Below are a collection of random shots since the new camera crawled its way into my hands. The camera is just getting warmed up for the arrival of Baby Mac. The EM-1 is simply amazing, hopefully the images below will speak for themselves, if you need a more in depth written info / reviews on the brand new EM-1, here are a few very well done reviews
Yup, Im making it official! If you mountain bike, then do yourself a favor and make a trip to Moab, UT. Riding slickrock is crazy cool and super unique. If you decide cranking up sticky rock just isn't for you then go check out the 100's of other great ride in the area. This was Kristin's and my first trip to Moab. Awesome! and will be going back. The Massey's showed us the ropes and took us on several of the area's classics! All repeaters for sure: Klondike Bluff Area Trails, Slickrock and "The Whole Enchilada" as called by the locals.
The Whole Enchilada: Often regarded as the ultimate Moab ride. A link up involving Burro Pass, Hazard, Kokopelli, Porcupine Singletrack, and Porcupine Rim covering approx 30 miles starting from the La Sal Mountains, with 7000 vertical feet of downhill ended at the Colorado River.
Our version this trip Enchilada À la carte: Thanks to roughly 4" of snowfall on Thursday night up near Burro Pass in the La Sal mountains. We opted to start the ride at the Kokopelli / Hazard County trail junction (~8500'). Still an amazing ride and hey we skipped out on 2000' climb:) all downhill on the À la carte version. And we still got to experience some snow during the ride:)
Use the MTBProject interactive map below to zoom in and browse some of Moab's trails!
Mighty Colorado River Carves Below SlickRock
Slickrock Training Brigade - Anne, Thomas and Kristin on Baby Steps Loop trail
The White Dash and Rubber Marks Replace the Trail Cairn - Me on Slickrock trail
Mario's Personal Cheerleaders - Kristin, Thomas, Anne
The switchback method - Anne demonstrates with a successful burst up the steeps
The MnM Gang wrecks havoc on Sand Arch - a few days later the government shuts down and all National Parks close...hmmm curious - Sand Arch way past sunset, Arches National Park - Kristin, Thomas, Anne, and Me behind the camera
After spending several days trying to stay afloat during record breaking rainfall along Colorado's front range, we packed up and headed west towards Vail hoping for clear skies and a good romp on the VAIL classic - Two Elks. We chose to ride it from the rec parking at Vail Pass to Bowman's Shortcut to Two Elks. Totaling roughly 19 miles.
For full description of the this glorious ride explore the interactive map and links to MTBProject below
Team M&M take on Two Elks
Doing some Campfire Magic to Ward the Rain Away - Thomas
Riding Among Aspens - Kristin
Giving the Rain the Middle Finger - Thomas
This Rain isTurning CO into the PNW - Kristin
Town Watering Hole - Red Cliff, CO
Red Cliff, is a former mining camp situated in the canyon of the upper Eagle River just off U.S. Highway 24 north of Tennessee Pass. The population was 289 at the 2000 census. The town site is concealed below the highway (which passes over the Red Cliff Truss Bridge). It was founded in 1879 during the Colorado Silver Boom by miners from Leadville who came over Tennessee Pass scouting for better prospects.
Passing in front of the mighty Gore Range - Kristin
Red Cliff Truss Bridge
Weaving Single track through Outer Mongolia Bowl of Vail Ski Resort - Thomas
Red Cliff Truss Bridge
The Wizard Working His Firebow - Thomas
Abandoned Mining Town - Gilman, CO
Gilman, founded in 1886 during the Colorado Silver Boom, the town later became a center of lead and zinc mining in Colorado, centered around the now-flooded Eagle Mine. It was abandoned in 1984 by order of the Environmental Protection Agency
because of toxic pollutants. It is currently a ghost town on private property and is strictly off limits to the public.
On February 27, 2008 the Minturn Town Council unanimously approved annexation and development plans for 4,300 acres (17 km2)
of Ginn Resorts’ 1,700-unit Battle Mountain residential ski and golf
resort; Ginn's Battle Mountain development includes much of the old
The townsite is a victim of vandalism,
and the town's main street is heavily tagged. There are only a few
intact windows left in town, as twenty years of vandalism have left
almost every glass object in the town destroyed.
However, many parts of the town are almost as they were when the mine
shut down. The main shaft elevators still sit ready for ore cars,
permanently locked at the top level. Several cars and trucks still sit
in their garages, left behind by their owners.
Alas, my first summertime AK visit! It was well worth the wait and kept us busy with endless breathtaking adventure. That's breathtaking both visually and physically...as we played with friends in the extraordinarily beautiful Alaskan backcountry via 3 modes of FUN; the packraft, the mountain bike and the stand up paddle board.
2300 Sunset - Looking across the mud flats of the Knik Arm
Packraft Transition - Kristin
K inflating her packraft with the ultralite airbag (glorified garbage bag) after a 4 mile approach- hike with paddles, packrafts, helmets and dry suits on our backs
The ingenious idea was developed and fine tuned in both AK and CO, we are finding them to be, yet another awesome toy. The Alpacka Packraft , made in Colorado
Interactive Map - Click on Icons and zoom in and out for more detail
During a walk and scout section of lower Glacier Creek (looking for the dangerous rumored sweepers)
Chameleon on Wheels - Anson
Several of us got together for a ride to Lost Lake, north of Seward, AK. What breathtaking singletrack in a perfect setting!
Glacier Creek 2nd Round - Kristin
Kristin and I head back for a second day on Glacier Creek, before heading to the Turnagain Arm to surf the Bore tide with Anson. Here K attaches her backpack and dry sac to the bow of the boat.
77 degrees in AK - Kristin after surfing the bore-tide
Quite the experience: Surfing the Turnagain Arm Bore tide: Thanks to Anson, Landon and Monica for showing us the ropes:)
The bore tide is a huge wave or series of waves that advance down Turnagain Arm in a wall of water up to 10-feet high. Its known as one of the biggest in the world. One unique aspect of the Turnagain bore tide is that all
other bore waves run up low-lying rivers in more southerly latitudes. The Turnagain wave is the only one that occurs in the far north
and the only one bordered by mountains. It’s also amazingly
accessible: you can see it by road along its entire 40- to 50-mile
length. And it’s a wildlife-spotting opportunity: harbor seals often
ride the tide into Turnagain Arm. Beluga whales may come in a half hour
or so later once the water gets deeper.
Glacier Water Air Guitar - Anson on his Standup Paddle Board (SUP)
About to take a bone chilling dunk, in the far background is Spencer Glacier. From this point took about 1 hour to paddle upto. And yes he floated the Placer river on his SUP, and yes packrafts are more stable in the rapids:)
All Smiles + a Bark - Anson, Darcie, Kina, Kristin
The crew takes a break during the fast downhill after enjoying the scenic climb upto Lost Lake.
Nearing the Toe of Spencer Glacier - Kristin in her Alpaca
Now only if our backyard grew weeds like this. This stuff is everywhere. And once the blooming stops the countdown to 6 more weeks of summer begins
Glacier Creek Crusaders - Darcie, Stephanie, Kristin, Anson, Me
About an hour into the run we pull off and exits the boats to check for sweepers and strainers near the Girdwood airport. By this point the rapids start to mellow, leaving only sweepers and strainers and low water levels as the only hazards.
Loosing Lost Lake - Kristin
New Mexican Irony - My personalized paddle by Anson
Packrafts in Tow - Our approach hike into Glacier Creek
Yet again ol AK never disappoints! What what a great group of friends we have, so lucky, everyone is always up for an adventure! And Anson thanks again for the use of your toys!