HAIL TO ALL THE MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN SERVING FOR THEIR COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD THANK YOU!
GORDON BOISVERT, Burnaby spent Thursday Rock Climbing at Horne Lake on Vancouver Island. A new area for me. Most of the climbs are in the Amphitheatre - a massive Limestone cave which is unusual since most of the rock around here is Granite. Did a half dozen 12's all Steller quality. Included a couple shots of Stormtrooper (12c). The start is off a tree stump and the second shot is about a third of the way up.
Friday the wife took me up to Lytton and we spent the day river rafting from Spence's Bridge back to Lytton on the Thompson river with a company called Kumsheen. This was in motorized pontoon boats. The temperature was 35C (95F) which was great since the river was freezing. 25 kilometers of river with more than 25 rapids with cozy names like 'Jaws of Death', 'Witches Cauldron', 'Terminator'. Most of them large enough to cover the boat soaking and tossing us around.
BROOKE KIRKPATRICK, Acct Exec in Denver and her husband Mike with yellow lab Aspen camped for 3 days in the Sangre De Cristo mountain range in Colorado to hike a few 14ers. We attempted to climb Mt. Ellingwood and Mt. Blanca on Friday, but were forced to turn back once we reached the ridge due to bad weather and visibility. On Saturday we summated Mt. Lindsay, which was a very fun and challenging 14er. There was one sketchy area in a gully that would have been smart to have an ice axe. Maybe next time we will take that suggestion! I cant think of a better way to spend 4th of July!
JIM GARFIELD (AMG) ran the 32 annual Pacific Palisades Will Rogers 10K with the new K-Swiss K-Ona flag shoes. The mile long switch backs in the state park were incredibly challenging but the shoes had their own cheering fans that helped push me along.
CHRIS OCHS, Sales Manager-ActiveEvents OnDemandBoulder, competed in the Superior Downhill Mile on July 4th and ran a 5:30 mile. The next day, Chris hiked to the top of Mt. Bierstadt, one of Colorados legendary 14ersMountains with a peak of 14,000 feet or higher. This jaunt took a little longer, six hours from start to finish.
DEMIAN DORRANCE, SR Systems Engineer SD stayed local for some holiday weekend hiking while training for a Kilimanjaro climb this September. Hiked the Torrey Pines preserve three times, and the summit of Mt. Woodson once.
TOBY GUILLETTE, online community specialist-San Diego, made the 9-hour drive to the Sierra Nevada mountains over the long weekend for some mountaineering. We originally set off to attempt the Palisades Traverse, a classic ridge traverse that includes climbing five 14,000' peaks but we got off route early and basically climbed the wrong first peak (13,775'). One of our guys wasn't doing well with the altitude and we weren't going to have enough time to adjust and keep going with the route so we decided to bail. With 2 hours of sleep, we still had a blast on our 16 hour, 22-mile excursion. It's the price one must pay to see beauty like this:
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