Ski racing weekend 2-23-14 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 09:34 PM - Weekend Fun
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Saturday, I pulled out the race tigers for the 2nd day, but this time around I was railing turns on them much better. Less like riding a bull and more like riding a wild horse. I wasn't seeded so I got to ride down on a sheet of ice - skittering a good chunk of the way. However, I held it together enough to post my best results ever: 13th out of 72.



That evening I visited with Scott in the TSV and spent the night in the car. Sunday morning I was on the first chair with the race tigers. Did the backside rip and they felt solid so I headed to the NASTAR course. I ran gates 3 times and kept improving my time slowly. I was pretty sure I was going push through to gold, but I misremembered the course on run 4, and straightened too early and plowed right through a gate at 25-30 mph, lost a ski, rode the other down a bit until losing it and whip-lashing/knee bashed down the hill. I got up and fixed the gate for course-setter Steve (who I met earlier at Tim's place). I took run 5 but things slowed a bit. Gold will have to wait until next time!



I spent the rest of the day skiing with Allison, Mike, and Tom. We caught a little of the junior freestyle comps - those kids are amazing. Some car problems getting it started, but I eventually got it running and make it back to the ABQ.
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Ice climbing and BC skiing in Ouray/Silverton 
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 07:33 PM - Weekend Fun
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I have been enjoying the warmer weather on my bike rides to/from work. I caught this great sunset this last week.


Thursday, I had a few friends over for a ski tuning party, but my 1-car garage was a little cramped.


Friday, I headed up to Ouray with Leigh and Justin for ice climbing Saturday and a backcountry skiing Sunday. Justin was showing off ice climbing with a couple students from Puerto Rico, so we scored a killer condo with the group. Andreas and Julie also joined us so we had a good group for the climb. Mark and Sandra were also up in Ouray for the climbing season, so we hung out with them both nights. Some friends of theirs were holding a broomball party at the Ouray Ice Rink, but with the above freezing temperatures, the party stayed off the ice and made hot cider, BBQed, and huddled around the fire.





Sunday, Justin came down with a cold so Andreas and I decided to do the backcountry skiing alone. We skinned up from Coal Creek Pass and dropped into Coal Creek. Then went up and over to Deer Creek. It was icey on the south aspects so skinning was little challenging, but the warm weather consolidated everything very nicely. It was snowing lightly and the mountains were beautiful up there! We had a little powder in places, but it was mostly 2" crust on dense snow. Not the best conditions but we made the best of two descents. I proudly continued my lucky streak with hitchhiking when we were picked up by the first car to come by!
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San Diego Sail and Taos Ski 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 08:35 PM - Trips
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Weds, I headed out to San Diego for SunSpec meetings but was able to talk Jason into a quick sail before the meet-n-greet. We headed out to see for a little ways and cleared Pt. Loma. We could easily see Mexico and thought about making a run for it, but turned around after 1.5 hours. Wind was good and the swell was decent ~4 trough to crest.

After the meeting I stayed over at Jason's. We grabbed a pizza at the local Best Pizza restaurant and I met his SD friends.




Jason strapping his cane to his commuter bike.


Saturday, I headed up to Taos with Mike and Allison. We crashed at Tim's pad and threw a little party with the ski crew. In the morning, we were surprised by a huge AMRC contingent (Justin, Leigh, Lance, Andy, Zack, BobbyJo) in the parking lot and the usual suspects were up too (Chris, Briana, Josiah, Marc, Megan, etc.) Overall a great day: I skied What Chute 3-5 with J&L&A and found a few powder stashes; gave Allison a little lesson; got a beer at the Bav; and ended the day on Fabian with Briana and Dave. Fun times in the mountains.




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Playing on the Shield 
Sunday, February 2, 2014, 09:20 PM - Weekend Fun
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Tyler is leaving ABQ in a week, so I've been trying hang out with him before he takes a roundabout journey to Norway. Friday, I went with him to the Air Force/AFRL annual party at Sandia Casino. Ok food but a good talk from General Chilton who talked about his astronaut career.

Saturday, I had a couple going away parties for Mike from my soccer team and for Tyler. Tough times for Lovelace and AMRC.

Sunday, Mike, Tyler, and I climbed the Knife Edge of the Shield. It was a little slick with the snow, but otherwise a cloudless cool winter day. We took the traverse/down climb out and that was the hairiest part of the day! Rapping on worn, UV-affect ropes is never fun.




