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Friday, August 29, 2008

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit my good friend Patrick Meyer in Steamboat Springs.  I was excited to see his newly acquired guiding service, Rocky Mountain Ventures.  It is inspiring to see your friends take pursuit of their aspirations.  My stay at Steamboat was brief, but Pat gave me a small tour of the local climbing and it was good.  I missed a golden opportunity to take pictures at the "Seed House" crag (I think that was the name) by leaving my camera at Pat's house (damn it!)  If you are ever in Steamboat Springs, and are looking for adventure, give Pat Myers a call.  The blog posting has been slow because I haven't taken pictures of anything note worthy, but this weekend should be different.  

Chasing Rainbows

Rainbow upper-mid left

Sun Rays hitting Pike's Peak

Ute Valley Bouldering

Sunday, August 10, 2008

From Boise to Blueridge

Lately, I've been traveling a lot.  On the first leg of my field stint, I was working on a project based out of Boise, Idaho.  We have a contract with the USDA and are acquiring imagery northeast of Boise near the Sawtooth Range. Boise is pretty much a desert, but we were working out of this gorgeous little mountain airport in McCall about 1.5 hours drive NE of Boise.  I had a few days to explore, and found some decent climbing about an hour SE of Boise in an area called Reynolds Creek.  During my first trip to Reynolds Creek, I discovered this crazy looking grasshopper/cicada with a large stinger/horn protruding from its thorax.  There were 100s dead found in the vicinity.  It looked like one of the swarms that you see on the Discovery channel.  Then I got a phone call to help wrap up a project in Virginia.  So our crew made a marathon flight from Boise to Richmond the next day.  Flying at night in your own airplane is pretty cool.  We were able to watch the vivid display of a thunderstorm about 100 miles away while approaching Richmond.  Recently, I've been exploring the Peaks of Otter area about an hour north of Lynchburg.  It is mostly hiking, but there is a ton of climbing that could be developed.  After Virginia, it is off to Dayton for some airplane maintenance, and then off to Wyoming to start a new project.  This is the life of a professional gypsy! 

McCall Airport

Check out the thorax!

Virginia Coastline

Cascade Falls

Bouldering @ McAfee's Knob