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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Tres Piedras Climbing + Lake Fork Peak 
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 05:47 PM - Trips
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Kevin and I went up to Tres Piedras before the cool weather moved in too much. We were joined by Tim and his young sons, who unfortunately kept him from climbing.

Friday climbs:
1. Dirty Diagonal (5.7) - My lead.
2. Fried Chickens (5.8) - Kevin's lead.
3. Chicken Heads (5.7) - My lead into the setting sun.

Saturday climbs:
4. Mama Jugs (5.8) - Kevin's lead.
5. Serpentine Crack (5.8) - My lead.
6. Bats in the Belfry (5.8) - Kevin's lead, and I took a 5' fall on the crux.
7. Albuquerque (5.8+ Sport) - My lead.

Sunday:
Headed over to TSV and climbed Lake Fork Peak. Choose and interesting line with WI1 and a few 5th classy moves. Scary but we did both make it to the top. I took it easy on the decent and didn't hunt myself! Green chile burgers at the stray dog to wrap up the great weekend.

Night shot.


Camp.


Mama Jugs.


Topping out on Bats in the Belfry.


Serpentine Crack.


Lake Fork Summit with Kevin icing his foot.


Lake Fork Peak Route

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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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Alabaster Cave 
Sunday, October 14, 2012, 04:44 PM - Weekend Fun
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Ben, Jen, Ella, Mike and I explored Alabaster Cave Saturday. It was a great quick trip with some very tight squeezes. I recreated The Descent for everyone.






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Daimon's Wedding 
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 09:12 PM - Trips
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Landed at 9:15 in Minneapolis and jumped in the car with Josh to go meetup with the gang and ProKart! Had a few drinks in O'Hare so jumping in a race kart was perfect. Of the 8 of us, I never won any of the 4 races. I did place 2nd in the 1st race and in the final race took 3rd (5.09 secs back from the winner). But by the end I did manage to figure out that blasting through the turns sideways into the back wall wasn't the best strategy. And I did seek revenge on Josh when he passed me by bashing him (against the rules).

Back at Daimon's we busted out the poker, and then frisbee in the middle of the night. Good to be back with the undergrad crew.

The next day was the wedding. I help set up, took a walk along the lake and watched the colors changing, smiled through the ceremony, had a great rib dinner, and then danced til 11:00. In the morning it was the long trip back to the southwest.





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El Rito 9-28-12 
Monday, October 1, 2012, 08:13 PM - Weekend Fun
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Saturday I headed up to El Rito with Leigh, Justin, Arthur, Tobi, Jen, Ben, Tim, and Curran for some climbing and camping. Somehow I couldn't figure out how to get up Crest Chewel (5.9+) and had to rest for a bit at the top. Then I climbed Slacker Ken (5.9) on top rope. On the rap down I didn't have an ATC, so I muntered and half way down, went penduluming off the arete and out into space to everyone's surprise. Lead Herbie Goes Bananas (5.7) for Arthur, top roped Tooth Fairy (5.10b) but cheated a little by stemming off the back wall. Then I made it all the way up to the 1st bolt on bolting barbie (5.12a) before calling it a day. Nice camp fire, marshmallows, and brews to celebrate.

On the way home in the morning, I stopped off for soccer in Bernalillo. We had a nice 8-1 route to boost our spirits.








Routes in El Rito
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Week in ABQ 
Sunday, September 23, 2012, 10:37 AM - Week activities
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Sunday - Soccer game against a bunch of young Mexicans. Luckily we squeaked out a 4-4 tie after going down 4-2 early in the 2nd half. Roasted green chiles!

Monday - Headed up to the LANL/NEDO Smart Home demo in Los Alamos. Sushi, Saki, and head honchos (New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, LANL Director Dr. Charles McMillan, Kyocera Vice President Tatsumi Maeda, Toshiba CEO Norio Sasaki). Got to have a short discussion with the governor about Mesa Del Sol.

Tuesday - Watched WE: A Collection of Individuals with Tim and a collection of mountain rescue folks.

Thursday - PV group BBQ, beers at Tractor with Nate, Grant, and Todd, lots of biking.

Friday - Mesa del Sol meeting, work, and lots of biking. Fri+Sat riding: 56 miles. Free fitness!

Saturday - Planned to mountain bike with Kevin on the Faulty Trail, but decided to go to the ongoing NMSAR mission at Blue Lake. Searched for a missing 49 year old man believed to be on drugs and unclothed. No sight of him.

