Poopenaut Valley

Nov 17th 2014 — Yosemite — 6:11 pm

Got to get outside for work last Friday.

As rare these days as it is appreciated.

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San Diego

Nov 15th 2014 — Uncategorized — 7:24 pm

Last weekend I took a road trip down to San Diego to visit Val for her birthday. Some of the warmest November days I have ever spent in my life. A good time was had by all.

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Yosemite late Fall Storm

Nov 3rd 2014 — Yosemite — 6:23 pm

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Yosemite Fall

Nov 2nd 2014 — Yosemite — 7:46 am

I have decided that October is my favorite month of the year.

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El Capitan – East Ledges Descent

Oct 27th 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 8:38 am

The East Ledges descent is the quickest way to get down off the top of El Cap.

We were sitting under the rainfly on the summit trying to wait out the rain, and decided we were just going to get colder if we didn’t start moving.

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The Nose, The Final Pitches

Oct 26th 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 6:25 am

Climbing from Camp 6 to the top. Once again narrowly avoiding getting rained on while we were climbing.

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An El Cap Evening

Oct 22nd 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 12:01 pm

The pictures are from our third and final night up there.

Currently it is the 3rd week in October and I have been living in the area since May 19th. There haven’t been more than 6 days that saw considerable rain during that time frame. Somehow we managed to be on El Cap for 3 of them.

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(Still) Climbing the Nose, El Capitan

Oct 19th 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 8:42 am

The climbing on day 3.

Started out at Camp 4 and ended up at Camp 6.

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Climbing The Nose, El Capitan

Oct 17th 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 8:53 pm

4 days and 3 nights at the end of September.

These pictures are from the first 2 days.

The photos of us on the wall are courtesy of Tom Evens at www.elcapreport.com.

Big thanks to Richard for being such a cool dude and great climbing partner.

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Cathedral Peak

Oct 12th 2014 — Climbing,Yellowstone — 9:54 am

The Friday after the hang glider morning Sean and I climbed Cathedral Peak. The climbing is all quite mild but the setting is pretty special.

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Glacier Point Hangliding

Oct 11th 2014 — Yosemite — 8:53 am

To continue what was a pretty surreal couple of weeks, two days after I got down from Half Dome I worked some of my days off monitoring a film crew.

The first day I met them at 6:30am at Glacier Point. The plan was to film some hang gliders who were eventually going to land in the valley.

Hang gliding with a permit is allowable in the park. Base jumping is not.

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Half Dome Helicopter Evacuation,

Oct 6th 2014 — Yosemite — 10:44 pm

80 tourists getting pulled off the top of Half Dome by helicopter due to the Meadow Fire spreading on Sept 7th, 2014.

A big Sunday.

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Yosemite Meadow Fire: The Sequel

Oct 4th 2014 — Yosemite — 8:25 am

I have a huge amount of respect for the pilots whose job it is to fly a helicopter full of water through narrow canyons and get as close to a tower of smoke and flames as they can before dropping their cargo.

One thing that has resonated with me since I’ve been living in California is how huge of an operation fighting wildfires is. The ground aspect of fighting this fire involved sending several hundred firefighters up the Mist Trail to work and camp in LYV in the ensuing days.

Also, when you look at the pictures of the flames shooting over the tops of those trees remember that most of those trees are probably 100ft tall, at least.

“I am become Time, the destroyer of worlds.” – Vishnu, the Bhagavad-Gita

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Built to Spill – Some Things Last A Long Time

Oct 4th 2014 — Music — 8:00 am

From the 1996 album “The Normal Years”.
A cover of a song by Daniel Johnston.

Yosemite Meadow Fire

Sep 30th 2014 — Yosemite — 7:15 pm

Pictures of what was known as “The Meadow Fire”, in Yosemite National Park, spreading into Little Yosemite Valley and eventually to Cloud’s Rest on September 7th, 2014. A persistent drought combined with windy conditions meant the fire spread quickly.

These were taken from an Iphone in the early afternoon as the fire progressed.

Eventually the 80 or so hikers stranded on Half Dome were evacuated by helicopter with combined efforts of several local rescue agencies.

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