Monday, August 08, 2016

Lazy Day today, catching with some rest from a busy last few days.  While cleaning I came across this note that my best guess is Oliver's attempt at this last name, so close.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Granite Mountain

This was a busy week that ended on a high note with a great Cascade hike, Granite Mountain.  On Wednesday I went to climb the tooth with Joe and I noticed a fire lookout to the south and asked Joe if he knew which one it was.  He was right and it was Granite Mountain.  The hike up to the fire lookout is used as a local training hike and the trail is about 4 miles and 4000 feet of elevation gain.  We choose to attempt the scrambling route on the Southeast ridge.

The ridge route is a bit more challenging class 2 climb off the beaten path, we ended up going up a bit too high on the normal trail and had to do an "awesome" traverse bushwhack back to the avalanche gully we were supposed to head up to gain the ridge.  We left the normal trail around 2.5 miles then it was pretty much straight up.  The weather was interesting, as the clouds came in and out one minute obscuring our views and our route and then next giving us fantastic views down the I-90 Corridor. 

Once on the Southeast ridge it was a classic rocky scramble to the fire lookout.  It was cold up there and the wind cut through our jackets.  We had a few shots of Scotch ate our sandwiches and headed back down.  We decided to take the trail down and I am really glad that we did.  The upper section of the hike winds through high rocky meadows with flowers and trees and just a beautiful area.

Ended the day by grabbing some beers and a new t shirt from Holy Mountain. Dropped Kris at his house and went to say goodbye to Joe and Kelsey who were leaving Monday for their three month adventure to Europe.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Another send off

Helping Joe Pack up the bikes for their three month tour of Europe.  I hope the bikes make it!

After that I headed down to the 20th Annual Dead Baby Downhill and the greatest party known to man.
T-Shirt Art
The Start of the downhill race.

One of the main Dead Baby Bikes.
The first of too many of too many things!

Friday, August 05, 2016


Today I took the morning off from work to take the family to the airport for their annual trip back to the Midwest.  And off they go.

Work was somewhat uneventful and then I was off for a night of biking, eating pizza, drinking, and a fire gathering sending a kitten off before they leave for Paris for at least a few years.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

The Tooth

A quick afternoon climb with Joe before his European adventure. We tackled the Tooth a easy 5.6 ish cascade classic. Have climbed it many times over but this was nice as we had the place to ourselves until we started our descent which is extremely rare on this peak.

Sunday, January 03, 2016


New Year Run with Oliver at Discovery Park!  Early and COLD!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Granola bar sneakers.