, kayak down class-V rapids, and telemark ski. With his talent and drive, Reid became wildly successful in competitive sports. In 2008 Pletcher became the youngest American male skier ever to qualify for a professional World Cup in Nordic Skiing. In 2011, he was the NCAA Champion in the 20-kilometer classic race. Reid is currently traveling the world conquering life, and will be featured in the TernPro Adventure Series.
I was reading Reid’s bio with amusement. It stated he was the youngest American buck to qualify for a World Cup. I am not sure that is correct. I was 19 when I qualified for a World Cup though I opted out of competing due to school conflicts. He should edit his bio and insert the phrase, " the youngest American to qualify and compete….". I am sure there were other xc racers younger than 19 over the years who have qualified for World Cup action. Of those who qualified, how many competed? I do not have that information.
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