It’s no secret that our CEO, Tom McGann, is a huge motorcycle enthusiast. So it came as no surprise when he told us that he was going to fire up the Land Yacht and lead a group of friends from Spyder HQ in Boulder up to Sturgis, SD for the 72nd annual rally.
Over the past few days, the group has made their way north out of Colorado, through Wyoming, and into South Dakota. Below are some of the images from the road.
First night stop in Lusk, WY with the Land Yacht running support for the group. Next stop: Deadwood. Antelope and open road await.
South Dakota border. Hermann Kapferer and Gotthard Haider have known each other since they were six years old (they both grew up in Austria). “Gottie” is a crazy artist who specializes in making nativity sets. Hermann – aside from being a ‘bad to the bone’ Harley rider – holds down a day job at Burton Snowboards’ European GM. Hermann surprised Gottie with this trip for his 60th birthday.
Reflecting on the past two weeks, this has been a trip we will never forget. As I wrote in the last post from Mt. Baker, the end of our Volcano Tour has been bittersweet. We had so much fun with so many great partners on so many peaks that we are now in a strange post-expedition funk where the only remedy is continued activity – yoga, climbing, and running have filled the void here in Seattle. Jess and I have some of our favorite Whole Foods recipes from the trip to share w/ you, and of course, we have some wholehearted thanks to give to everyone who helped make this one of the most fun adventures we have ever had.
First off, here is a summary of the route info and data from the Volcano Tour:
For those of you thinking about a similar goal, we have two recommendations: First, definitely build a couple of rest days into your plan. Climbing / skiing days can be long and your body needs to recover so you can keep up the pace. Sleep is crucial, even if you never seem to get enough. Second, make sure you are getting enough calories, and the right kind of calories, to fuel your adventure. The recipes below are a few of our favorites from the trip and were designed by Healthy Eating Specialist Sarah Morgan at Whole Foods Market.
High Protein Waffles:
1 cup rolled oatmeal
1 cup cottage cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp cinnamon
Spray oil for griddle
REPEAT RECIPE FOR MORE WAFFLES/PANCAKES. CAN BE FROZEN FOR LATER USE.
Method: Place ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Spray waffle iron or griddle , spoon batter into iron or griddle and cook until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup, nut butter and fresh fruit.
The Hulk Smoothie:
1 cup spinach
1 cup kale
1 cup orange juice
1 TBSP flax seed
1 banana (frozen or fresh)
1-2 scoops protein powder of choice
1 TBSP Maca Powder
MAKES ONE SMOOTHIE.
Method: Layer blender with orange juice, banana, flaxseed, protein powder, maca powder, spinach, and kale. Blend until smooth and add more orange juice as desired.
During the ‘Ring of Fire’ Tour, we had many lighthearted moments out there on the volcanoes. Here are a few select quotes that always seem to make us laugh:
Mt. Shasta- Super fan: “Is Chris Davenport in here? “ Dav “Yes.” Super Fan: “Can I get a photo? Oh, and is that Daron Rahlves? Can I get a photo with him too?” Dav: “Dude! It’s 3:30 in the morning and Daron is in his underwear.” Super Fan: “So?”
…6 hours later…
“Jess, you may be taking it one volcano at a time. Right now, I’m taking it one step at a time.” -Daron Rahlves.
“This is my favorite volcano so far.” – Jess McMillan (she said that every day)
Mt. Thielsen- “What did you call that repelling technique? The two shits grip?” - Jess “What are you talking about?” - Dav “You said that technique was the two shits grip. I assumed that meant that if it didn’t work, you would have to clean your pants out twice.” – Jess
“This is my first time doing this. Do you think I will be alright?” Random dude we met camping on the summit.
We received the following letter (w/ above photo) in our firstname.lastname@example.org email account in response to the #MYSUMMIT Instagram Photo Contest we have going on right now. It’s too good not to share.
(Names / personal details removed to protect the innocent.)
Dear Spyder and Chris Davenport:
Your coverage of the ‘Ring of Fire’ Volcano Tour - and the ensuing uproar in the wake of the team’s sweep through the Pacific Northwest - has provided endless amusement around here (Washington State) over the past month. Unfortunately, [I don’t have an Apple / Android device], so I am unable to participate in your ‘summit shot’ contest. Nevertheless, I do feel compelled to send you this ‘hero shot’ photo from the summit of Mt. Lassen circa 1975. Posing after ‘bagging a summit’ was as ridiculous then as it is currently in 2012 - so my friend [redacted] and I took tongue-in-cheek photos of each other before the ski descent that day. Please note that I was skiing on a pair of wooden Landsem touring skis with lignostone edges, three-pin bindings and Alfa boots - we had never seen alpine touring gear at this point in time. No Spyder outfits either - those are Clarke Craghopper knickers, a Sierra Designs 60/40 jacket and REI gaiters. The bamboo shaft Chouinard-Frost piolet now hangs on my wall, a pricey collector’s item these days. Oh … and no Land Yacht with Whole Foods smoothies waiting at the bottom - we slept in the back of my Pinto station wagon and ate instant oatmeal.
[My friend] made a prediction sometime in the 70s when we were skiing throughout the Sierras with this paraphernalia - that eventually the backcountry would be filled with skiers … his statement seemed absolutely preposterous at the time. It turns out he was really quite the visionary.
Thanks for writing, [redacted]. We thoroughly enjoyed reading your story.
-Your Friends and Fellow Mountain Enthusiasts at Spyder