Friday, August 14, 2015

From such great heights she could hear the satellite coming down.

Despite some cool mornings, I think this summer will be the death knell for a lot of local glaciers.

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Debra came up from Utah, and we rented the Gird Point cabin.

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The west side of the Pioneers, looking for moose.

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A little-known lake in Banff.

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A better-known lake in Banff.

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Oooh, Canadian girls.

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The Plain of Six Glaciers.

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Kootenay National Park.

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I'm not tired, I'm not tired, I'm.

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Well look who ran the Missoula half marathon!

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Every morning the sun rises two minutes later than the day before.

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Greg took me paddleboarding on the Bitterroot one day after work.

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So one day we decided to rent a jackhammer and concerete saw and do away with some sidewalk. A few days later, this is what I had. I say "I" because conveniently Laura and Cooper decided to vacation in Atlanta as soon as the project got underway.

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Sidewalk half done. Why not see some stuff?

Middle Teton via the southwest couloir, in a day. The Grand looms to the north.

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Three hours into the Middle Teton.

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Burritos for dinner, **again**.

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Next day: three-mile epic wildflower ridge walk on the way to Table Mountain.

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Back at home -- oh, that sidewalk is not building itself, is it?

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The shepherd living on Jumbo Saddle this summer: I can't tell if he's a self-conscious hipster or the real thing. I tempted to say he's the real thing.

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Afternoons in Pattee: days are getting shorter and it's starting to look like fall!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Up with the sun.

4 a.m. is the new 5.

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Of course, the mountain is all yours at the late hour of 5 a.m. anyway.

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No joke. It's nice to be up early.

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A nice downhill stretch of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, just off the Continental Divide near Fleecer.

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$1.06 worth of bolts, nuts, and washers broke on the Chariot, rendering forward progress nearly impossible. Of course, this happened 75 miles from the nearest hardware store and on the hottest day of the year, but we were able to cobble together a self-evacuation to Dillon, where cold drinks awaited.

New vs. old.

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Here's the break spot to give a better idea of what happened:

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One bolt on either side of the body holds the main frame tube to a down-tube coming from the push bar. Both of these snapped simultaneously while rolling over a particularly stout cattle guard (or, as they call them in Canada, 'Texas guard'). As I've written before, this Chariot has literally thousands of miles on it in every condition imaginable -- from legitimate mountain desert mountain biking to blizzards, and lots of highway miles -- so it should not come as a shock that things are wearing out on it.

The Pioneer Mountains.

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The final turns of the year came, as usual, in Colt Killed Cirque, but this time at the ridiculously early date of June 20 -- and that date was stretching things. This year had just 63 ski outings -- the lowest in memory -- and only a handful of true powder days. While paltry snowfall was the headline, the truth is that this was a great ski season. Good weather, good travel conditions, excellent stability, and a lot of great ski partners meant I was able to hit big things in mid-winter at a time when I'm normally relegated to Lolo Pass.

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Note the lack of snow in this photo.

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Fewer ski days means more ride time.

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And, of course, family time.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Makes sense out of the world.

Upper Priest Lake.

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Glacier National Park.

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Gravity-defying Granite Falls.

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Roosevelt Ancient Cedars.

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Yet another 32-mile ride to ski.

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Logan Pass.

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Experimenting with self-arrest techniques. I like the control, but the sloppy weight makes using it somewhat impractical.

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This bastard was literally trying to kill me. For a while I did not understand what was happening -- until he had me against a cliff. I had bear spray out and uncocked, but the wind was in my face. Rocks did the trick.

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In the bed of a different Nissan.

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So much variety up here it blows me away each time.

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On her new Cannondale.

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On his new Specialized. He is now regularly doing six-mile rides.

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Lost cabin, somewhere in north Idaho.

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The 2015 Tour Divide is now on Day Six. The "race" -- there is no prize -- covers dirt roads from Banff to the Mexican border, and riders are self-sufficient -- they carry what they need or find it along the way. The two fastest racers so far have traded leads from the beginning, and so far pedaled almost 1300 miles pretty much without taking a break.

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