Sandia Peak Climb 
Saturday, June 30, 2012, 05:32 PM - Weekend Fun
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~1:30 on the climb and about 40 min on the decent. New record speed on a bicycle for me: 45.3 MPH. Pretty fast, but I'm sure I could find a steeper hill around here somewhere.


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Iceland June 10-21 
Friday, June 29, 2012, 08:49 PM - Trips
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My parents and I rented a car and circled Iceland over the course of 10 days. My mom's version of the trip.


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Photos from the trip are located here.

Some neat spots:

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Chama Float with Jason 
Friday, June 29, 2012, 08:35 PM - Weekend Fun
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Floated the Chama for the first time this last weekend. We used inflatable kayaks (IKs) and took the Saab 99 up to the put in. After the bridge the water was excellent. 2+/3- waves to play around in. Only sad part was that I lost my coozie.

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Mt. Rainier - Liberty Ridge Attempt - May 2012 
Saturday, June 2, 2012, 02:50 PM - Trips
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Pictures!

Left ABQ at 8pm on Wednesday and landed at 10pm in the Seattle airport. By the time everyone rounded up gear and loaded into the rental van it was easily 11:30. Lance drove us to the closed road at White River so we shuttled gear up to the TH before dropping the van off. Lance and I were elected/volunteered to complete the extra 4 mi bonus hike. Once we got back to the trailhead everyone was gone - later found hiding from the snow in the women's bathroom asleep. Stashed some beer, and then began our hike around 5am. The sky was already lightening.

Worked our way up the trail. I wore snowshoes but no one else did. It was 50/50 snow/dry. Weighed in at the car my pack was 60 lbs so I wasn't moving too fast. Eventually I worked my way into the front of the group and decided to chance it across a 4ft snow formation on a bridge. I made the first step and broke through and promptly dropped like a rock past the bridge into the river. With the mountaineering boots and snowshoes, I managed to keep my feet dry. As I crawled out of the river and onto the edge of the bridge, I saw the rest of the group huddling around my hole. I smiled at them so they would know that I was alright, and crawled onto the other side of the bridge.



We made our way into glacier basin, only to find tons of avalanche slides. The week before dropped more than a foot of fresh snow. This along with the warm weather meant a lot of wet slide activity. Tom lead as we worked our way toward St. Elmo pass. The deep snow made travel painfully slow. We rotated leaders, but each person in front still tired out quickly. The weather came and went and we were bathed in clouds and then back out of them. The snow came and went.

At St. Elmo pass we took a break, eat some food, and plotted our course through the Winthrop Glacier. After glissading down, Lance took the lead with the probe. He managed to make it though a mile of crevassed ice before handing leadership over to Justin. We were moving painfully slow through the fresh foot of snow and traversed too low -- making the route a painful mixed snow/rock trek. Eventually we gave up on making it to Curtis Ridge for the night and camped in a basin. When I got the tent up, dinner cooked, and gear stowed I had been up for 36 hours. Bed was about 7pm.

In the morning (2am), we were up and getting ready for another full day. The snow had returned and winds were howling. Had some oatmeal and roped up for more traversing. I lead the way with the probe. Stabbing the snowpack a foot in front of my steps I did my best to avoid taking another plunge. The overnight winds and cold had helped consolidate the snowpack a little. I did my best to stay out of the wind loaded areas and move toward Curtis. Eventually the two rope teams made it to the cliff-band and camped out while Justin listened to the weather report in 25 knot winds. I took the opportunity to look for ways down the cliff. Eventually we found a way through, but it was a little tricky. We had to belay people on steep snow past a crevasse to a snow bridge. In the process of moving everyone through this obstacle course, I heard a loud noise of moving snow. The Willis Wall was sliding. I knew this would run once in a while, but this explosion of snow kept coming, and coming, and coming. From the belay stance with Tom, Justin, and Leigh, we watched as our path to Liberty Ridge was swept with the snowy plume. It was scary and impressive at the same time. This effectively ended the Liberty Ridge attempt. We realized it was too dangerous to continue.



