Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day 2007

Sunny and nice in Santa Cruz 25 December 2007. Scotts Creek Beach

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Edge: Bouldering Comp

We are lucky to have an excellent climbing gym in Santa Cruz: The Pacific Edge. We (me and Kitty) try to get there at least twice a week and John's interest goes from small to great based on something, but I don't know what. There was a bouldering competition in November 2007.

Check in at the Front Desk

There were folks from all around the Bay Area. Kitty competed as did three of the four Latifs. Have no idea who won any of the categories.

Scott: master route setter and master of ceremonies

Ready to go

Kitty and the Latifs scoping routes

Kitty Cranking

the crowd worshipping the climbers

Imani on a V5

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Tuolumne Meadows, Aug 07

We headed to Tuolumne Meadows
August 13 through 17. Steve Latif and family had headed up there the day before and kindly got campsite lined up for us. There were a bunch of folks from Santa Cruz.

Steve Latif at the TMdws campground

The weather was perfect -- 75F during the day and the upper 40s at night. We hiked, swam in the river, climbed and fly-fished the Dana and Lyle Forks of the Tuolumne. Kitty and John each climbed the Golfer's Route on Low Profile (5.7) after having backed off the crux the year before.

Kitty and I climbed Shagadelic on Medlicott Dome, August 15, 2007. Finger crack in a corner to start, then some amazing knob climbing up a steep wall. 5.8, 600ft. The arrow points out two climbers on the route. 30 minute steep approach, four long pitches and a long deproach back to the car. We headed North and down the gully between Medlicott and Mariluolumne Domes then contoured back around Medlicott to get back to the car.

Steve did his first big trad route on Thursday. He and Jon Becker climbed the regular route on Fairview. Started mid morning and did part of the walkoff via headlamp.

Jon and Steve are visible on the 6th pitch of the Regular Route on Fairview in the center of the image. The kids (Jason and Josh) are also at the top of the 5th and on Cresent Ledge

It was a dry winter and the rivers were low and much warmer than usual. Made for great swimming. Caught lots of beautiful little (really little - 4" to 8") cutthroats in the river on #18 light colored dry flies. Slow trip heading out with terrible traffic on 580 through Tracy. Pretty quick heading home even with though it was Friday rush hour.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Whidbey Island Aug 2007

August 2nd, headed out for Whidbey Island.
The usual long 1.5 day drive made a little easier by having the 7th Harry Potter audiobook to listen too.

Had a fun week in Washington, kayaking, fishing, biking and visiting. Grandpa Bolte is doing great and Grandma Bolte is doing better every trip we have made the last few year.

Took a few turns around the go-kart track (Chris was the best driver). Went out in Becky and Matt's kayaks. Caught a bunch of dogfish out in the boat. Cool weather for August.

Went to the Everett climbing gym and had a blast. Kitty was the top climber.

The old guys, beat the young guys (stomped them) in two b-ball games...

The three Johns
----------------- Kitty and Uncle John

the three teenage cousins (we missed Zach)

Teenage boys

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Loon Lake and Lover's Leap 2007

July 12, 2007, John, Kitty, a kid named Ryan and I headed for Loon Lake in the Sierra near Lake Tahoe. John and Ryan were going on a four-day kayak camp trip. Kitty and I had our kayaks to do a quick tour of Loon Lake, then we were heading to Lover's Leap for a couple of days of climbing.

Loon Lake was low for this time of year and the water was warm. While John and Kyle packed with the others in their group for the trip, Kitty and I launched our boat and headed out. It was sunny and breezy. A beautiful place.

After the kids got packed and started paddling for their camp. Kitty and I head off for the campground at Lover's Leap. It was hot despite the altitude but there was plenty of room at the campground. We set up camp and headed over to the boulders. Next morning we were off for Kitty's second multi-pitch climb--Deception on the Hogsback. Three pitches and 5.6. The crux is a no-hands traverse at the end of the second.We started early(ish), had a great time. After the hike back we headed to Lake Tahoe to cool off. Quite a scene up there with big crowds at all the beaches.

Deception and Knapsack Crack on the Hogsback (photo from Chris McNamara)

Kitty coming up the first pitch of Deception

Day 2 Kitty did her first outdoor lead up Knapsack Crack on the Hogsback. 5.5 and two pitches.

Kitty's first lead!

Click here for a mosaic image of the Leap

Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Big Paddle

Sunday, June 30, 2007 the kids and I launched our kayaks at Kirby Park down at the end of Elkhorn Slough and started paddling to Moss Landing 5 miles up-slough. It was a beautiful day. Although it would be good to find a day when the tide was with us coming and going, we were impatient and paddled toward the mouth of the slough at Moss Landing against an incoming tide.

1.5 hours later we landed at the nice little beach at Moss Landing, had lunch, then paddled back. Lots of shore birds, seals, sea otters (big rafts of them) and we talked to one of the docents who had some amazing nudibranches he had collected in the sea-grass flats.