Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Coyote Flat Mountain Bike

This last Saturday Ben, Ann, and I had planned on riding up on Papoose Flat in the Inyo Mountains, but smoke from a fire in the southern Sierra had filtered into that area, so we settled on plan B - driving up to Coyote Flat and riding there.

Ann cruises through one of the stream crossings.

Ben rides some typical road early in the day. A little soft, but not bad.

Our first "mini loop" brought us up off the flat.

To Funnel Lake.

Then back down.

Ben looks over to Sugaloaf.

Our second loop was up near Round Mountain.

We loved the big open views.

Plan B proved to be A ok!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Masonic Mountain and Potato Peak via Mountain Bike

I've been scheming to do this route for a while now. Summiting peaks on a mountain bike! My buddy Jim and I started from Bridgeport, rolled out Highway 182 for a short spell, then headed up Masonic Road.

After several miles of nice climbing on well graded, moderately pitched road we arrived at the Chemung mine site.

A couple more miles on the steeper upper sections of Masonic Road took us to the turnoff for Masonic Mountain.

The road to the summit included two or three short, tough sections, but generally was fine riding.

The view from the summit looking back towards the Sweetwater Mountains and the final stretch of road to the top.

Looking south towards our next objective, Potato Peak (on right of two peaks center).

Obligatory victory pose.

After a truly fun descent from Masonic Mountain we hopped on the Bodie - Masonic Road and headed south.

We left the main road onto an awesome two track which took us up onto the north shoulder of Potato Peak (above right).

Good stuff.

After reaching the shoulder, a tough grunt took us to the shallow saddle southwest of the peak and from there we scrambled to the top. Jim enjoys summit fever!

 We took a good spell to soak in the views and enjoy the wonderful weather.

Jim scrambles back down to the bikes. 

We proceeded to bomb down the great descent west of  Potato Peak to Aurora Canyon and then back to Bridgeport.

All time!
Thanks Jim.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Big Loop in the Bodie Hills

I started the day off right. Early morning at Lundy Campground outside our Scamp. 

Inside the Scamp.

Scooped up my buddy Jimmy in Mono City and drove to Bodie. Heading up the Geiger Grade out of Bodie.

Into the big open high country near Bodie Peak.

Took a small side road to the historic site of Halfway.

Relaxed and poked around for a bit.

Back on the trail.

Crossing the state line.

Out into open country.

Replenished out water at Fletcher Spring and then headed up into Del Monte Canyon.

and poked around another old homestead.

Arriving back in Bodie.

A long, spectacular ride in wonderfully remote country with a great friend.
Doesn't get much better!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lost and Found Weekend

For the third year running I headed up to Lake Davis for the Lost and Found gravel grinder race. It felt like coming home to set up the lawn chairs on the bluff at the campground and admire the beauty of the lake.

Light winds and warm temps made for terrific paddle boarding conditions. Mary enjoys the glass!

Since I hadn't the miles in my legs to feel up for the 100 mile race, I entered the 60 miler - which was tough enough. I felt pretty good and ended up 19th out of 185 finishers.

My buddies Chris and Nemo made the journey too, They rode the hundred and had a good old time.

Took a mellow paddle the next morning and was blessed to see this Bald Eagle pair feed young on their nest.

The campground emptied Sunday night. Whipped out the pie irons and cooked some tasty pies.

More lake sublimity.

Monday morning was picture perfect. Mary and I took a relaxing paddle.

The locale terrific with the beautiful lake, lush meadows and wildflowers galore.
The race is well organized, tough, and wonderfully scenic.
So much fun!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Saddlebag Lake

I still felt the need to get up in the mountains on skis, so I joined my friend Ann and we headed up to the Saddlebag Lake area near Tioga Pass.

There's good coverage and snow cup formation is minimal. Here Ann skins up with Mt Conness (left back) and North Peak (right) behind her.

Neither of us were particularly goal oriented, so we ended up cruising back to the crest north of North Peak on the left side of this pic.

Nice views of the couloirs on North Peak on the way up.

Looking back to Saddlebag Lake, just left of center distant.

Shepard's Crest

Good corn run from the crest with only a little punchy snow towards the bottom.

Lots of thawing lakes and tarns with nice turquoise color.

Ann found some knee deep turqouise!

We rallied and skinned up the center bowl in the pic above, then hiked out the ridge and skied the chute just left of the two rocky knobs on the skyline.

On the short dry land hike along the ridge.

The chute skied pretty well although we were later than ideal.

Good fun!
Last ski of the year?
We'll see.