We set up camp on Curtis Ridge for the day and watched the Liberty Ridge route slide. Definitely the correct decision to not go up. With the rest came higher spirits though and everyone was enjoying the sun and the time to relax. Plans were made to attempt the Camp Schurman route in the morning.



Up at 2am, it seemed that the group was moving slowly to Mike and I. Eventually we sorted out the route and traversed high back to St Elmo's. I lead the entire route, and managed to fall waist deep into a crevasse twice before asking for the probe. It wasn't given to me, so I used the ice axe to hollow out an opening in the top to jump. As I cut the final chunk of snow free of the opposing wall, it fell for a couple seconds before I heard ice crystals shattering a dozens of feet below me. That really got me freaked out, but I still managed to make it across with my breath held.

St. Elmo proved to be a snowy 45 degree slog. We were all happy to get on top and break for a little bit. Justin scouted the route across the Inter Glacier and confirmed that it would be safe if, and only if, we could make a dash across the high side of the snow field. Mike lead, but as I came over the snowy knoll, I could tell that he had gone too low. He was in the glacier proper and we were in trouble. Justin, came over and called things off. Avy danger was too high and our trip was over.

We glissaded back down a ways, grabbed our stashed poles and snowshoes, and had a few beers back at the trail head. Hard having come so far to not climb higher, but I was happy we made the smart (i.e. safe) decision.

*cue car camping party!


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Playing Tourist in Santa Fe with the Family 
Monday, May 28, 2012, 08:33 PM - Weekend Fun
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Caught the rail runner up to Santa Fe on Saturday. Everyone was very into the shopping. I managed to run off with an old friend, Lesley, for a few hours while the rest of the gang hit the museums.







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Solar Eclipse on Sandia Peak 
Monday, May 28, 2012, 08:25 PM - Weekend Fun
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Hiked La Luz with cousins, Anne Elise and Tim, and Aunt Holly to watch the eclipse from the top of the mountain.

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El Rito Climbs 
Monday, May 28, 2012, 08:20 PM - Weekend Fun
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Met up with 10 camper/climbers on a Saturday for some climbing at El Rito.




Sleet!


Car party!


The rough road lead to a minor incident with the van...


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AMRC Pickoff Training 
Sunday, May 13, 2012, 09:20 PM - AMRC
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Great training with some of the AMRC regulars at big block. We did a few different pickoff techniques: counterbalance, block and tackle, and confusing variations of the two - leading to lots of time in painful harnesses. Check out the photos for the mass confusion.

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Jay Benson Tri Results 
Sunday, May 13, 2012, 08:51 PM - Weekend Fun
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Ok run - started strong but then fell into a slower rhythm at about mile 2. Bike felt fast with all the people that I was passing, but I now know that I lost the race here. Just couldn't push harder for some reason and had slight knee pain. The swim wasn't too quick, but I was breathing every stroke and my flip turns under the lane lines didn't work out perfectly. Overall a relaxed race, with a relaxed result.

5/15 in age group.
43/196 males - 56th on the run, 62nd on the bike, and 37th on swim.
49/441 overall (male, female, and teams).

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High Winds 
Monday, May 7, 2012, 05:34 PM - Week activities
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It's so hard getting to work with a sustained 25 mph wind in your face! Especially on a Monday!

Coming back I nearly couldn't hold a turn into the wind... but I did get home in record time. I hope these are the conditions for the tri. I'd be the only one still on the bike by the end!

CURRENT WEATHER from the Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Latitude: 35.05 N Longitude: 106.54 W Altitude: 1657 m (5436 ft)

Wind this morning on the ride in
Speed(5 min avg): 12.5 m/s ( 28.0 mph)
Direction(5 min avg): 86 ° (E)
Peak Speed(20 min): 19.6 m/s ( 43.8 mph)

Wind this afternoon coming home
Speed(5 min avg): 15.5 m/s ( 34.7 mph)
Direction(5 min avg): 84 ° (E)
Peak Speed(20 min): 22.3 m/s ( 49.9 mph)
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Warrior Dash 2012 
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 08:29 PM - Weekend Fun
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I took and unimpressive 255th out of 8396 racers at the New Mexico Warrior Dash. But I got really muddy!

