HellFer Stout

Generally speaking, IPA’s are my favorite. Whenever we are out, I can’t help but order a new and exciting IPA. The crisp nature and delightful mouth-feel always calls out to me as the bar staff takes our order. Over most other beer styles, I am drawn to the delicious and delicate flavor of hops; a major component in crafting an exquisite IPA.

With great success, we even brewed our own. Our first five-gallon batch was an intensely delicious IPA called Vision Quest. Since then, we’ve been eager to try something slightly different (okay, really different). Despite the full swing of the summer season and hot temperatures, we went ‘big’ and brewed a rich stout. A HellFer Stout.

The recipe was crafted by Ethan himself. It’s absolutely delicious. This beer has initial notes of chocolate and coffee. It’s body is full and creamy. It leaves you with lingering biscuit undertones. It’s extremely drinkable, almost too drinkable. I think it could be a favorite of mine. It is certainly a good change from my go-to style. I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.

After two pints of this malty beverage, there are a few alterations we would make. Nothing big, just tweaks here and there to increase it’s richness, making it that much tastier.

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swing on by and join us for a pint or two of HellFer Stout. it’s mighty tasty.

Until our next brew date, we will be sipping on HellFer Stout and designing a new recipe for our next batch of homebrew… which has yet to be decided. Any suggestions?

DouBBle Down

A quick picture from an amazing day at The Fins. Robyn and I sent our hardest climbs ever nearly back-to-back after a wild start to the weekend which included unexpected hiking, thunderstorms and rain (RAIN?) and some challenging climbing temperatures. Despite it all, we had great company and a fine list of sends to add to the weekend.  John sent Solstice (5.12b) РYeah JOHN! Ben stacked on another send with an ascent of Shaken Not Stirred (5.12a) continuing his strongest season yet and made cool links on Mothership (5.12c). Robyn had her hardest send ever dispatching Clips from the Bong (5.12b) after only six attempts. I also had my hardest send to date Bushido (5.13b) after seven goes. An amazing weekend. More pictures to come later on down the line as we get caught up on this wild summer.

Ben on Mothership (5.12c). There is a mandatory pinky mono on this route. Don't ask me I haven't tried it... Looks wicked hard though!

Ben on Mothership (5.12c). There is a mandatory pinky mono on this route. Don’t ask me I haven’t tried it… Looks wicked hard though!

Our hardest sends on the same day?! Still hard to wrap out heads around. But one thing is for sure, we had celebration subs in Arco so it must of happened!

Our hardest sends on the same day?! Still hard to wrap out heads around. But one thing is for sure, we had celebration subs in Arco so it must of happened!

Hallett Family Reunion: Maine

Our Hallett family reunion (mom’s side) was an action packed week full of family, lots of food, and plenty of beer. I have attended two reunions in Maine before, one as a six month old newborn and another when I was sixteen. My great grandfather and the Vinton’s (who built the cabins we stayed at) became great friends and our families have been returning to these cabins ever since. Odds are, because of dwindling family ties, and generations of separation this could have been the last Hallett reunion in this special place.

The main Vinton house.

The main Vinton house.

Carole looking over the lake from the front yard.

Carole looking over the lake from the front yard.

Sarah and Brett's cabin.

Sarah and Brett’s cabin.

Lifejackets on the side of the main house.

Lifejackets on the side of the main house.

Local lobster!

Local lobster!

Family chillin in the lawn out front (a favorite activity).

Family chillin in the lawn out front (a favorite activity).

Micah and Perry. Pretty sure Micah is winning but I could be wrong.

Micah and Perry. Pretty sure Micah is winning but I could be wrong.

Some fam on the steps out front.

Some fam on the steps out front.

Carole and Kat playing games.

Carole and Kat playing games.

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Terry and Todd rented a boat and ran people around the lake. Go 'merica.

Terry and Todd rented a boat and ran people around the lake. Go ‘merica.

Headed back to shore. Todd at the helm.

Headed back to shore. Todd at the helm.

Perry, Carole, Mom, Carolyn and Dad. Family photo time.

Perry, Carole, Mom, Carolynne and Dad. Family photo time.

Mom enjoying the company of family.

Mom enjoying the company of family.

Micah caught all sorts of cool frogs and toads. This one was particularly cool!

Micah caught all sorts of cool frogs and toads. This one was particularly cool!

Yeah. This was SO GOOD.

