El Rito 6-9-13 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 07:35 PM - Weekend Fun
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I blazed up to El Rito for a little fun with Josiah, Briana, Marc, and gang on Saturday night. Despite a respectful party night, we were up climbing in the morning. And thanks to a big group ahead of us, we could top rope all day. I struggled up a 5.7 before slowly working up (with many breaks) Balls to the Wall (5.10b) and Blackballed (5.10c). Then I took a stab at Look Ma, No Cavities (5.10c) and gave up after a half dozen attempts at a move mid-face. I managed to make it much harder than it really was, but my arms were toast. Josiah and Briana made it up no problem! Then Briana led Crest Chewel (5.9) on the arete and took a nasty leader fall from the top of the cave. Easily a 15 footer into the rock ledge at the bottom! Shaken up, but otherwise ok, everyone breathed a sigh of relief!




One day this same week there was a howling easterly wind, so I took the bike out to see if I could win any of the strava courses around the house. I picked up 3 KOMs and a 2nd by crushing along with the wind. My proudest: the decent from Carlisle on Lead at 34 MPH.



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Saturday Sufferfest! Biking to the Crest 
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 03:26 PM - Weekend Fun
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I’ve wanted to do this ride for years but didn’t have the time, strength, or cojones. It was every bit as miserable as I expected: 66 miles and 6500 feet of climbing! My garage to Sandia Crest and back again.

Kelley and Eric started out on the ride but they turned around in Tijeras. I was left to struggle hours up north 14 with a head wind to the triangle. From there the winds died a bit, but the heat and gradient picked up considerably. I swapped places with another rider a couple times and we eventually got to the top in about 2 hours from the triangle (5 mph average at the top portion - slightly reduced with a refuelling stop). I celebrated the summit by calling Mom for her birthday.

On the ride down I averaged 35 mph to the ski area, which means that on a good day I have a shot at taking the KOM on strava. I'll have to give it a try sometime soon. It was closing in on 2pm, so the winds had shifted and I got the westerlies through the canyon and down central/zuni back home. Overall I was completely burned out, but proud of myself. I even biked to Il Vicino Canteen for a beer with Justin and Leigh and then headed over to Tyler's for the afterparty.


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Mom and Dad in NM 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 08:43 PM - Weekend Fun
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My parents visited NM for a week to help around the house and do a little exporing. During the week they walked around Nob Hill and the University, biked out to the Petroglyphs, rode the train to Santa Fe (while I was at the AMRC training), watched Mud with me, and then road tripped up to the Pecos for the Memorial Day weekend.

Friday - We stopped off at Tent Rocks for the slot canyon hike. On the road Dad played with GoPro road trip time lapse capabilities and Mom napped in the back. That night we made camp at Panchuela Trailhead in the Pecos. It was packed for the long weekend, but we managed to find a nice spot. I gave my parents the two sleeping bags and I had to curl up in a blanket for the night. It was so cold up there at 8000' at night!





Saturday - Based on a tip from Justin, we took off on a shot hike up Cave Creek to the caves. They turned out to be short little mazes but interesting with the running water pouring through the rock. The river disappeared into the side of the mountain for 1/10th of a mile while it made the subterranean traverse. We brought headlamps and helmets up there (climbing for me, cycling for Dad, and skiing for Mom); the few people on the trail must have thought we were an odd group. The big discovery was a bat taking a snooze on one of the rocks.

Back in camp, we had a beer in the hot sun and gathered up firewood for the night. We wrote letters to grandpa, cooked carne adovada on the open flame, and turned in early.





Sunday - We embarked on a bigger adventure up to Stewart Lake along a nice 14 mile loop. The trail migrated through spectacular aspen forests and worked up a couple thousand feet to the gorgeous alpine lake with a half dozen fishermen. We had sandwiches on a sunny rock and then headed back downhill to the car. The return trail didn't get spit out at the car so I jogged the last 2.4 miles to the car and swung back around to get Mom and Dad as they finished their trek. We had Tim Tam slams to celebrate a great day in the wilderness!





