Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Video time...

Since I haven't posted from the last two weekends, so I'm gonna post this vid as I feel it DESERVEs many, many more views.  From April of this year...  Bernard is an amazing photographer, check out his blog at
www.snowyphotos.com he's busy at camp, so hasn't been updating it recently.

So... we've been busy closing on a house!  Weehaw!  So I haven't been able to take trips the last two weekends.  Also congrats to J-dub and Lauren, who got married this past weekend...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A humble stumble... RAMROD: The Whites...

The Group Pic at Form Factor.
Going into the 30 mile hike we thought... "we got this, let's shoot for 10 hours, I can do 3 miles per hour no problemo.".. Funk compromised with, "I'll be happy with 12."

8 hours into the hike, and having only covered 10 miles or so... we came to a very tough decision to turn around.

Here we are leaving the car at 4:20 am...
Starting the hike... it's 4:20 now.  Woke up at 3:30.  the night before, Funk suggested getting up at 3:45, cuz he'll be ready to go at 4.

And the summit. This building is part of the White Mountain Research Station... we felt OK here, and had no doubt that we'd make it across even though I had to double back to pick up my Spot beacon that had fallen off and lost a good hour or more.

Then we encountered the ridge, scree, and things started slowing down drastically... and had to turn around at noon.
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And even though we didn't make it, in many respects it was far from a wasted trip. It was quite a learning experience for me. Learning our limits, what we should have done, what we could do next time, etc. Also, we did summit the 3rd highest peak in California... my 8th 14er, putting me over the half way mark in climbing all 15. Previously, I have summited Shasta, Whitney, Thunderbolt, Starlight, Polemonium, North Palisade, and Sill. And the wildlife was super up yonder. Big horn sheep, marmots, red tail hawks, great horned owls, and a bunch of tiny rodents.
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After our 16 hour ordeal (4:20 am to 8:20 pm)... we drove through Bishop to grab some food and to soak at some hot springs. This was our second soak the morning after.
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... and after brunch at Whoa Nellie Delli... we stopped at Rainbow Pools on the way out... which may have cost us 50$ each.

Reg Route on Fairview (Aug 6, 2010)

Funk and I got to run up the Regular Route on Fairview... a route I've been wanting to do for a long time. Perfect route to do on your rest day/acclimatizing day for RAMROD... IMO. RAMROD was a learning experience this year... report to come soon.

Funk on the first pitch...
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And the summit pic...
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Coming Soon: RAMROD 2.0: the White Album

Yup. It's time for RAMROD (Run Across Mountain Range One Day) again. Here's the details:
  • 30 miles
  • 10,000 ft elevation gain
  • over the 3rd highest peak in CA (White Mountain)
  • the highest peak in NV (Boundary Peak)
  • Got some details here... note it's a 5 day hike... oh well.
Follow our progress on Saturday (4 am to ???) using my SPOT, here.

Drive to Tahoe (July 29, 2010)

Went up to Tahoe for a bachelor party...

didn't take too many pics... so this is all you get...