Cycling up the
Saddlebag Lake Road with 70 pounds on my back
and yet more choices
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