Monday - We packed up camp and made our way south. By chance we ended up at Pecos National Historical Park, so we took the mile loop around to look at the kivas, old spanish church, and imagine settlers working there way along the Santa Fe Trail. NM's got some fairly impressive history! We took the long way back along North 14 and had a great lunch at Greenside Cafe. Then it was back into town to relax and play Sorry and Golf. I dropped my parents off in the morning for the flight back to my brother in Chicago.






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Santa Fe Half Century 
Sunday, May 19, 2013, 06:01 PM - Weekend Fun
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Following a hard few days last week where Jeff broke his fibula playing soccer on Thursday and Jason crashed his motorcycling into a firetruck to avoid a large rock on a mountain road (hand, tib/fib, femur fractures), it was good to have some time to relax. I hosted the monthly wine gathering and selected a Mediterranean style wine and food for the theme. It was a smaller tasting than in the past (~dozen people), but I liked it because we could all sit around the patio table. (The ouzo was a little tough on Friday's bike to work day.)



Saturday I worked on reading my backlog of Wired and Outside magazines, house chores, and attempted to build a climbing area in the garage. I couldn't get the holds straight when drilling the rafters so the 3/8" bolts wouldn't thread right into the end caps and the botched attempt only led to a couple holds being tightened properly. Hey, it's a start!

Saturday night I went to see Briana sing with the On Q chorus and followed that up with a drink at La Cumbre with Harmony and Chris and then the On Q after party at O'Neils.

Sunday I was up at 4:45am, snatched a bunch of breakfast burritos for me and the gang (Frontier order #9 for the day), and drove up to Santa Fe with Tom and Mike. We met up with Josiah and Briana, Tyler, Kelley, and Katy for the ride. Mike, Tom, and Tyler did the full 100, but I elected to do the half century; it was the right decision with my knee tendon issues. Josiah and Briana were able to crush the first 20 miles of the downhill on the tandem because of the power of the configuration. I hugged their back wheel and we cruised past dozens of people at 20+ mph! At the first turn, the uphill portions of the rollers were enough to slow down J&B, and I found myself on the TT bars ripping it with a tail wind. I've started using Stava and I was proud to have placed 5 out of 96 on this segment with an average speed of 23.4 mph (even with a Gu break!). B&J and I stopped off for food and then finished the last uphill 20 miles back into town in force. The cross wind was rough, but I kept my cadence high and even tagged along with the lead peloton of the century for about 1/2 mile before being dropped promptly. I finished at 11:17am (2:48 moving time, ~3 hours total) and B&J came in two minutes after me. We killed it and passed a good 250 riders. Aside from the 6 BA centenarians, no one was riding as hard as I was - what a great feeling!




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Cave Route on the Pulpit 
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 06:44 PM - Weekend Fun
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Mike and I hiked up the LONG approach to The Cave Route on the old La Luz Trail to knock off our first trad climb of the year. We finished the 2 hour hike + small bushwhack at 11:30am and the clouds were already rolling in. I managed to forget my sunglasses and rain jacket back at home, so I was blind and freezing/damp when the snow/sleet rolled in on the 3rd pitch. Mike led the first pitch but didn't quite make it to cave before getting lost/confused. I had a horrible time with the huge backpack getting up the chimneys, but managed and then lead a short 2nd pitch up to the cave and around to the bolts. The rope drag was heinous, but Mike made it up in short order. The 3rd pitch was the best, but I couldn't get the handjam on the crux move. By the time I figured out the move sequence after 5 or so attempts my forearms were toast. Mike couldn't pull up the slack because of the rope drag and I would fall right back to the base of the crux. So annoying! Embarrassed, I eventually threw a 0.75 cam in the crack and aided up the move with my daisy chain and a couple slings. I could barely hold anything for the remainder of the pitch, but by the time I got to Mike my confidence had returned and I finished out the climb to the summit of The Pulpit. The rappel off the summit was exciting because my toes barely touched the ground with the rope stretch. Light Mike had to take the safety knots out of the ends to get his feet on the ground. The clouds came and went during the day, but it stayed warm and dry for the most part. We got back to the cars in a drizzle at around 5:30pm after a gratifying 4 pitches and a little simul-climbing.

Afterwards, Jack came over to Mike's place with some homebrew and we kicked back to look at pictures of Whitney and watch some of my old youtube flicks. I went over to Chris and Missy's place for Missy's Birthday. We had the house bouncing with some seriously dirty dubstep into the AM. I managed to leave my backpack at the party though, so it was extra tough to bike back up the hill after I got home and realized I didn't have keys.