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Sailing St. Vincent and the Grenadines 
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 08:54 PM - Trips
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Photos of the trip are here. The video is here.




Photos of the trip are here. The video is here.

Saturday - I GS raced in Red River, drove back to ABQ, packed up the last equipment, and jumped on the 11:59pm flight to JFK. I had a couple hour layover in Bridgetown, Barbados on the way to St. Vincent, so I took a walk around the airport. Originally, I was trying to make it to the beach, but I abandoned those plans when it became a bushwhack. Instead, I walked around the ghetto streets, bought a coconut, found a bar, and make a few friends. After a couple drinks, a nice local woman gave me her number - and I walked back to the airport chuckling. Not a bad 2-hour layover!

I arrived in Kingstown around 8pm. A taxi took me over to barefoot charters, but they didn't know anything about our charter plans, so I settled up at the bar to wait for the rest of the crew. After the first sip of my carib, they figured out I was on La Dolce Vita and they brought a dinghy around to bring me out to the mooring. In the darkness I could see the outline of a beautiful 43 foot Jeanneau 43DS. I stepped aboard to be greeted by Joe, Stefan, Nate, and Alexis. Joe looks at me and says, “Did you just jump onboard with a beer in your hand?” I give him a smile and cheers him. Later that evening, Nicole, Billy, and Captain Dro showed up and we begin the party.

Sunday – After the lengthy provisioning process, giving Barefoot our passport information and cash deposit, and collecting snorkeling equipment, we finally made way. The seas were rough between St. Vincent and Bequia. A few people were starting to feel a little sick, but I managed to do OK. In fact, I would go the length of the trip without any Dramamine, whereas everyone else would pop a few each day. We were sailing with the swell, so we caught a few nice surfs on the way around the point and into the bay. After mooring, we dinghy’ed into town and eventually settled on a pizza place.

Sunday
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Red River GS Ski Race 2014 
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 09:50 PM - Weekend Fun
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My first day on the World Cup Racetigers were a little rough. They are a super stiff ski and it took me a long time to learn how to carve with them. Unfortunately, I really got the hang of things after the race.



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New years and birthdays in Taos 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 10:37 PM - Weekend Fun
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New Year's Eve I drove up to Taos to ski the torchlight parade with Jason, Jeff, and Victor. I finally had a completely clean run down the dark showdown bumps too! But after the ski shop party we turned in early at 10pm.





New years day we skied a full 9:00-5:00 day with a Kachina hike and a couple ridges. My friend Adrien came up from ABQ with her sister so we had a nice crew.




On Friday, Jason had his big 50th bday bash, complete with a xc ski and snowshoe to Williams Lake, and a full day of skiing. We hiked Kachina with Briana and another friend, Christy, we picked up on the lift. The sad part of the day was on the last run, Jason had a bad fall on Juarez and slid for ~200 ft and hurt his ankle. Being the person he is, he still skied down on one foot and went out to the birthday dinner with his Taos friends.






Saturday, after doing a backside mach run (61 mph!), I continued my mission to ski every named run in Taos. I focused on the west basin, but the snow conditions were terrible. I didn't really know the names of the chutes and there poorly labels. Meatball was nearly impossible to get into and I ended up sliding between rocks on my side to get into the main chute from the southern ridge. I didn't mean to, but the next run I got into the technically closed Sauza, where the choke was not skiable, and I had to sidestep, slip, and repel on a rope down to the lower stretch. I was shocked when the rope first came into view but I managed to keep it together and get down the run. Lastly, I skied Oster, but again it was rocky so I had to be extremely precise with my line. Overall, it was a tough morning, so I was happy to take the 2nd easy with Mike and Andreas. Saturday night was Josiah's birthday party at the St. Bernard. We ate well, had a little champaign, danced until the bar closed, and post-partied in the RV. Then I spent the 2 degree night in the van, but was plenty warm with my sleeping bag, puffy clothes, and a couple blankets.









Sunday morning, I warmed my boots and water bottle in my sleeping bag. I got geared up, grabbed a Tim's breakfast burrito, and caught the 9:00 chair. The conditions were super icy so I did Tresckow, Two Bucks, and Hidalgo before heading home early.
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Christmas in Washington, MO 
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:02 PM - Trips
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I spent a week in WashMO with the family for Christmas. We had festivities planned for every day: white elephant gift exchanges, pictionary, other board games, movies, volleyball, walks, and lots of food. Some of the highlights were:

Misty dressed up.


