White Mesa Loop 
Saturday, July 16, 2011, 07:07 PM - Weekend Fun
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Did a lap around White Mesa this morning with Mike. Nice time out since we beat the heat. Only 8.5 miles with some moderate technical challenges. The real fun is that if you fall, you aren't going to stop for a while.

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Bike Repair 
Saturday, July 16, 2011, 01:52 AM - Week activities
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Last weekend, after heading down to Ahh, All out Sushi with some Mountain Rescue folks I was biking home at 1am and stripped a pedal (for the 2nd time!)...barely made it back. I finally got around to fixing it today.

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Morning Ride 
Saturday, July 2, 2011, 04:41 PM - Weekend Fun
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We've got some hot, dry weather hitting us now. The only time to get out and ride (which is all that's allowed now due to the fire closures) is bright and early. Did 36 miles with Nate around town this morning.

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Mt. Hood 
Saturday, July 2, 2011, 04:30 PM - Trips
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Had a great climb of Mt. Hood on June 24-25. The notoriously consistent cloudy weather broke for Nate and I as we drove down from Seattle and managed to gain 1000 ft before setting up the tent. Lots of snow catting here for the ski area. Up at 2:00am and climbing by 2:40am. The wind was brutal in the night and we had to take time to set up a wind break for the tent and make sure that Nate's hands had fresh hothands. We made quick time and passed a few guided groups. The shrund was easily traversed around and the final pitch was steep, but not steep enough to warrant roping up - the falling person would just drag more people down the steep, icy mountain. Nate and I managed to get up easily and we carefully walked over to the summit along the ridge. 6:30am on top. Summit beer of choice was a New Belgium Trippel. Took time on the way down and watch the Olympic ski team training on the glacier.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 09:48 PM - Trips
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All I know about Seattle is what I new originally: they're big on fixies, starbucks, and REI. ...and the REI isn't all that impressive either. Sure it's got a forest around it, and there's a mountain biking path and a climbing gym, but they didn't have AT boots. What kind of self-respecting flagship store is that?
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Kaz tie 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 09:44 PM - Work
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Ran the 3 mile Sun run this morning at IEEE PVSC. I'm now the proud owner of a Kaz Solar 2011 Tie!

Also, meeting all the big guns in PV: Sarah Kurtz, John Wohlgemuth, Kaz, plus Michael, Ward, Jennifer, etc. are up here too. Quite the event.
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Wilsons trip 
Sunday, June 12, 2011, 05:34 PM - Weekend Fun
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Lot's of slogging in mushy snow with Nate, Jason, and Scott. Got Wilson Peak but no Mt. Wilson.

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AMRC BrewFest tonight! 
Saturday, June 11, 2011, 02:23 PM - Weekend Fun
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Marble 2:00-11:00.
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Dada Life Sausage Fattener 
Saturday, June 11, 2011, 02:21 PM - Music
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More fatness!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... HFzfZl6NQQ

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Biking to work 
Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 04:19 AM - Work
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After a very long day at work, it's horrible to be confronted with a 20 mph head wind and thick, suffocating smoke. AZ is on fire and Albuquerque gets screwed.
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Drivers in Burque 
Thursday, June 2, 2011, 04:06 AM
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So a couple guys in a beater low rider flipped me off, yelled at me, and then hit me with something off my helmet in the back of my head. I got the Nebraska license number and filed a police report. Maybe something will come of it, maybe not.
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Soccer + Badminton = Jianzi 
Monday, May 30, 2011, 02:45 PM - Interesting Internet Fare
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Cool sport: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBbpEIoZz9c
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Weekend 5-29-11 
Monday, May 30, 2011, 02:27 PM - Weekend Fun
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Exhausted from trying to ride with Mike and the other "casual" cyclists at lunch on Friday, I biked downtown and had sushi with Nate, Todd, and Kat before watching Hangover 2. Took the ham radio class Sat and Sunday, with a nice trip down to Marble with Nate to have an Amber and play hacky-sack. Climbed and descended La Luz quickly with Leigh and Nate on Sunday night (partly by headlight) to train for Rainier and the La Luz Trail Run. Looked at houses on Memorial Day Monday, lunch date, and mountain biked, bbq'ed, and fixed the van transmission with Jason.
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Monday, May 30, 2011, 02:24 PM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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I have completed the AMRC final test and am now on the team. Thanks to all the team members, especially Justin, for putting the classes and trainings together.

Also, this weekend I received my ham radio license so that I can better communicate on missions.
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SFI Complexity Class 
Thursday, May 26, 2011, 05:19 AM - General
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The most interesting statement from the 3 day class was about why we can't find intelligent life in the vast cosmos. The answer: because as soon as life reaches a certain level of intelligence, the species has the ability to wield too much power in order to fight for the limited resources, and destroys itself. Intelligent life is self-extinguishing.
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Van Transmission 
Monday, May 16, 2011, 03:13 AM - Weekend Fun
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Truches' 4WD roads/rocks caused a fracture in the van's transmission pan. It's a sad day in the life a the mountain machine, but I've got a replacement part on the way.

I found out by backing out into the road and then not being able to use any gear or reverse. Had to slowly push it in neutral to the side of the road through the intersection. (Glad I live in a unbusy portion of town.)
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Monday, May 16, 2011, 02:58 AM - Weekend Fun
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Attempted to climb Truches Peak with Nate and Megan. Epic fail.

Late departure from ABQ (7am); didn't find the right trailhead, bushwhacked for a ways, found the trail but it was covered in dead trees - requiring an obstacle course-style of trekking, then the postholing began. We gave up at around the base of the true climb.

Moral of the story: "Oh the summit ridge looks passible" != "Don't bother with the snow shoes."

http://www.summitpost.org/truchas-peak- ... eak/151757


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Buckskin Gulch 
Monday, May 16, 2011, 02:56 AM - Weekend Fun
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Did around 50 miles of backpacking through Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon over 5 days/4 nights with Lisa and other CS company. Good time. Check out the pictures on the photoblog.
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First sport leads 
Saturday, May 14, 2011, 04:00 AM - Week activities
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Did a couple climbs on big block leading the sport pitches. Not terribly hard, but I'm glad I knocked them out without getting cheese grated on the limestone. Info:

Big Block 1 - 5.7+: A very short route to the highest point on the Big Block. Very crimpy but it is about 15 degress less than vertical. Up 3 bolts to chain anchors.

Big Block 2 - 5.7+: Another short route just right of Big Block 1. Same angle and crimpiness as the first. Up 3 bolts to chain anchors.
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Trad Climbing Saturday in Upper La Cueva Canyon 
Sunday, May 1, 2011, 08:03 PM - Weekend Fun
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Kevin led a couple great climbs in the Sandias yesterday. It totaled 7 hours worth of rope work. Some pics in the photoblog.

Estrellita (5.8): http://www.mountainproject.com/v/new_me ... /105789299

Miss Piggy (5.8):
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/new_me ... /105994499

Those are about as hard as I want my trad climbs to be. 2nd'ed them cleanly though.
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