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Epic'ing on the Chama + Lake Fork & Kachina BC Ski 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 07:40 PM - Weekend Fun
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I landed in ABQ at 6:30 on Weds and drove straight to the AMRC meeting. I had missed the last couple, so it was good to make an appearance. It's was good to see everyone. Afterward, I swung by the grocery store and then set to work on packing up for the Chama float. In 2 hours I had things mostly in order, had a drink with Jason, and went to bed with the understanding that Jason would get the rest of the things in order while I was at work. I bailed right away from the Solar ABCs webinar at 1:15, rushed back to my place, and Jason and I blasted up to the Chama put-in at El Vado damn in the 99. The lake was disgustingly low--at least 30' below it's high water mark. We weaseled our way onto someone else's permit, arranged the shuttle, and aired up the boats as the sun was setting. BUT there was a problem, the floor on my boat didn't hold air! It had a leak where the tubes attached, so I had to rig up my dry bags as a seat so I wouldn't sit in the 4-5" of water at the bottom of the soggy craft. I made do as best I could, but a couple miles down the river and my seat separated and I was sitting in 45-50ºF water. By sundown I was in mild hypothermia and getting worse. We pulled off and luckily found a perfect little camp spot just above Sleeper Rapid. I picked up my dry bag and noticed it had gotten a lot heavier. Oh no! I opened it up to assess the damage. I only loosely rolled both dry bags a couple times and now things were soaked. The med kit, tent, thermarest, and cooking stuff were drenched. As I picked up the tent bag water comically squirted out of the holes like a fountain. I had double bagged my sleeping bag so it was dry (thank goodness!). In the other bag with my clothes, about half my stuff was wet. Fortunately the big puffy survived and I threw that on to start thawing. The main problem was that my socks and shoes were drenched so I had to walk around barefoot on the cold ground. We got our fire going and Jason worked on cooking up the brots while I hung clothes and worked on drying socks and shoes by the fire. In our rush, there was some miscommunication and I didn't get yogurt or salad from the fridge, so we had to rough it with extra junk food.

We did 8 miles that first evening, so we only had a short 9 miles for Friday and could take our time in the morning. We took a long hike up to the rim of the canyon, patched the boat as best we could, and finally got on the water at 2pm. A couple miles downstream, we stopped off for a late lunch and a hike up Aragon Springs Trail. We camped at mile 17 in a beautiful spot. I brought grass-fed NM beef steaks for dinner and we eat them with Louisiana Hot Sauce and Santa Fe IPAs. I was very content on the river bank with warm food. The stairs came out in force and we kicked back to take in the cosmos.

In the morning, we did a little hike and then got to paddling at the crack of noon. There was not a whole lot of motive to get going early since it was so cold. Both nights dipped below freezing and there would be ice on the kayaks at daybreak. We kayaked passed the Christ in the Desert Monastery and made friends with the horses along the bank before getting serious, draining our last beers, and paddling the Class 3 Gaging Station and Screaming Left rapids to end the 31-mile trip.






Jason and I dipped the car south to Espanola and then right back up north to Taos for a backcountry ski on Sunday. Things had been cold enough to freeze all the corn snow solid, which made Jason move fast with the yaktrax, but I struggled with the skins on Mainstreet because I would slip back regularly. When I got to the summit of Kachina, there was no sign of Jason so I waited around with the few other folks up there, but he never showed up. Since we took different routes up, I thought there was a chance that he had a mechanical problem or was injured, but when I saw someone on the top of Lake Fork Peak and I knew that he had left me. Jerk! I managed to take the more exciting ridgeline up to Lake Fork and summitted with a few other folks. Jason and I then dropped the main chute, climbed the middle ridge, skied the back of the ridge, and hiked back up to Kachina again. Then it was a cruisy ride straight back to the car - the only problem was the sun cupped snow at the bottom. Otherwise it was fine, a whole month after it had closed for the season!