Yeah. This was SO GOOD.

Washed it down with some "Lobstah Killah" Imperial Red Ale. Best beer of the trip?

Washed it down with some “Lobstah Killah” Imperial Red Ale. Best beer of the trip?

Chanterelles growing in the trail to the boat house.

Chanterelles growing in the trail to the boat house.

Dinner time!

Dinner time!

NOT dinner time.

NOT dinner time.

Bugs and rain. Bugs and rain.

Bugs and rain. Bugs and rain.

Dad cookin' corn on the cob in the BBQ.

Dad cookin’ corn on the cob in the BBQ.

Family Lobstah Feed!

Family Lobstah Feed!

Robyn and her first ever whole lobstah.

Robyn and her first ever whole lobstah.

Yeah not sure.

Yeah not sure.

Trying beers at the "Best Brew Pub in America".

Trying beers at the “Best Brew Pub in America”.

Two of my favorite ladies enjoying all of our favorite beverage!

Two of my favorite ladies enjoying all of our favorite beverage!

I think at this point my dad is exacting revenge for all the family photos I flipped off the camera in.

I think at this point my dad is exacting revenge for all the family photos I flipped off the camera in.

Tried some super interesting, hard to find and classic beers here. All topped off with a great firework show, during which the organizers told us that if one or more shot our way (which had happened before) to please run for safety sake.

Tried some super interesting, hard to find and classic beers here. All topped off with a great firework show, during which the organizers told us that if one or more shot our way (which had happened before) to please run for safety sake.

You have arrived. This is your cue to drool.

You have arrived. This is your cue to drool.

Me and mom's

Me and mom’s

Rob and I at Ebenezers. Lovell, ME

Rob and I at Ebenezers. Lovell, ME

Our rad cabin on the lake. Aside from HUGE spiders, this place was all you need. A bed, a light bulb and a view of the lake.

Our rad cabin on the lake. Aside from HUGE spiders, this place was all you need. A bed, a light bulb and a view of the lake.

Chris and my mom.

Chris and my mom.

Continuing the tradition of decorating the cars as they leave camp. 40 years running?

Continuing the tradition of decorating the cars as they leave camp. 40 years running?

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After deciding the Arcadia National Park would be to crowded, we made possibly the best on a whim decision ever. Heading to Belfast, ME home of the coolest brew pub ever.

After deciding the Arcadia National Park would be to crowded, we made possibly the best on a whim decision ever. Heading to Belfast, ME home of the coolest brew pub ever.

Yeah. Imagine a huge fire, packed with good beer and vibes, right on the wharf.... SO SICK!!!!!

Yeah. Imagine a huge fire, packed with good beer and vibes, right on the wharf…. SO SICK!!!!!

SAMPLERS! Overall there were two really noteworthy beers that brought this place up from middle of the road. Great times and good snacks too! Only the start of a SUPER fun night out that included a specialty cheese shop, more beer and ice cream cones at a historic creamery. WIN!

SAMPLERS! Overall there were two really noteworthy beers that brought this place up from middle of the road. Great times and good snacks too! Only the start of a SUPER fun night out that included a specialty cheese shop, more beer and ice cream cones at a historic creamery. WIN!

Not half bad. I believe this was the Porter.

Not half bad. I believe this was the Porter.

Marshall Wharf Brewing Company. Rad vibe.

Marshall Wharf Brewing Company. Rad vibe.

Strolling to the docks to watch sailboats float by.

Strolling to the docks to watch sailboats float by.

Jam session. If this place had mountains and lacked the oppressive humidity, I could sign on for on of the ridiculously cheap houses and cool small town vibe.

Jam session. If this place had mountains and lacked the oppressive humidity, I could sign on for on of the ridiculously cheap houses and cool small town vibe.

Beerstache!

Beerstache!

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A cool shot from the flight home.

A cool shot from the flight home.

This was a real treat. I was looking out the window on our flight from Seattle to Boise thinking that I might be able to recognize some of the mountain ranges (Wallowas, Elkhorns etc) after living in the area most of my life. As I was convinced I was in the Baker Valley loandbehold I spotted Anthony Lakes!! I grew up skiing this one lift mountain from ages 12-18. Such a cool sight from the air. Gunsight peak to the left, Anthony Lake at the bottom and you can even spot the old lodge.

