Jake McCrary

  • September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017

    Climbing in the Red River Gorge

    Another weekend trip to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. This time with Alina, Christine, Edwin, and Nori (Alina's dog). We stayed at Lil Abners and climbed Saturday at The Gallery in the PMRP and Sunday at the Secret Garden in Miller Fork. Read more for details of the trip.

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  • September 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017

    Climbing in the Red River Gorge

    A short weekend with Seamus climbing in Kentucky. Drove down Friday and climbed Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we climbed in Muir Valley at the Inner Sanctum crag. Sunday we climbed at Purple Valley.

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  • August 6, 2017 to August 13, 2017

    Trip to the Nova Scotia cabin

    Another visit to the cabin in Nova Scotia. This year we spent some more time with Arne (and his daughter Erin) and did some island exploring, fishing, and oyster collecting. While I was there, we started on building better paths. We also found a large cliff and figured out a reasonable path to it. While looking for the cliff, we found a large boulder that might have a few doable problems on it. This year I overlapped with Steve, Sara, and Nathan. I briefly met Preethi in the Halifax airport.

  • July 29, 2017 to July 30, 2017

    Deep water soloing over Kinkaid Lake

    A small group of us went down to Kinkaid Lake in Southern Illinois and did some deep water soloing. We rented a pontoon boat from the marina and enjoyed our time out on the water. There is an obvious cliff jumping section on lake where boats gathered for swimming near, climbing up, and jumping off the cliff. We camped in the Johnson Creek recreation area. This was a pretty nice campground.

  • July 15, 2017 to July 18, 2017

    Chicago Mackinac Race

    I sailed my seventh Chicago to Mackinac Island race on the T10 Talisman. We placed fourth out of the 17 boats in our section. It took us 65 hours, 59 minutes, and 32 seconds to finish the race. It was not a comfortable race. Most of the race was spent with a jib up. This is not a pleasant situation for a Tartan 10. 8 out of 17 boats in our section retired early from the race. 97 of the 297 boats retired early from the race.

  • March 20, 2017 to March 30, 2017

    Climbing in El Chorro, Spain

    Trip report from spending some time climbing in El Chorro, Spain.

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  • July 23, 2016 to July 25, 2016

    Chicago Mackinac Race

    Placed fourth in the T-10 fleet sailing on Talisman. Took 44 hours, 9 minutes and 22 seconds. We arrived at the island at 7:29 AM on Monday.

  • February 13, 2016 to February 20, 2016

    Climbing in El Potrero Chico, Mexico

    Trip with Alina, Christine, and Nate to climb in El Potrero Chico. This was some epic limestone climbing in a beautiful area.

  • July 11, 2015 to July 13, 2015

    Chicago Mackinac Race

    Sailed on the T-10 Talisman and we placed second in our fleet. Our actual race time was 53 hours and 12 minutes. We landed on the island on Monday at 4:22 PM.

  • July 13, 2013 to July 16, 2013

    Chicago Mackinac Race

    Placed second in the T-10 fleet sailing on Talisman. It took 73 hours, 29 minutes and 32 seconds to get to the island. We were only 16 seconds away from first place. We nearly caught the first place boat at the end. We arrived at the island on Tuesday at 12:49 PM.

  • July 21, 2012 to July 23, 2012

    Chicago Mackinac Race

    Placed tenth in the T-10 fleet sailing on Talisman. We arrived on Monday at 11:04:42 AM after sailing for 47 hours, 44 minutes and 42 seconds.

  • January 27, 2012 to February 1, 2012

    Climbing in Red Rocks, Nevada

    A trip to Las Vegas where we stayed at the Cosmopolitan and then drove out to Red Rocks for climbing. A fun mix of outdoor adventure and eating delicious food in Las Vegas. We became too familiar with the Cosmopolitan's lobby bar. The climbing was great, even if we managed to make a very short approach much longer. We took a rest day and drove to Death Valley to see the sailing stones.

  • July 16, 2011 to July 18, 2011

    Chicago Mackinac Race

    I was sailing on the boat Talisman and we placed third in the T-10 fleet. We arrived on Monday at 5:47 PM after spending 53 hours, 57 minutes and 43 seconds racing. This year there was a terrible storm with 75 mile per hour winds. The boat WingNuts capsized and two sailors died. These were the first race-related deaths in the history of the race.

  • September 21, 2010 to October 1, 2010

    Journey to the top of Africa

    A trip to Tanzania with five friends to hike Mount Kilimanjaro.

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  • July 24, 2010 to July 27, 2010

    Chicago Mackinac Race

    Talisman placed fourteenth in the T-10 fleet. We arrived at the island on Tuesday at 1:52 AM after racing for 62 hours, 2 minutes and 15 seconds.