Sunday - Soccer game with Lovelace. Got the first goal in our 3-1 victory!

Heat for the year


Biking in Albuquerque.

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Mission to Blue Lake.

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La Selva Climb on Muralla Grande 
Sunday, September 16, 2012, 09:50 AM - Weekend Fun
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Welcome to the jungle!

Kevin and I headed out for a climb Saturday but we couldn't find the right start. We did a couple of off-route pitches above our skill level (I've fallen on rock pro now! The #2 camalot held nicely!). We did eventually find La Selva at about 2pm. We knew that it would be cutting it close for getting off the rock in daylight, but we carried on in good style nonetheless. I took pitches 1, 3, and 5, leaving the crux for Kevin. We were struggling with fatigue and probably didn't bring enough water. At one point Kevin was cramping in his quad and hands. But we did manage to finish the class 5 stuff right at sunset and summitted by headlamp!





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Solar Power International 2012 
Sunday, September 16, 2012, 09:40 AM - Work
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Headed off to SPI in Orlando this week. Had a great time seeing the Blue Man Group at Universal Studios and then partying at the Ice Bar (a 20 degree room constructed of ice inside a club in Florida during the summer). Doesn't really ring with the environmentalist in me, but trade shows are definitely funner than technical conferences.





President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker at the conference. He gave a great speech and encouraged the solar industry to reach the tipping point to get solar installations accelerating.

Gave an update on the National Electrical Code 690.11 at the Solar ABCs Stakeholders meeting Friday to about 125 people. It seemed to go well and I made some good contacts.
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Mountain Biking in Breckenridge 
Sunday, September 16, 2012, 09:20 AM - Trips
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Jason and I caught zozobra on our way up to Breckenridge. We found a spot up on the mesa to avoid the crowds and make a quick escape north. It was a late burning, but still an exciting experience. I've posted a number of pictures here.

Up in Breck, after a long car ride, we rode the Peaks Trail a little while (after being lost for about an hour) and met up with Jason's old Santa Fe High School crew. There were a couple ski instructors, bike shop folks, and a business guy. All about 20 years older than me and all stronger riders than I was. We met a crew of ex-pro racers and other hard-core types (1/2 being women) and riding some great single track all Saturday. I wasn't really prepared for the 36 mile, 4500 ft gain, 7 hour effort and on the final ride back to the condo, I bonked. Barely made it up with hill. I was out of foot, out of water, and struggling! But still worth it, because of the previous hours of some of the best riding I've ever experienced. Ripping miles of downhill singletrack and flying though the forests and meadows on a bike is sooo fun! I was one of a few who didn't crash either. What a great day out, followed by a awesome BBQ.

Sunday, I got in a shorter ride up on the ski hill while Jason went for a run. Then long drive back to ABQ.


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NH and VT trip 
Sunday, September 16, 2012, 08:03 AM - Trips
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Two close friends, Pearl and Paul, from my NREL days got married around the Burlington area over Labor Day weekend. I headed up there early to do a little exploring.

Flew into Manchester, NH, rented a car, and cruised up to the White Mountains and crashed at Sugarloaf Camp (an ok spot off Zealand Rd). Decided to climb the tallest thing around, Mt. Washington -- a cute little hill out east. Mt Washington is notorious for getting some of the most extreme weather in the US (Details) and kills people from time to time. I had a light pack and made quick work of the empty Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. I made it to the Lakes of the Clouds AT cabin in about 1:20 and was suddenly greeted by dozens of through hikers and families doing the White Mountains traverse. The final pitch up the Crawford Path was exposed and gradually more and more windy. I hiked hard in my t-shirt and passed people decked out in full windbreakers and gloves. Summitted in 2 hours flat!! (Good considering the guys at the shop below said round trip should take about 8 hours.) At the top it was 45 degree F with 45 MPH winds! I finally gave in and put on some warm clothing.

The cog train down was $45, so I really didn't want to pay for it, but I knew if I hiked down I would be at risk of reinjuring my IT bands. After thinking for a little bit, I figured I could take it slow and hiked on down the Gulfside Trail to Jewell Ridge. But I didn't really take it that slow and 1 mile in, I noticed some pain in my knee; 2 miles in, I had to hobble into the underbrush to make trekking poles; and by the bottom I was wincing in pain. I popped some Ibuprofen, got some ice at a gas station, and drove west.


