Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Longs Peak Report - Loft Route

To climb the loft rout from the longs peak trail head go as if you are going to Chasm lake(don't take the Jim's Grove turn off). At the ranger station and the outhouse just before Chasm look to your left for a grassy hill with a stream and water fall above it. Climb up to the grassy landing and look for a faint trail and then carons. From this point make sure you follow the carons and stay on the left of the stream/water fall. If the trail neer the top leads you right next to or through the water fall(depending on how much water is running) you are on the right track. The benches can be seen in the group picture. It is the green looking rock face on the upper left of the picture. The benches are small ledges that zig/zag up the face of that rock. At the top of that follow the carons up a gradual to steep incline to the top of the loft. The water that runs under the rocks on the loft comes from a natural spring and is safe to drink. Once on the loft stop following the carons or you will take a longer and harder rout below clarks arrow. Look for a rock that has a "baby bottle nipple" to the far right(north) and go just above that rock. See if you can see it in the next picture:

The next section I didn't get any pictures of because it is the place where the path becomes much harder. If I got a chance to stop I just rested or drank water. Pictures can be seen on Michael's Picasa Web Album. After you descend the truly dificult part of the climb to clarks arrow you start the final uphill climb to the Home Streach. This section is full of medium sized loose rocks. Even though there are not that many people on the rout(4 others that day besides us that we saw) it is verry dangerous to send a rock down the mountian. Our group knocked down one rather large rock and several smaller ones. You are now climbing in a coulor next to the noch. Besides the falling rocks this is not a verry dificult section. You will stay on the right side for most of it and cut accross to the left when the coulor goes hard right. At this point climb up to the home streach and get in line with the tons of people comming up from the keyhole. When downclimbing try to follow your previous rout exactly. Make sure you hang left down the coulor and keep a sharp eye out for clarks arrow.

This truly is a secial rout that is fairly unknown. Not only does it contain breath taking vews and rock formations it is enjoyable because of the lack of people that take the rout.

Finaly I took a panaramic shot on top of the loft showing Meeker on the left and the start of clarks arrow on the right. Click on it for the full picture.

Special thanks to our guide Taunya who shared her experience and knolege of the rout, and to Ryan Morgan for helping me with some of the harder parts of this climb. And finaly for the great group we had. It was a blast. I hope to climb this rout again soon.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Inflation You Can Believe In

Who said he wasn't an empty suit?

Sunday, August 03, 2008

USS New York - REAL

Motto: Never Forget

Website for the ship:

The article came from this AP story:

You can see an image of the steel workers preparing the metal for the ship:

Real or Fake? - USS New York

Please vote and/or comment before using Google.

With a year to go before it even touches the water, the Navy's amphibious assault ship USS New York has already made history - twice. It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center, and it survived Hurricane Katrina.

That combination of disasters gives the ship a unique standing among the 500 or so Avondale, La., shipyard workers building it, said Tony Quaglino, a crane superintendent who postponed retirement to have a hand in the New York's construction. "I think Katrina made us more aware of the tragedy in New York," said the 66-year-old Quaglino. "One was manmade, one was natural, but they're both a common bond."

The New York is about 45 percent complete and should be ready for launch in mid 2007. Katrina disrupted construction when it pounded the Gulf Coast, but the 684-foot vessel escaped serious damage and workers were back at the yard near New Orleans two weeks after the storm.

The ship led many of the yard's thousands of workers to return to the job even though hundreds lost their homes, Quaglino and others said.

Northrop Grumman employed 6,500 at Avondale before Katrina. Today, roughly 5,500 are back, working on the New York and three other vessels. More than 200 employees who lost their homes to Katrina are living at the shipyard, some on a Navy barge and others in bunk-style housing.