Bartering during the white elephant.


Giving my brother my old mountain bike.


Having a beer with dad.


Grandpa admiring the pies at the local coffee shop.

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Snowy Night Mountain Rescue Mission on the Thumb 
Friday, December 20, 2013, 09:56 PM - AMRC
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The page out happened at 6:00pm (early!) and by 6:40, Tyler, Mike, and I were cruising up to the crest parking area. It took a while for everyone else to get up there, but eventually 15 members and our mastermind (Justin) huddled up. We hatched a plan to string fixed lines up the Northwest Ridge of the Thumb so that people could move gear up and we could get the patients off. The climbers were uninjured but hypothermic. They had started to climb at 7am, bonked and slowly moved up to about 700-1000 feet off the deck. Then they wrapped up in a puffy and sleeping bag and called us in to pull themselves off. The coherent climber said he didn't want to rap the other guy off since he was barely moving.

I was in the middle of a cold and hacking occasionally, but Tyler had talked me into joining the excitement. I really wasn't in good condition for an all-night epic, but figured I could help out. Things were not looking good though: pulling two people off the mountain rappelling them ~1000 ft and then hauling them up or down the La Luz back to civilization. Mike paired up Supra and headed off the start the climb. I led the team to secure the lines up to the patients so that the medical team (Justin and Dane) could prusik up to them quickly and easily if the helo wouldn't drop them off.

My team of 10 people split apart into a hastier team (Paul, Leigh, Tyler, me) and the rest of the crew (Brad, Mark, Sam, Mason, Michele, Brendan) because not everyone had crampons. The speedier, crampon team worked down the shortcuts and made it to the base of the climb fairly quickly. I even added a couple handlines for the steep snowy section leading up to the base of Pitch 1. By that time Mike and Supra had finished off the first 70 meters of the traditional climb and I helped them set the first line.

The National Guard were running a training mission nearby so when the IC contacted them, they were happy to come by and check out the situation. After sorting out which group they were supposed to rescue (ha), they dropped someone on a jungle penetrator next to the patients and hauled them off to Johnson Field. All that work for nothing! I waited for Mike and Supra to get down and we hiked out (extremely slowly) back to the crest with ice axes and crampons. With the frozen 300' rope in my backpack and cold (cough, runny nose, headache), it felt like I barely made it out. The rest of the final group (Supra, Paul, Mike) were also struggling. We got back to the trailhead/IB at 2:00am for the debrief. Home, showered, and in bed by about 3:30am, so I didn't feel guilty it was 10:00am before I show up at work the next morning.
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Taos BC Ski Trip 
Monday, December 16, 2013, 03:11 PM - Weekend Fun
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Mike and I used my grandparent's timeshare points to get a place in Taos for the weekend. Saturday morning we met up with Tyler and Andreas for a backcountry tour up toward Wheeler. We made it up to Williams Lake easy enough, but up higher the snow had mostly blown away from the strong winds the weekend before. We still boot packed it to the top of the ridge around 13,000' and pieced our way back down the snow/rock and ended up doing a great run through the trees at "penguin rock" south of the fingers. Above treeline there was about 4" of windblown slab on 2 feet of facets. in the trees there were more layers and the Column and Extended Column failed at 7 with a propagation at ~20 cm. We decided, "safe enough." It was a full day, so we hit up the Bavarian for a beer and then went back to town to have dinner with Josiah, Briana, Dave, Jen, and Kirk.

Sunday, I worked with Mike on some ski drills. By the end of the day we did Lorelei and took a highline ridge hike (Juarez). Pretty solid for his 3rd day on skis! I left for a couple more hikes. West Blitz Trees was nice and Elevator was brutal - punchy and nearly untouched except for one person who slipped the entire line: definitely a little survival skiing in there. We headed home early, and I, feeling a little sick, passed out by 10pm.







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Red River Race Camp and Taos Powder Day 
Monday, December 16, 2013, 02:54 PM - Weekend Fun
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Jason, Jeff, and I went up to Red River for the Corporate Cup race camp. It wasn't as busy as last year, which meant we got a little more attention from the UNM ski team members. I trained with Joonas Rasanen, the 2013 NCAA Men's Slalom National Champion. The camp really is a great way to get your feet back under you for the ski season and fun to run gates for a day too.



