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1  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Pats Poach 2013 on: April 11, 2013, 06:41:29 AM
BOOOOOOO!!!      Well the poaching patrol was out in full force yesterday and our sneakiness did not payoff.  Not wanting to get into a heated argument since we knew the outcome would have been the same, we respectfully left with our tails between our legs.  The best part is, that we got nabbed by an employee that had punched out for the day and was returning to the mtn after going for a run.  That guy should be employee of the month. 

Damn you RUNDOWN
2  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Pats Poach 2013 on: April 10, 2013, 10:45:20 AM
Nice, do you park in the parking lot?

Atruss and I are supposed to poach his local mtn afterwork today but its always like a scene from mission impossible.  We park down the road, skins are already on the skis before they leave the car and we try be very sneaky until we get out of sight of the base lodge/maint bldgs. 

Kudos on the shorts and tee, i might be skinning/skiing in my work clothes.  Button down and dress pants. 
3  Off The Beaten Path / Fitness, Training, Pains and Gains / Re: PT -Blog on: April 08, 2013, 01:19:10 PM
Thats good that your getting back into running. 

Yes, a broken leg in theory could be preferable.  Its either broke or not with the achilles is sort of a crapshoot if its healed well enough to return to normal activity or not. 

I made it about 6 miles yesterday with no discomfort at all and then from there on, I noticed waves of discomfort but never severe.  At the end of the run there's a small hill (every time i run this hill it gets longer and steeper) but was surprised i felt great running up it.  The time before, every hill i ran bothered it. 

I'm going to rest it all week again and see what happens next weekend.   
4  Off The Beaten Path / Fitness, Training, Pains and Gains / Re: PT -Blog on: April 04, 2013, 09:53:36 AM
Hey surf, its about a month since your last pt visit and blog post, how is your Achilles tendonitis going?

 Reason i ask is, i think i've developed a mild case of it and unfortunately don't have much time to recover.    Towards the end of a long run 2 weeks ago I started to notice some discomfort in my right achilles and was hoping my old sneakers caused it (still do) and some fresh would solve it.  I continued to follow my rigorous training plan (40ish miles a week) and during my long run last week decided i needed to sit out for a few.  So this week i've been resting it and cycling a bit and am planning a long run this sunday and am not very optimistic about it.

The pain isn't affecting me in any way except when i run and it hasn't slowed my pace yet.  Well really there hasn't been any pain or stiffness other than slight discomfort while running.  The only thing i've been doing is the eccentric heel drops + ice, heat, compression.  Damn compression socks are expensive.  I've got 2 big races coming up in the middle of may and june and after that I can take some real time off if needed.  I'm not worried about getting through my races but just might not set a new PR.

Any way just curious how your recovery has been going since your last blog. 
5  Off The Beaten Path / Astronomy / Re: Orion Nebula + Moon on: December 29, 2012, 04:29:14 PM
sweet put a picture of the scope up
6  Off The Beaten Path / Random Thoughts / Re: Kodie on: December 14, 2012, 02:24:39 PM
I'll put up a picture of my pup later, but boy does she pull when we take her for walks well for the first 15 minutes.  She is 40lbs and we think she is part Irish terrier.

Looks a lot like this

We took her though the first round of training which is very basic stuff.  Sit, lay down, stay, leave it, the basic stuff and she definitely knows the commands but sometimes will only obey when there is a food reward.  

If you haven't lost anything yet be prepared to lose socks, jewelry, dvd's, and the list keeps going.  Those are the things we've lost but she is much better now but every once and a while will find a notebook or something the she hates and will destroy it.  

Sounds like you gave the puppy a much better home.  Its really hard not to leave with a puppy when you go and look at them.  We took a few trips to the humane society before we found our pup.  I'm sure Kodie will make a great addition to your household.  

7  Off The Beaten Path / Random Thoughts / Re: Kodie on: December 14, 2012, 11:40:28 AM
Awesome, he is a cute dog.  Did you rescue him? 

I picked up a terrier mix just over a year ago, i'll have to post up a pic. 

She is my first dog but my parents have always had dogs growing up.  I really enjoy the terrier breed, but they can be very stubborn or at least she seems to be. 
8  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Bigelow Range 8.11 on: December 14, 2012, 11:28:18 AM
I read your report several times before we set off and i was a little concerned about the road to the trail head.  My acura doesn't enjoy off roading but in August it wasn't a problem 

We did the loop so we went up the first half of Fire Warden's trail and down the hole thing.  Wow what a boring trail.  Very steep and straight reminded me of the long straight away on the Tux trail but longer.  I'm glad we didn't go up the hole thing and glad there was no snow to contend with since it already is a fairly strenuous.  With ice cream and swimming on our mind we could help but jog the last mile or so. 

