These are some pictures from a quick trip on the AT skis, Jeff and I being idiots and trying to climb
in the cold, a Lumberjax game, and hanging out with Natalia in Oregon, January 2006.


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Jeff and I decided that we would chance the cold and head out to Smith Rock for some January
climbing. The weather forecast was for 45 deg F and sunny, so we figured if it got sunny early enough,
then the rock would heat up to 50s ish and then we could climb. The sun only came out about 1pm
so our climbing trip was a bust. This is Jeff getting his harness on with 40 layers of clothing
and pocket heaters in his chalk bag.


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Smith Rock, Oregon, January 22, 2006.


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To spite the bad weather, Jeff and I hiked into the Head of the Metolius river, just outside
of Sisters, OR. It was only a mile or two hike in and Jeff figured it'd be worthwhile.


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Pretty nice area actually. I would think in spring it's pretty wild.


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Me looking pensive.


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Jeff, with the perfect day-trip-sized flask, for those little hikes that necessitate a little warming.


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Jeff invited me to join him to see the first-ever Portland Lumberjax National Lacrosse League home
game in Portland. Having played a little bit of field lacrosse in Ottawa with Kris Breen, and having
seen some arena lacrosse there as well, I was looking forward to a fun game.


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Naturally, I brought my collapsable horn as well as my Norwegian helmet and my Canadian hockey jersey.
It made the game interesting.


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Any good sport needs cheerleaders. The Lumberjax dancers caused some cattle calls and whistles.
I don't suspect any of them had ever seen a lacrosse game before.


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These guys were great. Absolutely plastered, with little knowledge of the game, but bloodthirsty
and screaming nonetheless. Yes, lacrosse will be well-received in Portland. As long as the Jax
win of course.


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Jeff, Charles Alexander, and Andrew North caught a few turns up on Mt Hood in the Heather Canyon
area in late January. The snow was unbelievable (I would call it epic), and the skinning was mild.
This is Jeff showing the drop down to the creek bed.


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Jeff didn't have AT skis so he used snow shoes. You can see how much snow was coming down.


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Good picture of Charlie.


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Here is Jeff just shortly before he ate it and dropped into the hip deep powder.


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The following three pictures are from Jeff's camera. This is Andrew (at the front), Charlie, and I (with
my blue backpack) skinning up.


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Charlie, just about to go for a short hop. The snow was so soft, you couldn't really
hurt yourself. But, that also means that it's slightly more difficult to get back up once
you fall.


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Like this. Taken shortly after the picture above.

Corvalis, OR with Jason and Avie


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We all went grocery shopping and found big packages of bacon. Yes, Bohdanna Lynn, we took this
picture for you.


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We graciously accepted an invitation to join Jason and Avie at their new home in Corvallis for dinner
and games. This is Avie showing off Jason's new lamps that they got in Thailand in December.


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I'm not sure what this picture was, but I think we were going for ice cream.


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Natalia and I in Corvallis, OR at Jason and Avie's new (cute) home, 3 Feb 2006.


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Some people just like different things. Natalia was very excited to have corn dogs for breakfast
the last day she was in Oregon to visit. Go figure.

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