August sapped the life out of me. 80 hour work weeks and 90 degree weather disagree with my system. September has revived my soul as the temp has mellowed and the work demands are more reasonable. Little brother JD is in town for the month, but is here for school so the adventures have been tame and sporadic, but will hopefully pick up toward the end of the month. Here's a little of what's been going on.
I've been loving various MTN Bike rides along the shoreline, Bobsled, and the Crest trail...that is until the rear shock just popped off of the frame on my otherwise awesome bike.
That makes two bikes and my Dynafit boots that have all malfunctioned on me. Maybe I'm the problem. No finesse...?
Got out for a nice day in the mountains with lil JD (wifey) when we went for a run up the ever scenic Mt. Timpanogos. Jessie did great on all sections except the rocky switchbacks just before the final summit ridge. We had a "discussion" about the safety of hiking rocky terrain which resulted in her deciding to stay put while I tagged the summit.
Lil JD hunkering down
The other JD and I had a busy Saturday, running a trail marathon and then jumping out of an airplane for the first time in what will hopefully set us down the path to one day do this
I've also been out climbing a few times, which has been great since this summer has been a bit of a downer climbing wise. From the Black Peeler Buttress, I got a good look at Coalpit #4, which really didn't look any better than when we skied it back in March.
And, today I went up Olympus with brother JD and our pops. Our old man is really getting back into the climbing/mountaineering, and wanted to up the ante by getting comfortable placing gear, building anchors, and setting off to realize his own adventures. So we had him lead all six pitches up the West Slabs, cleaning some bomber pieces and finding some gear that looked like it had just come out of the shit factory.
Mike D trying to figure out how to place a cam on lead.
High on the West Slabs.
Alpenglow top out. Father and child.
September is most definitely one of the best months of the year. And while this one is quite a bit more low key than last year, the adventure inertia is building. Gonna have to fill up the tank before work destroys me again in November.