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Closing weekend in Taos 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 09:57 PM - Weekend Fun
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Jason and I headed up to Taos for the end of the ski season. We participated in a self-made game of GNAR with Chris and, to a lesser extent, Tyler and Mike. Fri and Sat started out with 1.5 hours of GS turns on icy velvet. Then we turned our attention to the ridge. Hiked 3 Kachinas on Sat and 1 more on Sunday (with summit beers both days!); plus we did a Bavarian Chute, a highline and a west basin hike, and other radness. I was the best skier on the mountain. Hung out Sarah, Ruke, Brian, Louie and Mason, Kerr, Kerry, and Rusty at the post party and watched Josiah and Briana pondskim. And the best part of the weekend was that saucerboy made an appearance for the final run down Jean's!

The story behind G.N.A.R. is explained in this great movie.



(With Ex-Governor and 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson.)



(With Jody from Breck)


Saucerboy!
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Taos Powder Weekend 
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 07:30 PM - Weekend Fun
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Amazing weekend in Taos with great powder on Kachina Peak and on the steeps. This movie tells the story well. Did the torchlight for Ernie Blake's weekend with Jason and Jeff.


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Taos Ridge and GS Race 
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 08:39 AM - Weekend Fun
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Jeff, Timothy, and I drove up to Taos on Friday to get a day of skiing in before the GS race. I forced them to hike a Kachina with me. Jeff and I managed OK, but Timothy had some trouble with it. Gorgeous day up there though! Well worth the time!






Coming I finally slotted a Hunziker chute that I had been eyeing for a while. The entrance was rocky, but I thought I could make it in clean. First turn and GRRRIINNNDDD on a big rock under 1" of powder. Ug. The rest of the run was great and I worked on jump turns.


Jeff and I also did Lift Shack Chute and Juarez. Had dinner with Bill at the Downtown Bistro, a classy spot with live guitar and a fire place. We were the only ones in there but the food was good, and a SF Pale Ale was even better. Jeff and I headed back to Angela and Tim's for the night and watched the Blizzard of AAAHHH's - Glen Plake's finest moment in Chamonix.

Saturday was the GS race -- last of the Corporate Cup series. Course was set very straight, so I went into it too conservative on the first run, but tucked more on the 2nd to shave off 1.5 seconds. Still ended up mid-table though 22nd out of 44!



After lunch, Jeff and I kicked back to watch the Freeride Championships off Kachina. Amazing stuff, with huge air and arials.


Sunday, was the first soccer game of the season. I felt I played a solid game and we came away with a 2-0 win.
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SF GS Race and Taos Sunday 
Monday, February 25, 2013, 09:33 PM - Weekend Fun
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I had a rough day in Santa Fe Saturday. Warming up for the GS race I crashed coming over a cat-track roller at about 35 in a turn. Blew off my ski and slid downhill on my back for 80-100 ft. Then I went over to the race course... and things didn't improve much. Poor performance and my 2nd run got later and later. I couldn't hold the edge with the speed, and then I was way out in the rough.



Jeff and I got a beer and dinner at the Railyard in SF before I headed up to Taos to crash with Briana and Josiah. Good party at a great house with a hot tub on Blueberry Hill.




Up at Taos I happened into Lance, Soup, and Michele. Leigh and Arthur, Paul, and Ben was up too, in addition to Bri, Josiah, Marc, Meghan, and others from the house. Wow, what a ski party! Ben, Lance, and I peeled off and skied bumps for most the day. I got 4 ridges in Juarez, North Face (tough!), St. B, and St. B to Elevator (maybe?). Lance, Ben, Soup, Michele and I got Lunch and a beer at the Bavarian in the sun, but then the weather turned south. The last ridge hike had blowing snow with nearly no visibility - thank goodness for my beard, because it was freezing. Then the long, miserable drive home at 30 mph on packed snow.



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Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 07:59 PM - Weekend Fun
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Even though I wasn't able to do the Quad solo this year, I managed to find a Team with Kelley, Jeff, and Chris. I did the snowshoe portion which meant waking up at 5:15, catching a bus to the run/ski transition and waiting around for 6 hours. Jeff and I hung out for a bit before I made the ski up to the transition area.



