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


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Posted on May 1st, 2014 by Jo  |  Comments Off

Turkey Burnt


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

Special Thanks to Torch Team Trip Reporter Matt (Wxman):

Turkey in the oven, thanks to all who cooked
Teneriffe of Friday, upward bound we booked.
Skies were grey and drippy, trees were green and damp,
Snow scarce as a ground cover, on this steep and wooded ramp.
No views to note this Burner, as the fog blew through the trees,
Instead, hot choc-o-late libations; “more flavored booze please?”
There were two turkey-burning parties ‘nabbing Teneriffe this day,
We passed below the summit top, briefly swapped a couple “Hey’s”.
The season’s now a changing; feels more like Winter than the Fall,
Turkey Burner’s in the rearview, now bring on some Lunatique snowfall!

Great to see all the familiar faces out on the mountain for the Turkey Burnner.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and we look forward to seeing you out at the next Lunatique!

Pray for snow.


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Posted on November 29th, 2013 by Jo  |  1 Comment »

Lost & Found



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Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Mt. Teneriffe

Special Thanks to Guest Poet EWB:

As TNABs go,
this one’s a hoot.
The sun did shine,
the boots did scoot.

The falls were wet,
the ridge inclined,
the snow boot-stepped,
the temps divine.

But more than that,
more than the steep,
on this TNAB…
we lost a peep.

The search began,
the whistles blew,
the brush was beat,
the texts done flew!

But in the end,
our peep was found
just off the trail
all safe and sound.

So with a “Phew!”
we headed down
the Not-a-Trail
back into town.

To share new tales,
new TNAB lore,
over food and beer
at the House of Pour.

 

Posted on April 25th, 2013 by Jo  |  Comments Off

How to Burn a Turkey


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

Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter Andy:

 
Mt. Teneriffe Turkey Burner – traditionally made the day after Thanksgiving.

Ingredients:

Mt. Teneriffe
Snow
Rain
Wind
Wet leaves
Mud
7 hikers

Cover top of mountain with snow, moisten with rain continuously and add wind
liberally at intervals. Cook approximately 3900 ft up and down for four
hours. Tumble several hikers over mud and wet leaves and serve cold.

Posted on November 23rd, 2012 by Jo  |  Comments Off

Bow Down to Bandera

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

Teneriffe the Terrible

Thursday Night Morons
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Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Mt Teneriffe

Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter EWB:

Copious amounts of vertical rain from the trailhead. Even larger volumes of horizontal rain on the summit. And then things got really wet. Few started, only some reached the summit, nearly all reached the Pour House. There glasses were raised and prayers offered for drier days.

Posted on April 19th, 2012 by Jo  |  Comments Off

Teneriffe Turkey Burning


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Posted on November 25th, 2011 by Jo  |  1 Comment »

Teneriffic!

Second Group Shot
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Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter Ewb:

When is a trail Not a Trail? When it’s ajar! Ahahaha! Oh, wait, that’s a door. In this case, it’s Not a Trail when it’s an Adventure, which is what you always get with TNAB on Teneriffe.

It was the second of now two exceptional weather TNABs. W00t!!1! The sunny skies and moderate temps were glorious and most welcome, but may have worked against us a bit by luring away potential TNABers to more exotic and less punishing destinations. Still, it was a solid turn-out with 11 hikers and 5 pooches spread out along 1 mountain.

The lower half of the trail seemed to fly by. Conversations with Weimar Steve and ZeusDaddy helped pass the time on the over-long road walk. We slipped in with the Alti-Gang as we left the road and soon caught up with GQHiker and his companion, Miss C. Occasional encounters with the creek lent the way some real beauty. Before long we arrived at the falls to the spray and roar of fast melting snow crashing on rocks.

No rest for the weary. Without pausing we turned up, even more steeply now, and aimed for the ridge, with Weimar Steve out front. This part of the trail has received some not so welcome attention since our last visit and is now covered in grapefruit sized rocks, making the going a bit precarious (there were even some “Rock!” calls coming down). Before long we gained the ridge, ankles intact. Not quite an hour since leaving the cars.

From here it was a scenic and quiet trudge up Teneriffe’s unique wooded ridge. We encountered snow where the ridge fattens, before the first couple of open areas. The way was deeply covered then with nicely packed snow pocked with plenty of fine steps. There was an occasional step collapse and later a bit of post-holing, but nothing too bad. Gaiters helped keep the snow out.

After leaving the dark trees for the shiny goodness of the open face below the cliffy bit, we learned the answer to “Where’s Josh?” And then just below the summit we caught Dan. One at a time we reached the top, where we added layers and snacks (thanks to Josh for sharing his fine PB crackers!) and hung out, safely below the still very large cornice, gawking in wonder at the blue skies, sinking sun, and long snow-capped views. Nice as it was, the stiff wind was very cold. So after waiting a while we snapped a group shot, packed up, and separately began down.

