The direct East side of Rainier is a mini rain shadow. We had a beautiful sunny day but the rest of Western Washington likely was cloudy and sprinkly most of the day. This is a wonderful snow scramble with good glissading.
Mountaineers scramble field trip. An attempt on Earl peak but we ran out of time and just made a ridge loop. Sunny and hot. Good views. Great day to be out.
A small peak on the South of Chair. One participant had leg cramps so we waited at the top of the scary snow chute while the rest of the group went up to the summit. Nice day. Great views. Challenging snow scramble and nice rock scramble at the top.
Was trying to explore snow conditions at the base of Super Couloir. Ended up traveling a lot further than I wanted to. Good conditioner though. I have summited McClellan from the North in the past but I was more looking for a quick easy route to the snow gully than getting to the top. Terrain was a little more difficult than hoping for, maybe there is another way up.
I've been skiing myself into better fitness or at least better endurance. Similar to this trek, I've skied all the trails in Peru, VT at Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, also about 13 miles. Although the time says 3.5 hours it really only took 2.5 hours of skiing.
Met Erika at Ray Wayside for the last paddle of the year. Water was 2-3 higher than normal. AS the fog burned off we were able to encounter 2 manatees, and several gators. The park concession must have rented a 100 kayaks. Never saw so many paddlers. On a positive note, i met two other members of the Church of the Double Bladed Paddle! - Paula Mendoza of Florida and Tim Brown of Savannah.
Valley Spokesmen club ride starting from Shannon Center in Dublin and heading over Dublin Grade to Castro Valley and then over Redwood and Pinehurst into Moraga. Return was through Lafayette and then back along the Blvd.
Quick video recap at: https://www.relive.
Valley Spokesmen club ride starting from Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek and heading down through Pleasanton. Route shown here is shortened since I rode from home and met the ride in Danville and also skipped the end of the ride.
Valley Spokesmen club ride on Christmas morning starting from Diablo Vista Park in Danville. I started from home so the beginning and end of the ride differ from the official route.
Valley Spokesmen club ride starting from Sports Basement in San Ramon and first heading out to Las Trampas at the end of Bollinger Canyon Rd. After regrouping we continued down to Pleasanton and then over Dublin Grade to Eden Canyon Rd. which we took to its end before returning.