Skin track in blue
December 25, 2010
December 19, 2010
Kristin and I ventured into British Columbia, Canada seeking our first exposure to what backcountry enthusiasts call "Canadian Cold-Smoke" And YES we will we be returning!
|The typical evening ridge tour includes the balder peaks lookers left of our skin track (see this photo taken on 1/2/2011). However due to limited time, visibility, and a shallow snow pack, we figured it safest to tour among the trees and lower angle slopes|
December 8, 2010
A day after skiing in the Southern Selkirks of northern Idaho, K and I broke out the climbing gear for the last climbing trip of 2010. I was attending a conference for work in Anaheim, CA of all places :( A bit to far for Taquitz, Yosemite, Or Joshua Tree. Leaving us with trying to find some worldclass rock in the LA area....? Impossible right? Actually.... Riverside, CA, one of LA's many neighboring cities is home to what is called Riverside Quarry.
An abandoned massive hunk of granite left by Lime miners once they cleaned all the Lime out. The result superb steep climbing on featured granite. The huge cliff band is 200-300ft tall in spots. With over 200+ routes. All quality! Cant wait to go back, if only it wasn't in LA area! However being in the LA means warm temps almost year around. The crag mainly faces west, making winter afternoons perfect.
Guidebook: Climbers' Guide Riverside Quarry
Crag Location: google map
Trundle Trophy 5.10dOS
Tangerine Dream 5.11aRP 2nd go.
December 4, 2010
Day #4 of 2010-2011 season: Kristin, Andrew, Brian, Kyle, Alex and I. Head into the Selkirks of the Idaho Panhandle. Snotel stations in the area, report that the Schweitzer area of the Selkirks with having the most snow fall with a base nearing 5 feet. Plus a bluebird day was on the schedule.
|Now that's bluebird for ya!|