Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Beaverhead 100K

Most of the pre-race meeting for the race the next day centered around rain, hail, lightning, grizzly bears, mountain lions, and snakes...  It was going to be a good day!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Potatoes, hops, and . . . ice???

Idaho is known for its potatoes, and amongst connoisseurs of strong DIPAs for its hops, but it turns out it also has good ice!!!

Since the first time I swung an ice tool with a bunch of friends at the "Children's Wall" in Ouray Colorado, February of 2008, I've been a bit obsesses.  The fact that large waterfalls freeze at all is pretty cool, and then you add in the fact that you can climb them???  It doesn't get much better!

For years now I've driven up to 15 hours just to climb waterfall ice.  When I moved to Boise in 2011 I heard rumors about local ice that would form with just the right conditions . . . but for 3 1/2 years the right conditions never quite seemed to line up with my time off . . . until now!

Hidden Falls

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Type I Fun in December 2014

This is the Chronicle of my type I fun in December.  For those not familiar with the 3-tiered fun scale, see this post by Kelly Cordes.

Dribbles of drool all over Champagne Sherbet in Montana

The week of extremely cold weather we got at the beginning of November was just enough to wet my appetite.  My dreams turned from trails and rock to powder snow and plastic one-swing-stick ice.  I waxed my skis.  I sharpened my tools.  I was hungry for WINTER!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow, Rock, and a little Ice on Cervidae

At the end of last week, a freak storm blew in from the west and dropped a record amount of snow, and brought single digit night time temperatures with it.

Short on time, and without my skis (they are in the shop), I still wanted to get outside this last weekend and take advantage of the early start to winter.

My friend Troy was equally short on time, but I promised we could leave Boise at 8am Sunday morning and be back by lunch.  He was in.

Destination:  The rock route on Cervidae!

The "rock route" can be seen high on the ridge on the right side of the photo.