This was a real treat. I was looking out the window on our flight from Seattle to Boise thinking that I might be able to recognize some of the mountain ranges (Wallowas, Elkhorns etc) after living in the area most of my life. As I was convinced I was in the Baker Valley loandbehold I spotted Anthony Lakes!! I grew up skiing this one lift mountain from ages 12-18. Such a cool sight from the air. Gunsight peak to the left, Anthony Lake at the bottom and you can even spot the old lodge.

Lost River Range Sunset

Sunset before a day of climbing at Cedar Creek. Lost River Range - Idaho

Sunset before a day of climbing at Cedar Creek. Lost River Range – Idaho

The Fins

Weekend trips to The Fins are in full swing. Just got back from another weekend at the Upper Headwall with Ben and Robyn. Here is a quick shot of Ben on Clips from the Bong (5.12b) Рso close!

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Curry’s Dirty Thirty

Our great buddy Curry turned the big 3-oh a couple weekends back and we had the opportunity to celebrate with friends both old and new down in Riggins, Idaho. Curry guided on the Salmon River in Riggins for several years and all of my best floats have been with him at the the oars. This weekend was spectacular, huge waves, a nice change of pace from our climbing routine, and took us through some of the most beautiful mountain country in America. From the deep river canyons to the jagged peaks of central Idaho’s criss-crossing ranges, Idaho has it all and more. This weekend just reminded us how lucky we are, and added several more items to the bucket list. Big thanks to Misty for all the work she put in to get us all together for an awesome weekend!

Stopped off at the Salmon River Brewing Company to find it closed for a special event.. DRATS! Ah well, turns out McCall Brewing Company has much better beers on tap than they choose to bottle and share with us via Albertson's in Hailey. YUM!

Stopped off at the Salmon River Brewing Company to find it closed for a special event.. DRATS! Ah well, turns out McCall Brewing Company has much better beers on tap than they choose to bottle and share with us via Albertson’s in Hailey. YUM!

Sampler from McCall Brewing Company. We tried to find Ponderosa State Park after this but ended up on a dead end road. That's the great thing about camping though. "Well, we were lost, but now we live here!"

Sampler from McCall Brewing Company. We tried to find Ponderosa State Park after this but ended up on a dead end road. That’s the great thing about camping though. “Well, we were lost, but now we live here!”

Curry and Misty at a *cough* entertaining birthday dinner at Summerville's.

Curry and Misty at a entertaining birthday dinner (to say the least) at Summerville’s.

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And that's why we sat outside.. Lucky for us there was warm sun and cold micros to be had.

And that’s why we sat outside.. Lucky for us there was warm sun and cold micros to be had.

Bubbles made this shirt for the premiere. Yes. He is that awesome.

Bubbles made this shirt for the premiere. Yes. He is that awesome.

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And then this happened.

And then this happened.

No horses allowed.

No horses allowed.

If you have ever fed a horse a beer you are broke.

If you have ever fed a horse a beer you are broke.

Bubs and Robyn

Bubs and Robyn

Neigh! Got to see Dom and Jodi. It had been ages, so great to see them!

Neigh! Got to see Dom and Jodi. It had been ages, so great to see them!

Campfire on the Salmon.

Campfire on the Salmon.

Perfect night, lots of wood and lots of good beer.

Perfect night, lots of wood and lots of good beer.

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When all the kiddos were tucked away snug in their tents, the Salmon River Swimming Horse snuck back out.

When all the kiddos were tucked away snug in their tents, the Salmon River Swimming Horse snuck back out.

Curry wasn't afraid at all. In fact he befriended the beast in his own totally not creepy way.

Curry wasn’t afraid at all. In fact he befriended the beast in his own totally not creepy way.

The Salmon River Simming Horse is a rare sight.

The Salmon River Swimming Horse is a rare sight.

With no one to play with, the beast creates his own schizophrenic fun.

With no one to play with, the beast creates his own schizophrenic fun.

Alas, Curry was to bold.

Alas, Curry was too bold.

The crew at the put-in on Island Bar.

The crew at the put-in on Island Bar.

A rad kayaker hitting some waves on one of the many world class rivers we passed.

A rad kayaker hitting some waves on one of the many world class rivers we passed.

Just another confluence of some untamed mountain streams.

Just another confluence of some untamed mountain streams.

A view of the Sawtooth's from the Lowman side.

A view of the Sawtooth’s from the Lowman side.

