Trip Report
Of Rambles And Mules, A Tarbuster Tribute Of Sorts. Many Pix.
Friday September 10, 2010 2:34pm
Credit: survival





I hope you all had a marvelous Labor Day weekend, we did! That's what this is about.


Tarbuster was the first to welcome me to Supertopo, and has inspired us all with his Rocky Mountain Rambles. That's what this is about.

Love of the mountains is so much more than just clawing our way up a rock or hunk of ice. That's what this is about.

We've been ramming it down the throa.....er, I mean sharing it with our kids their whole lives. That's what this is about.

We had tickets to the Taos Mountain Music Festival for months, a full day of great music culminating with the mighty Gov't Mule!! We still decided to make a bit more of our trip. So we drove up on Friday, set up camp in the dark and I drug everyone out of their warm sleeping bags at 5 AM!

The objective is Wheeler Peak, the highest summit in New Mexico at 13,161 ft.
It is 16 miles round trip, which will be a new family one day record, if we make it. Almost the entire second half of the hike is above 12,000 ft!


7 AM at the trailhead.



The Old Bull Of The Woods.



Amber was on a total mushroom picture taking trip, as her biology project.



The first serious view and rest stop, about 2 miles up.



Did I mention that Layton's Lovebird was along? Bernie's had many outdoor adventures and can't stand to miss out on anything. She rides in her own little mesh hooch, made from a harness bag.



More shroomage.



Miss Amber could give Jeremy a run for his money on the trail, being a hard core basketball player.



These are tough kids. They've climbed Emery Peak in S. Texas at 9,000 ft, Johnston Pass in AK at 26 miles (3 day trip), done the recent Sandia hike, and lots more.


I told you she was on a shroom trip!








Above treeline finally, at about 3 miles, with the old mine in the background.






We saw two groups of Bighorn sheep!


Ahh, there they are.


Miss Amber about to crest the ridge, one of many times....



Bernie gets out for some chow and water.



As some of you already know, there's hardly anything I like more than an old snag.






The air was getting thin up here in North Finland, and we all began to feel it.





Team meeting.....




The view down to Horseshoe Lake. Original name eh?




The second or third of many false summits, *sigh*.....



We couldn't have asked for a better day. Good thing too, considering how slow we were!


The view down toward Williams lake? Anyway, the "shortcut" comes up from down there.







Feeling the burn! Wheeler Peak guards the southern end of the Rocky Mountains. You can see Colorado in the distance!




Mr. Marmot.


The true summit behind Mr. M.



Mr. Marmot tagging the summit of Mt. Walter. Must have been on his tick list!






The final frontier!



Amber insisted we all hold hands and reach the summit together.



The summit!






Summit thirst. Believe it or not, the bird won't drink out of a cup up there, but she'll drink off the boy's tongue....eeeewwww!!









Ansel Adams wannabe....



Back into the woods! Running....out....of....steam......















Time to party at the festival!!


Check back for more pix further down!



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eKat

Trad climber
  Sep 9, 2010 - 03:25pm PT
Well. . . YAY, FunSunFarmerBruce!

OXO

eKat
atchafalaya

Boulder climber
  Sep 10, 2010 - 12:37pm PT
Cool TR survival. Much appreciated, and love the mushroom pics. Looks like a shrimp or rosy russula in the first photo, some amanita muscaria, and some fried chicken mushrooms in the bottom photos. I also think there are some Golden Pholiota shrooms. If you don't already have it, try David Arora's "All That The Rain Promises and More" field guide. It is great and really helps with the fungi ID. Thanks,
cowpoke

climber
  Sep 9, 2010 - 03:35pm PT
so many "haven't seen that in a tr" extra points like bringing the family bird, the shroom pics, and the marmot posing in front of the sign!

very cool.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
  Sep 9, 2010 - 03:55pm PT
Bruceman

NICE-did you get a new camera? Or finally read the manual on the old one. Great colors! Schrooming with the famdamily. So cool.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 9, 2010 - 04:02pm PT
Atchafawhatchamacallit, thanks for the tip about the book.
Amber would LOVE that!

