Sunday, November 20, 2011

Snow Flipper Name Choice

Snow Flipper Sled
List Price: $139.99
Sale Price: Sold Out
Snow Flipper Sled
Snow Flipper - Teardrop shape lends more control

Marketing Fail   …is this what you want 
your toddler in for sliding down hill fast? 
...a flipper?...

AND they are Sold Out!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Uno a Diez

Clara shows promise as a tutor.
And Lucia is no Zero either...

Monday, October 3, 2011

Gluten Free Recipes for a New America

These are some of the GF recipes I've developed and adapted.
Try 'em, and let me know if you come up with something better!

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Cookies

GF Chewy Nutty Crispy Granola Bar Recipe
And now for something a little different!...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

McGee Family trip to Midway Geyser Basin

After camping for two nights at Madison Campground in the western part of the park, we headed for a long awaited visit to the Grand Prismatic Spring, Tuquoise and Opal Pools, and the Excelsior Geyser.

The sight of steam rising from the meadows in the Lower Geyser Basin was just a hit of what was ahead.

The bridge over the Firehole River

Opal Pool

Travertine and the blue backlit steam coming off of the Grand Prismatic

Having a closer look

Red from the microorganisms known as 'thermofiles'

All the colors of the rainbow

Elk prints?

Colors abound

Lucia bounds

"I'm Happy," she says.

Amazing sights

Stunning light

Dancing on the boardwalk

Listening for crickets

We also got to stop and catch Old Faithful without making a production of it.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Skiing the Stettner Couloir on June 20, 2001

Thanks to Brendan Burns for sharing these pics of an awesome climb and descent!

You can check out my earlier report here:

And watch a slide show/video from my camera here:

Climbing up to the Tepee Col

Clouds above and below...

Time to layer up!

Planning the descent route from the Tepee Col...

A look up into the Stettner

Above the first crux, the couloir was filled in...

...conditions were great, with dense, but dry, powder. Climbing was easier over on the left, where the new snow was shallower with crampons holding securely on the ice.

A small snow sluff came down only this once...

Cresting the second crux

Passing the final crux and ascending into the whiteout...

...after brief deliberation, we decided to descend, rather than climb further into whiteout, thinking it might be poor form if our tracks were to get blown in and we were to lose our line on the way down.
Time for some turns!

A long skinny way down

And out by the lovely Delta Lake

Thanks Patagonia,
Rossignol, 22 Designs, Leki, Crispi,
Smith Optics, Hestra, Osprey, Swix
Ski Trax, 32 Degrees, Shred-White-and-Blue,
Bill Briggs

These photos are mostly in the 3 Mb range. Please let me know if you want to use them for other purposes.
Photos by Brendan Burns

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Grand Teton August 21...

...with Mark and Paul, and fellow Exum Guide, Tyson Bradley, on the Owen-Spaulding route.

We had (litterally) stellar conditions: Mild temps, Light wind, and a quarter moon. We were treated to a lightning show some 40 miles to the south, but not a worry for us. Give it up for these two hardy mountaineers topping out on the Grand Teton yesterday!
Some highlights:

Paul finishes the Belly Roll, as the shadow of the Grand pops out over Idaho

Paul belays Tyson and Mark

The half moon over the Owen Chimney

The Enclosure with Grand shadows

Paul at the top of the Owen Chimney, with Mt. Moran in the background

Tyson and Mark start up the Owen Chimney with Valhalla Canyon joining Cascade Canyon far below

Mark at the crux of the Owen Chimney, with verglas showing up on all the best footholds (Doh!)

Mark, thankful for Paul's belay, at the top of the Sargent Chimney

On the way down, I caught sight of some Teton Edelweiss (actually Alpine Phlox) hiding between a skunky clump of Sky Pilot and the Black Dike itself, replete with orange lichen.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Amazing Lower Saddle Sunsets

Being at 11,200 feet give you an awesome perspective from which to watch the sun go down. Here, we can see far enough that when the sun drops below the clouds, we catch the pink light shining up on the underside of the clouds, a short-lived but amazing phenomenon.
And yes, we did get rain that night.

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