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Mount Conness Alpine Triathlon (Bike/Ski/Climb)

Yosemite NP, California (July 2006)

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Cycling up the Saddlebag Lake Road with 70 pounds on my back

Choices and yet more choices

Northern California has an obscene number of recreational options to occupy your weekend -- Class V whitewater at Cherry Creek, big wave surfing at Mavericks, Tahoe mountain biking, skiing at Shasta, kite surfing the Golden Gate, diving in Monterey, cragging in Yosemite, and cycling the Marin/Sonoma coast.  Pretty much world class all around.  So how to decide what to do?  Easy, do as much as you can in one trip.

Abe and I set off on a long mooted trip to Mount Conness to ski the chutes and glacier on the north flank, and climb the fabled West Ridge route.  When the Saddlebag Lake road was still closed due to an unusually fat snow year, we decided to make it a trifecta by pedalling up the road.

The skiing was sweet, the climbing even better.  It was all topped off by one of the most intense electrical and hailstorms ever.

Photos and Trip Report Continued

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