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Old 09-07-2020, 05:41 AM
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I just can't imagine it being that hot.
seems like I've seen 103* a few times ? in my life around here. NOT SURE.
Google says it was 118* in 1934 somewhere in Iowa. before my time. but not by a lot, haha.
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Old 09-07-2020, 02:43 PM
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Most of the California National forests were just closed indefinitely due to the extremely high fire danger from the weather issues. The area in the Sierra where I used to work is burning now. Fire danger is reported as unprecedented.
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Old 09-07-2020, 07:54 PM
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I just can't imagine it being that hot.
seems like I've seen 103* a few times ? in my life around here. NOT SURE.
Google says it was 118* in 1934 somewhere in Iowa. before my time. but not by a lot, haha.
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About the hottest I ever felt was during a summer job detasseling corn in Iowa. 98 degrees, 98% humidity, no breeze and the sun overhead, in the middle of a cornfield. It is not the heat; it's the humidity mostly. But over 110 stepping into the sun is like stepping in front of a pizza oven. It hurts.

The weather in California is usually quite pleasant, but sometimes it tries to kill you. The worst blizzard I was ever in was in the high Sierra one Fourth of July weekend. One experienced winter mountaineer did die. He didn't have his gear with him; I did. - lbg
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Old 09-07-2020, 10:23 PM
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The weather in California is usually quite pleasant, but sometimes it tries to kill you. The worst blizzard I was ever in was in the high Sierra one Fourth of July weekend. One experienced winter mountaineer did die. He didn't have his gear with him; I did. - lbg
Where were you when you got caught in the storm?

I was snowed on on July 3rd in the Sierra while on a three day climbing trip. Fortunately, I am always prepared for those conditions. Usually, we are climbing and have ice ax and crampons with us. I always have warm clothes. The pictures below are from a trip climbing in the Palisades of the Sierra. It was a very dry September going in; the driest I have seen. We went over Bishop pass and then left the trail and traversed into Palisade Basin through boulder fields over Thunderbolt Pass. We climbed Thunderbolt Peak the next day and then got caught in a storm that buried our climbing partner's bivy tent. He joined my wife and I in our Chouinard pyramid tent. The tent has a single pole and no floor but it works well in the snow. We took two of them on a ski mountaineering trip up Mount Goode out of Rock Creek. I was often up to my waist in snow coming out over the boulder field after the storm. All that snow fell while we were in. You can only see the tops of the boulders. We were planning on meeting our climbing partners from Bishop for a technical rock climb on Mt Winchel but our priorities changed. We had a small window to get out before the next storm. The mountain in the background of the picture with my wife and I is what we climbed. It is also the mountain in last picture. We went back the next year and climbed North Palisade, which was a major objective on the trip we had to abort. The Palisades are considered to be the most Alpine area of the Sierra; even more so than the Minarets out of Mammoth.
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Old 09-08-2020, 10:32 AM
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Great pictures! It never fails to impress me to see climbing photos from before the gear was really dialed in. The fluffy snow on the talus doesn't bring back fond memories though. I usually try to get up there in the spring when you get run up an ice gully.
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Old 09-08-2020, 10:35 AM
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3 arrows @ 200(ish) yard mark with my 45lb Martin Venom ... about as good as it gets ... this bow is superb
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Old 09-08-2020, 11:31 AM
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Great pictures! It never fails to impress me to see climbing photos from before the gear was really dialed in. The fluffy snow on the talus doesn't bring back fond memories though. I usually try to get up there in the spring when you get run up an ice gully.
You make me feel old. Here is a picture of a bunch of our gear we pulled out when my son was taking our climber safety class. If you scan carefully you will find some really old stuff. We have stuff I have seen in a climbing museum. The snow gear is not in the picture. There is another with my wife and I in the background holding our ice axes.
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Old 09-08-2020, 11:37 AM
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3 arrows @ 200(ish) yard mark with my 45lb Martin Venom ... about as good as it gets ... this bow is superb
When I was shooting on grass for FITA we would constantly lose our arrows from burrowing under the turf. Granted you have a high trajectory, but we were still shooting 90 meters. I hated losing a $36 Easton ACE. Our metal detector was our best friend when it came to finding arrows.
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Old 09-09-2020, 03:45 PM
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Outdoor activity is on hold due to the fires. The Bobcat fire is dropping ash and filling the air with smoke. The National Forests are closed due to the extreme fire danger. Oh well. I was doing pretty well on my conditioning program. It looks like it may be awhile before this fire issue is resolved. There is another major fire burning through the place where I used to work in the Sierra. I hope it survives but the fire maps are not encouraging. I have been following their status on Facebook and their web page.

Update: I just got the 9/9 update. There are two fire crews on site cutting fire breaks and working to protect the site. Possibly some structures lost but so far, so good.
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Old 09-09-2020, 04:07 PM
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Here's hoping. We've already lost one of our locations and a huge portion of our work in the state as a result of these fires. Hopefully this is the worst of the fire season, but I'm not expecting that to be the case.

It's kind of soul crushing, but a combination of mountain climbers, burpees, and kettlebell swings should be all the conditioning you need. Throw in some timed box steps if you really want to punish yourself.
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Old 09-14-2020, 07:29 AM
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here in my area it's been DRY most of the summer.
Last week it began raining off & on Monday, and continued all week until later Sat. am.
We got a much needed slow-soaking-in 3.3".
Now the sun came out & the mowing resumes, haha.
We had the 4 grandsons all weekend, so I'm catching up on coffee & reading now.
I hope you guys in the fire zones & hurricane areas are ok.
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Old 09-14-2020, 12:25 PM
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Would love a slow soaking rain - we've had barely a drop in months and it doesn't look to be getting much better. Thankfully the snows in CO have put some water into the San Juan, so my river trip next week is still on.

Some friends in Lyons lost their farm to the fires. They were able to get most of the animals out and resheltered, but oof. Rough times all over.
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Old 09-14-2020, 05:15 PM
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Visibility here is about a quarter mile. Heavy smoke from Oregon mostly. Our big fire is burning itself out now. Haven't been able to ride in the mountains for several days because of the smoke. Too hard on my horses and dogs. I have a particulate mask, but they don't! Get interesting views of the sun though, when it appears at all! This is right before noon yesterday after a little wind cleared things for a bit.
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Old 09-14-2020, 06:48 PM
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee here !
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:57 PM
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee here !
I was there a few years ago. Who was Murfree, or is it Murfrees?
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