Guido, you old dog, it's the same camera, but I learn by trial and error. Manual, what manual...there's a manual?

Okee Dokee, limping made lots of rest on Sunday a requirement.
Luckily there was a ton of good music and food to be had!


There's Wheeler Peak waaaay in the back!



Let the fun and tunage begin!!
(I'll get to Gov't Mule later.....)




Mia Borders from New Orleans did a killer version of Crossroads!


Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
  Sep 9, 2010 - 04:19pm PT
Thanks - very nice! Crimpie and Cosmic will be all over the bird thing, and no doubt we'll soon have threads discussing whether or not birds should be taken climbing, and which bird to use for stick clipping.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 9, 2010 - 05:12pm PT
Actually Anders, I was a little concerned about the bird being up at that elevation for so long. Didn't figure it would be a problem as long as we kept feeding and watering her, but couldn't help fretting a bit.

Here is a clip of Mia Borders, for anyone that hasn't heard of her.
She was very cool. And many bands to go!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1zBO7BrxB8&feature=related


bobinc

Trad climber
Portland, Or
  Sep 9, 2010 - 05:17pm PT
Thanks for posting such excellent pix; narrative was also well done.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Sep 9, 2010 - 05:35pm PT
Excellent living, you got lucky kids!

Definitely extra points for packing a bird!
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Sep 9, 2010 - 07:58pm PT
That's some good shtuff, Bruce.
Diggin' it!
Thanks for posting it, man.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Sep 9, 2010 - 08:05pm PT
Great trip Survival-----some suffering with the festival.

But, not a "sufferfest."
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
  Sep 9, 2010 - 09:10pm PT

Nice lookin' family there, Bruce!
Cute bird too!
Thanks for the story--'specially about my 'lake' down
there, hee hee hee. . .
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 9, 2010 - 09:43pm PT
But, not a "sufferfest."


Fritz, I don't know, if you had seen us walking around on Sunday and Monday.....there was quite a lot of suffering going on.

I don't know why I added a 25 lb block of red granite to my pack for the hike down. I'm talking all the way from the top, but I sure did want that hunk of rock....

I earned it!

Can anybody say Gov't Mule?!?!?!!!!!


Yes, Amber and I got up close and personal later in the show!
Closer than we got at the D.C. shows we saw!!




Jeremy

climber
  Sep 10, 2010 - 12:00am PT
KILLER BRUCE! I dobn't know how I missed this!

Did you get a new camera instead of that crappy one you have taken climbing? The pics look SWEET!!!

What a great hike huh? You guys scored a AWESOME DAY!!!

Looks like the whole family (bird included) had a blast!!!!

So cool Dude...thanks so much for posting!

WOO HOO!!!!

Jeremy
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  Sep 10, 2010 - 01:34am PT
hey there say survival.... great trip report....
thanks for the pics... say, they are very crips clear ones, too..


also, neat mushroom pics... i recently got a bunch of mushroom pics here, too...

very interesting, trying to see which angles can make them look their best, or, different, etc...

really fun stuff here...
god bless...
:)
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
  Sep 10, 2010 - 01:45am PT
Atch knows shrooms. I can verify anything you said. Arora is the dude. If your daughter wants the bible of shrooming then check out Arora's "Mushrooms Demystified".

Great trip report.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
  Sep 10, 2010 - 03:59am PT
Fungitastic!

Fungiphiles for Warren Haynes unite!
jack herer

Big Wall climber
Veneta, Oregon
  Sep 10, 2010 - 04:39am PT
the bird in the harness bag really sets it off! as i read this i first assumed the bird was stuffed and wondered why you would bother putting it in a sack, then you drop the real picture... that my friend is rad!
philo

Trad climber
Is that the light at the end of the tunnel or a tr
  Sep 10, 2010 - 06:58am PT
CozmicBanditoDaddio, another wonderful thread. Thank you for sharing.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 10, 2010 - 09:02am PT
Did you get a new camera instead of that crappy one you have taken climbing?