Sunday, the three of us skied 9" of power on the front side of Taos. Unfortunately, there were 35+ mph sustained winds so chair 2 never started running. It was still fun to do bumps... and I got to play with my new Volkl Katanas! They were great on the powdery bumps early on, and still fun on the hard pack at the end of the day. They don't carve well, but they are powder ski after all. 112 under foot.

12 sets of skis for 3 people skiing 2 days:

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Thanksgiving in Alto Pass 
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 09:21 PM - Trips
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I spent a week back at my parents' place for Thanksgiving. Everyone from my father's side was there except for Anne Elise who was still in Chile with her study abroad program. I took a 30 degree bike ride with my mom and the family hiked to bald knob cross. It was me and my Dad's 25th year to make the journey (ever since I was 5 years old!) I also got to watch the pottery process in full: clay to store.


Cold bike ride


Grandpa hiking the trail


Thanksgiving dinner


Hike to the cross


Artsy hiking picture


Pottery making and shop


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Cabezon and San Ysidro Slot Canyon 
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 04:42 PM - Weekend Fun
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For some bizarre reason, ten people decided to take a very cold, snowy, windy, climb of Cabezon on Saturday. Jeff brought together a strong crew but we didn't realize how difficult the conditions were before showing up. There was rime ice on everything and the holds weren't very good. I actually would have probably turned around if it wasn't for Mike having the good sense to bring a rope and harness. I figured we could always setup some rappels for folks when we didn't want to downclimb what we came up. I didn't really want to downclimb much of the route either since my La Sportiva approach shoes get very slick in the snow. Mike set up a handline for people on the crux move and then we lassoed a boulder on top to make the first downclimb move, but I think I might have been the only person to use it. Everyone else butt scooted down the entire climb! Very impressive. I think everyone had a little trouble downclimbing the crux, but we all made it down safely. Then on the way home we checked out the San Ysidro slot canyon. It was too wet to do a lot of it, but it was still fun to explore from the top of the canyon.














Saturday, I drove to Holbrook, AZ to buy a Tallboy mountain bike. The drive was snowy/whiteout and ice-packed for the trip out and I nearly was run off the road a couple times by semis, but I did get the bike and back to town in one piece.
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AMRC Annual Party 
Sunday, November 17, 2013, 09:11 PM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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The team had a fun climbing/training day at Major Wall in the Socorro Box Saturday. I climbed an easier 5.7 next to She Can Bolt. I went over with Andy to setup some fixed lines to practice line transfers and taught a few new prospective members about the basics of anchor building. Andy volunteered to be my patient. I built a great system - two connections to Andy (60 cm runner and my personal anchor) and then made a counter weight system out of my 8 mm with a figure eight on Andy and a munter mule on my end. With my backpack on I was able to easily pull him up and get his grigri out of the system, then I lowered him with the munter onto the runners attached to me. It took some work to retrieve the upper prusik, and then I realized that both of us were on my grigri alone - so I decided to back it up with a prusik above the grigri (big mistake!). At the bottom of the rappel there was a cactus so Rusty pulled the rope over to help Andy out, but it crushed my balls and I let the prusik bind. I tried to make some systems to raise both of us (didn't work), and then I tried to just get Andy off me with another 3:1 above me on another prusik (no progress capture, so it didn't really work) and then I used the bolt on the wall to build the 3:1 and I tied it off so Andy was off me. Then I leg looped on the main line, and got up to break the prusik. We rapped to the ground after about 45 minutes of sitting there in front of everyone. Justin was nice enough to come over and poke me with a stick. I later learned that the Grigri 2 is only rated to 1800 lbs so we only had a 4.5 safety factor on the rappel (but with a backup) so in the future I should use an ATC.

After lunch Mike, Rusty, and Adrian went to Red Wall to climb. Mike did Red Wall while I lead (poorly) the start of Spiderman, which was over my head. I used the hook Rusty loaned me to sit a few places and I was shot through the 5.9+ bolted first section. I really am in terrible climbing shape. I made it up the next section with good pro to a bolt (the 5th bolt), but there wasn't good pro above that so I decided I was going to bail. I rapped on a locking 'biner on the bolt (little scary) but was happy to be back on the ground.





