Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Weekly Pano: Ski Dreams on Matterhorn

This pic is from three weekends ago now... Day 1 of our group's (Moses, Kev, B-ral, and I) East Side tour... we decided to "warm up" on the Matterhorn... not realizing that 1/2 a foot of snow had fallen in the area.  The original, ambitious plan was to do Mt. Tom on Day 2... with an alpine start.  This is a pic of a N. Lake couple who broke trail for us except for the top 200 feet or so... w/o their tracks we probably would not have made it up to the notch... thanx Arlo & Amber!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Timelapse: Tahoe Storm

Caught a nice sunset from our neighborhood on Fri night after skiing a surprisingly good day at Squaw with Moses & B-ral.  Too bad the battery ran out in the middle... alas.  Watch in HD, if you can...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Weekly Pano: Mavericks

I took a break from the mountains last weekend as Kimbo and I went down the coast to Davenport to celebrate our (4th) anniversary.  On the way down we stopped at Pillar Point, where Kimbo and I previously took a sea kayaking class "open coast" from California Canoe and Kayak (highly recommended btw).  This is the site of Mavericks, the legendary surf break where big wave surfer Mark Foo lost his life in 1994.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Weekly Pano: Windy Washoe Lake

This pic is from a while back touring in the Mt. Rose area.  It was a sunny day... but a windy one.  You can see Washoe Lake in the background which is known for it's wind (and thus a known spot for kiting) ... I haven't noticed it before, presumably because the lake varies greatly in size over the year.  It's max depth is 12ft!

Mark Twain once wrote:
"A Washoe wind is by no means a trifling matter. It blows flimsy houses down, lifts shingle roofs occasionally, rolls up tin ones like sheet music, now and then blows a stage-coach over and spills the passengers; and tradition says the reason there are so many bald people there is, that the wind blows the hair off their heads while they are looking skyward after their hats."