Coal Pit 5K Vert! 

The original of this is panoramic is 26980x1910 pixels large. If you click this you can see a version 5000x353.

Magali with headlamp seconding Mikes log stream crossing at the bottom of Hogum Fork, 6am this morning.

Mike at the top of our climb up the Hypodermic Needle shoot.

Thunder ridge top of Coal Pit headwall. Magali, Kevin, Dan, Mike (aka Cannonball)

Lone Peak from Thunder Ridge

Pfeifferhorn from Thunder Ridge

Dan carving down the Coal Pit headwall

Another look at the head wall from the upper bowl. Huge!

Dan laying lines down the second bowl found riders left.

Lower shoot...note how far away the road still is.

Magali watching Mike(aka Crazy Caonnonball) convince her it would be best to get out the rope and repell the water fall.

5000 vertical feet later we arrive back at the car 2pm.
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Striped Beauty 

Spring is coming. I looked up the name of the Crocus flower that pops up right before spring every year.
I toured up White Pine, Red Pine, Maybird and back down Red Pine gulch. I was investigating one of the approached for the Coal Pit headwall. Conditions are getting good for big lines....possibly Sunday?
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Beyond The Sky and the Earth 
Finished reading "Beyond The Sky and the Earth a Journey Into Bhutan" by Jamie Zeppa. Excellent book to get me acquainted with Bhutan. The author tells her story of living and teaching in Bhutan. Learned about Bhutan culture, food, history, Buddhism. Sounds like an amazing country. Current plan is to be in Bhutan this May...possibly the Laya - Gasa trek?

This was one of the books that I checked out from the American Alpine Club Library in Golden CO. As a member of AAC you can have up to 10 books sent to you for a 28 day check out. Another nice benefit to members is international rescue insurance.

Swapped in a fresh battery into my motorcycle this afternoon. Looks like I will have company on my Alaska bike trip... Tori, Doug, TIm? Doug sent me an e-mail yesterday... rather than renting a bike he ordered a fat new Harley. Here is a picture of Doug's new Heritage Softtail Classic Fire Fighter edition:

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Clayton Peak 

2/27 Sunday with Mike & Dan, Clayton Peak, Brighton. Single ride pass to the top of Great Western Chair. Breaking out the old school boot packing with 5 laps!
The panoramic above was created with Panoramic Factory. My last panaramic(Snowbasin) had better results using PhotoStitch software that comes with a Canon digital camera. PhotoStitch is amazing easy while Panoramic Factory has many slick configurable features. I original is 23,160 pixels wide. If you click on the image it will bring up a larger(yet still 10x smaller) 2,300 pixel version.

Mike carving it up.

Me entering chute, Mike taking pictures. You can see the cute that leads to the untouched snow skirt in picture above.

Dan sliding out of the bottom shoots of 10420 peak 'good buddy'. Left to right lines: Dan, Mike, Kevin. Check out the rollerballs.

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Keller turns 1 yr. old Feb 26th 

Keller enjoying his birthday cake.

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