I had about 2 hours before Jeff would show, so in the mean time I took photos of Jason and Mike as they came up heartbreak hill. The photos are here. They both crushed it with sub 5 hour times. I help bring down Jason and Mike's snowshoes and skins, which meant that I could use Mike's shoes for the run. They were so light and fast! I wasn't warmed up very well, but I managed a 18:25 up and a 9:55 down. The up shoe was the 4th fastest of the day out of 128 guy soloists, 33 girl soloists, 20 pairs teams, and 33 four-person teams. Not too shabby, though I was fresh and most of those people weren't. I gathered things up and skiied down past a dozen or so pizza-wedged racers. Back at the transition Jeff and I drank a beer and basked in the sun. Beautiful day on the mountain and so nice to not to have to sit at red-line for 5 hours. We caught a bus to the bike/run transition and with Kelley and a cute racer from Boulder stowed-away in the back of a pickup with a topper. We ducked down as we snuck past the cops and back into town while passing a little celebration jaggie. We ended up in 7th out of 33 teams. Not bad for our last-minute hack team!

Sunday I headed out for the first Lovelace soccer practice of the season. We had enough turn out for a 11 v 11 scrimmage, although it was clear I haven't touched a soccer ball in 6 months. Afterward I gathered parts at Harbor Freight and can back to fix everything broken in my life. As Jason put it, "That's a little rough, stuff is breaking faster than you can fix it!" I worked on patching the water line to the house while Jason worked on the van. After 3 trips to the store and hours of toiling in the night we restored water to the house and successfully replaced the control arm on the van. Hurray!



Monday - Jason was fired up to put the hotrod cam in the 99, so we hollowed out the garage and souped-up the race car. Only took 1.5 hours! Afterward we went to O'Niell's for a Geeks Who Drink for Bruce's birthday.


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Quad Training and Taos Skiing 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 08:13 PM - Weekend Fun
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Jason and I did a 3/4ish dress rehearsal for the quad. I have some sort of aggravated tendon in my right calf so I minimized the running. 1 mi run down, 1 mi run up, ski up, shoe up, shoe down, ski down, drive down, bike down with the hill climb, and bike back to the car. 3:30 effort and hard day out in the warm weather. Hip flexor and calf seriously pissed at me, so I decided to bail on the solo effort this year :(

Got home and grilled steaks and green chiles with Jason, Mike and Tammy. They brought over some amazing green chile corn bread and we tilted back a few IPAs.

Up at 4am, Jason and I blasted up to Taos and xc skied to the Phoenix. I bailed on the run to Williams, but met up with Briana, Marc, Megan, Chris, Josiah, and later Jason and Victor for some killer, non-stop skiing. Jason and I had dinner with Jeff while watching some of the superbowl and then cruising back to the burque.



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Angel Fire Race, Red River Yurts, and Taos Powder 
Monday, January 28, 2013, 09:04 PM - Weekend Fun
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After a trip to U Pull and Pay (awesome) on Friday for car parts, Jeff and I cruised up to the yurts at Red River for a party with Mike, Louie, Kelley, Bruce, and 6 others. Jeff and I left early Saturday morning to make the Angel Fire race. Jeff ripped it up and I made it down the mountain. Jeff and I also did the Stampede for Texas appreciation day in the rain!



Stampede Video

We came back to Kelley rocking some serious yoga and then Mike had to show off his moves in my St. Patties outfit. We all partied hard with the gang on Saturday night and saucerboy made an appearance! Good crew and a lot of card games and debauchery.




Taos turned out to be pretty great on Sunday. We met Adam, Kirk and Jen at the base, and even though we got a late start (10:30 first chair), we had fresh tracks on Lorelei, Walkeries (x2), and Ash Pond. Pretty chill day but we did knock out Rhoda's, Spencer's, Jean's Glade, Showdown, Edelweiss Glade, and Inferno to end it.


