Devo's Blog

Sunday, February 14

Hey Marseilles at The Crocodile

Forgot to mention I saw my brother's band Hey Marseilles last month at the Crocodile in Seattle. It was a sellout and they put on a good show; they seem to be settling together as an ensemble quite well - lot's of good energy and they were called out for an encore. They'll be re-releasing a remastered version of their album To Travels & Trunks this spring for nationwide distribution - exciting! You can also catch them on the Starbucks CD compilation, Sweetheart 2010.

Some photos from the show courtesy of Jason Tang Photography:

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Sunday, January 3

Cool Yosemite Vid

People in Yosemite: A TimeLapse Study from Steven M. Bumgardner on Vimeo.

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Saturday, October 31

Happy Halloween





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Monday, August 3

Paradise

Late in July Rosann & I took a break from our busy schedules and spent some time together at Mt. Rainier's Paradise Inn. The weather was perfect and the flowers were in full bloom. That Friday I took Rosann on a day hike to Camp Muir - she finally got to see where I work! We had a lot of fun, the food at the inn was delish, and I enjoyed a leisurely cup of coffee in the morning before meeting my clients in the parking lot for my next summit trip. Good times. :)

Paradise  July 09
ROSANN & RAINIER

Paradise  July 09
AVALANCHE LILLIES

Paradise  July 09
SO MANY FLOWERS!

Paradise  July 09
MUIR AT LAST

More pictures from Paradise

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Saturday, January 24

Sun Peaks

Rosann and I spent some time at Sun Peaks Resort in Canada this past week with my family - had a good time and got some skiing in. They hadn't had any new snow for nearly a week, but it was still fun since it was the first time for me to ski since my surgeries. My eye is doing well though it will be March or April until I know how good my vision will be.

Sun Peaks Jan '09
ROSANN ENJOYING ENDLESS GREEN RUNS

Sun Peaks Jan '09
JANA & BEN

Sun Peaks Jan '09
IS THAT GERMAN FOR...?

Sun Peaks Jan '09
GOOD TIMES

Sun Peaks Jan '09
LAST RUN!

More Sun Peaks pics

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Thursday, December 18

'bout time!

Something aligned in the universe: today was my day off and opening day at Stevens Pass. The lowdown: 17,300 ft. of vert, 15 laps in 5 hrs. I'm bushed. :)

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Sunday, August 24

Hey Marseilles at Neumos

Hey Marseilles rocked the house Thursday eve! Really, the sound was great and the place was packed with 300+ energetic people for their CD release extravaganza. (CD available here and at local Seattle record stores. Buy it - you won't regret it!) Some of my pic's and a vid below. Another review of the concert with more video over at Where the Silence Is.

HEY MARSEILLES PERFORMING "RIO"

Hey Marseilles @ Neumos 08.21.08

Hey Marseilles @ Neumos 08.21.08

Hey Marseilles @ Neumos 08.21.08

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Monday, March 17

LOL - Happy St. Patties from The Muppets

This is just too funny!

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Wednesday, February 27

Skiing & climbing; hellos & goodbyes

Got to climb and ski last weekend. Rosann and I went to Stevens Pass on Saturday. No new snow and the runs were bulletproof - not the best conditions, but we still had a fun day together. Rosann's one cute ski bunny. :)

Stevens Pass 02.23.08
ROSANN RIDING DAISY CHAIR

Stevens Pass 02.23.08
DEVO ON DAISY

I even shot some video of Rosann skiing:


On Sunday I went rock climbing at Index with Kurt - full report is on my climbs page.

On Monday I said goodbye to Joe, my manager at Vertical World Everett, who's moving to North Carolina. KJ, manager at the Redmond climbing gym will be our interim manager and it appears we're in good hands, but change is... well, change.

Steff Sanvik, a close family friend and my church choir director who has been battling a serious liver condition and was at one time hoping to receive a liver transplant, passed away Monday afternoon. It's been quite an ordeal and a bit of a shock for his family and friends. Steff was a spirited musician, choir director, and band teacher. He will be sorely missed. I'm honored to play at his memorial service.

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Thursday, January 10

Benefits of a season's pass

With a winter storm watch declared for the west slopes of the Cascades and a forecast predicting warming westerly flow, I woke up @ 5am and checked the weather data and decided it was worth driving up to Stevens Pass this morning. Left early to allow for a possible chain-up and arrived in the parking lot at 8 am. It was still cold and snowing hard, so I threw the chains on since I had the time. Hopped on Hogsback, then Ty Mill and skied the back side - 8 inches of powder on the groomers made for some sweet turns. Hit Aquarius face three times and by then the westerly flow had arrived, the temperature had risen noticeably and the powder was transformed into mashed potatoes. Meanwhile, I'd hooked up with a fellow named Pat from Snohomish skiing solo. We wrapped up our morning dropping a chute off Skyline, skiing the trees below Hogsback and drinking a cup of coffee in the lodge. Glad I put the chains on my car - 4 inches had fallen since I'd arrived and I helped push a 4x4 out of the parking lot - but no problems for me. Good times!

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Wednesday, January 9

Devo doings...

Skiing, skiing and more skiing! I ponied up for a season's pass at Stevens Pass this year and it's paying off big time: could be setting new snowfall records this year. My goal is to hit the slopes every Tuesday and Thursday with the occasional weekend foray with Rosann. Gotta work them legs into shape for back country skiing! I'm taking an Avalanche Level 2 class next week at Snoqualmie Pass for four days - part of my continuing education as an outdoor professional - Avy 2 certification will allow me to be a lead guide for Alpine Ascents.

Been setting a lot of new routes at Vertical World - managed to reset the entire gym in about two months, averaging around 90 toprope routes and boulder problems each. Members have mentioned they're glad to have my routes back - I enjoy creating them, glad they enjoy climbing them. Taught a Boy Scout climbing merit badge class last Sunday and prior to class the Scout Master informed his scouts that we "teach an excellent course and they would get better, more professional training here than in any Boy Scout climbing program." That was quite an unexpected (and welcome)compliment.

Rosann and I are doing well - she's sweet, easygoing and fun. She also enjoys skiing with me even though she hasn't gone off the Daisy run yet. Doesn't even mind me taking off and skiing by myself a bit - I appreciate that more than she probably knows.

Had my nephew Luc and his cousin Xerxes at the climbing gym on Monday. First time for Xerxes, but he took to it right off (he's five); Luc was distracted and fussy this go around (he's two). Grandparents on both sides were present and plenty of pictures were taken, maybe that was part of it.

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Thursday, December 20

Epic powder on the back side

...of Stevens Pass this morning. Deep enough that if I didn't point my skis straight downhill I'd come to a halt. My thighs are burning something fierce. Good times! :)

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Wednesday, December 19

First turns

Went skiing at Stevens Pass yesterday with my co-workers Paul and Joe. We expected it to be a groomer day but turned out there was 6 inches of powder. Spent most the time on Tye Mill skiing the ridge line and through the trees until it was all tracked out. After lunch we hit the slopes for another hour until then our legs were done. Gotta get them puppies in shape! I'm going back up Thursday - they're opening the back side. Woohoo!

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