Last modified: August 18, 2014

Summer Vacation Photos

I realized that I've been doing a poor job this summer of more personal blog posts, not that you're all on pins and needles or anything wondering what exactly Jeffy has been doing with his summer, but it's always fun for us to share what it is we do in our personal (non AC) lives, so you can get to know us and thus some of the reasons we do what we do and make what we make. We'll confine this post to the last few weeks, after our 2015 street launch at Saddle Drive.

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This is my beloved '85 Volkswagon Vanagon, aka The Goose, at a reservoir in Utah where we like to go swimming when we're in town. Prior to the trip I was shattered to find that both of my front wheel wells are rusted through, like pick up the carpet and you're staring at the tire through. My solution was to cut apart a hydro pack bladder put some cardboard in the middle of it and tape it to the wheel wells. It's a temporary fix, but so far so good, while I try to find a homie to cut the rust out and weld in some new metal.

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Those legs belong to Trevor from Surly, my roadtrip companion. That's a warm spring in South Dakota near Hot Springs. It was a super dope swimming hole.


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Our first view of the Tetons.

After Saddledrive we headed to Jackson, to climb Middle Teton. The last time we were on the mountain we participated in a rescue (getting supplies to a climber who was going to stay with his friends body over night, after she fell to her death), and witnessed 14 folks heli-vacced (sp?) out after being injured in lightning strikes (2 more died). It's a long story, that if you wish can read about on my personal blog.  Anyway, the point is, we had some deeply personal unfinished business with that mountain, and four years on from the first attempt, it was time to get up it.

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The view from the tent

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Our basecamp was Garnett Canyon, one of my favorite places on this earth.

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Waterfall in Garnett Canyon

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working our way up the snow fields

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heading up the mountain, we brought our ice axes, but definitely should have had cramp-ons as well

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myself in a mountaineering pose, All-City Chuey cap represent

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our desintation

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alpine flowers

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At the saddle between Middle and South Teton looking into Idaho

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summit portrait of Trevor

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summit

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going down is a lot more fun

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chilling in a hot spring the day after our climb

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listening to Darkthrone at a hot spring in the mountains is the best

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the Grand

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tooth brushing is key to a dirtbag's success
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waiting for Old Faithful in Yellowstone, because sometimes you need to do the tourist things

And after that I headed up  to Copper Harbor Michigan for Single Speed USA IMG_6327
here are some favorite photos from the weekend in the U.P.

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and now, all I'm hoping for is to do this as much as possible until fall and cross season comes: IMG_3518

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