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AMRC Mission and Taos 
Monday, January 28, 2013, 08:25 PM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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Around 10pm on Friday night as I was about to go to bed AMRC was called out to a 16 year-old girl who ‘fell’ off the top of the Sandia crest, rolled about 150 down a steep icy slope, free fell 80 feet, hit the ground and slid for another 50 feet, and then fell another 20 feet into some trees. Justin twisted my arm so I responded. I got to the crest about 11pm and rappelled down the limestone band at the top of the Sandias. I was on the first team of 3 to reach the hypothermic girl with a fractured right shoulder, bloody mouth/face, and severe (10 out of 10) pain in her hip. With Supra and someone from the sheriff’s office, we checked for internal abdominal bleeding and a possible femur fracture, assessed vitals, warmed her up by getting her onto a foam pad, had her drink warm fluids, and our coats before the paramedic and MD arrived. After 2.5 hours of keeping her from going to sleep and packaging the girl with an IV in a sleeping bag and SkedCo, we moved the girl into position for the national guard helicopter to hoist the patient. During the hoist, I helped man the tag line with Tyler while the helicopter rotor washed every stick, leaf, and piece of medical gear into my face. Getting the team and gear back up the 80 foot cliff face took another hour and after sorting gear and driving home it was 4:15am. I got 20-25 minutes of sleep before the alarm went off and I jumped back in the van. I caught myself dozing a couple times to Santa Fe and promised to pound caffeine when I got gas, but I finally closed my eyes a little too long about a mile south of the Camel Rock exit. The car drifted into the concrete barrier separating the two directions of traffic, broke the middle window, and bent the driver’s side front wheel. I was able to get to Espanola to buy plastic sheeting at Lowe’s and align the front wheel at the only shop in town that was open. At this point it was too late for the Red River race so I skied Taos with Ben, Tobi, and Luke Saturday and Sunday. I need to replace the window and lower control arm but otherwise I was lucky.

KRGE
KOB



Saturday morning I headed up for the xc ski and snowshoe to Williams Lake. 32 min for the xc ski from the car to transition. Took it easy on the snowshoe but still made it on first chair by 10am!
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Weekend Ice Warrior 
Friday, January 18, 2013, 08:39 PM - Weekend Fun
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Feeling sick, I bailed on the trip to Ouray with Lisa, Jeanne, and others. Instead Mike and I headed up to San Antonio Hot Springs. Mike convinced me to get up early and climb Jemez Falls with him before meeting the others at the TH at 10am.



It was -16 F on the drive through the Jemez... that'll freeze something. We bundled up and skied a couple miles out to the falls. My toes were very frosty in my xc ski boots.




We rapped down to the pool at the base of the falls and immediately heard the water gurgling underneath the ice. Mike tested the pool and Boom! It collapsed. Bad start. I tiptoed around to the base of the climb and put in a screw for the belayer - KaPOW! The ice shattered because of the extreme cold. A 6 foot horizontal fracture + a couple foot vertical crack met at the center of my screw. Scary! Mike lead a bit but gave up when he saw how poorly it was attached to the rock. I decided to give it a shot. For only a 15-20 foot climb it was pretty exciting being delicate on the thin ice. I got a screw in at about 14 feet and felt much better. The rest was a walk up.





I broke my ski in the cattleguard at the car on our way out. Super bummer!



We didn't make the rendezvous, so we hit the trail to San Antonio Hot Springs. 4 miles of flat, beautiful skiing. The weather was perfect. At the end of the trek, we met Tyler, Brad, Louie, and Kelley at the springs. Little vino and some warmth in the snow sure do go well together. After a couple hours we made the journey back to the cars, and grabbed dinner at the restaurant in Jemez Springs.



In other news, I hosted the January TTT wine tasting for 19 people and got my WFR cert registered with the NM EMS Bureau.


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Red River Race Camp + Taos + AMRC Search & Training 
Sunday, December 9, 2012, 10:43 AM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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USSC Ski Race Camp at Red River was great. Got to run a bunch of gates and got one-on-one advice on improving my technique from some of the best skiers in the NCAA. I made "leaps and bounds" with my skiing and I'm stoked for the GS race season! Some work friends got together on Friday night to have dinner and drinks at Timbers - good time with friends, even if they are snowboarders. Jason and I also had the killer room in the Alpine Lodge overlooking the ski hill and we watched the UNM Ski Team Train on Saturday morning. Saturday night's banquet and torchlight was fun with a little more partying with the gang that evening.




Sunday, Jason and I skied Taos. First time up for the year, and it wasn't too shabby considering how poor the snow conditions were. I made a little video of the GoPro footage we shot that day.






