Darr and his boys caught some great Crappie the other night and Jeanne and I put it on the grill. Tasty! Those Colburn boys know how to get er done!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Darr and I got out the other day to check out some new sheep country. We had a great time and even had a few rain drops fall on us. We were able to glass up several rams and put some serious miles on the Ranger. Temps at daylight were in the low 50's and the highs were in the sixties by midday. We had a stiff breeze from 15-35mph. We both were wearing our new KUIU Attack Pant, Merino Wool 185 Zip Tee Shirt, Guide Vest, and KUIU Guide Jacket. I have about 14 days into my new KUIU gear and several things have stood out to me. First is the comfort, second is the athletic fit, third is the quality materials that the stuff is made out of and lastly the stuff is so lightweight yet durable. I am looking forward to getting to Colorado this summer and testing the raingear out in the afternoon rain storms while catching some big browns. Both the guide jacket and Chugach (rain) jacket have pits zips and are stretchy to make the garments extremely comfortable.
|Darr doing his thing|
|Do you see Darr? Distance of 30 yards.|
|Rain drops bouncing off the KUIU guide jacket|
|Do you see me? Distance 40 yards.|
Monday, May 16, 2011
With a little help from my friends I was able to put together this fan mount of one of my Kansas Rio Grande turkeys. I scraped the meaty part of the fan clean, covered it in Borax, and then pinned the fan to let it dry in its open position. I took my shotgun shells from the hunt and cut off the hull, punched out the primer and glued the beard in. Then I attached a leather string to the brass which held the spurs and a couple of beads. After a week of drying, I used Jimmy's home made fan mount to hold the fan and threw the leather string over the center piece. I thought it came out quite nice and is a great way to commemorate the hunt and the turkey without doing a full stuffer.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Muley Crazy "The Quest For The Best" and was amazed as usual. The newest DVD will leave you in awe with the number and sheer size of bucks these guys find. Ryan Hatch and the Muley Crazy Crew have one of the best hunting magazines out there. The passion Ryan Hatch has for finding and hunting giant mule deer shows in the magazine and series of DVDs. The latest DVD is no different from the rest and is a must have for any mule deer fanatic. The DVD features 15 hunts including a couple of typical bucks that net over 200 inches and a giant 250 inch Arizona Strip buck.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
This has got to be the easiest elk recipe I've tried yet. I actually couldn't find my skewers, so I ended up leaving it all on the cookie sheet and broiling it in the oven.
1 whole Sirloin Tip, cut into 1in cubes
1 green pepper, cut into chunks
1 onion, cut into chunks
2 small zucchini, cut into half inch discs
Next time I'll add some pineapple chunks
Place in bowl and cover with Soy Vay Island Teriyaki
Toss and coat evenly
Place on skewers and grill until meat is mid rare or broil in oven
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I kept a log of my runs and hikes over the 3 months leading up to the trip. My total was 215 miles. I did two 20 miles hikes and a 30 mile hike. Most weeks I would get in 20-25 miles for the week. I had two hard training weeks where I was able to get in 40+ miles for the week. All the training helped but nothing can prepare your body for a 50 mile hike with 20,000 + feet in elevation changes.
Here is my recap of the R2R2R
We all met inTusayan on the afternoon of April 29, 2011. We got checked into the hotel and headed down to the conference room for a trip meeting. The crew from Wilderness Athlete, Outdoorsmans & Western Hunter Magazine were there to give guidance and support for the hike. Special thanks to Floyd Green, Chris Denham, Julie May, Coach Mark Paulsen and Jerod Fink for all the products, support and time you put into helping with this hike. We all really appreciate everything you did. Dave Martin started the meeting off by saying that he turned 50 last fall and he wanted to do a 50 mile hike while he is 50 years young. The route they normally take is around 47 miles so Dave wanted to add another 3 miles to total 50 miles. Nobody objected to much so the plan was set. We planned to start hiking a little after midnight. I left the meeting and headed to dinner. After a quick dinner I loaded my backpack and laid out my clothes. I got into bed at around 7:30 pm and tried to go to sleep. My mind was racing even though I was very tired. I finally fell asleep just before 10:00 pm and my alarm woke me from a deep sleep at 11:00 pm. I ate a banana and a Wilderness Athlete Bar and drank some Hydrate & Recover mixed with Energy & Focus. We loaded into the vehicles and headed to the Bright Angel Trail head. We got to the Trail head a little after midnight and snapped a couple of pictures before starting down the South Rim at 12:30 pm.
