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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Downhill Bikes on Keystone Mtn.

This weekend, friends from work (Kris & Lisa) talked me into renting downhill mountain bikes at Keystone Mtn Resort (Dercum Mtn. 11,640 ft. elev.), an area just north of Breckenridge.   With a vertical rise of 2,307 ft.,  the Keystone Bike Park consists of some of Colorado's best downhill trails, with progressive terrain for riders of all abilities.  The park has everything from challenging rock gardens, huge drops, berms, bridges, jumps, and high-speed features.  I have always loved mountain biking, but this style of riding is better than anything I have ever tried.  I rented a Trek Session 7, with 6 inches of travel in the front and 7 inches of travel in the rear.  It was heavier than anything I was used to, and soaked up all of my mistakes.  I haven't really been riding that much in the last 3 years, and was really stoked to hit all of the tables in the skills park (check out the video ).   I'm hooked, and I will be thinking about riding until I get my next fix.

Summit Express Lifts

Kris And Lisa on Top of Dercum Mtn.

Bridge lead-in to the corkscrew

Kris on the corkscrew


Friday, July 25, 2008

Shelf Climbing Area

During Courtney's past visit we went to Shelf Rd. and Turkey Rocks.  I was proud to see her lead her first 5.7 at Turkey, "Honkey Jam."  I worked out the moves of a 5.12R on toprope, and will be excited to lead it once a get a "heavier" belayer (Courtney is a bit light, and I need a good anchor to keep me from decking).  Posted below the Shelf Rd. pictures are some pics leading Spectre on gear.  Spectre is an amazing 5.11 9 bolt sport route, at the New River Gorge, that I always wanted to lead on gear.  I only clipped the 2nd bolt, b/c I didn't feel comfortable with the rock quality on the bottom portion of the route.  I was waiting for Randy to send me some pictures from Agent Orange and I was going to post them all at once, but Randy still hasn't gotten me the photos.

Shelf - View from the "Dark Side" 

Courtney sporting her new helmet


Monday, July 21, 2008

Exploring my Backyard

I've been back in Colorado for the last 10 days, and I've finally had enough time to explore some new places.  This weekend (18th and 19th) I went up to Buffalo Creek with some friends from work (Joe Birchman and Kris Godwin) to go mountain biking.  Buffalo Creek is about 40 mins. from the house, and offers some premier biking trails.  If you ever visit, make sure to hit up the Colorado Trail, it is awesome.  On Friday night we managed to drink four growlers, and we ended up creating some interesting photography that evening.  "Night Light Art," as I would like to call it, is created by changing the exposure settings on your camera.  Scott, if you are reading this, I know you will appreciate the work, and further more know how much fun it is. 

On Sunday, Courtney came down from Boulder, and we went climbing at Shelf Road.  This destination is about 1.5 hrs. from the house, and has over 1,000 limestone routes.  I look forward to spending some more time there!

View from Morrison Creek Junction

Joe climbing out of Morrison Creek

Silhoutte of Joe by Wellington Lake


Walk like an Egyptian

Harnessing some energy

Joe Kung Fu Fighting

Joe can shoot lightning out of his ass

Glowing Growler

Christmas Tree

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Cranking at the NRG

Over the July 4th weekend I was fortunate to meet some great people (Matt & Daryl) from the Boston area.  We swapped belays, shared beta, and told some great stories.  We had an excellent day of climbing on Friday (4th) at the Coliseum down by Summersville Lake.  I added two new routes to my tick list, Tobacco Road (5.12b) and Reckless Abandon (5.12b\c).  Both were great routes, but Reckless Abandon comes highly recommended and will be added to my top 10 list of routes at the NRG.  Today (5th) we climbed at the Cirque, and I showed Matt and Daryl a few climbs they should hop on.  Matt made quick work of Graffiti (5.12a\b), and Daryl attempted Satanic Traverses (5.12c).  At 19 bolts, Satanic Traverses is a wicked long traverse that climbs 4 bolts up (35 ft.) and then cuts 90 degrees right and continues for another 90 ft or so (remaining 16 bolts).  It is a feat just to make it to the shuts, let alone red-point the route.  Tomorrow I head out to Dayton, OH, and then out to Idaho.  I have been fortunate to climb 6/8 days here, and will sadly miss leaving the area.  Below are pictures taken over the last 8 days.

Daryl starting "Satanic Traverses"

Matt on "Graffiti"

Whippoorwill area at Summersville

View from Fayette Station

Meadow River

Tributary to the New River