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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!

2008-12-31

STILL GOOD AT KIRKWOOD

DAY# 025

MILE# 0957

Even several days after the new dump the snow is great off the wall at Kirkwood. We are noticing that the new economy must have effected the pot budget for the lifties as they are actually courteous, checking tickets, pulling lifts, or in in general doing their job. It is quite nice actually.


One thing we are all wondering is how good the new surface lifts will actually be when they get enough snow to use them? To the naked eye, each of them looks like they could have gone just a little further to be a LOT better, but the real test will be how much terrain and access will they truly provide? They do look promising in the end, and th4e type of access they will provide was the stuff you used to hike to to get the fresh un-tracked...



2008-12-27

The Day After - Kirkwood

Here we are enjoying kirkwood and the 15 feet of new snow on the
mountain. The new alpine set up feels great after 15 years onsome
other form of board. Love the Santiago Scott Mission skis!

2008-12-03

Turkey Roll!

Day # 019
Mile # 900

A GREAT turkey day ride from redwood city to the Santa Cruz Mountains!





This was an epic ride, and probably the steepest hill I have ever climbed in my life. AND I am within 100 miles of my goal, sort of (actually I am well over the annual goal of 1,000 miles).

The ride up Stevens Creek was probably one of the nicest rolls I have had on two wheels, but then came the hell part of this ride. The UP UP UP redwood gulch, which very well may climb 1,500 feet in 1.5 miles or so. I thought I was gonna puke rolling along at 4.5 miles an hour, and the slightly less steep highway 9 was a welcome sight, as it meant only 2.7 miles to the top.

But the top, at mile 28.5 of the ride meant that I had 21 miles DOWNHILL in front of me, which I covered in about 50 minutes.

Highly recomend the ride up stevens creek to redwood gulch to highway 9.

2008-06-25

500 MILES!

Day# 019
Mile #0500

Just hit 500 miles for the year, and with no time to spare, a 56 mile jaunt to the ocean and up Tunitas Creek.



2008-06-10

Twisted Ankle

Mile #0402
Day #019


A few weeks ago I was at a friends birthday party and while stepping off the deck I twisted my ankle. It rolled over far enough to hear a popping sound. Previously I was inside preparing myself a nice steak burger that I was really looking forward to. And Butter, our dog, was also smacking her lips hoping that she would be the benefactor of a full stomach that could not finish the meal.

She was following me down the steps and when I stepped of the deck, twisted to the ground and dropped the plate, she managed to eat the steak burger before it ever hit the ground. It looks like all that time catching tennis balls has paid off.

Regardless, the injury has laid me off the cycle for a while, but today I managed 42 miles along the coast in hot weather. The sea breeze kept the tempurature for me down quite nicely, and once I finally turned towards the east and home, I could feel the tempurature rise as I headed down hill.

42 miles, through the hills at 17.25 mph. Not bad, and even a little faster than normal.

2008-05-15

SF to Redwood on an I-Phone

Mile # 0330
Day # 019

Tonight I did a 39 mile jaunt home from work, on "bike to work" day. The route I took takes you along the ocean, to Skyline boulevard, then it usually connects to Canada road to Edgwood. BUT..... As it was getting late I decided to find a shortcut to avoid the reseviore that usually adds a few miles.

But in the action of the moment, I was afraid of getting lost in the hills, and thus I found a new application for the I-phone - finding a way home on your bike through the maze of roads in the hills. And it worked, thus justifying further my purchase of this essential device.

2008-05-11

New Bike Gear & A 6 Mile Climb

Mile #0291
Day #019

Today was the first day out on a bunch of new gear. Last night I changed the chain, and switched pedals to the Look Carbon Keo pedals, with new Sidi Genius 6.6 shoes.

All went pretty well, the new drive train shifts with authority, and the new pedals are great.

