« July 2012

August 28, 2012

Yes we fit in a Subaru

Michael came and picked us up at the Lover's Leap campground near Tahoe on Sunday. We didn't end up climbing there, just resting and enjoying the perfect Sierra weather. With friends near and work to catch up on we decided to head in from the woods a week earlier than planned. Amazingly the three of us, our trailer and both bikes fit in Michael's Forester without needing to use the bike rack.

Posted by Dave at 09:42 AM

August 25, 2012

The solar charger

Another piece of essential gear has been our GoalZero solar charger. It's chief function has been to keep our iPhones juiced up. We both use our iPhones quite a bit; I was using it to navigate and record our route earlier in the trip. It works great for that, you can either charge the phone directly from solar or charge a set of 4 AAs that can later charge the iPhone. It didn't work as well for keeping AAAs charged, I don't know if it was the charger or batteries but after charging the batteries would only last a day or two in our lantern or headlamps. Also it's not enough to charge a laptop but it's light and when we are biking it works well strapped to the outside of the trailer.

Location:Slippery Ford Trail,Twin Bridges,United States

Posted by Dave at 09:45 AM

August 24, 2012

The Dromedaries

We've arrived at Lover's Leap campground after a few pleasant days along the shore of Lake Tahoe with our friends Vanessa and Paul. We paddle boarded twice and enjoyed it as much as in Sayulita.

I haven't been keeping up the blog as much recently. One thing I wanted to write about it is the gear that's been helping us on this trip.

Near the top of the list is our two MSR Dromedaries that can each carry 10 L of water. These gave us a nice safety cushion crossing Nevada not knowing when we'd next get water.

And in camp as you seen in the photo it's easy to setup our own water spigot.

Location:Strawberry,Twin Bridges,United States

Posted by Dave at 09:10 AM

August 23, 2012

Jean's journal - 22 AUG

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Posted by Dave at 11:27 AM

August 11, 2012

On the road again

Thanks to Lisa we are off on our bikes again with a nice head start towards Tahoe.

Posted by Dave at 02:45 PM

August 09, 2012

We love City of Rocks

Jean and I left City of Rocks yesterday and her sisters Trish and Meg flew home. We are back at Lisa and Brian's in Utah and enjoying a recovery day. Planning on being back on the bikes on Saturday. Lisa will give us a head start towards Tahoe where we hope to be in a week after bicycling the loneliest highway in America, route 50 through Nevada.

Everyone had a great time at City of Rocks, it's really a magical place, great camping, cool trails, very interesting rock formations and varied climbing. Jean and I both progressed with our climbing skills and confidence in two+ weeks there. I'd never led a 5.9 sport climb before and led plenty of those as well as some 10s. I had my first lead fall. I led three 5.7 trad climbs which was a step up for me. The photo above is from our last climb there, the 5.7 trad climb Colombian Crack on Elephant Rock. It starts with a chimney before you get to where you put in protection, so that's why Jean is belaying on the other side of the boulder. After I clipped the first piece she moved back around. It was a challenging lead for me and I'm still learning lots about efficiency and style when climbing and placing my own protection. Jean enjoyed the route too and following me. Earlier that day she led a great sport climb, The Good Stuff on Tahitian Wall which we all enjoyed top roping after her lead. We hope to climb a little tomorrow in the Uintas or at least just take a driving tour while we are so close to this amazing country.

Posted by Dave at 11:30 AM

August 02, 2012

A month of journeying

Jean and I have been on the road a month now and camping at City of Rocks for a week and a half. We're driving in to Salt Lake to pick up Jean's sister Tricia. Meg joined us on Saturday and we've been a great climbing team. I had my first outdoor fall on lead yesterday on Colossus and it was actually pretty mellow. Jean gave me a nice soft catch and I ended up making it up the climb. We've also done a few cool trad routes, my favorite so far is Wheat Thin which is right near where we are camping. Yesterday afternoon I found a shady spot to rest and Meg and Jean climbed a cool multipitch up Flaming Rock. Jean has been cooking up some great meals, our favorite so far is a refried bean, polenta and Gouda skillet mash with jalapeƱo and hot sauce. Yum!

Location:Old Railroad Grade Rd,Malta,United States

Posted by Dave at 07:57 AM