No, same camera....azzhole. I'm just learning. Seems to work as well as yours, HA!! WOO HOOO!!!


Fungiphiles for Warren Haynes unite!


Amen brother, AMEN!!







as i read this i first assumed the bird was stuffed and wondered why you would bother putting it in a sack, then you drop the real picture... that my friend is rad!


BWA HA HA hahahahaa!! That cracked Layton up this morning!

Thanks neebee and Philo and everyone.
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
  Sep 10, 2010 - 01:38pm PT
Good stuff Maynard!

Cheers!
KlimbIn

climber
  Sep 10, 2010 - 02:23pm PT
Thank you very much for the TR: fun and beautiful.
So many places, so little time.
SERE

climber
St Marys PA
  Sep 10, 2010 - 09:13pm PT
Thanks Bruce, lots of sunscreen, I'll bet.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 10, 2010 - 11:25pm PT
Lots of sunscreen indeed!

SERE? Are we brothers from other mothers???

Swerv

climber
Eagle River, AK
  Sep 11, 2010 - 12:20am PT
Great trip log B. The family looks great. But I gotta say, Lucy would be jealous of Bernie!
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
  Sep 11, 2010 - 05:39am PT
Talk about a unique trip report!

And about the bird. Did it used to belong to the great 'un or to the little Layton of the big bird?
Grinching

Trad climber
Happy Valley, Oregon
  Sep 11, 2010 - 01:47pm PT
Bruce ... this is great. Wish I was there ...
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 11, 2010 - 02:57pm PT
Grinch! I loved your Mt. Hood shots, and I'm always so happy when you show your rare self around here!

You would have loved it when the Mule played The Other One!





More Ansel Adams wannabe!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 15, 2010 - 11:51am PT
Having a little fun with effects!




I wish a great show would just go on.....
Lululu

climber
Arlington, VA
  Sep 15, 2010 - 04:41pm PT
Wo - They don't make em like that here in Virginia. We all loved the pictures. Thanks!!! (You do have lucky kids.)
Mason

Trad climber
Yay Area
  Sep 20, 2010 - 12:12am PT
Awesome TR! I am winded just going through the pictorial journey with you guys. Nice bag!

Great pictures, love the ones of the bird also.

Thanks for sharing.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 20, 2010 - 09:32am PT
Lululu, I loved Arlington! No high peaks there, but sooo much amazing stuff anyway.

Thanks Mason. Yeah, I was winded too!!
Jobee

Social climber
El Portal Ca.
  Sep 20, 2010 - 11:15am PT
That scenery looks great on all of you Bruce!
I can't stop smiling; happy knowing you're breathing the fresh air.

Thanks for making my morning even sweeter.

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
  Sep 20, 2010 - 07:19pm PT
That was an awesome family outing.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 21, 2010 - 12:17am PT
Jobee, you have no idea how many happy mornings you have made for all of us.
What a bright light you are!!
Bowser

Social climber
Durango CO
  Sep 21, 2010 - 01:30am PT
Hey, thats my stomping grounds. I have summited Wheeler 20-30 times. Thank you for the pics. TSV has some great festivals. Great shots of Kachina Bowl and Gold Hill too.
Wonder

climber
WA
  Sep 21, 2010 - 01:43am PT
Great TR. I'm going to start a shroom thread soon. I'm heading out hunting tomorrow. Down by mt Adams. Be back in a few days. cheers
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 21, 2010 - 09:47am PT
Hey Bowser, 20-30 times?? You've lost count??

Holy buckets man, there's other hills around here! HA!

Post up some pix!
Bowser

Social climber
Durango CO
  Sep 21, 2010 - 11:10am PT
Here ya go Survival.

