I am finally starting to get out with some regularity. Hiking and skiing at Brundage, a few shorter runs around McCall and a once-a-week trip to Rapid River, near Riggins, ID. RR is 40 miles north of McCall, but starts much lower and is quite warm. I have been focusing my efforts on learning Cannonball Mountain, a 7200' peak perched over the West Fork of Rapid River. From the Fish Hatchery trailhead, it is a minimum of 6+ miles and over 6000' of vertical gain to the summit.
|Near the top of Cannonball Mtn 7200'. The 7 Devils loom to the West.|
|Bachelor group of bulls. They would sprint left to warn a herd of 100+ to flee into the timber.|
|The slope here is 40 degrees.|
|Above the Coconut Grove on Cannonball.|
|I popped up over a ridge to see 50+ elk within 100 yards. After staring at them for a few minutes, I realized this girl was chowing down just 20 feet away to my right.|
|A lone cow elk about to drop into the timber below the 7 Devils.|
|Elk herd in the snow near the trees in the bottom left.|
|The opening mile of the Cannonball Mtn. Trail. 1200+' per mile.|
|That is what a 17 mile run should look like.|
Skinning and Hiking
|Firm snow caused by weeks of sun and high pressure makes a ridge crossing from Brundage to Sergeant's Peak a great afternoon outing.|
|After seeing this, I went home and made Brandi cut my hair.|
|Brandi running some morning corduroy at Brundage.|
A New Floor!
We have been busy laying a new acacia wood floor for the past several weeks. We are now 99% done. The final planks go down as soon as I am done typing this.
|Island in the way of progress? Car jack it.|
|Brandi gluing and nailing, gluing and nailing.|