Archive for May, 2012

Fave Cave Rave

Posted on May 31st, 2012 by Jo  |  Comments Off

Cave Ridge TNAB
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Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Cave Ridge (Commonwealth)

Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter WxMan:

Cars parked at the Alpental road with a parking lot full of snow,
All ready by 5:45 and we were off with a resounding: “Lets go!”
Venturing into the snow-filled Commonwealth, the group made good time,
Even the snow-banked creek crossing, proved relatively benign.

Regrouping on the western banks; the true climb began,
Initial checks of the time showed a pace like we’d ran.
Dogs and hikers alike, barreled up the slope toward the saddle,
Gained the ridge and turned right, post-holes weren’t much a battle.
Each one in the group on the lookout for Bear-prints in the snow…

Topped-out on the ridge; this thing’s up-high, not down-low.
Nice views abound, with sunlit-vistas East to Kendall and Red,
And pleasant mild temperatures made for a speedy downward-head.
Back to the bottom, and into each car. Down to the Pour House, all before dark!

CAVE RIDGE TNAB!

Fast Times at Mailbox High

Posted on May 24th, 2012 by Jo  |  1 Comment »


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Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Mailbox Peak

Tusk at Dusk

Posted on May 17th, 2012 by Jo  |  Comments Off

TNAB on the Tusk
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Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Tusk O’Granite

Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter EWB:

I’m terribly late.
Now the fuel light is on.
Exit 45 blocked,
dang, I bet they’ll be gone.

Oh, luck, there’s GQ,
and with extra beer!
Let’s run and run now
or we’ll lose them I fear.

Quite weak are their tracks,
the bridges quite scary.
There goes Talapus Lake.
Oh, my head, it’s quite airy.

Got them, at Olallie,
they’re stuck on the shore.
The crossing is hairy.
Bear goes all parkour!

Now on to the ridge.
Hey, there’s Larry and Dan.
The views widen up here.
I’m Red 2′s biggest fan.

Don’t stop yet, GQ,
the summit’s over there.
Let’s catch up to Scott,
once he’s done making stairs.

He’s petering out,
now’s my chance to be first.
I pour on the coal,
but he leaps and I burst.

Layers and crackers,
a beer and some views,
the snapping of pictures,
no time for a snooze.

Extremities now frozen,
the top was quite cool,
but the snow is just perfect
to descend TNAB-old-school.

Plunging and sliding,
avoiding cliff walls,
Matt’s light speed glissade,
and lots of butt falls.

Racing the light now,
to clear sketchy creeks.
The tracks have all faded,
we’ll be lost here for weeks!

Oh, there’s Dan and Talapus,
we’re on our way now.
It’s a race to the trailhead,
and then on to some chow.

In neutral to I-90,
then fumes to North Bend.
Phew, I just made it.
Ew, my smell does offend.

The Pour House is rocking,
guess we’re sitting outside.
Talk of calories and bus stops,
and the glow of earned pride.

For TNAB on Tusk
is a hell of a feat,
an epic after-work tour
that just can’t be beat.

Bow Down to Bandera

Posted on May 10th, 2012 by Jo  |  1 Comment »

Great weather on Bandera!
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Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: West Bandera

Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter Moosefish:

Ah, Bandera.

While other hikes are known for their lousy weather (Tenerriffe) and generally lousiness (Tiger), Bandera has delivered us three consecutive years of glory.

Oh, sure, a few avalanches along the way, but that just keeps us on our toes and adds a few extra ounces (er… pounds) of rescue equipment. A small price to pay for golden peaks, fiery skies, and fast glissades in shorts.

And yes, it’s true that in the past there has been less than ideal weather (2006, among others), but that’s ancient history compared to this year’s slogfests on Putrid Pete’s, Si, and Teneriffe.

So all bow down to Bandera! We look forward to 2013!



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Princess!I ♥ Bandera
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Super Soaker Si

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 by Jo  |  Comments Off


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Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Mt Si (Old Trail)

Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter Scott:

It rained as I loaded the dogs in the car.
It rained as I picked up John and Eric.
It rained as we drove to the trailhead.
It rained as we watched some weird dude do his community service in the parking lot.
It rained as we waited for 6:00.
It rained as we started hiking.
It rained as John and Eric left me in the, well, I guess it wasn’t very dusty.
It rained as I passed the rock garden.
It rained as I climbed the switchbacks.
It rained as I climbed the ridge.
It rained as Dan passed me going down (he wasn’t going to wait for us in the rain).
It rained as I hit the main trail.
It rained as Larry passed me going down (he got tired of waiting for us in the rain).
It rained as I tagged the viewpoint bench.
It rained as I fed the dogs and we ate graham crackers and drank our beverages of choice.
It rained as we descended.
It rained as we sloshed down the lower trail (now extremely saturated).
It rained as we got back to the car.
It rained as we drove back to the Pour House.
It rained as we attempted to change into dry clothes.
It rained the whole time.
This is TNAB.