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1  Off The Beaten Path / Random Thoughts / Re: A Different view of Salt Lake City on: June 17, 2015, 08:51:45 PM
Nice.  I would have offered to ride the Duc to SLC from Texas  Smiley
2  Out Of Bounds / Outdoor Planning / Re: Unusual Weather Pattern on: February 27, 2015, 03:51:23 PM
Good to hear its not all bad news from the Wasatch.  My boss is at Breck this whole week with his kids, I'm hoping he got some good conditions.
3  Out Of Bounds / Outdoor Planning / Re: Unusual Weather Pattern on: February 02, 2015, 09:14:49 AM
So, Yesterday, January 26, Alta Ski Area scored an all-time high temperature record for the date:

59 degrees F.

Tommy T.
My sisters have been complaining a lot about conditions out there lately.  This pic is from 4 days ago and We are getting dumped on today with another foot of low moisture Utah style snow.

Its nice to have bragging rights every once in a while.
4  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Gonzalo on: February 02, 2015, 09:10:48 AM
Wow.  That looks big.
5  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Snowboarding Solitude and Park City '14/'15 on: February 02, 2015, 09:08:24 AM
Quarter-Moon run!!

Run of the Year -- to date:

Tommy T.
6  Off The Beaten Path / Random Thoughts / Re: Augury of Global Warming? on: December 18, 2014, 11:05:16 AM
As I have mentioned before on this site I used to be a commercial fishermen off the coast of new England and I still keep in touch with friends in the industry.  My friends are still catching fish species in late December that you used to not see past the end of September,  and pretty much what used to be considered fisheries of the New Jersey and Delaware area have now moved to New England.
7  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Alta in July on: August 06, 2014, 11:38:04 AM
I've been up there before for that.  Its really pretty.  But my favorite alpine flower show is when all the lupines are in bloom in Teton pass.
8  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Presidential Traverse Win! on: July 11, 2014, 08:58:41 PM
You might remember I failed last time, I won this time!  Cheesy x-posted from my site:

Saturday I headed up north to attempt to set a personal best time for the Presidential Traverse.  I actually have done the traverse in different versions 4 times before, but never successfully in one day (death march style as I call it) and Iíve never done it going north.  I attempted a north to south in a day a few years ago but cramped up really bad at Eisenhower and dropped off. 
The decision to go north was actually made for me by the fact that my friend Clifton was doing a 3 day backpacking trip over the traverse heading south. The plan was to get his car keys from him when we passed and return to Crawford Notch with his car. I didnít want to use the huts or state park for food at all so I carried 3 PB&J sandwiches with me and 2 Water bottles.  Next time I do this I am going  to source my own water too so I can do it with no AMC Hut support at all.
I left the parking lot and headed up the Crawford Path at 6:43am.
 I made it to Mizpah Hut at 7:55am. I signed the log and filled my water bottles and made it to the summit of Pierce in 20 minutes
 Pierce 8:15am.

The weather at 4000 feet was perfect for making good time. Temps were in the 50s and it was just partly cloudy enough to have nice views but not get sunbaked.  There was practically no wind at all, and the winds were calm all day long at all elevations.  The only downside of the weather was that the lack of wind made the flyís pretty bad.  It seemed like I was fishing a bug out of my eye every 5 minutes or so. 
Between Pierce and Eisenhower I made it summit to summit in 38 minutes.  I ate my 1st PB&J on Ike
Eisenhower: 8:53am

Between Eisenhower and Monroe I made a little mistake that cost me some time.  I missed the Monroe Loop South Junction and didnít notice until it was too late.  But on the plus side I have always taken the loop and never the Crawford path for this little section so I was able to add this section of the Crawford Path to my redlining map. I made it to the Lake of the Clouds side of the loop at 9:45am dropped my pack and headed up Monroe. I made it to the summit of Monroe in 12 minutes.
 Monroe Summit 9:57am

I was back down to Lake of the Clouds Hut in 13 minutes at 10:10.  I signed in and filled one bottle of water and headed for The Rock Pile. 43 minutes later I arrived at the summit of Mt Washington.
Washington 10:53am

At the summit of Washington I filled my water bottles and mixed in Gatorade  and had my second  PB&J while I watched the Climb to the Clouds rally cars fly up the auto road for about a half of an hour.   Iím a big fan of Travis Pastrana and was pretty stoked when I noticed that he was walking around the summit area right after making a practice run up the road.  I asked him if I could get a picture with him and he was really nice.  His wife even took the picture.

