Registering with FreedomPop network on LineageOS

It seems you have to manually configure FreedomPop APN on LineageOS. You should upgrade your devices to LineageOS if for nothing else than to patch the KRACK vulnerability.

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Blanca Peak

At 4374m, Blanca Peak is Colorado’s fourth highest peak. Its 1623m of prominence, class 3 scrambles, and unpredictable weather can make reaching the summit interesting, but the view is well worth the effort.

We decided to split the 29km trip into 2 days, camping at Lake Como on the first day. That would leave us with a little over 5km (1km elevation) to the summit. We got a late start departing Los Alamos, but made good time, stopping in Alamosa for a bite to eat, and hit Lake Como Road by 6:30. Matt & crew arrived just behind us, and camped out at the bottom of the road. We made it 2.5 miles up where we found a big pullout with an incredible view.

At 7:30, we were on the trail, 2.5 miles to go to the lake and 1 hour until sunset. Lake Como Road is relatively easy to hike, but near impossible to drive. I’m not really sure why they haven’t graded it, but I’m guessing the local 4×4 club enjoys the challenge.

In addition to mud pits, a creek crossing, a various smaller obstacles, there’s major features named Jaws 1-4. These are rock formations that have the appearance of jaws, ready to chomp down on any unworthy vehicles. Jaws 2 has a plaque memorializing a driver who perished when his vehicle rolled over and down the adjacent cliff. Hard. Flipping. Core.

There’s also some cabins that’ve long since collapsed, but evidence shows people have been using the ruins as campsites. While I enjoyed the easy hike up, the mosquitoes were bloody awful. I swear these high altitude mosquitoes bite harder and suck more.

The intensely red sunset, possibly caused by smoke from the ongoing fires in New Mexico, provided us the last natural light before we broke out the headlamps. After about 30 minutes of hiking in the dark, we reached our destination for the night: Lake Como.

Making camp at night sucks. It’s impossible find a good campsite when you can only see 20 feet around you. You wake up in the morning after sleeping on a hard, uneven spot and see the perfect spot was just over the way. Ugh.

In any case, we set up camp then went out to do some astrophotography by the lake. The darkness here allows viewing plenty of stars and the Milky Way while the lake surrounded by rocky peaks adds a nice frame to the scene.

I slept peacefully through the 40-degree night, and could’ve slept longer, but woke up at 5am to catch the sunrise. Gato & I headed to the creek draining from the lake to get water while waited for the sunrise. The sun started to crest over Little Bear’s ridge as we were returning to camp.

Chelsea appeared from her tent looking a little haggard. The cold was too much and she didn’t get any sleep. We built a fire, and after collecting some wood, I went back to sleep for a bit.

We finally left camp at 9am, expecting to summit around noon.

The first 2/3 of the hike is pretty easy, mostly following the remainder of Lake Como Road up to Blue Lake and then taking the foot trail up around the waterfall and to the higher lakes. There was still plenty of snow at 12’000 feet, making trail difficult. We detoured often, but the snow makes for some spectacular views.

I imagine the last 1/3 of the hike is where most people quit. The snow made the switchbacks difficult, and the easiest route was a scramble straight up. Our pace was excruciatingly slow, less than 1km per hour. We had plenty of time to enjoy the views, though.

By 2:30, we decided to call it, less than 1km from the top, fearing going down might be slower than going up. Daniel had the idea to try glissading down, but I was worried we’d be hitting our butts on lots of rocks. After watching him execute without incident, we followed his track. What took us 2 hours to climb, took 5 minutes to descend.

In addition to the snow, the unusually warm, sunny weather was melting it quickly, creating raging waterfalls down the rocky face. Sometimes, the water flowed underneath sheets of ice and snow that would break off if disturbed. It was a little slow getting down these sections, but eventually we made it back to the flatter bottom of the peak.

We were tired and sunbeaten. Our feet were soggy. But at least in that condition, you have no reservations about taking shortcuts through snowy areas. You no longer care about staying dry. You just want off the bloody mountain.

We reached the Lake Como camp at 6p, packing up quickly to try to make it to the Trailblazer and get off the mountain before dark. When we crossed the creek the night before, we hacked our way through the trees to find a suitable crossing to keep our feet dry. On the return, we just slogged through it. The mosquitoes were in full effect: my arms were starting to look like they had chicken pox.

We made it to the Trailblazer with daylight to spare. Even though I drove slower on the way down, I seemed to bang the frame more. (If anybody finds an oil pan cover up there, lemme know.) We made it down past the Jeepers Creepers sign and were almost home free when we rolled up on a big, stranded truck. They were on their second flat of the day. Bad luck, I guess. They didn’t consider pulling off the trail so with no room to get around them, we were stuck for 2 hours waiting for their tire to be delivered. At least it wasn’t us, I guess. We finally made it to asphalt a little before midnight with a 3 hour drive home. And that’s a wrap.

