Sunday, November 23, 2014

devils lake = rad. my lead climbing = sad

     The Semi-annual excursion to Devils Lake, WI  October 2014.
     stopping in Chicago we found that our friends Shawn and Glen had stopped smoking, but their fish has started a pipe habit.

We utilized a group camp site this year.  It turned out to be great, with super easy access to the East Bluff.  The ritual of sorting gear was completed every morning.


My lead climbing was especially weak.  My placements popped confidence plummeting with them as they shimmied down the rope.  As you can see from the picture above I was grovelling a fair amount. A long monologue of negative self talk accompanied me as I struggled with the physical and psychological aspects of each move. 

 Climbing the Talus slope is always a high light at Devils Lake.

september sailing on lake michigan

  Michigan was just completely covered with snow for a week in a freak November snow storm.  These pictures are from a gentler month when sailing on Lake Michigan sounded relaxing and not like a Shackleton expedition.

We toured out on Peter's Birth day in Ross's boat out of South Haven, Michigan.

 2 Miles out is the new NOAA weather buoy.   During the season the Buoy has a live web cam so that you can check conditions from home. Link below.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Scouting for ski spots

   I may have found a sweet urban powder stash.  east facing - perfect for dawn patrol.  

  the area will need some deadfall removal and a little gardening and some snow this may be a playground.