Monday, April 27, 2015

Final Post to this blog.

This is it!      Too much work, not enough time to keep this thing going.

Want to see more?      Love my photos?      My videos worth watching?

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Clark Peak Yurt, Cameron Pass ColoRADo Video

Almost every Christmas holiday season we head North to the ski yurts up around
Cameron Pass, Colorado.  Great early season conditions always seem to prevail in these parts!
This season was no exception.  Tons of deep powder to be had!   As usual the weather was funky,
and this kept us from going up above tree line…  But who cares, the skiing is great in the trees!
Look how pretty all the snow looks stacked up like mushrooms on the branches of the pines.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Red Rocks, Nevada 11/2014

Trying to catch up on some postings so this one will be short, but here ya go!

Early November we took a short trip to Vegas to visit with family, and climb out at Red Rocks.
The climbing is so varied there, and each trip we focus on different types.  Some trips are sport, some are trad.  On this trip we focused on some multi pitch routes we have had on our list for some time.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

1st Ice climb of the season. Long's Peak = Get the legs in shape!

Every season of ice is usually started off in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The high elevation, and North faces always form up some nice treasures in
the Fall, and Spring time.

AAC International Climbers Meet 2014 - Top 50 photos - Yosemite Valley

                             7th annual American Alpine Club International Climbers Meet.

This was my fourth year helping make this event happen.  As always it is just a wonderful time spent in  the valley with so many awesome people from all over the world!

So here is my favorite (50 total) photos I snapped during this weeklong Yosemite extravaganza.

Monday, September 29, 2014

"I Heard" - A video for the Sierra Club with my friend Finny!

A very good friend of ours, Naomi Guy has two awesome kids!  Her daughter Finny is
staring in Sierra Club new video about preserving wilderness areas.
Finny (In the dress in the beginning, and speaking the narration.) is an excellent actor, and this is not her first rodeo.  Back years ago, when she was even younger she stared in the climbing film "Front Range Freaks."  Keep up the good work Finny, you are a star!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wind River Mountains 2014 - A llama adventure.

Time for the annual trip to the mighty Wind River Mountains in Wyoming.
Love this place!  It was our 7th trip to the range, and we hit our 20th route, if memory serves me right.
50 miles of dirt to the trailhead!

This trip we returned to Deep Lake with our friend Terry Price, and his llama herd of seven.
Always fun to have the pack animals haul some serious food supplies, along with many luxury items like beers, camp chairs, coolers, dry ice…  You can't beat eating steaks on day 6 in the backcountry!
Liz, Alpamayo, & Terry.
Myself, Rufus, Alpamayo. Turner, Liz.

The weather on this trip wasn't the best, so our aspirations were tamed down a bit.  On the day in it rained, and snowed up high.  This set the stage for things, as the faces were covered.  When the sunny faces did melt down, and dry out, the cracks were still soaking wet!  North Faces still clung tight with snow, and ice hanging like daggers.
Lost Temple Spire & East Temple Peak shrouded in clouds.

Then in a few days the weather repeated itself again.  The North Faces never melted out.  Kind of a let down, as we finally brought aluminum crampons and ice axes with us.  We had hopes to check out the North Face of Temple Peak, which is guarded by steep permanent snow and ice in the middle of the mountain.  With the daggers of ice above, and the marks of impact on the steep snow below, we stayed away from our planned adventure on Temple.
Cirque of the Towers looking the same.

We did enjoy ourselves though.  Sunny days did appear, and while the cracks were still wet we figured we could get some easier routes done that had been on our long "to do list."  Not a bad way to spend my 40th birthday!
Accompanying Terry, Liz, and I is our team: Mitch, Donini, Turner, Engelbach, "Troutman"    (Left to right)   

Thursday, September 11, 2014

More First Ascents @ Eagle Rock - Vedauwoo Wyoming.

Here is a few more first ascents we did earlier this summer up at the Woo.

Here is a few photos from the fun around Eagle Rock during some of our summer outings…

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wayne Crill Recovery & Help

Ok everyone!

Here is a link to a donations page, as well as any major improvements that Wayne makes.

A recent MRI has shown that he has no brain stem damage.  This is a huge relief!
It does not mean that Wayne is "outta the woods" yet.  He still remains sleeping at this point.
He does move around a bunch, so that is good.  He is still in need of us sending him lots
of positive vibes!

Thanks for all the love,

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lake Tahoe California

Lovers Leap, pared with Torpedo.