Wednesday, I headed out for a search with AMRC. Lance and I plus Michele and a couple other Cibola folks bushwhacked up into Sulfur Canyon in search of a waypoint on the potentially suicidal 48 y.o.'s GPS that indicated he might be there. But there was no sign of the guy. Another disappointing search. A day later the search was called off and the guy was never found.



Friday, I finished my WFR certification with a field test. I quickly diagnosed my diabetic patient's condition, provided 15 g oral glucose + food, and we walked out together. Great class. I just hope that I'm able to retain everything for when it counts.

Friday night, Jeanne and I biked downtown to meet up with Josiah, Briana, Dave, and few new friends. We hit Marble for a beer and then watched a few bands at Low Spirits. Everyone was on bikes, so it was a really fun night of cruising the streets with a gang.

Saturday, I joined the AMRC team for Andy's Training Challenge, which included repelling, ascending, radio use, navigation, knowledge of the climbs in the Sandias, knot work, a low angle haul without spilling a water bucket, splinting, and shoe improvisation. It was a fun night out, and Jason, Brendan, and Dave won the race handedly. Couple take aways: 3:1 haul system with grigri and a prussic or minitraxion is super quick for ascending, and you add 10 to go from a magnetic reading to true b/c declination is 10 degrees East in the Sandias. There was also a core shot to one of the ascention lines but no one could figure out what caused it.






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Being Shane 
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 07:04 PM - Weekend Fun
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Friday - Led the two pitches on Gemstone (5.8) with Supra. Glad to have finally climbed with him! First move on the 2nd pitch took me a few tries but I eventually got it. Went to Kelly's for Jen's going away party. Good crowd and we all wished her luck in Christchurch.

Saturday - WFR class + simulated patient scenarios. Then party at Marc and Mary's place for the burning of snowzobra. I went as Saucerboy, and it turned out Tyler had the same idea, so we had a lot of fun running around the party with ropes and climbing gear. Little beer pong, tree climbing, a miniparty in Josiah's Dolphin, and a dance party.

Sunday - Errands and fixing up the house. Got in a 3.9 mi run too!



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Waiting for snow 
Sunday, November 11, 2012, 08:52 PM - Weekend Fun
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This week I've been getting everything ready for the winter: fixing the cars, bike, house, doing laundry, cleaning, etc. Got the SAAB fuel leak patched and snow tires on, fixed the van's coolant leak and cleared the codes & check engine lightby disconnecting the battery for 30 minutes (required to pass emissions, apparently), plastered the interior wall, fixed trim in kitchen, added another hard drive to the computer, replaced the delaminating rear tire on the tri bike, changed flat on commuter, covered the pond, paid bills, monkeyed with Shimano 105 shifter for an hour and it still is inconsistent on the down shift, and still had a couple parties and saw a couple movies.

Tues - WFR (16 biked miles)
Weds - AMRC + O'Niells (21)
Thurs - WFR (16)
Fri - MSP Ski movie "Superheros of Stoke" and a beer at Marble (5)
Sat - Jeanne's housewarming + Paul's Bday BBQ at Todd's. Everything was going great until I took a cream pie to the face... (3)
Sun - Skyfall with Todd. I was happy with it.




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Oct 27-28 Weekend 
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 06:53 PM - Weekend Fun
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Friday - Todd and I biked over to Jen's pumpkin carving party. Good time with some AMRC folks, hashers, and other friends.

Saturday - Long day in the WFR class learning ortho, airway managements, and splinting. Later, I went to Timothy's wedding with Laura, who was down from Boulder, and then hit up a Halloween party at Imbibe. Terrible DJ, but it was good to party with an old friend.

Sunday - Lazy morning with Laura and blueberry waffles. I worked on the water-damaged wall (drywalling) and then played soccer. I had a good game and won the game in the last 5 minutes by beating a defender and slotting it past the goalie. 3-2 Lovelace!
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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2012 
Sunday, October 14, 2012, 04:57 PM - Weekend Fun
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Cool time lapse here.

Biked out with Dan, a friend of Pearl's, to the Balloon Fiesta at 6am. Little chilly but we managed fine and didn't too much trouble with the crowds. I set up the time lapse above before heading back to the house. 22 miles round trip. Free fitness!





Soccer team did manage to lose 3-4, to a team that we were much better than. 25 shots but nothing would hit the back of the net!
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