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I took the Ben and Jerry's Tour and eat a tasty Colbert-inspired Americone Dream 1/2 pint before meeting up with Pearl, Paul, Rebecca, Russel, Andrew, and Pearl's parents for dinner and then Viking Chess in Jeffersonville. The following day Andrew, R&R, and I headed into town for a visit to Magic Hat, had lunch on Church St with Natalie, Kyle, and Jamie. We all went down and got tandem bikes and road north along Lake Champlain until the trail ended at Mallett's Bay. Goofed off to waste time by playing bike frisbee - not that hard when the person on back only needs to concentrate on the disk.



The following day I had lunch on the square with Chris, Dro, Nicole, and Anna. All the old gang is back in town! Following day explored Smuggler's Notch area and found some nice sport climbing and bouldering before heading off the the wedding. Nice ceremony by the pond and then games and dancing at the Boyden Farm. Lot of photos here.




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OCC Final 
Sunday, August 26, 2012, 09:14 PM - AMRC
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The Operational Core Curriculum class final was this weekend for AMRC. Last year, I was the new guy, hardly knew what a cam was, and certainly wasn't comfortable running missions.

This year I was the rescue leader for the first scenario along with Tim. We dispatched the team at 7pm for Diablo Canyon and caravaned to the IB. I took Team 2 out, worked down the southside of the canyon using active attraction, and meet up with Team 1 at the patient about 250 m up a talusfield. The patient had sprained her ankle so Brian and Carrie took good care of her (hot ginger tea) while the remaining teams setup two low-angle lowers. Lot of hard work to get out with a smooth but tricky hand-over-hand pass to the wheel. After that it was back to the IB. Total mission time from arrival: 2:45. Little slow but not bad for new folks.

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After the training (around 1am), Mike asked me if I wanted to go caving with him. I asked if it was a "cave of wonders," and with the affirmative reply, it was right back out into the wilderness. We eventually located an entrance that was so small our helmets couldn't fit without being removed. It did open up for a little bit and we chased a string around for a while before coming to a 50 ft drop. We rapped off a chockstone and found another (huge) entrance. You didn't even have to duck for this one! Caving in the middle of the night is interesting because you can't tell where the entrances/exits are until you're standing outside.

Back inside we ascended the rope and worked our way to another rappel. A couple nuts and a cam were tossed in a crack and off I went. When I got to the lip I was shocked that the vertical drop nearly used all the 100' rope! This really was the cave of wonders! We continued to explore for another 1/2 hr, got cliffed out again at the edge of a huge room, and then found another neat, very tight passage that eventually led to entrance 2. A long and painful prusik ride up the 100' of 8 mm back to the squeeze - and we were out. We hiked back down the mountain and into a quiet campsite at 5am. Brushed and threw out my sleeping pad and bag and got a nice sub-2 hr night's rest.



The next day, the operation members tested out the new folks on knots and knowledge. We set up a few fixed static lines on Styx for ascends/rappels and I was happy to on-sight Minion. There was one huge block that I nearly pulled out of the wall though, so that gave me a nice scare.



After a siesta and a mechanical advantage test. (Can you build a 7:1 system using 3 pulleys?) it was back into the heat. In the high angle scenario, I went over the edge and clipped the main and belay to the heat stoke patient. Overall, the lower went very well. Leigh helped administer food and water before the patient could be loaded into the litter and IVed. The low angle work was super slow, but we eventually got out cruising with the wheel and under Justin's direction.



"Patient complaining of cramping in calves, nausea, and headache. Better pull up WebMD."


Partied it up with the new members and BBQed some brats and burgers. Not quite as fun the first time through the class, but it was still a great weekend.

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San Juan Float 
Monday, August 20, 2012, 07:31 PM - Weekend Fun
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Floated with San Juan River from Bluff to Mexican Hat, UT over the course of 3 days with Lisa, Jen, Jeanne, and 6 new friends.

I borrowed Jason's IK and cruised down the class 1-2 river with a full cooler. According to my GPS data, Day 1 was 8.4 mi, Day 2 was 14.7 mi, and Day 3 was 4.7 mi. What a relaxing weekend!

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Jason's Weekend Boot Camp in San Diego 
Monday, August 13, 2012, 07:22 PM - Weekend Fun
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I landed in San Diego on Thursday night with a small pack of bike and swimming gear. I was prepared (as best as I could be) for Jason's "recovery" weekend.