We drove back to burque and up to the AMRC party at the cache (after a shower). Lance became the team president and Leigh breathed a sigh of relief. We ate and drank and before you know it, it was passed 3am and I left to bivvy in the forest for the night.
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Ice Luge Construction 
Friday, November 8, 2013, 09:12 PM - Weekend Fun
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Our 'make it snow party' included a special treat this year: an ice luge. It was a bit of work to make it happen, but in the end it was a roaring success. I bought a 300 lb block of ice from Reddy Ice and then put it on a sloped cornhole board on a table outside. For the carving we tried a few things: propane torch, dribbling boiling water onto the surface and in the channels, heating conduit with the torch and pressing it into the face, ice screws (bad idea - it cracked the ice), but ultimately the best method was to pour boiling water with a tea pot down the shaped pipe and applying pressure. This worked really well, and I would recommend it to anyone else building a luge.






(Checked off #25 on my list of things to do before 30!)

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Halloween and Tridents 
Sunday, November 3, 2013, 06:35 PM - Weekend Fun
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Saturday, Mike and I tried to ride Kind of the Mountain, but the mud was insane. We bailed after 1/3 of the ride because the mud was so terrible.



Last Thursday I made a quick trip out to San Diego to the EESAT review where I presented some microgrid research. Then on this Tuesday I presented the smart grid pre-certifications work in Portland. Hopefully someone found it interesting. As a plus, I met up with Dro and played some skeeball and drank a couple beers!

For Halloween, Mike and I went out to a party with a few friends. I went as a 80's Yosemite climber (Lance Johnson) and Mike was a dirtbad white trash guy with his mullet wig. Decent time but nothing crazy. Saturday, Mike, Tom, and I climbed a potential First Ascent of the Tridents which we're calling "Trimming Bush: the Tale of the Rumphassler." I lead the first miserable pitch through the bushes. It was the one of the roughest 5.8 leads I've had... and it included a nasty traverse where I aided a tiny nut while straddling a shrub. Somehow things worked out and I got to the top. Pitches 2 and 3 were cruiser and we made quick work of the rap.




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October Goings-on - Balloons and Birthdays 
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 10:33 AM - General
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October is a good time in Albuquerque because the weather is good and it's a good rest break between climbing/bikig season and skiing season. On Oct 4th, I biked out the the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta with some nob hill friends, including Kelley, Mike, Mike, Allison, Ben, Luke, Louie. The chilly ride was worth it to kick off the week long balloon fiesta in style.









That evening was the AMRC brewfest. I volunteered to man the silent auction and pack up gear - but still had plenty of time to socialize and try the Trident's Spirit Ale.

The following weekend Paul and Pearl visited. We headed out to the balloon fiesta for the mass ascension and the night glow. Leigh stopped over for some BBQing Saturday night, and we hiked around on the Sandia Crest Trail past the Kawanis Cabin. It was good to see my old Boulder friends again! The last time I saw them was at their wedding in VT a year ago.





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Moab - Oct 2013 
Monday, October 21, 2013, 07:27 AM - Weekend Fun
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Mike, Tom, and I drove up to Moab to meet Leigh, Justin, Mark, Sam, John, and Sam's sister Leana (Lele) for some canyoneering last weekend. We arrived Friday evening and met up with the crew. In the spirit of our friend Lance, Mike, Tom, and I wore wigs for the first canyon: Big Horn in Arches National Park.

The following day we went up to do the Granary - a longer and funner canyon with some large rappels. It was a great time out with a lot of great people. Back in camp, we cooked up some burgers and had a few beers, and Kenny, my old friend from IL (turned Moab kayak guide), came over to camp and we caught up.

Sunday, we ran though Not Tierdrop Canyon. The 2nd rap required building our own anchor out of rocks we found in the area. I think it would have held 1000 lbs, but it was still exciting rappelling off loose rocks.










More photos are here.
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Birthday and 'The List' 
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 08:04 AM - General
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I celebrated by birthday by biking up to the Four Hills rocks with Josiah and Leigh for the sunset and then heading down to Tractor for a couple beers. I also released a list of things that I would like to accomplish before I turn 30. It's ambitious - perhaps impossible - but why not set sights high. Here we go!

