Monday, August 21, 2017

The White War ... 1914-1918

In the mid 1970s, on my first trip to the Alps, I got an inkling of all this while hiking and climbing in the Dolomites. This short, but interesting article gives you greater insight into the war where more men were killed by avalanches than by shells. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Flying Frenchies are back ...

Arcane, zany, talented, insane, hysterical, crazy, and oh yes, ballsy ... welcome to the circus with these climbers, skiers, and base jumpers ... they never fail to catch your attention.

Of course, please do not show this to any male that has an excess of testosterone. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

A question I have started to think about ...

When is your last lead?  How and when do you decide when to hang up the rack and the spikes? 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Have you had enough of summer and can not wait to ski again?

Get yourself psyched, and bring a smile to your face with old.schoolers.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

No gathering of the fossil clan is complete ...

Without bringing out the "rusty piton" bottle and having a bit of story telling fueled by a little whiskey.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The original Jensen Pack ... fossil gear

Given that Danny, Mark, and I are all AARP members, so it seemed appropriate to pull out my 1973 Rivendell Mountain Works pack designed by Don Jensen. It is incredibly light and performed quite well on the Tahoe Rim Trail, despite being 44 years old.

For all my climbing partners who have joked about my fruitcake ...

No doubt, if you have gone on an expedition with me, or any climbing trip of more than a week's duration with me, you have shared - often grudgingly - in my love of fruitcake.  Originally, as a child I sampled fruitcake from relatives, and then my mom continued that tradition, and now my sisters send it along at Christmas time. 

The fruitcake story continues as in late 1970s my girlfriend and I made 30 pounds of fruitcake for my first trip to Denali. (Of course any gathering of the fossil clan is not complete without the re-telling of my eating all of the fruitcake after it was spoiled by spilled white gas.) Then of course, there was the moment as Mike Brochu, Michael Franklin, and I topped out on the Black Dike and Franklin just ate a hunk of fruitcake, wrapper and all.

So, read this ode to fruitcake, from one of the most famous expedition adventures ever!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Light moments on the trail ...

1. For the first time in memory Hock refuses a second helping at dinner, of the special mac and cheese mix with hot buffalo wing and sweet and sour tuna.
2. Hock's bad hair days.
3. Mark's inability to sleep on a therma-rest; he calls it "off the grid."
4. Mark's huge stuff sack with every blister aid know to man.

Great memories in Desolation Wilderness ...

1. The bottle of whiskey breaking while we boarded the boat at Echo Lake.
2. Watching the helicopters scoop water from Lake Aloha to put out a fire.
3. The amazing view from our Susie Lake campsite.
4. The view from Dick's Pass.
5. Getting lost on the way to Velma Lakes.

Fossils in the backcountry

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Traverse of the Desolation Wilderness

A great three days: 50k of hiking, 5000', two great campsites, beautiful weather, and amazing views. Of course, the most important point was quality time with a great buddy.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Great hike into Desolation Wilderness ...

3.5 hours, 17.5k, and 1600'

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A short section heading south from Barker Pass ...

After four days of rest and a new pair of boots El Presidente (and Lundy) are ready to go. Of course, Mark had some mid-hike blister care to do. The picture of mountain that I took at the start of our hike, is a spur of Mount Ellis, nicknamed the Fourth of July gullies ... steep ski mountaineering chutes.

Cathedral Lake in the Desolation Wilderness

Along within this wonderful small lake the trail also passed by Floating Island Lake ... spectacular short hike.

Semi-rest day on the side of Mount Tallac

A 3+ hour hike, some yoga, snapping pictures, and reading.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Genevieve Lake and Shadow Lake

At the foot of Rubicon Peak ...

More pictures from yesterday's mountain run ... 3+ hours, 21k, and 1675'

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Very runnable trail into the Desolation Wilderness

I visited four spectacular lakes: Genevieve Lake, Crag Lake, Shadow Lake, and Stoney Ridge Lake.

An easy two hour run to Brockway Summit

Dirtbagging ...

At 65 it seems almost a lifetime ago that I was a dirtbag. I am not sure that in 1976 when I did a three-month bivy in the alps, that the term had even been invented.  An interesting article - based on runners - that has relevance for skiers and climbers. (It is my first exposure to this blog, and it looks like a good one.) ENJOY. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Blister control

Mark has been plagued with blisters on this Mount Rose section. Trying different tape jobs; trying different shoe combinations; and heading to the pharmacy after we got out for tincture of benzoin and liquid skin.

Sunday off will help.

If you loved BORN TO RUN this is a must read ...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Mount Rose Section

Great views; the trail faced south so we are thoroughly parched, and in the late afternoon we lost the trail which was covered in snow. We managed to find mud lake and a great bivy.

Great hike so far ...

TRT overnight

At Mud Lake, Hock in his half-bag and Mark with his blister kit, the thunderstorm passed us bye and we are back on the trail.