Thursday, June 11, 2020

Euchre Bar Massacre - '19

This was quite the event.  And the first FatAss event I finished, and won. 

I was quite disorganized as I had just moved to Ashland, and was making a quick trip down from Ashland and was planning to stop by Pahatsi to grab a few things and clean the house. As a consequence, I didn't quite start on time as I was the last one to check in.  And I missed the first turn and was playing catch up from the get go.  Then as we descended Bowling Ball Alley, I lost my phone, my map, and some of my food... I tracked down the phone after 45 min (I had a rough GPS track of the route, so this would be my map from then on).  Once I caught up to a few folks on an out an back, I thought I could catch up to them so I could continue on with company. 

Then we hit SawItalian bar... which was a royal bitch.  This is a 3000 ft off trail, steep cliff that is covered in poison oak and blackberries.  I think this took me 4 hours and I was convinced I took the wrong route and was behind the lead crew, who I could hear every once in a while, when I was tunneling through the blackberries.  Turns out I took the "best" way up and left Bueno, Scott and Loren behind. When I got to the next aid station, I figured I'd keep going as they were probably an hour behind me.  So... turns out I spent 23 of the 24.5 hrs of the race running solo.  Good mental training.  There's pics in the strava link below.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Soloing McLoughlin & Brown

Looking down the N. Face of McLoughlin... so tasty looking... but not on this day.  
Another view from the top.  You can see Brown to the right side of the pic.
And the summit shot from the top of Brown looking over at McLoughlin.  Brown was short and fun. Not much steeps.
Had a fun solo adventure exploring some near by peaks.  McLoughlin is a bit over an hour away and provides decent access to some fun terrain.  It's a bit of a slog, making it more of an all day affair.  And the goods are on the N. Side, which makes it even a bigger day.  On this day though, we hadn't had much weather so the snow wasn't ideal.  But I was itching to get out, so I figured I'd just go. 

Got up McLoughlin a bit quicker than expected, so I decided to go back down, cross the road and tag Brown as well.  Gotta get back there with decent snow. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Hemlock Butte Cabin!

Had a great trip out to Hemlock Butte Cabin.  My first local hut trip! I love hut trips, BTW.  And this one is pretty sweet.  Easy skin in, and great access to Bailey near by. 

 - Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

Next time:

  • Check out the N. Face of Bailey
  • Do Avalanche Bowl
  • Bring mouse traps
  • Make a designated pee area (and clear out a path to is so you can walk out there in booties)/snow collecting area
  • Ear Plugs are mandatory
Packing list
  • Ski Gear
    • Skis, Poles (take whippet), Boots
  • In Float 32 bag
    • Avy gear
      • Shovel, Beacon (extra batteries), Probe, Saw
      • Emergency Blanket
    • Goggles with lenses, Sunglasses
    • GoPro + Batteries
    • Helmet
    • Snacks (Dried Mango, Nuts)
    • Water Bottle (Contigo and insulated bottle with soup)
    • External Charger for phone
    • Skeets
    • Voile Straps
    • PLB
  • Pulk/Big duffel for pulk (remember the cargo net)
    • Clothes
      • long sleeve, Patagonia Sun Hoody
      • Patagonia R1
      • Patagonia Down Jacket
      • OR outer layer
      • Long Johns
      • Socks
      • Ski pants
        • in the pockets - Snacks, Buff, lip balm
      • Mittens
      • Beanie, Sun Hat
      • Down Booties
    • Sleeping
      • Bag
      • Sleeping Pad
      • Pillow
      • Pee Bottle
    • Toiletries
      • Toothbrush, floss, paste
      • Meds - Immodium, Benadryl, Aleve, Pepto, 
      • Baby Wipes
      • Small pac lite towel
  • Cabin goodies
    • Luci Lights
    • External Battery
    • Speakers
  • Repair Kit
    • Hose Clamp
    • Bailing wire
    • Ziptie
    • Tenacious tape
    • seam grip
  • Food
    • Brekky - Grits, Oatmeal
    • Snack - Ramen, Bars
    • Lunch - Burrito, PB&J
    • Apres - Sausage, Cheese, Crackers/Bagel
    • Dinner - Mountain House, Mac N Cheese, Chili
    • Drinks - Brewski, wine, whiskey
  • Cooking
    • Stove, mug, spoon, bowl, lighter x2
    • Dr. Bronners, sponge
  • In the car
    • Shoes, flip flops
    • DAS down jacket
    • Beer

LA to Alameda - July 2019

OK, I'm gonna try to catch up here soon... moving back and forth between current and older blogs. 

Back to July... in So Cal.  After backpacking in the San Jacintos and spending the 4th of July in LA at Pat's we started road tripping up the coast back up to Alameda. 

July 5th - Arroyo Seco/Kidspace

Brekky of eggs... 

Lovin' Pat's deck

we headed over to Kid Space as a fam for the day to give Pat a little break

not sure what's going on with Kai's arm... 

I went on a quick run from the museum... and just saw a few folks and a horse.
Pizza time!

July 6 - Griffith Park -> Refugio SB
I went on a quick run in the morning... 
to the Hollywood sign... but I got a bit lost.
and ended up taking a BIRD home... 
we quickly found Kimbo some beers so she was OK with me being late...

and ice cream for the boys
nice rocket box!
we found a campsite at Refugio State Beach

the campground wasn't great, but the beach was awesome.  And we spent all our time there anyway.

July 7th - to Alameda

Soon we were back in Oakland... oh home sweet home...