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PostThu Apr 16, 2009 10:07 pm 
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It was a popular, almost crowded evening to scale the Balcony. Malachai Constant, Yukon222, Zeusdaddy, GQHiker, Victoria, Ingunn, JK, Dale, Clara, Cheryl, Hans, Ty, Hans, Craig, Dan, Ryan and Nordic converged on the trail head just as several crews of climbers were wrapping up their day. More commotion followed as two or three hook & ladder rigs careened around the tight fire training road curves. Thick swarms of skeeters were a first for the season.

The brisk pace set by Rob, Yukon and Zeusdaddy made quick work of the rocky first half of this wide, stream carved boulder field of a road turned trail. A quick transition to 18 inches of snow only slowed the front runners when hitting a post hole. This group is obviously ready for some more challenging targets!

A roaring I-90 and views of McClellan, Putrid Pete's, Silver, Humpback and Granite welcomed us to Harry's lair. We were met at our destination by Larry and digger in great TNAB tradition. There was plenty of time for conversation and exploration of the balcony's edge. A toast to the new comers, a group shot, and we were once again on the trail, retracing our now solid snow track.

Two hikers were lost on the way out, but I hear they were able to "enjoy the views". Pour House as usual.

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PostThu Apr 16, 2009 10:18 pm 
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Summit Shots

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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 12:42 am 
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I really should check out a TNAB trip -- sounds like lots of fun!

Did you guys happen to stumble upon a jacket?

Nic lost his on our Dirty Harry's trip 3 weeks ago. We're planning to go back to look, but haven't gotten around to it yet  frown.gif
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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 6:02 am 
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Ah man. Looks like it was another great TNAB night and I've gotta be stuck down here in warm sunny California. Damn the luck!  biggrin.gif  I'm looking forward to seeing the group shot and pictures!
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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 9:06 am 
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Fun little stroll up the rocky "trail" to the Balcony.  The snow in the trees will definitely be sticking around for awhile.  No sunset appeared last night; can't enjoy it every time out otherwise it wouldn't be quite so special. agree.gif
Snowmelt cascading down the rock
Snowmelt cascading down the rock
JK and distracted Max checking out possible new descent route
JK and distracted Max checking out possible new descent route
Nordic, his dog Frieda and GQHiker enjoying the views from the Balcony
Nordic, his dog Frieda and GQHiker enjoying the views from the Balcony
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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 9:33 am 
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Thanks for the TR, Magnum.
Larrry's back. Awesome!  smile.gif
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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 9:37 am 
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TNAB, hiking:   smile.gif  up.gif
Me, working:   frown.gif  down.gif

That is all.
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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 10:17 am 
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If by "borrow" you mean "pay", sure!   biggrin.gif

Btw, I don't want to hijack the TNAB thread, but saw this yesterday and your post reminded me of it: The Claim: Nasal Irrigation Can Ease Allergy Symptoms.  I'm going to try and go allergy drug free this year with some help from lots of saline nasal spray.  Also, I find that strenuous exercise of any sort really helps open everything up, even if only for a while.
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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 10:19 am 
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Wow - you mean to tell me there's someone TALLER than yukon on TNAB trips now? Yukon is generally the giant in every trip photo I've been in with him. He's just barely peeping around the shoulder of Super Tall Guy (sorry I don't know your name)!  lol.gif  up.gif

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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 11:17 am 
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My poor photoshop skills should motivate all to be there for the actual photo!
My poor photoshop skills should motivate all to be there for the actual photo!
Maybe Nordic was off summiting McClellan Butte
Maybe Nordic was off summiting McClellan Butte

Wonderful weather, great group, fast feet, playful pups, this trip had everything but the spectacular sunset!
ps. Sorry I made your cranium all lumpy Nordic.

Seasons Collide:
micro spikes and shorts, who'da thunk it?
micro spikes and shorts, who'da thunk it?

Mystery Solved:
Our new TNABers are Ty, Hans, Clara & Cheryl accompanied by Babe & Jasper
Our new TNABers are Ty, Hans, Clara & Cheryl accompanied by Babe & Jasper
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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 11:58 am 
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the lykkens wrote:

ps. Sorry I made your cranium all lumpy Nordic.

I thought those bumps were from the mosquitoes. wink.gif

Thanks for another great Thursday night! Unfortunately I seem to have lost my afterburners (did I ever have any??) and was huffing and puffing in the back within four seconds. pig.gif

We'll have to attach a squeaky toy to the camera so Wellington will look in the right direction.
We'll have to attach a squeaky toy to the camera so Wellington will look in the right direction.
The Duke & Dutchess (which one is which?), Kent and McClellan Butte.
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The Duke & Dutchess (which one is which?), Kent and McClellan Butte.
No headlamps needed.
No headlamps needed.
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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 12:49 pm 
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ps. Sorry I made your cranium all lumpy Nordic.

No problem... as Ingunn pointed that was probably due to mosquito attack...    (which reminds me - I have to put some bug repellent in my backpack so that I don't forget it next time).   The mosquitoes must've also sucked all my blood because I seem to be as pale as a ghost...eek.gif ( maybe I am a ghost... after all who else could make it from Dirty Harry's Balcony to McClellan Butte and back in about 5 minutes...well, maybe other than Yukon or ZeusDaddy  smile.gif )

Not that I don't appreciate your photoshopping skills or anything biggrin.gif but next time I'll try not to wander off until the summit photo is taken; it's just that those rocks on the lower portion of the balcony were simply calling me and I couldn't help myself...
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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 2:08 pm 
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Ingunn wrote:
Thanks for another great Thursday night! Unfortunately I seem to have lost my afterburners (did I ever have any??) and was huffing and puffing in the back within four seconds. pig.gif

Hey! Don't be stealing my spot.  wink.gif
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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 5:18 pm 
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Yes, TNAB, you managed to make us jealous once again.

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The Duke & Dutchess (which one is which?), Kent and McClellan Butte.
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The Duke & Dutchess (which one is which?), Kent and McClellan Butte.

Ingunn, I added the labels.  The Duke is closer to Kent and is slightly higher even though the Duchess seems higher in your photo because of the angle.

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PostFri Apr 17, 2009 9:41 pm 
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But I can vouch that the Duchess is a lot more fun!
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