Archive for May, 2010

Si Never Gets Old

Posted on May 27th, 2010 by Jo  |  3 Comments »

Group Shot
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Old Mt Si Trail Information: to be added

Not Washington

Posted on May 20th, 2010 by Jo  |  3 Comments »

2010
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Change Peak Information: to be added

Blazing Bandera

Posted on May 13th, 2010 by Jo  |  4 Comments »

2010
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Over the Shoulder ShotCornice FAIL
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It’s all fun and games til we lose someone to a cornice collapse! Just kidding, this was a hot, grueling climb to the snow for those of us accustomed to PNW Winter temps but the views & the company made for an awesome evening atop Bandera. We even had another Thursday night conditioning group ahead of us to leave nicely kicked steps in the Spring time slush. We celebrated our successful summit with spirits & cookies, then basked in a beautiful sunset as we raced down the mountain to enjoy Kim’s hospitality at the Pour House.

West Bandera Mt Information:

west-bandera

Distance & Elevation: 9.2 mi & 3700ft elevation gain

NOAA Weather: click here

Google Driving Directions to parking at Exit 42:

With the Ira Spring TH inaccessible due to logging on the access roads, we’ll need to do an extra bushwhack up from Exit 42 Tinkham.
38.3 mi– about 36 mins

I-90 E
1. Head east on I-90 E
37.8 mi
2. Take exit 42 for Tinkham Rd
0.4 mi
3. Turn left at Camp Mason Rd/Tinkham Rd
0.2 mi
Unknown road

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parking-tinkham

2009 Bandera TR: click here
2008 Bandera TR: click here

Choose Your Own Adventure

Posted on May 6th, 2010 by Jo  |  2 Comments »

2010
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♫ Reluctantly crouched at the trail head sign,
muscles pumping and thumping in time.
the dash clock flashes, the altimeters go up.
churning and burning, they yearn for the top.
they deftly maneuver and muscle for rank,
fuel burning fast on an empty tank.
reckless and wild, they pour through the turns.
their prowess is potent and secretly stern.
as they speed to the summit, the miles go down.
the goats get up and they get out of town.
the trail is empty except for those who ran,
still hiking and striving as fast as they can.
the sun has gone down and the moon has come up,
and long ago pre-NAB left for the top.
but they’re driving and striving and hugging each turn.
and thinking of a mountain for which they still burn.
They’re going the distance, they’re going for speed ♪

~special thanks to Cake for letting me (Jo) bastardize their lyrics ;^)

Rattlesnake Mountain Information:

Rattlesnake Mt Traverse
Rattlesnake Mt East Peak
Rattlesnake Ledges