Mexico City

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Getting into Mexico City was no easy task. I managed to pick rush hour. Stupid, Cory. Stupid. Once I hit the outskirts of the city, it probably took me an hour and a half to find the hostel. Mexico City is a maze to those who don't live there, and it's filled with aggressive city drivers. Imagine driving in San Francisco, another place where driving is very social, and you've really got to communicate and respond to the actions of all of the cars around you constantly, but then take it's 3 lane streets, and make them into 8 lane streets, and you've got Mexico City. Exhibit any fear and every driver on the road will do anything they can to make your world a nightmare. You've got to be merciless to drive here. Defend your lane, and growl with your throttle when threatened. In San Francisco I had the upper hand at all times when driving my car. One look at my piece of shit car, and everyone knew that they were the ones with something to lose, and promptly got out of my way. In Mexico City, almost everyone else has that advantage. I was lost for a lot of the approach, but once I got my bearings, and I got into the split, it was on. It didn't matter how wide the road, I felt quite at home. And soon enough, I was at the hostel. (more...)

Puerto Vallarta

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The ride out of Mazatlan was mostly peaceful at around 7 AM. Today was my first day taking the Libre roads. It was an excellent choice. The road twisted and turned, and all around delighted more. I once again failed to get many good photos. It was my longest ride in Mexico to date, but it went by relatively painlessly. (more...)

Mazatlan

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I didn't get out the door at the time I intended. But I did get as much sleep as I could. My dreams echoed some of my waking concerns. But I woke up fairly well rested, all things considered. I checked the vitals on the motorcycle. Everything was good. I got her all loaded, and hit the road. (more...)

Bahia to Los Mochis

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Today was the first day waking up in another country on this trip. In that way it was significant. I woke up around dawn, peered out of my tent. All I could see was motorcycle and pink sky. It made me pretty happy. I was still tired, but I forced myself up. I immediately broke down camp. Before I was done I met a super cute puppy, and her owner. If I recall correctly their names were Rebel and Wendy, respectively. (more...)

And into Mexico

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I woke up on a comfy couch in Tucson. My wonderful hostess, Ashley, had made coffee. It was blue bottle coffee... I guess a friend from San Francisco had sent it to her. It was made in a drip pot, but it was still clearly blue bottle coffee. We went to breakfast at a cute little spot, and then I went back to the house to get some things sorted (Insurance, telephone, etc). (more...)

Santa Fe Days

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After Flagstaff came Santa Fe. I'd been having issues with my heated grips. They seem to keep blowing fuses, no matter the amperage. They had the night before in the last 20 minutes of riding. Anyway, I swapped them out first thing before leaving. The ride itself was pretty uneventful. Just long and cold. When I woke up in Flagstaff the temperature was about 3º F. By the time I left it was in the 20s, which was much more doable, especially with my heated grips working again. (more...)

Day 1 Came and Went

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It's too bad I couldn't have planned the weather out better. It was a little bit lousy on the whole. There were a few places heading south, where the storm was to the east, and I got a gap in the clouds that allowed me to be in the sun and look at the ocean. Then every now and again I would get a slight coating and then completely rained on. (more...)

Deep Water Soloing, Poda Island

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Looks like I'll be able to cross that one off of my list.

Thailand: Climbophilia

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Not much to detail here. Just working and climbing. I mostly wanted to share some close up photos of rock here for my climbing buddies.  And drinking the occasional beer. It's a good life.  

Thailand: Railay

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This spot has been incredible. I've already gotten some really fun sport climbing in. Made it into the ocean. Eaten all sorts of delicious things. Seen monkeys. Made friends. Been rained on. Gotten work done. Relaxed. Shaved off a moustache. And blogged about it.

Climbing Squamish, British Columbia

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Man, what a beautiful place. I've been told repeatedly how beautiful the area is, and it's true. Whitney and I tooled around and did a little trad climbing, and then moved on to some sport, because there was so much of it. (more...)

Joshua Treat

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And the annual Joshua Tree trip went off without a hitch!

Another Yosemite Adventure

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Just a few quick photos from my most recent yosemite adventure... We lucked out and the weather was Perfect, even though there was snow on the north facing climbs. It was even really dry on the north side of the valley. On this trip I led a couple of 5.8 routes, and took my first ever lead fall. Most importantly, my gear held!

Lover’s Leap with Lachlan

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Last weekend Lachlan and I took off for Lover's Leap. It's up in Strawberry, CA, near South Lake Tahoe. We did four trad climbs, and a little bouldering. We climbed from dawn until dusk. Other than that there was a bottle of bourbon, a camp fire, and macaroni and cheese. A wonderful weekend. Hopefully next time we'll get to climb Bear's Reach.

