Into the Mountains

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Caleb, here’s one last mixtape for ya. I tried to pack in as many fun stories as I could, while keeping it CD length for the Highlander and Subaru. Hope it brings back a few great memories - I know it did for me.

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(1) “Down Under” by Men At Work, (2) “Africa” by Toto, (3) “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira - Randy said the Subaru had these three songs on loop every ride to Rumney, as they were the only songs on the car’s one CD that didn’t skip. I put ‘em in the beginning in case you want to play just these three and pretend it’s almost time to climb.

(4) “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus - Another car CD classic. After I lent you the Highlander for a spring break cross-country road trip, you returned it with this gem in the stereo. I still picture you and Dad driving through a rainy night somewhere in Nebraska, stoked about the turns you just made out west, happy to be together. 

(5) “Escape” by Enrique Iglesias - You had just come back from a “backcountry kicker” session behind The Old Lantern, where you landed your first backflip on skis. You showed me the video and were so excited for me to make an edit so you could share it with your friends. What you failed to mention was which song you wanted in the video, so I picked this one. You made me re-edit it, but not before I released it with Enrique to your friends.

(6) “Club Can’t Handle Me” by Flo Rida - This was the easiest Anti-Mix selection Andrew and I ever had to make, and became the finale for our 2011 Tahoe Spring Break edit (when I finally finished it two years later). An epic week at Squaw with more snow than we knew what to do with and nightly games of Catan, this trip was incredible. Truly great times had by all - a major achievement in the Morgenthaler / Ladue families.

(7) “Annie You Save Me” by Graffiti6 - The soundtrack for an edit we hacked together on Alex Rowe’s kitchen table in Vail, this was our single powder edit during a month-long Epic Race that brought us across the US and Europe. We didn’t walk away with the grand prize, but we had a blast with Trevor and Alex road tripping thousands of miles just to ski a landfill in Detroit, cruising through the Alps with Morgan and John, and expanding our dreams for future mountain adventures.

(8) “Pompeii” by Bastille - The closing song for Ian and I’s film about ultimate frisbee, I got to hang with you at Dartmouth for the weekend and see firsthand how a tournament went down - including lots of scrambled eggs, a little studying, and a sunny weekend outside with a team you loved. Dartmouth qualified for Nationals, your coach inspired us all, and you were stoked from start to finish. 

(9) “Seventeen” by Sjowgren - Press play on this song and I am immediately transported to a warm, calm night on the ski boat with you. This closed out the ‘Camp Ladue’ video and I’m so happy I broke my foot that summer so I could spend three days in the boat filming Dad, Mom and you with all your friends. Everyone was in fine form and the summer vibes were at 100.

(10) “Ripple (Alternate Live Version)” by The Grateful Dead - I found this one on your Spotify and I’m sure it reminded you of walking into the house growing up. Dad would have the stereo cranked playing endless Dead, while Mom tried to drown it out with NPR as she cooked up something yummy for all of us. 

(11) “Delilah” by Florence + The Machine, (12) “The Stable Song” by Gregory Alan Isakov, (13) “Wait so Long” by Trampled by Turtles, (14) “Fluorescent Adolescent” by Arctic Monkeys, (15) “10,000 Emerald Pools” by BØRNS, (16) “Audience of One” by Cold War Kids, (17) “You Go Down Smooth” by Lake Street Drive - These were your solo mission songs and a few of the rare offline synced songs on your phone. They took you from Ashford to Yosemite to Boise to Seattle to Ouray to Squamish to Moab and back again in your stinky Subaru, along with a few audiobooks and podcasts mixed in. Was always fun calling you up on these trips to figure out where you were, who you were with, and what you had just skied/climbed/cooked.

(18) “Never Give Up On Me” by MisterWives, (19) “Come Back For You” by Elephante - Two new songs for ya! These both showed up on my Discover Weekly the day after Mom and I hiked the valley in Chile where you had your last ski trip. Audrey, Randy and I all agree - you were always pushing us to level up and never gave up on us, even though you were way ahead. (I won’t dig for more cheesy tie-ins with these two songs, but they are definitely in there)

(20) “Stargazing” by Kygo - When Audrey reminded me you liked Kygo, I dug up this song, one that I had missed when it was first released. I’m not sure I can get through it now with dry eyes, but I’m glad I found it. Hope you like it too. Miss you bud.

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