I looked around the Summit to make sure Clif wasnít there and then took off down the Gulfside Trail at 11:20am.  I met up with Clif and his crew coming the opposite way at the northern end of the Clay Loop at 12:15pm.  We joked a bit and I was able to get keys for my ride back from Appalachia to Crawford.  If I had not found Clif by Mt Jefferson I was going to abort the traverse and head down Caps Ridge so as not to be too far from my car to walk back on the road if need be. A little relieved that the car key hand off worked and that we didnít somehow miss each other on the trail I was now committed to finish the complete traverse as I headed off toward Mt Jefferson.  The flies on the summit of Jefferson were the worst I had seen all day so I didnít linger to enjoy the view at all.
Jefferson 12:48pm

As always, the trek between Jefferson and Adams took longer than it looks like it should on the map.  Iíve done this section of trail 7 times now 3 times heading north and 4 times heading south.  Iíve found that for some reason it goes a lot easier and faster heading south than north for me and I canít figure out why.  It took me 73 minutes summit to summit.  I had a little chance to brag while on the summit of Adams when an older couple who appeared to have lost their bearings asked me which way I had come up in hopes of getting some directions back. I smugly smirked and said ďThe long wayÖI started in Crawford notch 7 hours ago.Ē After they told me they came up the Lowes Path I pointed them in the direction of Thunderstorm Junction and told them they would see the sign when they got there.
Adams 2:01pm

Heading down Adams towards Madison Hut I passed a lady with a dog who both had 4000 patches and she said the dog was on her second round.  Even though Iím opposed to ever getting a patch for myself despite 3 + circuits, Iím always impressed when I see a dog with one.  I made it down to Madison Hut in 33 minutes and grabbed my 3rd PB&J out of my pack and headed up Madison.  I for the first time of the day felt like I was hitting a little bit of a wall on my way up Madison and it took me 18 minutes from hut to summit.
Madison 2:52pm

Instead of taking Watson Path down I returned to The Hut in 19 minutes. Iím not sure if I would have been able to shave a little time off if I had taken Watson Path down to Valley Way instead, but I liked being able to drop my pack at the hut  and hike without it for 40 minutes.  Back at the Hut I signed in and Ĺ filled a water bottle for the descent.  I noticed there wasnít a sign at the hut for Valley Way and several people were confused on which way to go down, even on my way down as I passed people 3 separate parties asked me if they were on Valley Way because they didnít see a sign. My descent down Valley Way took 1 hour 41 minutes with temperatures getting much warmer as I descended.  It was 85 degrees when I arrived at Appalachia at exactly 5:00pm.

 Having no idea what car or where in the lot it was I located my ride using the keyless entry looking for which vehicles lights flashed.  I found I would be driving a Jeep back. Perfect for a drive up Jefferson Notch Rd!  I headed back to Crawford Notch and did not see any other vehicles for the whole length of Jefferson Notch and Mt Clinton Rd.  I was glad I didnít have to hitch hike back to my car it would have been tough with no traffic. 
I know this TR is a little selfie heavy so here are a few nice views that donít include me  :

Thanks for Reading!
9  Off The Beaten Path / Fitness, Training, Pains and Gains / Re: PT -Blog on: July 11, 2014, 08:55:02 PM
so Achilles tendonitis is just a normal part of life now it get stiff and tender frequently and I just stretch my calves really well and push thru it and it gets looser and better.  I've actually got myself on a really good training schedule now that I have a kid.  The secret for me has been to hit the gym on my lunch break every day. I've lost almost 30 pounds in the past year.  Here is a picture of me on Washington last summer, and now last week. (BTW I did the traverse in 10hours 20 minutes.)  Same clothes same place just a lot healthier looking.
10  Out Of Bounds / Backcountry Advice / Re: Be Prepared on: July 11, 2014, 08:45:04 PM
Nice Job. I've helped litter carry before but never had a chance to practice major wilderness first aid skills before.  Just stitches on myself.
11  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Snowboarding 2013/14 -- Observations on Park City and Brighton on: May 02, 2014, 11:43:43 AM
I naturally surf regular foot and I naturally snowboard and skateboard goofy.  I can ride switch on both but not good enough to drop in on double overhead surf goofy, or drop in on Tux Regular.
We had a 10 foot halfpipe in our yard growing up so I skateboarded a lot of vert.  In the half pipe I didn't seem to ever notice which foot forward mattered, but skateboarding on the street I was absolutely goofy footed.
12  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Snowboarding 2013/14 -- Observations on Park City and Brighton on: April 28, 2014, 09:59:53 PM
but I suspect that it would become a serious problem if you are putting the board on facing outward on a steep slope. (But that is always an iffy situation, best to be avoided, isn't it?)
It does seem that as a goofy foot things usually do set up better to make my first turn off my heel edge.
13  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Snowboarding 2013/14 -- Observations on Park City and Brighton on: April 23, 2014, 07:55:37 AM
You try them yet?

I need some help here.  To what or whom does "them" apply?

Board? Bindings? Beers? Brighton? Broads? Bacon omletes with hot salsa?

Tommy T.
Haha, the bindings?
14  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Snowboarding 2013/14 -- Observations on Park City and Brighton on: April 18, 2014, 02:35:51 PM
You try them yet?
15  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Snowboarding 2013/14 -- Observations on Park City and Brighton on: March 20, 2014, 02:59:04 PM
This is the time of year when my experience of skiing and riding in the White Mountains becomes a treasure.  Climb the icy route up in the morning; relax with a lunch, waiting for the corn; and descend in the glory of the warm sunshine when the corn is just the perfect moment.  (It kind of amazes me that many Wasatch skiers, even many serious back country skiers who are some of the best I've ever known, have no idea as to how they should approach Spring conditions.)
Reading this made me happy.  Cant wait to hang out relaxing above GOS all alone this spring waiting for the sun to do its thing!
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