Sunday, August 29, 2010
I love to share the adventure and experience in the mountains with my peers. I see there eyes brighten as they tell the stories of long days, thunderstorms and how the persevered and got to the top. It’s what I know, and maybe also my way of sharing this incredible life. Last week was a great reminder of all those thing.
Between these climbs I made trips up to Cayoss Canyon for bouldering. I bit of trail running with my lovely wife, and the occasional cross fit workout. All that mixed in with the frantic packing and preparing for our trip to china.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The whole team is spread out (Tommy is in Truckee at the Craggin' Classic to do some climbing and give a slideshow), and so some of us will rendezvous in San Francisco and head over the Pacific from there, and I'm actually not sure where we are meeting the rest. Regardless, we have a great group of friends and I'm looking forward to it!
I've been fortunate enough to fall into the position of assistant photographer to Corey Rich, which I'm so looking forward to observe and learn from one of the masters in adventure photography. Seeing how Corey prepares for trips and is so organized is inspiring. He is so on the ball. Things here at the Caldwell household always manage to work out, but not usually with as much grace and fluidity as I've observed from the Brock and Rich household. As I've mentioned before, we are learning and working towards these lofty goals! Another of my roles for the trip is belay slave. I love the opportunity of being able to be a part of the action, doing rope work and best of all....jugging!!! :) Some think I'm crazy, but I love being able to get up walls and into these places I can't necessarily climb, spend time with Tommy in his element, and just racing up the ropes!
|In my glory jugging on El Cap in Yosemite National Park this past spring!|
I'm not sure what the internet connection situation is going to be while in China. There is some question as to what the Chinese military is going to let us do in regards to accommodations. We would prefer to camp or stay in a yurt, but there's a chance we will stay in a hotel outside of the park, which in that case, there may be blog updates. Otherwise, we will be back September 10th!
Here's a peach marg recipe from the Pioneer Woman that Susan and Patrick and I made up today (Disclaimer: I am by no means trying to compete with Kelly Cordes and his delicious margs). Enjoy the rest of the summer! We are excited to come back to one of our favorite times of the year in Estes!!
|Peach Margarita from Pioneer Woman's Blog.|
|My favorite...the bacon-pear-arugula!|
|Our left-over pizza dough concoctions.|
|Lynds and Katy enjoying the nice evening.|
|Tommy exhausted at the end of the day.|
|Fynn showing us his stellar yoga moves. Very impressive for a 9 year old!|
|Our honey whole wheat bread dough starting to rise.|
|The finished product. A little dense. I need to figure out how to bake at altitude.|
|Katy and Lynds on Trail Ridge in RMNP.|
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Partway up Flattop the sun started to rise with the most intense red colors I have ever seen from the sun illuminating parts of the pine trees. By the time we summited Flattop clouds had rolled in, the temps were dropped, every article of clothing in my pack was adorned, and I couldn't feel my hands. A little brisker than we expected. I started charging down the trail so as to get coverage from the trees sooner.
We passed over tranquil streams and vibrant flowers and as we got closer and closer to treeline the temps increased. There was some light sprinkles of rain, but no signs of lightning so we continued hiking with ease. Much better than a sweltering day. The hike went on and so did we, talking about things that girls talk about when guys aren't around. We passed a few people, occasionally took in the view, but our mission was to complete the hike. We were all feeling surprisingly great and didn't think the trail was too hard.
As we got closer to the North Inlet Trailhead on the Grand Lake side we asked a couple how much further. They said about an hour and a half, and I thought, hmm..they were going up hill and didn't look to be in the best shape and set the goal for us to accomplish it in an hour. The girls nodded in agreement at first I think just to humor me, but as I got more and more motivated to actually do this, and started thinking about time, I figured we could accomplish the hike in 8 hours. I started walking faster and told Kaci and Jodi that we could do this and there were no doubts. We were going to do it. As everyone told us there was about 15 minutes left until the trailhead we picked up speed because there was only 10 minutes left on the clock to accomplish the task. We started running on the downhill, and pushing it. With packs and Jodi's knee bothering her we didn't think it was worth an injury, but went hard. As we saw a clearing in the trees ahead we picked up the pace more and started running. 4 minutes to go. We went for a bit and around the corner we saw the road kept on without a visual of parking lot. We slowed to a quick walk so as not to burn out. We went in and out of running, and finally we saw the trail head and went for it. Finishing time.............8 HOURS AND 1 DARN MINUTE!! Grr. I tried to come up with thoughts that maybe we actually didn't start the hike until 5:07am instead of 5:05am, but that was that. Regardless, we felt great, enjoyed the hike and time together, and exceeded our expectations! We continued on to Grand Lake for some beers and margs and pizza and a well earned nap. Good work ladies.
Photos Courtesy of Kaci Yoh!
Friday, August 20, 2010
- 3 T. lemon juice
- 1 1/2 T. olive oil
- 3 T. minced cilantro
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 c. fresh corn
- 1/2 c. quinoa, rinsed well
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1 c. cooked black beans
- 1 med. tomato, diced
- 3 T. red onion, minced
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Currently we are finishing up a week long visit to the Brock's in Nashville, TN. It was great spending some time eating good ol' Southern food, crushing at Climb Nashville (Lance and Carrie and their business partner, Drew's gym), tickling and reading books to the adorable Brock children, catching up on sleep and catching up with (for me getting to know) Lance and Carrie. We will miss the South and the Southern accents and look forward to coming back ya'll...although next time we will try to avoid the high 90's weather and show up in the fall or spring!! Now that time to part is approaching, we are getting excited to get home to beautiful Estes Park and the mountains!
- Climb Nashville Bouldering Comp
- Tommy's Slideshow and Surprise Birthday Party and Grill out
- Checking out Nashville double-date style with Lance and Carrie
- "peep" and "poop" KB's words for going to the bathroom
- Wrestling matches with Ethan
- Reading hundreds of books to the kids
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- Women's night talking about cooking (if you go to Nashville you MUST do this) :)
- Crossfit workouts with Lance
- Swimming holes at the Obed
- The singing at Otter Creek Church
Home time has been less and less as fall is approaching. Fall is prime season for Tommy to get out and climb, and trips have been popping up left and right. We have figured out that we are going to be away from home all but 25 days from now until the beginning of January...YIKES! We are super excited as our travels are going to include China, Jackson Hole, Yosemite National Park, Brazil, and Argentina! Many people have commented how great and exciting this will be and how lucky we are, which don't get me wrong...we are SO blessed to be able to travel this much and see these amazing places, but there is still something wonderful and comfortable about home. Tommy has traveled a bunch, but this much in this length of time is still more than the norm for him and I have never been on the road this much, so I think this will be a time to get to know each other real well and grow together! I know occasionally I can get a little crabby and have been known to wake up in the middle of the night completely confused as to where I am when switching beds so much, so we will see how this goes. Luckily, Tommy is amazing with traveling (as long as I am keeping track of the passports and plane tickets) and doesn't get freaked out when I bolt upright in bed in a panic.
We will be home for 10 days filled with people visiting (Lyndsay, Katy F., Katie W., Nick, Fynn and I'm sure there's more) and outings to soak up Estes in August (I am hiking to Grand Lake with Kaci and Jodi from Flattop, and Tommy will be heading up the Diamond on Long's, and training like a madman). We can't wait to spend some time with our loving roommates, Patrick and Colorado (the dog), and fit in some R&R before getting on a plane to China!
By the way...if anyone has suggestions on comfortable ways to fall asleep on long plane rides send them my way! Neck pillow? No neck pillow? Inflatable neck pillow? Melatonin? Wine?