We were recently blessed to be invited to a wedding party out in the beautiful South Lake Tahoe area of California!
Not only being excited about the wedding party, we knew that the area hosted many world class crags.
One area that really stuck out was the Lovers Leap area, home to the 50 classic of North America called Traveler Buttress —  5.9, and 4 pitches long.  Gotta do that one first up!!

Liz, John, Lauren

Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Routing / Crags

This Spring time has been pretty fun!
New routes in Boulder Canyon, and up at Vedauwoo, Wyoming.

On the first ascent of Midway Crisis 5.10  Eagle Rock, Vedauwoo Wyoming.

Here is a few photos describing the routes.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A moment in Taiwan

Capitol, Ocean, Climb, Culture, Food, Friends.      In no special order, it was awesome!

From language barriers, and unknown food, to earthquakes, and high rise buildings.
107 year record rains, and high speed trains.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A good friends article in Mountains Magazine from Brazil !

A great friend of ours, Andrey Romaniuk from Brazil wrote a great story about his trip to the US for the American Alpine Club's International Climbers Meet.  This event  happens annually in the first week of October, and is hosted in Yosemite Valley every year!

The Brazilian Climbing Machine - Andrey!

This is where I met Andrey two events ago.  He was in Yosemite early, and shared his campsite with Carol and I before the event.  Carol works for the AAC, and is the lead organizer of the event.
I go every year as the other lead organizer, and as a host climber to help people achieve some of there climbing dreams of Yosemite.  (Although last year the event was in the Bishop CA / East side of the Sierra Mountains, as our Federal Government was shut down!)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Spring Schralp (Video)

         Here is the latest video from our recent Spring ski descents in the FrontRange of ColoRADo!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rocky Mountain Spring

          It has been some time now since the last blog posting.                   Time to update some things!

Since the last post about the Jackal Hut, I had not been out skiing…  Gears had shifted to some 
first ascent adventures in the local Boulder Canyon.  Seven new routes in the past month!  All of them are visible from the road, with very little approach.  Funny how things can sit there for years, with climbers walking by it all of the time.  Some friends and I have been opening up new routes in the Avalon/Vampire/Black Widow area for the last few years now.  I think we are up to about 40 routes in the area now.  Most are traditional or mixed, and some sport climbs also.  These have not been published yet, so if you want more information contact me.  We are always glad to show new folks!
When the development is complete we will let the cat out of the bag! 

Also over the past month we had some great friends come to town, and stay with us at our home.    It is always great to catch up with folks, and if the weather cooperates, have some adventure time!

We were able to climb in Eldorado Canyon, and also climb the famous 1st Flatiron with our friend Nogah.  She was here all the way from Israel.  Glad the weather was ok!  

If you don't live here…  It is usually pretty dry in these parts.  We get 300+ days of sun per year.  
The weather had been a bit wet, and snowy around that time.

Next our friend Aaron makes an appearance from Washington.  It had been great around here for weather, and the spring snow up high was perfect!  That was until Doc (Aaron) brought the Washington weather with him!  Spring time in the Rockies was no more.  It was blowing hard wind up high, and snowing every day.  Our plan was to go spring skiing and camping up high so we would be in place for some mega ascents.  Ok, so plan B!  Back to Boulder Canyon to work on some more new routing.  Doc had a blast, but we were still hoping to get some skiing in.  Finally by the last leg of his trip the weather improved.  Back up to seasonal temperatures, and sunny skies.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Getting Jacked @ The Jackal Hut - Another Ski Hut Trip Adventure!

Each season we try to get a couple ski hut trips done in our wonderful state of Colorado.

In our state we have 50+ 14,000ft. peaks, and about 50 different huts/yurts to stay at.
With hundreds, and hundreds of 12,000 and 13,000ft peaks it is like a gigantic playground!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Peter Estin Ski Hut

The 10th. Mountain Hut System offers a wide variety of ski huts for people to enjoy.
On this trip we went to the Peter Estin Hut outside of Eagle, Colorado.

This hut has some great terrain that will be perfect for next year's spring trip!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1st Love - A four day affair with Flatiron mixed climbing

The 1st Flatiron's ice/mixed route, and more had recently formed up!  We are lucky if this happens once per season, I would guess.  My outside jobs were on hold, and the avalanche danger was high in the mountains…  This was perfect to get some fun exercise, polish the mind on thin ice run outs, and take some great friends up who had never climbed it before.  Which was amazing that my friend Philo hadn't done it.  He's been climbing ice as long as I have been alive probably!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Routing in Red Rocks, Nevada

Back over the Christmas holiday we were out in Red Rocks, Nevada climbing in the desert sun.
Liz at Jane's Wall - RedRocks, Nevada.

