This site was created as a journal about adventure in the mountains, on the bike, in the ocean and enjoying the great outdoors. From time to time I will post these experiences so others may learn more about them and hopefully enjoy them as well.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to drop me a line to make suggestions!


Apple Dumpling Dessert

Here you go....

Cinnamon Muffin Mix (I use a cinnamon swirl mix from the store) plus ingredients on box (usually an egg and oil?).
2 cups dried apples
1 cup sugar. (I use brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 stick of butter (4 tablespoons)

1. Put sugar, salt and cinnamon in a bag.
2. Apples in a bag
3. Biscuit mix I keep in the bag it comes in except the box
4. Butter in a small Tupperware or bag

1. Rehydrate the apples by putting them in 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for at least an hour. Sometimes it takes a couple of hours.
2. Make the cinnamon muffin mix in a bowl. Set the crumb topping aside.
3. Put the apples and water on a low heat and bring to a simmer.
4. Add the sugar, cinnamon and salt and mix in well.
5. Add the butter.
6. Spoon on the muffin mix.
7. Add the crumb topping.
8. Reduce to a low simmer and cover for 15-20 minutes or until biscuits are done.


Also you need a medium to big pot that is a little smaller than a typical dinner plate in diameter.

Good luck!


TDFB - Foster City Ride

Day two of bike riding in honor of the Tour de France. This day was
a quick 29 mile tour around Foster City. The route is flat and
traffic free as most of it is along the bike path on the bay.

Along the way there is great views of bridges, harbors, wildlife, etc... The bike path is in good condition for the most part, but does get a little narrow as you get near the Oracle buildings.

See the route below for more detailed instructions and a map.


Another great day at alpine meadows!

The season is off to abgreat start, an the snow was great at Alpine
Meadows today. Maybe it was luck, maybe the football games distracted
people, maybe it was just to cold and snowy for the typical crowds,
but the resort was almost all ours. Rumor has is that Squaw sold an
insane amount of passes with their deal, and it looks like everybody
went there this season. Good for me and good for all my fellow alpine
meadows crew. I am happy to ski great Terrain with no lift lines!


The promised land!

97" at alpine!


Mission accomplished!

Well, we started out later than planned but still early. The alarm woke us up at 1:40 a.m. and after about an hour of stumbling around in the dark we headed for the summit at 2:50.

There where a couple of other groups that headed out before us. One was a guided group of 9 people, split up into two, and the other was a solo person. Buck and I caught everyone at the first steep wall where the slope kicked up to around to 55-60 degrees. We passed everyone, then played tag with the leading guided group all the way to the West Face ridge.

One thing I noted, that was a lesson learned, was that the guides stopped their group every hour on the dot for a 5 minute rest. During this time they strongly encouraged everyone to eat and drink to keep the body going. Buck and I did not do this, as we stopped every 2 hours, but probably should have, as we found out later.

As we climbed to around 11,000 feet the snow hardened up a lot and the crampons made the going easier. Still, the last 700 feet to the top of the west face appeared to take forever. But the sun was coming up, and the we witnessed an amazing show on the horizon, as Shasat cast its shadow on the SKY, leaving a dark triangle at the edge of the earth, where everything else was deep blue, and red.

None-the less, we made it to the top of the west face at 8:30, which put the summit in reach by our turn around time of 10:30 due to avalanche danger with the coming warm day. Buck and I quickly walked over to the base of "Misery Hill" which is aptly named and hit the top by 9:40. At this point each of us did not feel good at all. I felt like I had a nagging hangover, cotton mouth, easily exhausted, and energy dropping fast. every time I tried to put liquids or food into my system, my stomach almost sent them back up.

Th real depressing thing about Misery Hill, is when you get to the top, you think you are there, only to realize you need to go DOWN, then up another 200 feet to the true summit. Buck decided he was done, and wanted to rest, while I went for the summit, getting there at around 10:20. Taking about 10 minutes to enjoy the first part of the victory before heading down at 10:30 sharp.

We quickly back tracked to the top of the ridge, waited a little for the sun to soften the slopes below, then put our skis on a went down 4,000 vertical feet of consistent black diamond run. Another lesson learned, is plan to summit and ski down on a Saturday, as the tracks from the day before had rutted up the slope a bit. It was still a great ski, and spring corn. This is truly an epic descent.

Once back at our camp, we packed up for the final ski out to 6,900, which means the total descent for the day was around 7,500 feet!

What a trip, would do it again!