June 26, 2006


A similar but slightly more aggressive weekend than last weekend, Ashley and I hiked up Mt. Massive on Saturday and went for a longer bike ride on Sunday. We took the standard/easy route up Massive, but chose to descend via the south ridge. This descent took us over the tops of three more of Massive's summits (it has 7), hitting South Massive, South South Massive, and Point 12,??? feet. The picture below shows the summit on the right and the ridge we descended to the left of the summit. Massive's name comes from the fact that it has more "mass" above 14,000 feet than any other mountain in the lower 48.

Nothing too technical, but the vertical gain was over 5000 feet and we had fun bushwhacking back to the trail once we got off the ridge on our way back.

Saturday night we went to the Dark Horse to watch the Beavers play in the college world series. I think it was in the third inning or so when an intense hail storm knocked out the satellite and we didn't get to see any more of the game. This storm ended up shredding most of the leaves off the trees and leaving a couple inches of dime-sized hail on the ground. On Sunday we got up early and biked up to Ward for a training ride for this Mt. Evans Hill Climb we'll be doing in about 4 weeks. Total elevation gain was about 4500 feet, but the last 1.5 miles is at an average grade of 10%, adding some excitement. Sunday night we ended up at a different sports bar to watch the Beavs, and this time we got to see the whole thing. It always helps to score 7 runs in the bottom of the 4th when your down by 5 runs prior to that. Let's hope they can pull off one more win!

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