|Dave Martin giving his sales pitch for the extra 3 miles|
|Wilderness Athlete Goodies|
|The Wilderness Athlete Crew provided packs, hats, bars, gels, drink mixes and shirts for the hike. Thank you!|
|Wilderness Athlete Founder Mark Paulsen jokes with Jeff Martin about his dye job.|
|Loading the essentials in my pack|
|Tony Leek, Jay Lopeman and I waiting in front of the hotel for our ride to the trail head|
|The R2R2R crew ready to get the trip started.|
We started down the Bright Angel Trail at about 12:30 pm. The dust was pretty bad for the first leg down to Indian Gardens. I wore my headlamp and Kuiu neck gator pulled up over my nose and mouth to help with the dust. Our first stop was Indian Gardens to fill up our water bottles. After a quick fill up we headed across the East Tonto Trail over to the Kaibab Trail. Once we reached the Kaibab Trail we turned towards Phantom Ranch.
|Quick water stop at Indian Gardens|
|Tunnel before Phantom Ranch|
|Bridge Crossing the Colorado River|
|Water, Food & Rest at Phantom Ranch|
|Almost to Ribbon Falls|
|Looking back to the South Rim with no zoom|
|Looking back towards the South Rim zoomed in|
|More water, rest & food just before Roaring Springs. Next stop North Rim.|
|Jeff Martin filling up for the push up the North Rim|
|Starting the uphill climb to the North Rim|
Wilderness Athlete Gel at the tunnel to help get me to the top. The last two miles seemed to take forever.
|On the bridge before the Supai Tunnel|
|Richard Stewart & Dave Martin are all smiles headed up the North Rim.|
|Looking back at the South Rim in front of the snow covered San Francisco Peaks.|
|Rest, water & food at the North Rim.|
|9.5 hours into the R2R2R we reach the North Rim.|
|Happy to be at the North Rim|
|Myself, Richard Stewart, Jeff Martin & Jacob Brown pose for a quick picture on the way down from the North Rim.|
We moved quickly down the North Rim stopping again by Roaring Springs for water, food and rest. We made it back to Phantom Ranch around 3:00pm. I sat down and rested and fueled my body. My right ankle was really starting to hurt. After sitting down for about ten minutes I got up to fill my water bladder and I was so stiff I could barely walk. The guys were laughing at the way I was walking around. I got some funny looks from some of the people staying at Phantom Ranch. I am sure most of the people looking at me funny rode the mules to the bottom and had no idea how far we had come already and how far we still had left to go. We packed up and started moving again towards the Colorado River.
|Bright Angel Creek|
|Our first look at the mighty Colorado River in the day light.|
|Crossing the Colorado River on the suspension bridge.|
|Our last look at the Colorado River before the climb to Indian Gardens.|
The log and rock steps the last four miles were very hard to deal with. The steps can be 12-18 inches tall and are spread out farther than you can step. My ankle was really hurting and I would go around the steps whenever possible. I usually walk 3-3.5 miles per hour. Going up the South Rim it seemed like I was moving at a snails pace of 1 mile per hour. I kept my head down and used my trekking poles as much as I could to help me climb up the South Rim. Just as the sun set I reached a great view point looking back towards the North Rim and was able to take one last picture before it got dark.
|Last picture before the sun went down looking at the North Rim in the distance.|
|Back at the South Rim 19 hours and 40 minutes later.|
|The morning after breakfast. 10 of us completed the R2R2R and others hiked to Phantom Ranch and back.|
|Sweaty Wilderness Athlete hat from a long day.|