The Off Season in Northern California


So summer is supposedly supposed to be winding down, but temperatures here in Redding are the highest they have been so far this year. I made the following edit in the enjoyment of air conditioning. So sit back for a few minutes and enjoy some of my summer activities…

California Springtime


Checking in from Northern California and besides being mega-busy with work I have been trying to get out. I have done some skiing on the nearby volcanoes of Lassen Peak and Mt. Shasta. Since I live at a low elevation here in California I am also able get out mountain biking fairly often. Check out this video to get a taste of what my life is like in California (when I’m not at work…).

A day on Handies Peak (14,048′)


After a summer of hiking for a living, I finally got out for a nice pleasure hike up the mellow 14er, Handies Peak, located south of Lake City and right off of Cinnamon Pass. The hike starts around the 12,000 foot mark and climbs out of American Basin mellowly. After passing a beautiful alpine lake, you begin the climb switchbacks several times before gaining the summit ridge. There is a nice trail all the way to the summit making this a nice easy mountain to climb, but it was fun to hike without all my work equipment. My younger brother Jon and his girlfriend, Sarah, rallied from Denver to take on this enjoyable fall hike.

Sloan Lake, at the base of American Peak (13,806).

Sarah Brown hiking with Handies Peak behind her.

Sarah Brown begins the climb up Handies Peak, with the ominous face of American Peak looming behind her.

Quickly gaining elevation.

Jon Jay and Sarah Brown, approach the summit ridge of Handies Peak.

Jon nears the top with Jones Mountain (13,860') behind.

The Wetterhorn (14,015') and Uncompahgre (14,363') Peaks from the summit of Handies Peak.

Stoked on the summit.

Also, a couple weeks ago Jon came down for another visit where we did some climbing and rode the Monarch Divide Trail. The trail is pretty awesome as you ride nearly 10 miles above treeline. It is certainly a unique experience.

Jon enjoys the view of Mount Aetna (13,746') from the Monarch Divide Trail.

Jon riding on the Monarch Crest.

Leverich Canyon Mountain Biking


The Leverich Canyon trail just south of Bozeman has been a popular mountain biking spot for some time. However, it was often crowded and scary riding downhill because of uphill hikers. But last fall a bunch of trail building happened and created at least two new trails to ride. This created much safer downhilling as there is a downhill only trail that is really fun and fast with berms on the corners and several small but fun jumps built. I’ve been up riding it a few times with Eric Bee and we’ve been having a blast as we start to memorize the trail and ride it really fast.

Eric Bee lining up a jump

Eric Bee lining up a jump

Bee ripping

Bee ripping

Berms on the corners means really fast riding... as Bee shows here

Berms on the corners means really fast riding... as Bee shows here

Bee catching some air

Bee catching some air

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Me, testing Bee's downhill bike

Me, testing Bee's downhill bike

Bee showing how to properly fly around a corner

Bee showing how to properly fly around a corner

Bee catching more air

Bee catching more air