September 30th, 2012 | Comments Off on City of Rocks

An incredibly perfect weather weekend at the City of Rocks.  Too bad my elbow still feels like there is a steak knife stuck in it and I struggle on 5.8.

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September 28th, 2012 | Comments Off on 4pm meeting with the big boss

When the big boss asks if we can move our Friday afternoon 4pm meeting to the West Slabs of Olympus – you just do it.

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September 28th, 2012 | Comments Off on a little owl friend

In the middle of the night I had to let Rumple out to go to the bathroom.  He went outside, stopped on the deck, sniffed for a second and then continued on and did his thing.  He then came back, sniffed for a sec, and came in the house.  I turned the light on to see a little baby owl sitting on the deck.  He was just staring at me, like owls do, spinning his head around and blinking.  I wasn’t sure what to do, if he was hurt, or what – so watched him for 5 minutes or so, and then he flew away.

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September 25th, 2012 | Comments Off on Ellen enjoys her “real” vacation

After seeing Kolin off in Geneva, I took the train to southern France for a two week visit with Howard, Kate and Tobin.  Kate and I started off with a few days at the Gorge du Tarn.  We were greeted by camphosts we met on our 2004 visit, bringing back some great memories from eight years ago.  The climbing was just as good as I remembered.  This time we got to take advantage of some of the longer routes and made use of every meter of Kate’s 110m rope.  In general, I like to think I’m reasonably comfortable with most sport run outs but I have to say, my heart was pumping like mad at the tops of some of those longer routes.  After only 4-5 days, we were quite drained – not just physically, but also mentally – and ready for some rest days.

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September 21st, 2012 | Comments Off on Playing Hooky with the Big Boss

Early in the week, the big boss asks if I can take off work Friday at noon to go climbing.  I mean, when the big boss asks you to go climbing… you go climbing.  We headed to Devil’s Castle and did “Horn’s of Satan”, a six or 7 pitch good rock/choss rock route.  A super fun way to spend a Friday afternoon/early evening.

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September 19th, 2012 | Comments Off on Rumple turns FOUR

Yes, it’s hard to believe, but not only is today Ellen and my 14 year wedding anniversary, it’s also Rumple’s FOURTH Birthday.  He had a great day – starting off wearing his favorite hat for photos, then to work for the day, and finally after work we headed to a great swimming spot with his BFF Jasper. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 18th, 2012 | Comments Off on Grandeur

A beautiful evening, albeit a bit hot, to hike up Grandeur after work. About 10 minutes from the summit we came across a VERY good sized rattler.  Luckily Rumple had done his rattle snake awareness training last summer, and heard or saw it right before it struck at him.  He jumped up and back pretty darn fast.  We quickly turned around and made it back to the car just as it was getting dark.

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September 17th, 2012 | Comments Off on Yes – he really does sleep like this

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September 16th, 2012 | Comments Off on Happy Birthday to ME (and my mom)

Did “the Black Streaks” on Devil’s Castle with Peter Metcalf and Clarke Kawakami – super fun (other than Clarke trying to kill me when he pulled a hefty block down and it clocked me straight on the noggin’) – Luckily I was wearing a helmet.

Then I treated myself to a fancy Starbuck’s Frappacino.  Yum, went home and called my mom to wish her a Happy Birthday too.

 

 

 

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September 9th, 2012 | Comments Off on Home to see Rumple

After almost 24 hours of travel and some typical hassles at the border, I was super excited to pick up Rumple.  He had been staying with our friends Brandon and Agnes and their pup Jasper, as well as spending time with B-rad, Katie, Arnold and Red.  One lucky pup.  I was super psyched to see the Rump, but not psyched to be back in the SLC heat. Read the rest of this entry »

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