These are from the north side of the "hill."

Credit: Bowser
Credit: Bowser

Who hauled the cement and pipe up here? Not me!
Credit: Bowser

Middle Fork Lake
Credit: Bowser
Tyler (white shirt) and Lyle at Horseshoe Lake.
Tyler (white shirt) and Lyle at Horseshoe Lake.
Credit: Bowser
Credit: Bowser

If you go in from the Red River side you can start up towards Middle Fork Lake and take the Lost Lake trail to Lost and Horseshoe. Then hit the summit and circle around back to Middlefork. Most flat landers can make it in about 8 hours and you hit three of the most beautiful lakes in Northern NM.

I have been is some SCARY storms up there!

Zander

climber
  Sep 21, 2010 - 05:03pm PT
Looks like fun times!
Z
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 21, 2010 - 05:15pm PT
Nice pictures Bowser!

You sure know your way around up there a heck of a lot better than I do!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Oct 1, 2010 - 10:58am PT
Self Bump.

Mr. Donini forgot to thank me for putting up a TR, thought I'd give him another chance!!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Nov 1, 2010 - 02:48pm PT
I'm sorry, but I cannot figure out how to make a photo appear with the title of the TR.

Most of the TR's in here feature a pic AND a title.

But for the ones I have posted, only the title shows up. Can anyone help school me in how to do this?
Thanks!
MH2

climber
  Nov 2, 2010 - 01:53pm PT
Thanks for the TR, survival, and thanks for the bump. Your report showed up during a trip of mine and I'm glad not to have missed it.

Also reminded me of another trip:

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 26, 2013 - 10:39am PT
New Mexico Fall Day Bump!

What the hell?
TWP

Trad climber
Mancos, CO
  Sep 26, 2013 - 11:44am PT
Wonderful. You know how to stop and smell the mushrooms! Family contentment - "War and Peace" stuff. Paraphrase: All happy families are happy in the same way - simple pleasures and enjoyment of each other's company.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
  Sep 26, 2013 - 11:50am PT
Thanks for the bump! Fabulous trip report and the first viewing for me - there are so many of these hidden gems that get missed first time around unless you're glued to the computer screen.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Sep 26, 2013 - 01:27pm PT

I missed this the first time, but it has all it takes to make it a new "best trip report ever": birds, peaks, family, *!!!New Orleans!!!* blues, cool costumes, happy looking kids. OK, maybe it could have used some climbing, but given my recent posting history, I'm so not complaining.

Thanks

Darwin
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 26, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
Well thanks gang, for the kind posts!

OK, maybe it could have used some climbing,

Well, if I'm not mistaken, there was about 5,000ft of "climbing" there, one way!

Here, does this help?
Credit: survival
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
  Sep 26, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
Warren Haynes, the hardest working man in rock and roll.

Nice TR, I'm glad you bumped it.

The bird really drinks from your kids tongue? Interesting.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
  Sep 26, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
A great old thread. The tough kids... are they climbing today?
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Author's Reply  Sep 26, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
The tough kids... are they climbing today?


Not much, mostly trails with the old folks.

But the girl is being pulled up to varsity basketball as a sophmore with the hard work ethic and the badass 3 point shot.

The boy, 8th grade, just broke his school record on a 1 mile cross country course yesterday! 5:49.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
  Sep 26, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
I'm glad to hear... and wish them a lot of fun and learning...
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Sep 26, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
That looks like a great and dense collection of memories!

To get thumbnail pics to show up in the list of trip reports, you have to have at least one picture using the "photo" button rather than using the IMG tag with an external image. I usually do external pics in my trip reports, but try to include one with the photo button for this purpose.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
  Sep 26, 2013 - 04:50pm PT
I love rambling along on photo TRs in the Rockies. Thanks!
eKat

Trad climber
  Nov 11, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
BBST!

(As a reminder = BBST = donini for Bump for a Better SuperTopo)
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