I was planning a ride to the ocean, but my legs fealt heavy as I topped out onto Skyline via Old La Honda (a 3.25 mile climb) so I headed over to King's Mountain Road (requiring another 3 + miles of climbing) and after the sprint to the home stretch the legs felt heavy and cramped.

Regardless 36 miles onto the log today.

2008-05-01

Mile #0255

Up to 255 miles for the year. Not riding as much as I would like to as I am way to busy. I need to change this soon.

Mile #0255

Up to 255 miles for the year. Not riding as much as I would like to as I am way to busy. I need to change this soon.

2008-03-25

Cycling has begun

Day #019 Still
Mile# 0138

I have not had a chance to get up to the mountains for several weeks, but I have broken out the road frame again and hit the pavement. For the season I am up to 138 mile, all in March, including a ride home from SF at 18.8 MPH average ( about 6% slower than my target), and a 58 mile loop to San Gregorio and back via Tunitas Creek.

New tires have arrived and will go on soon. Let's see if they improve speed at all.

2008-03-14

Day #019 was DEEP!

Day #019

So we spent day #19 at Siarra at Tahoe and it was deep. Cav, Hienbecker, Dillon and myself trudged up highway 50 to test out the little hill in the south shore, and it was fun. We spent the whole day riding though the steep powder right under the lift and adjacent tees.

almost makes me want to get training wheels again and go alpine.

2008-02-18

Day 17, on one board again....

Day #017

I just got back from three days in the mountains at our cabin, and two more days on the snow. It has not snowed for a couple of weeks, and it was a good thing that the weather was warm because it made the slope a nice combination of warm soft snow and good hard packed.

I even tried snowboarding again for the first time in 8-10 years (can't remember exactly when the last time was). But I did pretty good and had a good time hitting the slopes on one plank with K80.

2008-02-12

Ostrander '08 Trip Report

D#015

So we are back, and it was a great trip this year, each year proves to be great in its own way. This year, was not by the tremendous amount of fresh snow, it was the amount of snow that was still great, and more or less untracked, and the new adventure. But it was just enough and not enough at the same time to go back one more year....... At least.

Day #1:
As usual, the first day is something you look at the calender for months and long for. But when that moment comes where you pull into the parking lot, your are actually dreading what there is in front of you. You are dreading the thought of carrying this pack, that surely must have shit in it you do not want to be carrying or do not need. Dreading the almost 10 miles of cross country travel. And then you set the foot on the trail and you are off.

The first day was a throw back day to year one, as we did not hit the trail until 12:15. But I made it to the hut by 6:00, still it was a slow year. That night we cooked for Howard, the best hutmeiseter, and Ostrander historian and artist. We made goulash, with prosciutto and chees efor an appetizer. Then off to bed.

Day #2:
We did a few laps on the face in front of the hut on some great snow before heading out to Howard's Ridge as we like to call it for a run on the "Nose" the steepest almost always untracked section to the right that makes people say, "you skied that?". Well Howard's Ridge was a boulder scramble, and rock climbing lesson with packs on you backs. But once at the top, the first part was phenomenal, and the second part not so good with sun crust setting in as the day went down. George and I did a final lap on the face, and off to dinner, a great one by Dan with his classical "Mexican Soufle" or whatever he calls it, still pretty damn good.

Day#3:
Today we did a tour into a region that Howard had "never skied, but always wanted to". That was enough to sucker us into following him, which is all you do when you tour with this man. But it was a great tour and we headed west, up horse ridge and followed the ridge past the heart lake bowl, into the next drainage, and down the face. The not so comforting thing was seeing the evidence of a recent slab avalanche that released about a 6-8' slab near the bottom of the run. The slope was good, snow was spring corn soft, and we high tailed it out of there ito the western side of the Heart Lake drainage for a few runs on great snow, but still signs of avalanche on slopes facing east. Another great meal by Craig, Gumbo with fresh sausage.....