Pajarito Trail Cleaning

As one of their lessons on being grateful, the kids & I headed up to Pajarito Mountain to clean some bike trails after dinner.

We arrived late so we missed meeting up with the rest of the cleanup crew so we were on our own. We parked at Camp May and headed up Half Aspen, an easy ascent up to the top of Gene’s Choice, where we guessed the sound of chainsaws was coming from.

I like this trail because it’s a mellow ascent, provides plenty of views of the Rio Grande Valley to the east and the Pajarito peaks to the south, and tunnels through some healthy aspen groves.

We saw a car parked at the top of Gene’s Choice, but still didn’t see anyone, so continued heading up the bike trail. After about 5 minutes, we heard the chainsaw going again about halfway down the mountain from us. So we headed on down the freestyle section where the jumps really excited Trey.

Heading down Natural Selection, we ran into a trail crew building a roll down one of the features in the gnarliest section of this trail.

Trey was very curious about all the tools they were using, and after a little chat, we headed down further to see if there was some cleanup needed.

Near the bottom of Natural Selection is a launch gap to bridge where Trey stepped right between two slats and banged his shin up pretty good. After a few minutes of waiting for the initial pain to subside while I inspected his injuries, he was up and walking again.

After an hour of hiking, we finally found a trail, the bypass for the launch gap, that had a tree fallen over it. It was great testing out the new hatchet. Man that thing is sharp! A few good whacks and the end of the tree was off. The kids helped rake and move branches and now that trail section is ready to go!

After a short hike back to Camp May, we built a fire and ended the day with some mallows. 


I didn’t always look forward to summer. I mean it’s hot and there’s no snow. Lame. But thanks to hiking and biking in a not-so-desert environment, I’ve started appreciating summer.

It’s really awesome that Pajarito opens their lifts in the summer to give the adrenaline junkies their fix. I’m just getting into downhill and it’s humbling to be scared of black diamonds.

It’s also interesting to see the mountains that I’m so familiar with covered in snow in a whole new light. Gauging by the tree heights, I can’t believe how little snow there is on these rocks in the winter!

I hope my downhill skills improve enough to hit the blacks. Gotta take advantage of my season pass’s summer benefits!

There were some tasty summer brews and new breweries at this year’s Summerfest. I’d tell you more, but it’s all a blur!

Guaje Ridge Trail

Do you like long walks on ridges? Then this 12-mile one way trail is for you!

We started at the ski area by the Cañada Bonita trailhead because descending 3000′ on foot seemed much better than ascending it. I still think it was the better choice thanks to the wide toe box of my Altras although most of my co-hikers disagreed.

This trail travels through pretty much every ecosystem of the plateau starting with an Alpine forest that travels around the head of Los Alamos Canyon through the Cañada Bonita meadow and up to Pipeline Road, an old Jeep trail that’s been closed since the 2000 Cerro Grande fire. You’ll have a few opportunities to view the Valles Caldera from a perspective many never see.

Pretty soon, you’re at the 9800′ high point on the Quemazon Trail where the pipeline maintenance station makes for a great place to have lunch and enjoy the view.

A little further down the trail, you can either bail out by continuing 4 miles down Pipeline Road to the Western or Quemazon communities of Los Alamos, or continue on Guaje Ridge Trail. (I recommend the latter.)

The first bit if the Guaje Ridge Trail offers a rare sight in these mountains: trees. Guess have devastated most of this area but somehow this grove was spared. On top of that, you’ve got an excellent view of Guaje Canyon.

You’ll be glad you didn’t take the canyon trail when you see distant views in all directions from atop the ridge. Even the mountains around the Taos Valley and Sandia Crest can be seen from here. Plus you’ll get views of the northeastern Jemez mountains that you can’t get anywhere else.

Although it’s mostly downhill and lovely to look at, you’ll probably start feeling it by the 7 mile mark. There’ll be switchbacks as you snake your way across ridges overgrown with horrible thorn bushes. Still great views, though.

About 8 miles in, you’ll stumble upon a clearing with the Mitchell Gravure, a plaque memorializing the eagle scout who first blazed the trail sharing his namesake. It’s a good place to take a break. You can either bail out here and hike the 2.5 miles down the Mitchell Trail to the trailhead at Arizona Ave. or keep on going the distance down to Guaje Pines.

Taking the latter route will put you out on top of a really big mesa for this area. At least, it’s the biggest I’ve seen on the plateau. The descent is very shallow here.