Before getting far, though, we saw folks returning to the top with AltiBabe and AltiDude in tow. Yay! And just behind them came SeattleHikerToo. Yay! With all of us back on the summit, we waited a bit more and took a new group shot and began packing up and heading down for good. Just below the summit we met WxMan, and just a bit further GQHiker and Miss C. No turning around this time, but it was nice to know that everyone made the top, even if we didn’t all get to enjoy it together.

Back in the woods and out of the wind things warmed up quickly. There were a number of stops to drop layers and add headlamps, the latter of which came on just above the falls. Just below the falls, Weimar Steve, ZeusDaddy, Dan, and I regrouped and began a most incredible descent behind ZeusDaddy who led us down along the creek in narrow beams of dancing light in non-stop zigs and zags over roots and rocks at a dizzying pace that required every bit of everyone’s attention all the way to the bottom. Crashing out onto the road together we took a collective breath as our minds caught up with our feet and we slowly grasped what we’d done. It was an epic rush. Dan, who tapped some curiously strong mojo to do this sans poles, declared it “an old school TNAB descent,” which was about as fine an accolade as one could wish for.

The long slow road walk back to the cars was made less dull with endless games of Astro fetch and conversations ranging from glacier travel training to inappropriate man-taquito relations. We finally reached the cars and made our way to the Pour House where the beer flowed freely and the magiquitos sang sweetly. Folks trickled in slowly as others finished up and left, providing a continuous stream of new faces and stories. Unexpectedly, the last few PH stragglers were treated to a generous gift by SeattleHikerToo (thank you!), before we finally retired to the parking lot, watched Alti-Row pretend to drive for a while (ha!), and then headed our separate ways. A quick sweep of the trailhead to make sure everyone was down, then off to bed to make that descent again, and again, and again.

Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Mt Teneriffe Info

Posted on May 19th, 2011 by Jo  |  2 Comments »

Teneriffe Turkey Burner

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First Crew
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Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter EWB:

The weather was foul but the company fair as TNAB gathered after Thanksgiving day to burn turkey on Teneriffe. The gobbler scalders included Yukon, Huron (previously Magnum), Dicey, Martin, Malachi Constant, ZeusDaddy, and EWB.

The pace was brisk to start. The rain was cold and intermittent. Dicey’s regular weather reports helped pass the time on the long wet road approach. We soon reached a turning point and followed Yukon into the snowy woods and commenced beating brush up and up and over and up until eventually emerging on the new switchbacks heading west. The long easy grade of the switchbacks wasn’t conducive to burning bird, but did provide lots of quality time for the party to reflect on the holidays, and family, and new jobs, and bills, and the weather, and to check email.

Finally, an ice-covered Kamikaze Falls appeared to rescue the fowl melters from the switchback doldrums. Here the crew separated a bit. Some stopped to take pictures of the falls, others donned microspikes, and at least one changed shirts (sorry you had to see that Dicey). At various paces all reached the ridge and gingerly picked their way over the snow and ice covered roots and rocks.

About 800′ below the summit the snow’s texture and depth changed abruptly from wet and slippery and ankle deep to dry and slippery and knee deep. Huron switched to snowshoes, but the lead group stuck to boots with ZeusDaddy plowing steps through the increasingly deepening snow. The open areas, including the cliffy step, proved particularly deep and difficult, especially for our plowman.

About 100′ below the summit we emerged from the trees into waist deep powder with little interest in consolidation. ZeusDaddy switched to swim-plowing, but the loose snow would not cooperate. Undeterred, he switched to snowshoes and began laboriously high-stepping toward the summit slowly mashing down a trench in which EWB, now also in shoes, could follow, further packing the snow allowing the shoeless Dicey, Martin, Yukon, and Malachi to follow. Huron also helped hammer the trench, emerging in shoes before Yukon and Malachi.

Unlike the still and quiet of the sheltered wood, the summit was a gusty freeze bucket of disappearing extremities and sailing hats. After quick high-fives and a summit pic, Dicey and Martin headed down. ZeusDaddy and EWB added layers and hung around to welcome and shoot pics with Huron, Yukon, and Malachi. However, it wasn’t long before we were all descending. Once back in the stillness of the trees, the shoes came off, the Yukon Jack came out (and went in!), and the long slippery down began.

The descent pace was leisurely, with lots of time to talk and joke and slide and fall. We never did all catch up again, but the last group of Yukon, Malachi, ZeusDaddy, and EWB carried the spirit of TNAB to the Pour House and packed some beer and grub into the gaps left by the now smoldering turkey remains.

Posted on November 26th, 2010 by Jo  |  Comments Off

TNAB Teneriffe Turkey Burner

Follow up your feasting with a TNAB holiday tradition!


Tenerife Turkey Burner 2009
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Though not everyone made the photo, sounds like a solid turnout in not so spectacular weather.
Special thanks to Magnum for this week’s nwhiker.net trip report: TNAB Teneriffe Turkey Burner

Weather links, maps, etc can be found  here: Mt Teneriffe

Posted on November 27th, 2009 by Jo  |  3 Comments »