Day #4:
A lazy day, even though Dan wanted to get going earlier, but still a few laps on the face across the hut, followed by Howard blazing a trail up the ridge that was STEEP, and a great run down untracked, Dan even tumbled all the way down instead of turning. The final meal by George was great, even though we wondered why he would cook perfectly dehydrated pasta then dehydrate it again????

Day #5:
After a little wrestling we hit the trail for home at around 9:30, and to my surprise I rolled back into the parking lot at 12:15, or just under 3 hours. This is a testament to how fast you can make it out in just the right conditions!

Looking forward already to next year, year #7 for the crew......

2008-02-06

Ostrander V6 Release Coming...

So tomorrow is the big day, the drive up to Yosemite followed by the annual pilgrimage to the Ostrander Ski hut. I am not sure this year I am as prepared as I have been in the past, but ready or not here I come. This will be the 6th year the same group of friends have made it to the hut and it feels good to have an annual tradition that just can't be broken, no matter how loud or obnoxious George is, how hung over (aka "sick") Craig gets, how lost Dan gets or how grumpy I am.

Every year has been full of anctics and this year sounds like it is shaping up to be another great one. Maybe we will actually do that slide show we have promised in the past.

Still need to get a few things though:
Battery for watch (oops)
Asparagus (sorry Dan)
Gatorade
Port Wine

Hoping to get out of town early, but no promise it will actually happen.

2008-02-04

Countdown to Ostrander


OK, so we are in the final week of the preparations for Ostrander year #6. This year is probably a year where I am the least prepared in my training so we will see how I do. It sounds like the other blokes have been running, cycling, and elypticall training in their garages in the covert hours while I have been.........

Well lets just say it is my own damn fault. Anyways we head out Thursday night, and this week is going to be full of packing and figuring out just how heavy I am willing to allow my pack to become. It looks like they just got another dump, but also that it is going to be warm this week, which is prime weather for crust and ice. Still can't wait to get out on the trail and test the legs.

2008-01-28

Backcountry Equipment List

So every year I go (or try to go) on a trip with a gang of friends to the Ostrander Ski Hut, located 10 miles from the trail head at Badger pass. And every year I scramble to figure out what I need to bring and try to find previous equipment lists that I have put together. So here we go with a list that is going in the pack this year:

GROUP GEAR:
  • Food Group Meals
  • First Aid Kit (recommend 1 kit for every 2-3 people)
  • Ski/Board Repair Kit (P-tex, wire, epoxy, tools, wax, duct tape, etc..)
  • Stove and Fuel
  • Cooking Pots
  • Water Filter
  • Tent or Emergency Shelter

PERSONAL GEAR:
  • Backcountry Skis/Board, Boots and Poles
  • Backpack
  • Avalanche Beacons and Probes
  • Snow Shovel (should be metal type as plastic is no good for ave debris)
  • Watch
  • 2-Way Radio (determine channel before the trailhead)
  • 10-Essentials (matches, knife, whistle, map, compass, extra food, emergency shelter, spare dry clothes, 1st-aid, Flashlight/Headlamp)
  • Base Layers (multiple pair of socks, and long underwear)
  • Insulating Layers (fleece, etc...)
  • Outer Wear: Pants and Jacket (recommend storm shell and soft shell)
  • Hat: Both warm hat and baseball hat
  • Gloves (recommend multiple pair, both heavy and light)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottles, and Hydration System
  • Food and snacks for personal meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner (if not done by group)
  • Energy drinks and snacks
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Sun Glasses and Goggles
  • Prescription Glasses or Contacts + Solutions
  • Maps
  • Personal Repair Kit (extra binding and/or ski parts)
  • Eating Utensils and Dishes (bowl, fork, spoon, knife, cup, etc..)
  • Personal Hygene (toothpaste and brush, deodorant, soap)
  • Camp Towel
  • Pen and Paper
  • Fresh Batteries in all Electronics and Spare Batteries
OPTIONAL:
  • Day pack (so you can leave your huge pack at the camp/hut)
  • Camera
  • Warm down camp slippers
  • Avelung
  • Helmet
  • Moleskin (if you are prone to blisters bring plenty)
  • Climbing Skin Wax and Hydrophobic Spray (required for multi-day trips)
  • High Insulating Jacket (down or thinsulate)
  • GPS and/or Altimeter
  • Section of sleeping pad for sitting in snow
  • Neck Gator

