Very happy to see three groomers working on getting the ski slope ready. Made two laps on the fresh groomers. Started to rain at 1:45 as I was driving home. Francine hooked up with me for the second lap.
|Kevin, Nisqually Chutes|
|Greg with Pan point to the right|
|Finally skis on at 7,400"|
|Greg - smooth|
|Hiking again, booted out of drainage, back to below Pan Point|
Wenatchee Day 2. Rain up near Mission Ridge Ski area meant we couldn't ride up by Marion/Clara Lakes and the top of the Mission Ridge/Devils Gulch loops, so we stayed low and made our way to the Sage Hills System. Parked at the bottom by Sage Hills Road. We were hoping to make the climb all the way to the Apricot Crisp Trail so we could descend the Lightning Trail back into the Sage Hills trail system, but we were turned around by extreme wind and rain. Of course we didn't know that the system would blow over. 14.5 miles. 3,796 feet of total elevation.
|Climbing "Lone Fir" trail|
|Climbing "Lone Fir" trail thru the Hoodoos|
|Ascending "Homestead Trail" before wind/rain turned us back.|
|Descending "Jackhammer" Trail, near the bottom|
Weekend in Wenatchee - trails were great. Day 1
Climbed "Stairway to Heaven" to road. Climbed road to descend in "Road Rage". Climbed road and descended "Waterslide". Climbed road again to then descend on "Stairway to Heaven". 11.7 miles. total elev. gain 3,015 feet.
|Descending "Stairway to Heaven"|
|Descending "Road Rage"|
Rain, rain and more rain. We looked east, as usual, and it still looked wet. It did seem to be a slight possibility of getting a dry stretch down around Thorp and Ellensburg. We hadn't done Joe Watt canyon in a long time, so we headed there. Francine mentioned hunting season, as we drove down I90. Joe Watt parking area is closed in the winter due to elk feeding. Today, I guess is the opposite. As we rolled up to the gate, we could see campers/trailers all over the place. I guess this is hunting in the modern age. You and a thousand of your friends camped in the same valley. We quickly turned tail and ran away. Next stop, Mansion trails in Ellensburg. We had originally been hesitant of riding here due to fearing the ground would be too wet to ride without doing trail damage. Lucklily the trails were perfect, and we only suffered a light drizzle. We rode to the top of the ridge on Chest Pains, then turned around and hit the other short loops, off of chest pains. Needing a little more exercise we headed up the boy scout trail, for another out and back. We didn't make it to the top of BST, but got enough to wear out the legs. Still dialing in the loop possibilities out here and will hopefully make it back before the snow shuts down the top of the ridge.
Francine, Don, and I headed to Roslyn to ride the trails above town. With the vegetation dying back, and damp trails, the riding was about as good as it gets.
|Mount Stuart, with a dusting of new snow.|
|Don, makes the final push to the ridge top.|
Big brother, Kelly wanted to get out with his daughter Hillary for a little rock climbing. I pulled out my climbing book for Exit 38. I decided to head to Interstate Park, Headlight Point climbing wall. Several 5.7 and 5.8 sport pitches. I guess it's been a while since I have climbed that area. We managed to go the wrong way several times until we found another climber going to the same place. Turned out to be a perfect day, and Hillary even finished with a jump in the river, brrr.
|Kelly sporting his harness from the eighties.|
|Hillary makes the 5.8 pitch looks easy|
|Jen Curd gets in in the action|
|Race participant ride/push up to the starting gate, below the summit of Whistler's peak chair.|
|Riding past the top of Harmony chair|
|Not a bad spot for a start gate|
|First racer gets ready to attack the course|
|Dropping in - Top of the World Trail|
|Kevin enjoys the view, before getting geared up to race.|
Stage 2 was all on technical black diamond trails. I had actually ridden a couple of these trails back in August, but I certainly was at a disadvantage throughout the race, due to the fact that most of the trails I was seeing for the first time, and did not always take the correct line. On stage 2, I was riding a rock slab, on Up In Deep, when I clipped a small stump on the side of the slab, sending me in a flip over the handlebars. I think my helmet took the brunt of the fall. I quickly got back on the bike and continued on. Stage 2 time was 4;40. I actually beat a few people on this section. After this stage it was a 1.2km pedal up an access road to the last stage. I finally caught up with the end of the field of riders. Stage 3 was more techy, rocky sections that were nice and slick from the overnight rain. I managed to slide through without any more wipe-outs and made it to the finish. Stage 3 time of 5:13. Total time: 41:16. The winning time was 19:09. Even if I took out the 16 minutes that the flat tire cost me, I was still near the back of the pack. All in all it was a good adventure, and I got to ride some new trails. It's not every day that you get to ride Whistler from the Peak chair all the way to the village.
|Race started out pretty steep, Top of the World Trail|
Race course: Stage1 - Top of the World trail - finish gate at access road. Stage 2 - Start Raven's nest, No Joke, Up in Deep, Little Alder. Stage 3 - Duffman to Golden Triangle.
|Phat Weekend Enduro Results|
|Phat Weekend Enduro Results|
|Francine rides Lumpy's Epic in Pemberton BC|
Last night we had some rain, so we thought we should head to Pemberton. When we checked the online weather forecast at 7:30am, they were already at 53, while Whistler was only 46. Also, Whistler was expecting rain at noon, while Pemberton, at a lower elevation, was predicting showers at noon, with rain at 1pm. So, we hustled to get out the door.
We parked at the One Mile Lake trailhead. We rode out the lake trail to a right hand turn toward the direction of Lumpy's trail on the "Sea to Sky Trail". Went left on "Overland Trail" to "Overhill-K2 Trail". We continued the steep climb on "Newsflash" to a right turn on "Break-Away". We took this to the intersection of K2 and Pioneer. "Pioneer" was our intended descent, but after a couple of steep switchbacks, we realized that Francine would be walking too much, so we turned around and retraced our steps. At the top of Pioneer, we went back to the intersection of Newsflash and Break-Away, where we went straight on Break-Away. We started feeling a few sprinkles, but the sunshine kept trying to shine through. This trail descended to Lumpy's Epic, where we went left, and descended to the river. Went left on the Horse Trail, and made our way back to One Mile Lake . Sprinkles started to get more persistent. Short, 6 mile day, but some sturdy climbing to keep our legs tired.
We went into town for lunch and powered up with some good burgers at the Pony. On our way home, we pulled into Nairn Falls Provincial park, and hiked the 1.5 km (.9 mile) trail to the falls. So, we added almost a 2
mile hike to our day.
We have lots of space in our nice 4 bedroom condo on 4 levels. There are lots of stairs. I'm sure our legs will be feeling it by the end of the week.
The Snowbird condos are higher up on the hill, so when we left the condo for the day, we climbed up. We didn't really have a plan but ended up climbing up some steep fireroads, and made it to the top of "Golden Boner". Now, we know that Francine has a hard time with Black Diamond rated trails in Whistler, but we thought we would try Golden Boner. Unfortunately, Francine walked down most of it. It was a relief when the trail ended and we went left on "Roam in the Loam", which is a Blue Square rated trail. Then we descended to the base of Blackcomb, on a trail under the Magic Chair.
|Francine actually on her bike on "Golden Boner"|
|Kevin on rock move on Golden Boner|
We made our way to Whistler Village where we stopped for a snack to regroup. Our next plan was to find an easier trail for Francine. We heard that they had done some work on the "Blueberry Hill" trail, so we made our way there on the Valley Trail. After that we made our way to the "Emerald Forest" area, where we rode most of the trails. Then, we took the Valley Trail (paved) back to the condo.