Mikes Random Musings

Monday, August 14, 2006

Pretty good weekend. They have repaved part of the samamish river trail, so when I found the new surface I had to skate it. Ended up doing 12km's friday night, then I went back and did it all again on Saturday. My legs pulled up pretty well considering.

Sunday I drove to Leavenworth (about 2 hours east of seattle) to go climbing. The pitches are there are considered to be some of the best in the state. You can really see why, there was a lot of pitches, and some really interesting routes. The only problem was the temp was up in the 90's, and there was very little shade on the routes. Once the sun had been on the faces for a few hours, the rocks became very hot to the touch. This made things very interesting when reaching for a hold. I did a couple of interesting 5.7 + 5.8's, plus an improvised 5.10 that required some very unorthodox moves at the start.

All of the routes were traditional climbs, so it was intesteresting to see the leads set the anchors. This is something I know nothing about, so it was cool to learn a little bit as we went.

Two weeks until TooL. ;-)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Pretty kick arse couple of weeks.

Last weekend I went climbing with Keith and Matt up at Exit 38. Nice day, did a couple of interesting climbs, and I got to do my first lead climb. It was only a 5.7, but it's a start. I think this was something I would like to do some more of. There are some photo's up on my flickr if any one is interested.

The week at work, was what it was, another week at work.

Today, I went out on the lake with some of the guys from work. Had some fun belting around the lake on tubes. I tried my hand at wakeboarding, found out it is really hard to get up (you've got to push through the water with the board horizontal, then kick one side down to get up... this is hard when the boat is doing about 40mph. Was a great day all up, even if I did get a bit to much sun, and am now a bit red.

Took Keith down to 'Sushi C' in Freemont last night. Damn that is good sushi. Keith obviously agreed considering the stack of plates on our table at the end of the meal.

Supposed to be going to climbing again tomorrow, really don't think thats going to happen.

Been listening to a lot of Belle & Sebastian recently. Wow it's good. It's mellow, quirky and just offbeat enough to be fun. The type of thing to put on when your sitting in the dark chilling. Highly recomend you all check them out.