Traveling Ted is a blog that takes readers along on my adventures hiking, canoeing, skiing, and international backpacking. Many blogs focus on one aspect of backpacking, but I tackle both the outdoor adventure side and international exploration as well.

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Epic winter adventure on the horizon

I have a busy winter schedule of adventure the next month including trips to Colorado and Montréal. The Montréal trip will be flanked around two cross-country ski marathons. I will be participating in the Gatineau Loppet on February 14th and then the American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wisconsin on February 21st.

Lakewood cross-country skiing

My first GoPro time lapse photo – Lakewood cross-country skiing

New GoPro Hero4 Silver to capture adventure

Since I have so much exciting adventure to undertake in the next couple of weeks, I decided to purchase the new GoPro Hero4 Silver. One of the interesting aspects of the camera is the time lapse photography function. You can set the camera to take pictures every .5, 1 second, 2 seconds, 5 seconds, ten seconds, thirty seconds, or sixty seconds. I figured this would be a great way to capture the excitement of Alpine and Nordic skiing, especially the cross-country ski races.

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing is the GoPro litmus test

This last weekend I traveled north to Wisconsin in order to find snow. I went skiing in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. In order to get used to the camera, I played with it a bit here. I placed the camera on a chest strap and set the time lapse to 60 seconds and then skied. You will see the results below.

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing time lapse photography

I ended up with over a 100 pictures. Some of them were really cool and captured the northwoods experience perfectly. Others were not as interesting and showed my ski boots and skis. One picture even captured me on my iPhone and another at the end peeking down at the camera to see if the battery was still working. All of the photos here are in chronological order starting from the beginning at County F. I then skied the full length of the 20 kilometer Blue Trail back and forth.

Madshus skis

GoPro takes a shot at my skis

I bought one of the first GoPros several years ago and the new version is a definite improvement. The battery life is improved, the settings are easier to manipulate, and there is an LCD screen. I look forward to using it more on grand adventures coming up.

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Not only was this the first trip for my GoPro. It was the first time for my new Madshus cross-country skis. Last year I teamed with Madshus, and they lent me a pair for the Birkie. This year I reached out to them and asked if I could borrow a pair for the whole season. They offered to just sell me a pair at a bargain rate, and I could not refuse, so I now am a proud owner of the second lightest Nordic racing skis. Madshus also makes the lightest. Madshus is a Norwegian company, so it only makes sense to partner with a company that comes from where Nordic skiing originated.

Lakewood cross-country skiing photo essay

Madshus skiing

A thrilling shot of the snow in front of me

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Madshus skis

Another shot of Madshus skis

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Another ski and trail shot with a map coming into view

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood has some wonderful straightaways

cross-country skiing

Must have been bent over double poling for this one

Lakewood cross-country skiing

A downhill section – Lakewood cross-country skiing

GoPro time lapse

Taking an Instagram picture

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing, yet another straightaway

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Beautiful straightaway through Lakewood

Lakewood Wisconsin cross-country skiing

The end of the trail or halfway point for me opened up along a golf course

Cross-country skiing Lakewood

Back in the woods for the return 20 kilometer trek back

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Racing my shadow, and I think the shadow wins

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Wisconsin Lakewood ski trails

Skiing into the sun

Lakewood cross-country skiing

Climbing the final hills on the way back

Lakewood cross-country skiing

A downhill stretch at the end

Lakewood Chequamegon-Nicolet Natinal Forest

Almost there

GoPro time lapse

An accidental selfie – Surprised to see the battery still working; furthermore, surprised to see my nose captured

So there you have a set of time lapse photographs from the GoPro. Some turned out cool, some turned out lame, some were a little humorous, some had no value, but that is the appeal of a time lapse set over a period of time. I can’t wait to use the feature when more exciting adventures are to be had in the coming weeks.

Adventure on!

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