Maui Part II

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Here are even more photos from our Maui trip. Laura made it out for the second week, and the fun rolled on. Much more beaching, snorkeling, and adventuring. Most of the pictures are from two adventures: Road to Hana, and Haleakala for sunrise.

A Goat Farm

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My very good friend Caius, took me to visit a goat farm an hours drive North of San Francisco. It was a really wonderful day, with super friendly goats, warm sun, ocean breeze, and a brilliant quesadilla.  I love the sound of the kids munching the grass. Laying there in a hammock, between a couple of pine trees, close enough to the ocean to hear it, surrounded by edible flowers, I really couldn't help but wonder what I was doing with my life. Why don't I live on a goat farm?

Joshua Tree April of 2011

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Jesse and I took a plane down to Long Beach, where Lachlan picked us up and took us to his house for the evening. We then packed up the Westfalia camper and hit the road before dawn. I managed to get a little sleep on the ride, but didn't truly wake up until we hit the park. Finding a site in hidden valley didn't even look good on a Wednesday morning around 9. We happened to see some folks that were packing up and snagged their site. The next four days were filled with our first legitimate trad climbs. We did some very easy routes that allowed us to get the hang of placing some trad protection without feeling like we were too much in danger. I have to say that even an easy climb starts to feel like something formidable when you've got ten pounds of trad gear hanging off of you and no rope hanging down from above. We also got in a number of top ropes, and a bunch of bouldering. We actually got the chance to meet and climb with Todd Gordon. That was really cool, he's a really nice guy, with loads of good stories.

A huge thanks to Christy, Joel, and Lachlan for really pulling this trip together!

Death Valley Daze

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Well, I had a really lovely time out in Death Valley. I met some really good folks. Went on some really fun rides. Ate well, slept well, and experienced something pretty new to me. The weather was perfect. Maybe 40º F at night, and 70º F during the day.

It was probably around 1500 miles in total that I put on my KLR. Everything I needed was all packed up in my top box and panniers. The camping was much cushier than I had anticipated. But at the end of a long day of riding I was pretty grateful for running water.

A couple of the rides I did incuded, Titus Canyon, Chloride Cliffs, and Lippincott Pass. I actually got some video from my GoPro that posted via vimeo. Some of it was pointed in an unfortunate down angle that get's more of my handlebars than the surroundings.

Death Valley Ride Montage from Cory Logan on Vimeo.

Death Valley Daze: The Road

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I ride a KLR650, as anyone who is likely reading my blog knows. I love my motorcycle, perhaps to the point that it annoys the people around me. I love riding my motorcycle. I love commuting, on my motorcycle. Anyway, there's a forum on the interwebs called KLR650.net and it's filled with people that also own KLRs, and also love riding them. Every year there's an informal get together out in Death Valley at the furnace creek campground where a bunch of KLR riders all happen to be in the same spot. This year I will be in that spot. I'm leaving tonight, spending the night at a friend's place a little ways down, and then shooting down highway 1 just to enjoy the ride that much more, and then I'm headed east to Death Valley. I've never been to death valley, and I've never done any motorcycle camping before. This should be interesting. Estimated time of departure is 8 PM tonight 01/26/2011. I plan on returning on Sunday or Monday, we'll see.

Spelunking in Santa Cruz: it was crazy.

Spelunking in Santa Cruz: it was crazy.

I recently joined a meetup group oriented towards outdoor rock-climbing in the bay area. The couple of event's I'd previously signed up for had been rained out. The weather really hasn't been great for outdoor climbing. It had seemed for a while that the timing was always perfect to be sunny all week, then rain all weekend. Now it just rains every day... I don't know which is better. Anyway, those climbing events weren't looking too promising, and so a man I now know as 'Stan' proposed the idea of spelunking. It was a hit. I got all signed up and checked it out. I wasn't expecting something quite so involved. I was hoping for it, but I didn't think that in reality it would be nearly as awesome as it was. I can't wait to go back some time.

Camping and Climbing, Phantom Spires

Camping and Climbing, Phantom Spires
Combining two good things to make them even better. Camping and climbing go together like like bread and cheese. Lachlan and I went up all on our lonesome. Once we got there we began to wonder if other people wanted to come, if we'd even have room for them in the car, let alone their gear. Long story short, I'm thinking about getting a bigger car. Anyway, here are some pictures from the trip to Phantom Spires in South Lake Tahoe.

Climbing Adventure at Goat Rock

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We went climbing down at Goat Rock yesterday. We got up at around 5 to head out. We made it to an outlook just as the sun was peaking up over the hill. There was a super short hike into the climb, and we spent much of our day on it until a ton of people showed up. We were glad we had gotten up early, here are the photos I grabbed on my iPhone. (more...)

Slugs in Love

Slugs in Love

Burning Man 2010

Burning Man 2010