Well, I usually consider my vacations fairly active. But this was going to be a nice family vacation on Lake Entiat. However, It quickly became apparent that this was not going to be some nice, relaxing, beer drinking, hanging in the sun kind of vacation with my Sister's family, the Webers. The days started with the morning coffee at 7, then it was time for the early crew to do our best to add a ripple to the early morning glass surface of the Columbia river. This was followed by the wakeboard session, and the rock jumping session. By the end of the first day my body was wracked from one high speed waterski wipeout, and too much time behind and in the boat. Forced to slow down, I realized I was going to have to pace myself to survive this week.
Len carves up the morning glass
Jack waits for the rest of the group. Bike riding in the hills above Wenatchee
Hooked up with Frank, Don and his daughter Wendy for the classic Snoqualmie Pass climb of the Tooth. Weather was perfect and company excellent. We left the parking lot at Alpental shortly after 8am and made it back to the car at 5:10. A full day adventure. We managed to be the first party on the route, with three other parties arriving before we finished. Frank did the first roped pitch, then alternated with me up the four pitches. Don led his rope the whole route with Wendy cleaning the gear as she went.
Don and Frank heading towards our objective, The Tooth
Headed to the Snow Peak Shelter on Kettle Crest Tr.
The annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Assoc. trip to Sherman Pass organized by Tim Bannister. This year was four days of trail riding and one day of volunteer work on the trail system. We had a great group of people and perfect weather. The trails in this area see hardly any use and suffer none of the ill effects of overuse. The stunning scenery and great trails continue to remind us why it is worth the six hour drive to Republic, Wa. and Sherman Pass. Thanks Tim for another excellent adventure!
Spokane local, all smiles, as he descends the Kettle Crest, south of Copper Peak.
Peter Partel enjoys the views on the Columbia Mt. loop
Technical descent on the way to Snow Peak Shelter
Flowers on the 13 mile trail
These Republic locals came geared up to ride! Ages 4 and 5