2008-01-27

Day 9 & 10

Day #010

The recent storm has brought up to 90" of snow at Kirkwood, and although it was a little wet there were several places on the mountain to freefall though fresh untracked or almost untracked snow that went up to the knees at times. But the winds were very high and around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday the lifts to the top of the mountain closed.

Still the new G3 Rapid Transit skis are holding out and proving to be very good, especially at the tight radius swing turns in the chutes and trees, an area I have always been a little hesitant on due some fear of hitting something, but hey that is why I were a helmet right?


2008-01-24

1.24.08 Update

D#008 STILL!

So it has been dumping up in the mountains right now. Kirkwood has a storm total of close to 36" as of this morning with another 24" possible. It is starting to look like this weekend is going to be very good.

On the resolution front I have been doing very good with limiting my Diet Coke intake at work, and haven't had one in a while. I have started to drink water instead, and I ma sure it is a matter of time before the office manager notices the Diet Coke piling up, and water supply dwindling.

I have the annual Ostrander ski hut trip in two weeks, and am feeling very out of shape for it. This year may be the year I get my ass kicked on the slopes up there.

2008-01-12

120" +

D # 008

So last week the Sierra Nevada mountains got plastered with a massive storm dropping over 120" in several areas. Kirkwood was one of those areas and finally the mountain has the coverage it needs. On Saturday morning the snow was like east coast hard pack, another word for rough, hard and almost ice, but not yet boiler plate. As the day went on, the snow softened up and the backside was absolutely amazing.

Currently training for the upcoming Ostrander trip in about 4 weeks.

2008-01-08

Another Resolution..

Two more resolutions:
7. To take the car to work 50% less often then last year
8. To stop drinking diet coke at work.

Today way a first day of training for the Ostrander Ski cabin trip.
This is a annual back country ski cabin I go to once per year with a
group of friends. Last I was training for about 3 months so I am
behind the curve by 2 months. It may be a brutal year!

M

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2008-01-03

New Years Resolutions

OK, so here goes with the new years resolutions:

1. Get back to last years skiing shape (185 pounds)
2. Climb Mount Shasta and ski down it
3. Climb Mount Whitney
4. Ride a Century on my bike
5. Ride a 20 mph average bike ride home from work
6. Ride 1,000 miles this year

Lets see how I do........

2008-01-01

New Years Eve At Divided Sky

Divided Sky is a great little bar in Meyers, California. It looks like the place is the renovated attic of a out of work college kid who had a dream to convert grandma's attic into a money making venture. The bar fills half the room, and the place is dark with a red glow of christmas tree lights. The crowd is a mix of almost every fringe fad culture you can imagine. In other words, the place is great for all of us who are seeking to escape from the college frat boy white hat posse crowd....

Officially the sign says it can hold 80 people, so we were happy to get ticket number 65-69 to the New Years Eve show by Radio, a bay area beat box rapper. the beats and tones he was able to lay down with just his voice, a sampler and repeater was quite amazing. The drinks were not expensive (bought 7 drinks, non of them beer for $30), and the atmosphere rocked.

The walk home to our ski cabin was fun as we made the 1.1 miles in 20 minutes singing carols at the top of our lungs, and waking everyone who was asleep. A few hours later two of our cabin mates, stumbled in, after being stopped by the police twice (why police were trying to pull people over who are WALKING home intoxicated, I do not know). The best part is they would not offer them a ride in the cold, and they forgot that the car keys in their pockets, would have given them access to their warm jackets for the walk. But at least they walked....