Allen Hill

Lena Lake, 6/19/2011

Day hike to Lena Lake, 6/19/2011.


Lena Lake 6-19-2011

Banner Forest, June 18, 2011

Another great (but muddy) ride.  Marked several trails off the “Done List”; Lariat Loop, Stumps(Can’t believe we avoided it this long), Bloviate, Mushroom, Dragonfly, Donald Duck and a wonderful ride up Olalla Valey Road!

6/18/2011 Banner Ride

Banner, BBQ, and Bands

Today was a busy day.  Jeff, Tim, and Allen rode Banner Forest today and conquored a couple of great trails.  Trepidation and Capitulate… well, Trepidation was a tough going.  After we met up at Allens house for Steaks and Chicken BBQ, and after Allen and Jeff headed to Hell’s Kitchen in Tacoma to watch Stone Axe play.

Ride Map, 6/15/2011

Team F Bomb Rides Again (finally)

Great day for a ride.  We even got Tim out and didn’t kill him! 


Team Fbomb has been busy with other life responsibilities and have not been riding as much as we would like, but we did get out and ride on the 18th for a bit.   We finished the west end of Mismash, wasn’t as bad as the east end.  Other new trails conqured included Oakland and Flying Squirl.  

It was a very nice day for a ride, and since I got locked out of the house with my wife not coming home for hours we had to re-hydrate at Tommy C’s afterwards, damn I hate it when that happens.


Map: Banner5_18
Google map of our ride:
Ride Time: 1:28:14
Distance: 5.23 miles

Trail Etiquette and Safety

Found a great article on sharing the trails with horses and hikers.

Banner Forest, 5/2/2011

 Again, Smokin’ Dru gave Jeff and I a run for our money.  We took Tunnel Vision and Mantis around the swamp, Golden Gate to Fusion Loop and accidentally ended up on Ollala Valley road a mile from the Banner entrance!  The icing on the cake was the eastern portion of Mishmash.  “It’s all downhill” said Dru… last time we listen to him.  Brutal is the only word I can think of to describe this trail.  Glad we did it, won’t be on the list again for a while (although we still need to do the western portion).

PDF Map showing conquered trails and todays ride: Banner5_2
Ride Time: 1:22:12
Distance: 5.37 miles

Banner Forest, 4/30/2011

Great ride today out at Banner Forest with Jeff, Dru and Allen.  We worked our tail off keeping up with Dru, but we must have done well since we all ended up with a Blue Ribbon from Pabst!

Time 1:27:17
Distance: 5.64 miles
PDF Map showing conquered trails and todays ride:Banner4_30

Do, or Do Not. There Is No Try.

Once you convince yourself you are capable of something, nothing can stop you from being successful, but if you tell yourself that you are not capable of something, you will always fail. The hardest part of any new challenge is convincing ourself that we can do it. Remember that if you do not succeed on the first try, or fall down on a path you are taking it is not a failure, it is a learning experience, a chance to find out what does not work. Get up, dust yourself off and move on.


Well, due to unforseen circumstances we took the week off, but I am sure we will make up for it tomorow out in Banner Forest.  Should be a GREAT day for a ride.  Sunny & 55 Degrees, cant ask for much better.

Here is a map I have created with everything we have done to date out in Banner.  I vote for Stumps and Capitulate, and then who knows what after that if we survive.