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Dick and Judy Opsahl


Dick and Judy Opsahl met when skiing, and outdoor activities have continued to be a part of their life together. They have skied the High Route from Verbier lto Zermatt, walked the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu, and sections of the Appalachian and Colorado Trails. Both became marathon runners, with Dick having run well over 100 marathons, including the Everest Marathon, from Everest Base Camp to Namche Bazaar (the only marathon in the world where you walk 3 weeks to the start). Dick soon moved up to ultra-running, and in 1998 completed the Grand Slam of ultra-running, four 100 miles trail races in one summer. Both Dick and Judy have participated in long distance XC ski marathons, canoe races, and multi-day bike trips.

Dick and Judy on the Great Wall of China

Since coming to Los Alamos in 1999, the Opsahls have led a number of trips to to the Tenth Mountain Huts, five in the winter and three in the summer. Their trip for this summer to Skinner Hut, July 1-5, 2010, is full and has a waiting list. They walked the Camino to Santiago in Spain from The Pyrenees to Santiago in 2002, and have since gone back to re-walk it in three sections. In 2008, they led a trip of Mountaineers there to walk the last 120 miles of the route. The Opsahls also travel a lot, and have led trips using Overseas Adventure Travel to Central America, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, China, and to India and Bhutan. A number of Mountaineers have come on these trips. Meanwhile, Dick has led innumerable trips up the Pipeline Road to the ski area. Last summer, the Opsahls walked across England on the Coast to Coast Route, and that will be the subject of their presentation in May.
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