We had hiked up to the Jane's Wall from the 2nd Pullout Parking area.
This wall is all sport climbing… Well until us Colorado Tradies showed up.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hidden Falls Solo

Here is a Happy Friday ascent of the Hidden Falls in the Wild Basin area of
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

The Hidden Falls area offer everything from beginner WI3, to modern mixed climbs at the M8 level.
On this day the weather was great, but a bit windy, as you will see by the trees in the video.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Post #1 - A Photo Explosion

2013 was a fun year!  Many adventures with great folks!  2014 is shaping up to be pretty
sweet as well…

Zowie photobombs Thom Engelbach on the Designator, Vail CO.

So here we go with the first post of the year.  Caution!  I am about to photo bomb this blog
with some fun porn!  That's right porn…  You know the deal!  It's all about you enjoying the
fun that we had by looking at us goofballs in photos.

Most take self shots with their iPhone in the bathroom  mirror…
 I am not really that type of person, so I keep mine outdoors!

Seriously though, here is some nice photos from our latest outings.  I took some of these photos,
but most were taken by Liz this round.  We are using the Sony NEX6 camera with a 16 − 50
wide angle lens.  I have been really digging this mirror-less DSLR type camera!

Liz running a lap on the Fang, Vail CO.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2013's final adventures. Hello 2014!

                                                                  2013 What a year it has been!


 We were so lucky to go on so many awesome climbing adventures over the last 365 days.
From Patagonia to Elbsandstein in Germany, Pennsylvania bouldering to  the Bishop California
AAC event,  Red Rocks Nevada to Ouray Colorado ice… Psyched!

15,000 routes!

I hope 2014 provides us all with much health, wealth, and partners for many
adventures around the globe.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Frosty Mountain Ski Video

James Peak.

A bit before Thanksgiving this year I managed to get my first ski tour in for the season.
It was more or less going to be a "Let's go out and see what's going on early season" sorts of thing.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Feast of pictures! 3 Days of Thanksgiving Snow Sliding

Thanksgiving 2013  A feast of photos.

Location:  Red Mountain Pass,  ColoRado

Weather: Sunny

Wind: N/A

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Snow, Ice, And Everything Nice !

A few photos some friends took of me on recent adventures around our home town.
Things are looking good for the Front Range!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

2013 AAC International Climbers Meet

Well here I am, year 3 at the annual American Alpine Club International Climbers Meet.
A gathering of 50 people, ready to climb, eat, drink.  Repeat 6 days.

Many people from around the world.  Nepal, to Norway, Isreal to England, Brazil to Canada.
Yeah, we got 'em, all here together eating three catered meals a day from the most awesome
caterer in the Bishop, CA area!  (Unless you had a forced bivy!)  These folks were over the top!
They even stayed late for the late the folks who underestimated times for climbs.
So a BIG shout out to Classy Cowgirl Caterers.  You da best, thanks for hooking us up!

Usually the event is held in the great Yosemite Valley.  This year was no go, as our US government (or lack thereof) was shut down due to some rogue Tea Party Republicans.
I won't go into how this bothered me.  Or how the foreign travelers laughed at our government…
It was less than a week out before the trip, many people had already traveled from far and wide.
Do we just cancel the trip all together?  NO!  It's time to head East!  Err, from Sacramento, I mean...
We shall occupy Bishop California, on the East Side of the Sierra Mountains!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Elbsandstein Germany - Part 3 The Video

Recently I did a 2 part posting on our trip to Prague, and climbing in the Elbsandstein Germany.

Here is the 3rd and final part of the series,  a short video of our climbing adventure.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A visual journey to the city of Prague & climbing in the German Elbsandsteingebirge! - Part: 2

In the last post we explored the sites in the Czech city of Prague (Praha).
Mmm, this pilsner goes down like water!  Cheers to beer prices in Praha!

This post takes us north about 150km to the German climbing area Elbsandsteingebirge
in the Saechsische Schweiz region.  It is a National Park in Germany.
One of the many spires & hamlets in the Elbsandsteingebirge.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A visual journey to the city of Prague & climbing in the German Elbsandsteingebirge! - Part: 1

Recently Liz & I took a journey to the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic.

Then from there we headed 150km north to the infamous German climbing area called

You know the place, no metal gear for protection, no chalk on
the hands, and no climbing of walls/massifs.  Summits only!

If you don't have a love for adventure
then I would not recommend climbing here.