Azure\’s Adventures

My adventures, fun times, and thoughts

Random Thoughts by me :) 5/28/08 May 29, 2008

Filed under: Random Thoughts — azureraff @ 11:05 pm

Random thoughts on 5/29/08

Things are great with me!¬† Thanks for asking ūüôā

Of course, I am busy as usual.¬† During the week, I work, work out, run, climb, sometimes golf.¬† I still reside in the NW area of portland.¬† On the weekend, you know the drill, Im probably climbing something….rock or snow.¬† Just got back from Hells Canyon with a group of Erics friends from college.¬† It was a pretty good time, the weather was so so, and we hiked to a pretty cool waterfall and cooked burgers and dogs all weekend.¬† The light beer gets to me by the end of the weekend, but drinking micros all weekend would lead me to a world of hurt.¬†

Tomorrow night I am taking Eric and my friend Chris up Mt. Hood via Leuthold Coulior.  A ~50 degree route on hood and very long, but fun.  Will be Erics first climb of hood.  I just recently went up the route about 3 weeks ago and the weather is looking good for tomorrow night.  Though it would be good prep for Mt. Rainier-Emmons route coming up on the fourth of July (we maxed out camping at 12 people).  I am leading a climb up Adams/avalanche white salmon glacier June 28th with 10 or so friends.  Mac and I are heading to Mt. Whitney (California) in August to attempt the East Butress route.  13 pitches (i think) or so of easy rock, think one pitch may be 5.7, probably a 5.7 move only.  I will be making weekend trips to smith and Washington Pass for a weekend too. 

I am still in advanced rock.  I am pretty much done now except for the climbing at smith now.  I need to come up with a list of climbs I want to lead.  I know that I want to do monkey face, but I hate any kind of aid climbing, but its only a bolt ladder. 

June 14th I am running in the Helvetia half along with Eric and many of my friends.¬† I actually feel ready for the first time!¬† Amazing.¬† I hope im ready, because I am signed up to run a marathon in October of this year down in SanFran.¬† I am running it with three girlfriends and it is all our very first marathon.¬† The marathon is for all women and includes a chocolate mile, pedicures, and a tiffanys bracelet when we finish!!¬†woo hoo! We plan on spending the weekend in sanfran eating, shopping, and hanging out at the spa after the big even.¬† The twelve of us that didn’t get a hood to coast team this year are doing the Diamond lake relay.¬† It is the same length as hood to coast but this is the first year this race has taken place.¬† It goes from diamond lake to Mt. Bachelor.¬† The other run I plan on doing is the prefontaine memorial down in Coos Bay that my dad helps out with every year.¬†

In December Eric and I are planning to vacation somewhere fun and tropical.  Probably Dominican Republic.  It looks really appealing!  I want to climb Pico Duarte, which is the highest point in the caribbean! 

Lets all pray for a good weather summer!!!  You all have a great summer!!  Keep in touch.

Luv you all!



Random thoughts for 2008 December 27, 2007

Filed under: Random Thoughts — azureraff @ 3:39 am

Today I have been thinking of my plans for 2008 and thought I would let my family and friends in on it.¬†I know, I know I am hard to keep up with sometimes.¬† The beginning of the¬†New Year will be spent in Hood River, OR and pretty low key…I imagine I will be drinking wine and eating good food.¬†¬†We Plan on snowboarding on New Years day¬†with hope¬†that it will not be crowded!¬†The¬†BIG work¬†picture for for 08 is to start appraising privately since I now have my license to do so.¬†..when will I find the time… oh, I will find the time!

I¬†just got in the leadership development program with the mazamas¬† so I will be helping out with ICS and assisting with basic school.¬† I plan on become a proficient 5.8 trad rock leader hopefully in 2008, and without taking Advanced rock.¬† Hopefully, I can get the help of my friends who are good at it and are pros already!¬† Oh, and I will be doing a marathon in October, an all girls Nike marathon (assuming I get it since its competitive).¬†¬†When time allows, I will be golfing during the week…I need to keep up with my boyfriend right? Yes, I am rambling, and yes, I am crazy ūüôā

¬†I really want to climb Mt. Rainier, Shuksan, and Jefferson this summer.¬† I have yet to make it up Rainier (2 attempts)¬†and 2008 will be it!!!! I want to assist a mazama leader on the shuksan climb and climb the rest with my favorite climbing buddies…and you know who you are :).¬† I am sure I will climb Mt. hood a couple of times (one being a winter climb)¬†and Mt. Adams Mazama glacier again.¬† I can’t wait to take Eric¬†up a big summit this summer and for me to lead it. I am excited to think about the fact that my good friend Mac may attempt to go¬†climb in¬†Antartica¬†¬†and possibly Everest next year?!¬†¬†I also plan on making a trip down to LA to climb the East Face of Mt. Whitney assuming we will get permits for it.¬† Couldn’t get them this last year and ended up in Yosemite.¬† I am sure I will make several trips to Smith as usual to assume my duties of becoming a better trad leader.

Can’t wait for December 08!!! I want to go somewhere hot which is something I have never done before.¬† I REALLY want to go to Thailand, a destination I have been thinking about for a long time.¬† Plus, I have to hit somewhere new once a year right? I will come back from the holidays with my awesome tan ūüôā

¬†I will ramble some more later……..


Greetings everyone! July 30, 2007

Filed under: Random Thoughts — azureraff @ 11:22 pm

Hey everyone!  Since my photosite got shut off, I created my own free site.  I am still working on it, but let me know what you think.  It is nice because people can post comments and view my pictures and slideshows of my adventures.  I can keep everyone up to date on what I am up too. 

Recently, I have been mainly climbing (rock and snow), working, hanging out with Eric, drinking wine and beer, enjoying the sunshine, golfing (well sorta) and trying to prepare for Hood to Coast.¬† I need to get back into running shape real soon!¬† Looking forward to the race this year and I am happy I got a team.¬† In a week in a half I leave with my friend Mike D. for Yosemite for 6 days….so I need to get in rock climbing shape too. How does one find the time?¬† I will count on him to lead routes for me…especially fairview dome..ugg ¬†ūüôā In Septemeber I am heading to Cancun for 8 days.¬† I am really looking forward to sipping cocktails on the beach…ahhh why do we have to work!¬† I am going to reschedule my Mt. Rainier climb for the end of September since it is the only days that work this summer.¬† If I make Rainier, I will have a¬†huge amount of success with my summits this year!¬† Already I have climbed Hood, Shasta, Adams, S.sister.¬† I still have Eldorado (North Cascades region) left in August and Middle Sister later in August.¬†Climb On!! Next summer I am not going to plan so many climbs, I’m kinda tired.

As for the Fall time….I plan on relaxing, unless Gretchen is going to talk me into the Seattle Marathon. We will see ūüôā

¬†Catch you later! Leave me comments, I like to socialize….I am sure you know that already