I have a few other trip reports i've been sitting on and need to get together. 
9  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Bigelow Range 8.11 on: December 13, 2012, 03:14:02 PM
Bigelow Range
(North Horn 3792 ft., South Horn 3805 ft., West Peak 4145 ft., Avvery Peak 4088 ft.)
Stratton, ME
August 2011

Since "dead" would actually be a compliment describing the activity here, I figured I'd better pull a Trip report out of the Archives.

From the AMC Maine Mountain Guide, “The Bigelow Range runs east-west for some twelve miles.  Its second only to the Katahdin region in interest for superb ridge walking.”

In August 2011 my two brothers and I set out early from Eustis Maine with our sights set at completing the Bigelow loop.  The loop we had set out to do was just over 12 miles and we were estimating it would take at most 8 hours to complete.  Since this trip took place over a year ago my memory of the details are a little vague, so there will be little commentary and mainly photos. 

We made it easily to the parking area for the Fire Warden’s trail and started hiking around 7am with hopes to see the car again no later than 2pm. 

Because of it proximity to Sugarloaf USA there were a ton of photo opps.

We quickly came to the Stratton Brook Crossing however it looked slightly different than when Surf crossed

Surf's Crossing


We set out at a very brisk pace and before we knew it we were at the intersection of the Fire Warden’s trail and Horns Pond Trail.  We decided to ascend via the Horns Pond trail and would descend the Fire Warden’s trail.  (Took the same route Surf did a year or so earlier) 

This maybe the North Horn, too many paint chips.

We came to the North Horn cutoff and since we were ahead of schedule we decided to tag that summit as well. 

Soon we were at the Horn's Pond Lean-Tos

Not the nicest but would work.

Up to North Horn

This is why I'm not a photographer

Horn's Pond where we've been

Once we left North Horn we were off to South Horn and on to West Peak.

You could always see the Flaggstaff Lake Region

Now our sights set on South Horn

Now on to West Peak

Looking back at North and South Horn

And looking up to West Peak

Map of the Bigelow Range and the Flagstaff area

From West Peak we looked over to Avery Peak but something looked different. 

What Surf saw

At this point we had hiked just over 6miles and the thought did cross our minds about skipping Avery Peak since that is an extra out and back adding almost a mile to our hike.  Since we were so close and ahead of schedule it really wasn’t an option to skip it.  Once we arrived at Avery Peak I knew exactly what had changed from Surf’s hike to mine.

The fire tower had been turned into a pile of coal, which is too bad because I always enjoy seeing the old fire towers. 

From Surf's report this is what it looked like.

Doesn't look the same.

We didn’t hang around the summit very long because we had decided that since we were ahead of schedule we’d pick up some ice creams and take a swim in Flagstaff Lake when we were finished.  The Fire Warden’s trail was very rugged and seemed like a never ending stair case.  Once down to the flats and inspired by ice cream we began to trail run back to the car. 

We were sitting at Flagstaff Lake eating our ice creams and took in the view of the mountain range we just came off of.  You can easily see the Horns in the center and then West Peak to the left and I believe that’s Avery Peak to the left and behind West. 

I’m not sure of our total distance or time but I believe it took us about 6 hours to do the loop.  I’d highly recommend the hike if you find yourself in the Stratton Maine area and looking for a very strenuous hike.         

I guess I was able to come up with a few more words than I thought.

10  Off The Beaten Path / Random Thoughts / Re: Sandy! on: October 31, 2012, 08:16:44 AM
I did just get power back last night but Sandy was a dud in my area of CT.  I only have a few sticks in my yard to pick up. 
11  Off The Beaten Path / Astronomy / Re: Collection of moon photos taken this morning 2am 10-7-12 on: October 10, 2012, 10:59:47 AM
even though a little blurry still neat
12  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Stonehouse on: October 08, 2012, 09:26:40 AM
Is there a Stone house? 

Looks like a really nice place for a quick walk or picnic.  Could be a really nice place to skate too as it looked pretty quiet.
13  Out Of Bounds / Gear Talk / Re: Favorite Multi-tool on: October 04, 2012, 10:24:05 AM

14  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Ragged Mountain - Aug 29th on: September 14, 2012, 07:10:16 AM
Your time management skills are very poor.  Your supposed to spending your free time at my place.
15  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: GreenWall Climbing - Farmington CT on: September 14, 2012, 07:08:52 AM
Ummmmm, you know my project isn't finished yet Angry
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