Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The White Rim Trail - Canyonlands

I've never really loved riding a bike.  In fact, the few rides I've done this year have been mediocre at best.  With this bad of attitude I decided to join Andy, Tom, and Jason Prigge on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands.  I had heard it was a classic ride but all I could picture in my mind was a white, dusty road full of vans providing support for over weight cyclists.  

I was wrong. Turns out riding a bike is fun and the White Rim Trail is as classic as everyone says.  It has poured the night before and the dirt road was perfect.  Add beautiful 65 degree temps and the day was magical.  We road fast which felt slightly uncomfortable but stopped frequently enough to allow my weak legs to recover.  Eight and a half hours after starting we were back at the car and psyched!  Without a doubt this was the best ride I've ever done.  Maybe I won't sell my bike...

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A few Baldy shots

 The dusting of snow overnight was enough to entice us into the mountains.  Baldy continues to deliver.
Andy with Layne Caldwell watching
Lower Main Chute

Red Stack - Forbidden Fruit

Noah already put a few photos up from our Tuesday stroll up Snowbird.  We basically took turns posing at the same spots so here are the same photos he put up with a different person in them.  The day before, he sent out a text with this line on Red Stack labeled "ski me!"  How could I say no to that?  The snow was mediocre at best (except for the amazing groomers down low) but it was still much more fun than my rainy bike ride the following day!  
Snowbird sleeping in the background
Red Stack shoulder
Green on green on green (the last green's his boots)
The second of three turns on the only supportable snow of the chute
The last of the three

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tanner's, SLC Twins East Face

This morning Lars and I were heading up to Alta in hopes of finding the perfect corn we experieinced earlier in the week.  As we drove by Tanner's we looked up and saw a fair amount of snow in the upper chute which caused Lars to slam on the brakes.  In a matter of a few seconds our plans changed.  I forgot a real camera but the phone seemed to do a decent job.
Lars finding out Tanner's is not filled in
Towards the top of Tanner's we ran into the Bear 100 champ Brian Peterson, Matthew Van Horn, and 3 others. Collectively the 5 of them had put in a rock hard booter for which Lars and I were quite grateful.  Given the time savings, we figured we'd drop into Broad Fork and check out the E Face of Twins.  It was a mixed bag of nice corn, rocks, and isothermic slush but anyday on Twins is a good day.  Escepcially if the sun is out, you're on skis, and in a T shirt.
Summiting SLC Twins
Corn on the upper East Face
Turned into slop lower down

Headig back up to Tanner's with the boney E. Face in the background
The ski out down Tanner's was perfect (including the large amounts of walking and the waterfall that required a bit of down climbing).  It was a great morning but it certainly seems like the skiing days in the Wasatch are coming to a close.
Every bit of snow in Tanner's skied well

Lars hoping he doesn't fall into the waterfall below him
No skiing to the car

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Goblin Valley, Little Wild Horse Canyon

After spending the weekend in Carbondale, Amanda and I had another free day to wander around the desert.  Neither of us had been to Goblin Valley so that's where we went.  In the parking lot we ran into a friend who reccomended Little Wild Horse Canyon which was just a few miles away.  The Goblins were cool but the Little Canyon stole the show.
Goblin Valley
The start of Little Wild Horse Canyon

Hannah does not care

Monday, April 27, 2015

More Desert Photos - Lower Calf Creek, The Burr Trail

The day after bumbling around in Spooky Gulch we had to make our way to Carbondale Colorado.  We decided to take the Burr Trail ( a mostly paved, part dirt road) from Boulder to southern Capitol Reef.  It added a couple hours but everyone we'd talked to raved about the drive.  

Before officially leaving I squeaked in a short run to Lower Calf Creek Falls.  There's something special about water and the desert.  Hannah was PYSCHED!

The Burr Trail absolutely lived up to it's hype.  Every time we stepped out of the car we were blown away with the what we found.  Unfortunately we didn't stay long but my psych for the dessert has certainly grown.
Farms outside of Boulder
More water in the desert

Some random side canyon right off of the road as it traveled through Long Canyon
Amanda sending

Entering Capitol Reef
Capitol Reef

More desert farms