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Results
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Pics of Revenge of the Elderly from Mike 
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 07:26 AM - Weekend Fun
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Friday Training 
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 07:23 AM - Training
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Biked hard to south gate on the way home in my new tri outfit. Then swam a few laps:

400 free
100 back
100 breast
400 free
100 free sprint
450 free




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Last Day at Taos 
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 07:22 AM - Weekend Fun
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Geez I look look like a total creeper.


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Weekend Workout 
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 07:27 PM - Weekend Fun
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Friday - Craig and I rode up to Tijeras at lunch (21 miles) and then I met up with Ben and Leigh for a run with the new run FARR (Friday Afternoon Rescue Runners) group. Ended up doing 7.6 miles in 83 min.

Saturday - Up early and getting some vertical with my Baruntse mountaineering boots. Did a painful 6 miles and totally blistered my heals on both feet. I'm going to have to do major work with them to build up to Rainier vertical and distance! Met up with the AMRC OCC at Ranger Rock for high angle practice. It's fun being on the other side of the learning curve and helping the new guys learn the ropes. Got a beer with Lance to talk him into the Rainier trip at Molly's, a biker bar in Tijeras with live country/rock - that was an experience. Cycled downtown for a uninspiring date at Anodyne (4 mi, -400 ft elevation) and then had to ride back up in the rain and dark; how fitting.

Sunday - Final spring soccer game with Lovelace. Started the game at the top of the table of 22 second division teams. Ended in 2nd place with a sad 3-5 loss. Our defense fell apart a couple times on fast breaks. Hard to keep up when fit, young Mexicans are running at you all game. I played a mediocre left halfback and felt bad for not pressuring harder... but no injuries! I was happy to have a beer and burger with the team in celebration of a good season.







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Training 
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 07:20 PM - Training
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Weds: Biked hard to/from work on the aerobars, and then hit the pool.

100 Free
100 Breast
450 Free (410 meters ~= tri distance)
450 Free
100 Back
100 Breast
50 Free

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BBQ and cornhole on Saturday 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 08:43 PM - Weekend Fun
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Relaxing Saturday


Chilling by the pond


Cornhole


And BBQ

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Revenge of the Elderly (5.7) 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 07:36 PM - Weekend Fun
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After the success on Flake 'n Bake, I had Mike come out to continue my trad climbing lessons. We climbed Revenge of the Elderly and ran into a couple work friends on the route next to us! Slab sport on the 1st pitch, which made me a little nervous. Then a little crack work to a cave/bridge on the 2nd, followed by an interesting stretch where I practiced placing nuts and cams, then running out of slings, then spaciously placing pro and finally to the top!

Mike Flakin'


Mike Chillin'


Other Mike and other other Mike (our friends).


Route in yellow.

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Week synopsys 
Friday, April 20, 2012, 04:39 PM - Week activities
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Sunday: Soccer game with lovelace. Had a couple shots not on goal and it ended up being a 1-1 tie even though we were clearly the stronger team.

Monday: Sore from soccer, but broke out the Roubaix for the commute to work and added the 5 mile loop out to South Gate on my return ride. The aerobars are fun and fast, but slightly uncomfortable and in the high winds pretty dangerous. More training to come with these!

Weds: Tried to run some, but was really flat and could only get about 2 miles in.

Thurs: Kickball game with St. Mary's and then Cheesy Climbing Movie night at Leigh and Justin's. We watched the descent and I had glimpses of evil creatures when I got back to the house.

Fri: 9/80 gardening all day. 2 trips to Ace Hardware eventually led to "repaired" front and back drip systems. I finished setting up the garden beds, planted everything, and gave a good watering to all my thirsty seeds. Ran 4.2 Miles around the neighborhood and hit to pool for another mile.
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Flake n' Bake 
Friday, April 20, 2012, 04:33 PM - Weekend Fun
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Led a couple laps up flake n' bake (5.5) in Lower La Cueva Canyon to break in my trad rack. I appreciate Mike and Tom's help in providing some pointers for a beginner. It took a while, but no dramas aside from organizing the double ropes while tandem belaying two partners and needing to borrow a headlamp for the 2nd climb and hike out.
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