Southern Alberta one Weekend at a time

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  1. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Well, a little more skill needed to get down the steep hills apparently. Thanks for helping with the bike on that down hill. I hope your back doesn't feel that one.

    I was determined not to let the biggest hill beat me this time, but Damn that mud is slippery without a full knobbie. The ice didn't help either.

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    Going up the big hills was easy, no time to over-think, just go. What's the worst that could happen.....
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    Video from Yesterdays run to Margaret Lake. This was as we left the lake, coming back out.

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    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Happy Halloween

    A great grey day for a ride!

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    If it had to be the last, it was a blast.

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    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    2015 Wrap Up in Video;



    and in pictures;

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    What once was an Emerald City is now a Crystal Town

    The season teeters on the brink, the dawn revealing a thick crust of frost sparkling on the roof tops, lawns and vehicles. Exhaust curls up from thousands of chimneys across the city as I look to the north and the approach of winter. The word escapes my lips with bitter contempt as I contemplate my last ride of the season. The cold front that approaches will be dramatic, plunging this part of the world into winter with little hope of reprieve for 5 months. This is my 50th experience with this so why it should still feel so disparaging is a wonder. The answer to that is easy, but getting past the feeling, much less so.

    I pushed the season as far as was safe, riding into November for the first time in many years. I remember a year where every month I managed at least one ride, but that was long ago and in recent memory Halloween was a challenge to get to on two wheels. As October wore on the rides became shorter and the days without riding became more numerous, each opportunity to ride more cherished. Today's will be bitter-sweet and brief, with a 4 hour window with bearable temperatures. Tonight when the mercury falls there will be little recovery as the arctic air pushes its way southward to stay. It is this time of year that I begin to ponder where I might like to migrate to as I get older. My only tie to the north being my children, I dream of a life on the road on my bike.

    All other thoughts were temporarily banished as I enjoyed every moment of the ride today. Once I fired up the engine, the responsibilities and troubles of life were on hold, and the pleasure of riding was all encompassing. Each shift, every corner, and twist of the throttle was a joy. The rumble of the engine, the hum of the tires, the wind rushing past and pulling at my body was ecstasy. Without a destination, I rode where each whim took me, stopping to capture the moments on camera occasionally. Finally as the light began to slip along with the degrees, I stopped to wash the bike, having found a bit of mud during my wanderings. If it was the year’s last ride it was a glorious one and I smiled as I wheeled up to my garage. It has been a strange season so who knows, perhaps there will yet be more. I am forever hopeful, but now 24 hours after that ride we indeed live in a Crystal town, no frost, but rather a thick blanket of snow, the air well below zero.

    Lee Kroeker

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    tokenboy Gnirly Adventurer

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    Great stuff Lee. I got out with some guys on Saturday and did the loop out of the Ghost South staging area. Great final real ride of the season I think. As I went out to my truck to come to work I notices the snow in the area...time to ski I suppose!



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  6. Lycan1

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    Stole another day from Old Man Winter. November 7th 2015.

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    Sheep River Valley.

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    Blue Rock Wilderness area.

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    November in the wild.

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    Frozen Ponds.

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  7. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Excellent! What kind of lens was used for that frozen pond photo? I'd like to get together for a beer and talk trips, bikes and maybe you can teach me a few things about my camera!
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    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    The 4th 6th and 7th (frozen Pond) shots were all taken with a 10-17mm Tokina Lens. The 1st and last two shots were tone mapped to various degrees using an effect available on Picasa. The balance of the shots were taken using a 50 mm f2 prime Canon lens with a polarizing filter.

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    This was also the 10-17 Tokina Lens.

    I always shoot in "RAW" so that any mistakes in exposure or "white balance" can be corrected without issue.

    After I have finished, and am happy with a shot, I convert and save it as a jpeg before uploading it to photobucket.

    There are months of beer/ scotch drinking weather days ahead and I'd be happy to be of whatever assistance I can Cal. I'm available just about any weekend.
  9. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Today's Video. I found two green-lanes that I had before today not yet ridden. Hidden treasures, and so much fun!

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    Fatallybitten Slow and getting slower Supporter

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    Lee, it looks like you had another good year despite the economic challenges! Thanks for the vicarious ride along. David
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    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Just making lemonade from what life provided. :)

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    Gorge Creek road, south end from the parking lot today. Hiked in about 2 kms before turning around. The snow was deeper than anticipated and tough slogging for an out of shape office type. I'm working on it.



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    I was wondering how the x country skiing was, going to check the Kananaskis country trail report right now.
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    Fatallybitten Slow and getting slower Supporter

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    Lee, I didn't realize you went anywhere without your orange steed. If you plan to do any more hikes like this one, you should invest in a pair of snowshoes. They make a world of difference. And if you are interested in trying before you buy, I have two pairs so we could do a stroll and you could give them a go. Cheers, David
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    I actually have a pair of wood & gut snowshoes from Waaaaaaaay back that still fit just fine and are in pristine condition. I think that I need to get in a bit better shape before using them though.

    If I could figure out a way to take the Orange Steed out without spending a fortune on "winterizing" it, I would! A nice dual-ski front end with a track drive at the rear and it would be the most kick ass sled ever.

    I will include you in the email for the next winter hiking expedition. The goal with the foot-adventures is to get in better shape for next riding season.

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    xscoobysnack Been here awhile

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    Include me too! I bought shoes last year but only used them a couple times and am not sure where to go nearby.
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    Fatallybitten Slow and getting slower Supporter

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    West of Bragg Creek was good today. A little elevation gain is also a good thing for getting in shape. David

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    Time To resurrect this thread rather than dump photos on the CTD thread.


    I leave the giants stranded....
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    A little highwood history.

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    Standing at a crossroad in more ways than one.

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    I turn my gaze toward the front range.
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    Catch Up time with some of my favorites from Weekend rides up to this point.




    South of Cochrane by the tower.
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    Cochrane's old bridge.


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    East of Rockyford.

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    Hesketh Alberta.


    Fantastic road allowance plowed under.
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  20. G-Mac

    G-Mac Been here awhile

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    Amazing photos lycan1 I've got to do more Albert/BC discovery

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