1. Ski Mt. Rainier.
2. Scuba dive a tropical reef.
3. Eat an amazing steak in Argentina.
4. Buy fat skis, shred pow, and huck a 10+ footer.
5. Bike 3,000 miles with 50,000 ft of elevation gain.
6. Climb South Maroon Peak via the Bell Cord. (Bonus points for Pyramid Peak.)
7. Mountain bike 20 miles at night.
8. Climb a high alpine route to a major summit (e.g., Ellingwood Ledges, Grand Teton).
9. Take a train from Oslo to the Norwegian fjords.
10. Become a technician on Albuquerque Mountain Rescue. (Bonus points for relearning WFR skills with a ride-along with Albuquerque Fire Department.)
11. Spend a week at burning man.
12. Go hot air ballooning.
13. Ski every named run at Taos.
14. Mountaineer in the southern hemisphere (e.g., Aconcagua, Cotopaxi, …)
15. Watch a U.S. soccer game at the world cup in Brazil.
16. Eat curry in India without getting sick.
17. Gamble in Vegas.
18. Heli-ski in South America.
19. Raft the Taos Box.
20. Attend an epic music festival (Tomorrowland?).
21. Ski Vallee Blanche from Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix. (Super bonus: do full Haute Route!)
22. Brew a tasty ale while drinking a tasty beer.
23. Canyoneer in Utah with a 100+ ft rappel.
24. Create a video of time lapse photography.
25. Party with a shot luge.
26. Climb a multi-pitch ice or mixed route.
27. Get a ski race suit and take home NASTAR gold.
28. Chase animals around the African savanna.
29. Backpack in the Canadian Rockies, e.g., Banff.
30. Get a couple more house plants.

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Mountains to the Desert Century: Telluride to Gateway 
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 07:27 PM - Weekend Fun
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Allison found Mike, Tom, Jeff, Boulder Mike, Kelley, Luke, and myself a killer pad in Mountain Village for the weekend. Jeff, Allison, Luke and I drove up on Friday night and kicked the party off with some grilling, loud music, and hot tub time.

The following morning we were up early for the Mountains to the Desert Century ride. I made a quick breakfast of oatmeal and lots of fruit, but with the big crew we couldn't get going in time and ended up getting to Telluride about the time of the mass start. We spent another 10 minutes looking for a parking place and then 20 more minutes getting people and bikes in the proper shape.

Out of town, Mike, Tom and I joined forces and ripped down the mountain. I pulled the big hill out of Telluride at ~45 mph for a mile and a half and then we cycled through our little peloton/echelon for another 25 miles to the first stop. We averaged a killer 28 mph for this stretch! After the rest of the group got in, we climbed the 700' to Norwood and stripped down to warm riding gear. From there the burque crew started pulling as a team with Allison and Jeff jumping in the mix. Boulder Mike stayed with Kelley for a lot of the ride and then would bolt up to us (incredibly!). After the next stop we tried to ride as a group, but even at a slow pace Kelley and others would break the pelaton in half... so it was a casual, downhill, down-wind ride with plenty of beautiful canyon scenery. Boulder Mike and I took a couple serious pulls at the beginning of the last 30 miles and broke away from the rest of the group. Tom rejoined and then I got dropped from the lead peloton at a ~25-28 mph pace in the canyon. It was sooo brutal and I was starting to feel the distance. We all stopped off at a natural spring to rehydrate and eat. I did the final 20 miles with Mike and Jeff. We rotated through the group and despite my calves staring to cramp I was pulling strong and helping drag the group to the beer tent! Perhaps the funniest part of the ride was that Boulder Mike and Tom went out to do the extra hillclimb to make it a 133 mile ride... so they came in late. Very late. In fact Tom crossed the finish line a couple feet behind Mike, but this won him the Caboose Award as the final person to come in for the day. As an ex-Ironman and all around fit BA, it was funny to have him getting his photo with the caboose trophy!

Strava Stats:
Distance 104.5mi
Moving Time 04:56:29
Elapsed Time 06:34:13
Max Speed 49.9mi/h
Avg Speed 21.1mi/h
Total Climb 2,377ft

There was an (exhausted) afterparty but we turned in quick Saturday night. Sunday we took Ophir Pass over to Silverton to get back to ABQ. The weather had turned, but it wasn't a problem with Jeff's new 4WD Tacoma.







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