Replacing the variable timing solenoid in a 2001 Audi A4 Quattro

I believe this part can also be referred to as the “Timing Chain Tensioner”, anyways it may seem daunting to replace this part but it actually wasn’t difficult providing you do a few things before loosening the camshaft tower bolts.

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Nice things for March 2018

These two pictures were taken in March of 2018, within 3 weeks of each other. For 2018 most of our winter was in march, with 7 feet of snow in the Sierras, it was definitely an interesting ski season 🙂

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LeConte Divide

LeConte Divide is a series of peaks located in the John Muir Wilderness. This portion of the Sierra Nevada does not get as much attention as some other more popular areas which makes it ideal back-country to get away from the general backpacking scene and into real quality wilderness. The trip we took started out of Courtright Reservoir where we worked out way through the John Muir Wilderness, summiting the divide at Hell For Sure Pass. We originally slated this trip for 6 days, but due to extremely smoky conditions from a fire south-west of us, we hiked out on the 4th day. Continue reading

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Märzen Style Ale

This is my recipe to brew a Märzen without having all the refrigeration control needed to brew a proper lager.

  • Original Gravity: 1.048
  • Final Gravity ….: 1.011
  • IBU ………………..: 23
  • SRM ………………: 11
  • ABV ……………….: 5.3
  • Boil Volume ……: 5 Gallons
  • Final Volume ….: 6 Gallons

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Mount Ritter via Isberg

Mount Ritter from the South West side

Mount Ritter from the South West side

Located in the Sierra Nevada, Mount Ritter is the 16th highest peak in California, and the highest peak in the Ritter range. Most of the wilderness permits to approach Ritter come out of either Yosemite via Tuolumne Meadows or Mammoth via Devils Postpile and reservations are filled up fairly quickly for June, July, and August. Continue reading

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Dogtooth Peak & Sisters Peaks – Dinkey Lakes, Sierra National Forest

All the neat things to see are pretty close on this trip, so not a lot of mileage to cover. But lots of time can be sent here exploring, rock climbing, swimming, fishing, and hiking. I organized this particular trip for all of that, with the intent of taking my smaller children and avoiding the heavy miles. Continue reading

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