First order of business: chill out on Shelter Island drinking a beer and eating sushi by the yacht club. We moved over to the 24' boat that Jason's sailing club owned and watched the marina activities. What a very different world from NM.

Friday: We hopped on mountain bikes and road down the single track through Penasquitos Canyon to General Atomics. It was a hot 10 mile, 10am ride down to the campus, a tour of the labs, and then back up the canyon in the noontime sun. Luckily there were a couple spot where heat exhaustion was slowed, when the trail worked into the trees and through the creek.



We headed out to Silver Strand and Coronado Cays to visit a friend of Jason's from High School. Victor's wife's side of the family had a house and a wonderful 38' sailboat. We took it for a spin under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge with the extended family. It was a little bit of a party cruise with Jason and I and our cooler. So much fun! Then we weaseled our way into a great dinner with the family afterwards.




Saturday: The next day we headed out for a long 21 mile bike ride back down to Shelter Island. Jason's bike racing skills are still as strong as ever but I did my best to draft my way down to the ocean. We took out the 18' boat and had a great time in the bay. It's cool to be out there under sail cruising past the city skyline, military ships, and tons of other sailboats. I especially liked the seals sunbathing on the buoys. We sailed over to Coronado and got some pizza and beer for lunch. I did my best at the tiller, but my skills and vocabulary were weak after 3 years of landlubbery since I last took the Georgia Tech sailing class. We jump back in the boat after the meal and headed into the wind back to the marina.






After a full day of sun, derigging, and lots of BBQ pizza, I really didn't feel like a 21 mile ride, but Jason did most of the work and I suffered along at 19-22 mph. Jason managed to take his eyes off the road for a second while I was passing for a pull and he found his weight and his tire on opposite sides of my rear wheel. It was enough to catch his front wheel and he went down at 20-25 mph into the 4-lane road. Road-rashed and ego-bruised Jason and I were glad to get back home.

Sunday: Jason was up at 4:30am to go run a 15K race. My legs were in no shape for that, so I slept in and took Chama (the dog) for a walk. We headed off for the awards ceremony and breakfast around 10:30 and then took a long loop in the SAAB up into the mountains through Alpine, Pine Valley, and Julian. We tasted a few mediocre local wines at the Country Cellar. We ripped passed Lake Henshaw and over Palomar Mountain to San Diego. After a delicious barbecue steak with green chile, it was time to get on a plane again. Fun weekend!


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AMRC Search 
Monday, August 13, 2012, 06:34 PM - AMRC
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Mission on Weds night for a missing hiker from Maryland. He headed out on N. Crest Trail at 10am, and somehow got lost in the Osha area before heading off the trail and downhill. I took a couple new members of the team (Doug and Mason) out on N. Crest, yelling every 0.1 mi for Kevin. The helicopters eventually spotted him way down near Osha Spring Tr and he was airlifted out to the crest helipad. By this time we had gotten ourselves about 5 miles into the wilderness and had to hike back in the dark down Penasco Blanca, Osha Loop Tr to 10K. By the end, my IT bands were good and aggravated and Mason was blistered and had "strained" his ankle. Last team back to the parking lot!


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Chill Weekend 8-5-12 
Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 07:45 PM - Weekend Fun
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After canceling the Chicago Basin trip, I had a whole weekend to relax and repair my IT bands.

Friday - Meet up with boys for a night of partying downtown.
Saturday - Helped Jeanne move, pizza and beer, and then watched the Dark Knight Rises.
Sunday - Created a cool photo montage. Called out to Cuba for AMRC mission, but couple were found before Brad and I got out there. Mojitos and Descent 2 at J&L's.



Monday Went over to Mike's for backyard minigolf, drinks, and highlander. On my way home, ran into a bit of trouble when my bulging tire kept expanding. The thumping got louder and louder until KABLOOM! Insto-flat! ...long walk.


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Cochiti Lake Tri 
Thursday, August 2, 2012, 07:45 PM - Weekend Fun
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I went into the Tri knowing that I wouldn't be able to run with my IT band issues. This said, I wasn't prepared for the results I saw on Monday. I was leading the age group by 10 minutes after the bike!!! What a freaking rip off. This was probably my one chance to win my age group and I was injured for it! There were three 25-29 year olds signed up who would normally beat me. One didn't show, one moved up to the overall top 3, and one must have flatted judging by the times.



Swim: Got battered right away in the water and it continued for nearly a mile. I finally got some space on the 3rd leg of the triangle, but then the next heats started in, and I was back in the fray. I didn't help that I was having trouble swimming straight for the buoys and could only see about a foot in the murky waters.