Cruising through the Stanley area we made a point to stop off and check out a few of the trailheads and lakes.

Cruising through the Stanley area we made a point to stop off and check out a few of the trailheads and lakes.

A pit-stop at Petit Lake.

A pit-stop at Petit Lake.

Some nice antelope bucks!

Some nice antelope bucks!

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Who gave this guy a drill? Actually, I am super excited for Steve, and hope to start searching and developing soon as well. Bolt the planet.

Steve searching for new lines @ The Fins - Idaho

Steve searching for new lines @ The Fins – Idaho

Memorial Day @ Night Hawk

More and more it seems we are hard pressed just to get a quick post out before an avalanche of more fun pictures buries the last two weeks. Not that this is something to complain about of course because lately it seems the weeks are overflowing with great climbing, friends and family.

Over Memorial Day weekend, Robyn and I drove the back roads to my parents place “Night Hawk” outside of Halfway, OR. We were joined by my uncle Tony and aunt Lori, for days filled with hiking, yard projects, and exploring followed by nights of craft beers, wine verticals and deluxe meals.

A highlight of the weekend was certainly going climbing with my parents. Climbing has shaped our lives in the last 4 years more than any other activity. Despite this, it’s impossible to convey what it means to us or even start to describe the feeling to others who have never been. It was a real treat to finally get out with my folks and share time with them on the rock.

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Spangler Vineyards 2006-2010

Tony treating us to a vertical of wines from his area in Southern Oregon.

Tony treating us to a vertical of wines from his area in Southern Oregon.

Tony with the pour of the 2008.

Tony with the pour of the 2008.

Tulips from the front yard.

Tulips from the front yard.

The view from our exploration of Cornucopia, an abandoned mining town in the Wallowa Mountains.

The view from our exploration of Cornucopia, an abandoned mining town in the Wallowa Mountains.

Cool old houses in Cornucopia.

Cool old houses in Cornucopia.

I would have loved to have seen these cars driving the gravel road up to the mines.

I would have loved to have seen these cars driving the gravel road up to the mines.

Fishing at "Jimmer's Hole" behind my parents place.

Fishing at “Jimmer’s Hole” behind my parents place.

Mom and Robyn talking details before my mom tossed her fear of heights to the wayside and got on her first rock climb ever!

Mom and Robyn talking details before my mom tossed her fear of heights to the wayside and got on her first rock climb ever!

Mom on Marksalot (5.8)

Mom on Marksalot (5.8)

Dad got into the action too. Now we just need to get him some real climbing shoes!

Dad got into the action too. Now we just need to get him some real climbing shoes!

Getting Donner all riled up before sending him into the pond.

Getting Donner all riled up before sending him into the pond.

WEEE!

WEEE!

more WEEE!

more WEEE!

The Run Commute

Believe it or not, this is a ‘thing’. In cities all over the country, more and more people are opting out of public transit, stuffy subway rides, and hours of endless traffic. Instead, they are lacing up their sneakers and running to work. Cool, right!?

It certainly has me intrigued and I can’t wait to try it. I think I could get hooked!

I love to run. I usually take a few hot laps around town during my lunch break, but now that the weather is getting hot, lunch time runs make for a sweaty mess. Instead of trying to ‘freshen’ up after my afternoon run, I am going to try the run commute. With a little effort the night before and a shower in the morning, I think I will have this dialed in no time — pack a nutritious lunch the evening before, fold work clothes into my bag, and add a few extra snacks to fuel me throughout the day.. BINGO!

For the first week, I will map out a good route to run. Being that I only live seven blocks from work, I will need a route that is a bit longer, more scenic, and loops around town. I think a four-mile morning run is the perfect distance to start with. I can decrease or increase with time. I also plan to arrive 20 minutes early to work. This will give me some extra time to cool down, enjoy my breakfast, and change into my work attire.

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then.. coffee time!

I still need to work out logistics of packing food, clothing, and snacks for the trek. I think it will be worth it.

What do you think? Would you try it?

Robyn climbing @ the Tubes after work

Hopefully more to come as I get to them. This crag is about 40 minutes car to climb just to our south. A great place to train power and power-endurance during the week. The Lava Tubes are exactly that, a collapsed lava tube, and all these climbs are completely underground ending at the surface.

Robyn on "The Warm-Up" (5.10d) at the Lava Tubes

Robyn on “The Warm-Up” (5.10d) at the Lava Tubes