Adam Kane sheds Montana Snowbowl photo copyright Daryl Greaser

Turns All Year – Month 5

Last week I managed to eek out Month 5 of my “Turns All Year” project, that is, skiing EVERY month of the year. I started the project back in October by hiking 12 miles round-trip in Glacier National Park to get a few turns on the Grinnell Glacier with Don …

On our return flight from Hot Springs we witnessed an awesome sunset. Copyright Katt McClaine

Another flying milestone

On our “Superbowl Sunday,” Katt and I flew over to Hot Springs, Montana and enjoyed a couple hours of soaking at Symes Hot Springs. It was wonderful! The tiny Hot Springs airport has a courtesy car! Sweet! In the process, I finished my first log book after almost 12 years …

Why I love Craigslist

Sure, lots of deals to be had, but it is posts like this one that really make it an entertainment venue! I found this in the free ads – a guy giving away TWO “Fat Tire” beers that were left in his fridge by a couch-surfer, and an offer for …

People are stupid, Part 1

Sometimes I think people are ridiculous! Take this for instance – why in the world are these things called “ski masks”? I’ve been skiing for 14 years and I’ve NEVER seen a skier wearing one. Balaclavas, sure, but not one of these. We need a paradigm shift – here’s my …

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Funny Signs, Part 1

Over the years I’ve come across quite a few signs that make me laugh. I was cleaning up my photo files today and ran across a folder with a few of them. As such, I thought I’d go ahead and make a “Signs” category on my blog, and start posting …

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2012 Skiing Recap

January We started 2012 with our 2nd annual “Ride-N The New Year” tradition, which is our attempt at skiing or riding (snowboarding) in the New Year, instead of partying like most folks do. This year (not 2013!) we camped for a few days up on Mt. St. Helens, where we …

Katt McClaine and Daryl Greaser at Lost Trail Pass

Occasional Annual Letter – 2012

2012 was certainly a year of change, to put it mildly. I left my job in Astoria in January, Katt and I moved to Montana, and I’m still on the longest vacation of my life. For a detailed look at our activities, check out Katt’s blog: http://journeyfromself.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/2012/ Instead of a …

Katt McClaine, Daryl Greaser, and Nick Worden on the summit of Mt. Adams, 1 July 2012

My new Summit Log!

Well I finally got around to updating my summit log today! This is a list of almost every mountain I have climbed. The list is sortable by date, peak, elevation, and mode of transportation. You can click on the mountain names to go to the trip report or photos! Check …

Comparison of weight versus density altitude - temperature - in a Cessna 182 Turbo's takeoff performance - Copyright Daryl Greaser

Weight versus Density Altitude

Recently I had my Biennial Flight Review (BFR) at Minuteman Jet Center in Missoula, Montana. I’ve been flying for 11 years, and yet Art always has something new and great to teach me. (A good pilot is always learning! – If you need a BFR in Missoula, call Minuteman!) This flight was …

Comparison of weight versus density altitude - temperature - in a Cessna 182 Turbo's takeoff performance - Copyright Daryl Greaser

Crash Analysis 2012

Here’s an impressive GoPro video that shows a plane crash from inside the cockpit (Don’t worry, no one dies; the plane takes the worst hit). It finely illustrates what happens when one combines a heavy aircraft with “Get-home-itis.” Watch the video, and then read my amateur accident analysis. This occurred …