Bike: Good for the most part. The roubaix was great on the bumpy dam road and there wasn't too much wind. I definitely do well on the climbs. After watching people pass me on the flats and the big guys crush the downhills, I took a lot of joy in repassing them. Watched in dismay as a chick in a pink aero helmet road right past me. When I saw the 27 age written on her leg, I did my best to catch back up to try and get a date out of the race, but she was too strong. (Melissa Welker went on to win the overall women's.) I ripped the last downhill into the transition area with particular style because I jumped off the lip onto the boat ramp with everyone watching - probably a few inches of air on a road bike!

Run: Came off the bike, GUed, and was fresh to run the 6.2 miles. Almost instantly, knee was killing me. I climbed the hill, back down, watched Tom running his usual, killer 6 min/mile pace, and promptly gave up. Walked the 5 miles into the finish. The old 60+ folks were nice enough to say things like, "you can do it, don't give up" and "I hope you're on your cool-down." I think that sealed it. I will be back to exact my revenge on the olympic distance tri community.

Inches from the finish line, one more person passes me...


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The Ramp with 5.8 variation 
Sunday, July 29, 2012, 04:46 PM - Weekend Fun
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I climbed The Ramp with Mike on Saturday. We ripped it up to the crest in the SAAB 99 (Sorry Mike), and then headed down Echo Canyon. Mike and I did the 4 pitch climb in 2 pitches (rope drag X a million), but I was proud to have managed the face climb and even did the 5.8 variation up to the set of bolts. Mike lead pitches 3&4 and did a nice job sewing up the roof. We spent the rest of the morning climbing up and around something we hoped was called "the fin" in search of a set of bolts to rappel on. They were never found.

Leading pitches 1 and 2.



Mountain booty collected: 0.5 BD Cam! Time taken: ~20 minutes.
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AMRC Mission with Helo Evac 
Sunday, July 29, 2012, 01:40 PM - AMRC
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AMRC was paged out as soon as I got back home after climbing with Mike. I had just unloaded my climbing gear when I got the page, so I repacked everything and headed to the mountains at the top of Montgomery.

Briefing: APD and Albuquerque Ambulance folks were on scene taking care of an injured hiker. He hit his head climbing on the rocks and blacked out for an hour, so we headed up there to run comms for the helo evac, or if the helicopter didn't work out, we'd be on scene to run the low-angle.

Some video of the mission

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The Prow (5.8R) on Kit Carson 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 07:26 PM - Weekend Fun
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Kevin and I took a 3 day weekend to play around in the Sangres in celebration of Kevin's 30th birthday. We got a cookie in Crestone, CO before hiking up from the Buddhist Zen Center thruogh Spanish Creek. The blowdown (317 tree crossings supposedly) plus strong rain/sleet did not make the hike in pleasant. The storm blew off though, and we dried/melted our socks and boots with a fire while cooking up some Mountain House and sipping wine.

4:15am - Awake
5:05am - Out of camp after oatmeal breakfast
6:05am - First pitch of climbing - we did it free up to the crux move.
7:05am - Finally roped up and practiced for the overhanging 5.8 crux. Kevin led into the chilly vertical world. I second with freezing fingers and am suprised by the 30 meters of runout on the top of the pitch.
8:05am - I lead pitch 2 and choose to go right and end up off-route and stressed with hundreds of feet of exposure and only a tricam keeping me from a factor 2 fall. I eventually get back on route and fight rope drag to the top of the climb.
9:35am - Kevin joins me at the belay, and he begins simul-climbing the 5.5-5.6 lower angle upper pitches.
11:05am - Summit the prow.
11:35am - Summit Challenger Point
12:30pm - Summit Kit Carson after knocking off the last pitch of the climb.
1:35pm - Summit Columbia Point
2:05pm - Summit Kitty Kat Carson
2:35pm - Summit Obstruction Peak
3:00pm - By now, I've become crippled from my hamstring/knee issue from the 7 mi run a week ago. I hang out in The Bear's Playground while Kevin fastpacks it toward Humboldt Peak. The thunder turns him around and we slowly work our way back to camp down Spanish creek. We enjoy watching all the deer jumping around through the bushes and, with what little strength was left, do a little bouldering.
5:30pm Back in camp for food and bourbon.

We hiked out in the morning and checked out Tres Piedras for climbing options on the way back to ABQ.

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