About the 11 mile mark, you’ll come on to a forestry road. This will take you the last mile down to Guaje Pines where you hopefully have somebody picking you up with a big meal waiting.

Land of Ice and Fire

Got an early start today to get in a couple very different hikes. The first: Santa Fe Ski Area. The second: Tent Rocks National Monument. And even made it back to Los Alamos for a lunchtime graduation party!

I love the Santa Fe National Forest. It’s so green! (For New Mexico at least.) It’s June and there’s still snow in those mountains, but I guess it is 12,000 feet high after all. Summer in the Santa Fe mountains is just about the most comfortable thing in the world.

The next hike, Tent Rocks, was not comfortable. First, it was pushing 90 degrees with little to no shade for the entire hike. It was crowded at nearly every non-flat section, having to wait for groups of 10-20 to pass at times.

The views here make it worthwhile. Layered stone carved into smooth curves and pillars topped with cones are everywhere. All hues of red and brown compose the canyon walls, and having the time to look at and appreciate them is the one good thing about waiting for crowds.

Mitchell Arch

This is one of my favorite quick hikes in Los Alamos. It takes about 1.5 hours and offers some spectacular vistas of Los Alamos and the canyon. A few of the summer students joined the kids & I for this one.

Trey had a lot of fun hiking with Matt even though he didn’t understand why he talked funny. (Matt’s from England.) It seemed like it was going to rain the whole time, but nature can be such a tease sometimes. The kids seem to have endless energy. We’ll have to see how they do this weekend on Guaje Ridge…

Bandelier Falls

Bandelier Falls is a real treat. At this time of year, it’s usually pretty warm so the water is very refreshing.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you’ll need to take a shuttle down to the visitor’s center so plan for that. They’ve got plenty of shade down there to enjoy a picnic or just relax before or after your hike while you wait for a shuttle back up. Stop in the visitor’s center to learn about the Anasazi that inhabited the area or go for a quick loop around Tyuonyi Pueblo. I digress…

Bandelier Falls is a 3 mile out & back, or 4.5 miles if you choose to ignore the signs and break the law to go to the bottom of the upper falls. It’s mostly downhill on the way out which means it’s uphill on the way back so be aware of that in your planning.

The trail follows the river along the Canyon wall. Sometimes you’re high up, and sometimes you’re down next to the water. 

It’s a perfect summer hike with all the trees providing shade.

Don’t forget to look up at the canyon walls to see what kind of interesting features you can find like this lambda.

About a mile in, the trees recede, the canyon narrows, and you turn into view of the Rio Grande. 

It’s not much further until the overlook. 

Now, it’s illegal (and possibly dangerous) to go further so don’t go further. But if you were to go further, the trail leads you to the top of these lower falls. 

From there, head upstream for a half mile. Be careful crossing the stream because the rocks tend to be real slippery here.

When you make it to the base of these upper falls, take a shower! There’s also an alcove next to the falls if you need you get out of the sun.

Memorial Memories Part 2

I love camping. There’s always a pleasant view and fresh air. There’s campfires and cooking outside. There’s sounds of rushing water and singing birds. There’s freedom.

This morning was much colder than I expected, but a quick scavenging trip yielded a few logs from a vacant campsite, and a fire was going before the kids woke up. These kids love campfires. I worked on my flapjacking skills while they stayed warm by the fire with hot chocolate. This isn’t our first freezing Memorial Day weekend, but it still catches me by surprise. 
After breakfast and packing up camp, we headed over to Baker’s Bridge. It’s a popular cliff jumping spot and while it was still pretty cold for that, it’s a pretty good view of the Animas.

Our next stop was Cascade Creek Falls. It’s not that far past Purgatory or so it seems. A 4×4 trail took us about a mile up, but a fallen tree stopped us 2.5 miles from the falls. The kids weren’t up for the hike so we turned back, but we found a pretty awesome camping spot for next time.

We spent the rest of the day enjoying the summer attractions at Purgatory. Luna & I sifted for ore while Trey took off for the alpine slide and inner tubes. Pretty sweet deal that the Power Pass includes 5 summer attractions daily.

Memorial Memories Part 1

I love being American. What better way to commemorate sending young people into the line of fire over oil and religion than by camping and barbequing?

After a quick stop at Treasure Falls, we’re in Durango, CO this weekend meeting up with my dad after he raced in the Iron Horse Classic, a bike race against a train from Durango to Silverton.

The snowmelt is roaring down the mountains, making for some epic waterfalls and rapids. We spent the afternoon watching kayakers, rafters, and surfers ride Santa Rita Rapid.

After that, it was time to find a place to set up camp. You know how campsites are always crazy on Memorial Day? I think you just gotta look off the beaten path. We had no trouble finding a great spot at Lower Hermosa Campground.