Saturday, January 17, 2015

Elly, Edelweiss, Glory "Link-Up"

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The inversion I wanted to get out of. Gray and 15 degrees in town, sunny and 30 degrees up top.
My intentions on this day were only to hit Mt Elly and ride "The Claw", a sustained 50 degree tree chute, but I got a motivated to do extra laps especially after I saw the huge inversion hanging over Jackson. These laps were not the most difficult but it definitely got me thinking of what else can be linked up and I feel like I'm back in the groove. Read on for what I did for this one.

The Claw (Courtesy of
After I rode the Claw I thought I could go hit Powder Reserve and Edelweiss. Then after that, a quick boot up Mt Glory, dropping back to my now lit by street light car at 5pm. This was all pretty much spur of the moment, and I probably should of started a little earlier if I knew that this was going to happen. In hindsight, I wish I had planned this link up a little better. It doesn't make much sense to hit Elly > Edelweiss > Glory but that's all part of trying stuff I guess!

Despite the poor planning, what I got to experience was some great North facing snow, my body hitting complete exhaustion and a beautiful sunset while all avoiding the inversion that we currently have in town. It was not until I started hiking up the 2000 ft ascent of Glory that I really hit the wall though. This season I haven't done anything like this and was more into the "one and done" type of riding. My endurance needs a lot of work if I plan on doing what I want to do this season.

Sunset from Mt Glory

That straight line was a glitch, I hitch-hiked back to my car and got picked up by a guy in a Porche 911, with a ski rack. Obviously the highlight of the day.
Duration: 5.5 hours
Distance (Ascent/Descent): ~8 miles

Statistics have been compiled with the Suunto Ambit 2 S

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

My Backcountry Decision Making Process

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Before doing anything during my winter morning routine I check the avalanche report to see what the experts are calling for. Today, they called for High Danger because of the 2 feet of new snow and the 80-90 mph gusts above 10,000 feet. Once I see that bright red color in any report, it's an immediate no-go for me. For others, I understand they have a different acceptance of risk, but we are all different.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Guide to Roadtrip Survival

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In the last post I wrote of how living in a van really sucks. There are some easy fixes to these problems though, they might not come often. If thinking about living the van life one day, you should think about taking some of these things into consideration besides drinking enough beers to forget that, yes, you actually live in this thing.



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