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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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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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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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).

Results



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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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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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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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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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Taos Yurt Weekend! 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 08:42 PM - Weekend Fun
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Went up to Taos Friday night with Briana and Kaycie. Took about an hour to get through Espanola so we hiked up to the Yurt in the dark. We all switched into and out of our ski gear about a dozen times before the snow finally stuck around for the final mile. Even then Kaycie had a rough time of it on XC skis because it was icy. We made it to the yurt in record (slow) time of 3 hours, but had a killer pasta dinner and then passed out.


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The following day we three skied down the TSV for a half day of Taos lift service. I hiked a Kachina before meeting up with the rest of the gang at the Bavarian.


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We repacked and hiked with the gang of 9 up to the yurt. Drinks, games, cards, and a great dinner before stoking the fire and passing out for the night.



After a long morning of cleaning up everything a repacking everyone's gear we skied back down, for a couple runs on Al's. Briana was Lady Gaga; I was a snow wizard; and Josiah was lame.

To wrap up the day, the gang headed down to watch the Pond Skimming. Photos are here.
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Run with Jason to the Rocks 
Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 09:14 PM - Weekend Fun
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Super short run up by 4 hills. Need to start getting back into it: Jay Benson Triathlon is Sun, May 13th!


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Warm Ouray Ice Climbing  
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 07:35 PM - Weekend Fun
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A very warm ice climbing trip with Leigh, Mike and Tom. Had a great time trying out the new gear: cobras worked great on the ice - not so well on the rock. (Thin cover in the New Funtier at this time of year.) The baruntses rubbed a bit, but I need to work them in before Rainier anyway. Lead a short wall-at, as Mike says, a 4th grade level-but pulled a couple clean big wall ascents in the Alcove in the pouring ice melt.










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Kwanis Cabin Night Ski 
Saturday, March 17, 2012, 08:10 AM - Weekend Fun
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Mike, Tom and I headed out on Friday night at 8pm in the dark for a lap up on Sandia Ski Area. The night was still and warm (35 F), but the daytime temperatures left snow conditions terrible - 75 deg days = ice. We still made it up in about 40 minutes and then traversed to the Ellis Trail and bushwhacked to the Crest Trail through the forest. It's cool to watch your friends headlamps meandering through the snowy, nightscape. Not a cloud in the sky so when we hit the ridge and saw the city lights plus all the stars, I had to stop for a little bit to take it all in. Patchy snow up to the cabin wasn't too bad on the way up, and I drank a Guinness (St. Patty's Eve!) on the roof of the cabin while we watched the final tram head down for the night at 10:30pm. The small, bright light arced through the mountains on it's way back to civilization in the calm night. Mike pulled out the starmap app and we checked out mars, jupiter, and venus. Skiing down left a lot to be desired. This will be my last ski on Sandia for the season! We worked our way now the ice through weird deep patches in the trees to a clearing where the ice/snow mix left a maze of skiable patches of choppy ice. I fell a couple times but managed to make it through the clearing, only walking on the grass once. The others weren't so lucky. We didn't skin up for the trail back to the ski area, but rather tried to keep our speed up along the icy trail. A little scary at higher speeds through the dense trees because I was leading by ~120 W headlamp. A couple herringbones later, and we caught a line down skier's left in the resort. The ice layer was chopped up halfway down by a groomer to everyone's delight, but Mike still convinced me to ski a line of iced up moguls for no reason. I smirked when I ran it clean and he crashed three times on the way down. Split boarders...think they know everything. I'm also guessing this is how he ended the day with 2 bent poles. For Tom's first season, he did awesome! Very impressed with his progress. Back at the car at 11:35pm. Great time guys!


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AMRC Recertification  
Monday, March 12, 2012, 07:03 PM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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Every 5 years members of the Mountain Rescue Association must accredit with the MRA in 5 areas: search, high angle technical rescue, low angle technical rescue, avalanche, and winter technical. We just completed ours this weekend!! Stressful but rewarding!

Ready for technical rescues!


High-angle scenario.


High-angle rigging.


Snow avy/winter technical rescue.


Lance packing it all up after skiing a victory lap on Sandia!


Day 1


Day 2

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Lovelace Game 1 
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 04:16 PM - Weekend Fun
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Game 1 for the 2012 spring season: 1-1 tie. Sore hip flexor and back of my right knee - but no serious injuries! First game back since the knee injury.


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Cow Man! 
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 08:37 AM - Weekend Fun
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Half cow, half lobster, half man! The cowman has arrived!!!

Trying to jump into the top spot, I borrowed Martin's ski suit to gain the 2-5% on aero. Didn't end up working, but I did look like an idiot!








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