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ROBERT ERNEST FINLAY

Director:  Kayak Lake Mead

Certification:  Instructor, American Canoe Association 

Age:  64 (born May 1953, in case I forget to update this page...) 

Military:  Graduated US Army Ranger School 1974

Education:  BS - US Military Academy at West Point 1976

Bio Overview A lifelong passion for adventure: As a climber I've guided Half Dome in Yosemite and I've soloed many 2000 foot+ rock climbs. As a mountain biker, I've done races hundreds of miles in length. As a desert trekker I've crossed solo the Mohave Desert in blistering summer temperatures. As an adventure racer, I've done over 20 expedition length races. As a sea kayaker I've taken 1st Place, with my son paddling a tandem kayak, twice in the Everglades Challenge a 300 mile paddle race. 

See my personal blog, a journal of adventures:  http://robert-finlay-kayaklakemead-journal.blogspot.com/  

Occupation: Instructor: Presidio Adventure Racing Academy (climbing and paddling instructor) E-Camp: (see  www.teamsole.com ) (trekking and paddling instructor) Climbing Guide: Jay Smith's High and Wild Mountain Guides Ironworker: Foreman; Heavy construction, bridges, high rises, etc. Race Director: The Desert Winds Adventuring Racing Series

Kayak Lake Mead Racing: Yukon River Quest ( 440 mile paddle race ) Druce and Robert June/July 2016 - 2nd tandem kayak men's, 2nd tandem kayak overall, and 13 out of 93 boats overall

Everglades Challenge ( 300 mile paddle race ) Druce and Robert ( see race reports ):  March 2016 - finished 1st in our Class and 1st paddle craft overall March 2015 - finished 1st in our Class and 2nd paddle craft overall March 2014 - finished 1st in our Class and 1st paddle craft overall March 2013 - finsihed 1st in our Class and 1st paddle craft overall March 2011 - finsihed 1st in our Class and 1st paddle craft overall March 2010 - finished 2nd in our Class and 4th paddle craft overall March 2006 - finished in 5 days and very happy to finish

Adventure Races: Endeavor Team Challenge Norcal 2013 - 30 hour plus, adventure race, crossfit, multi-fitness comp, Robert Finlay Ryan Ross, 6th Place    Mother Lode 2009 - 4 day race in the Sierra Nevada, November 2009  Robert, Druce, Sylvie Maracci, Mark Jackson  3rd Place    Primal Quest 2009 - 10 day 600 mile expedition race, Aug 2009, Robert & Druce Finlay, Amy Van Voorst, Valentin Chapa, 15th  Baja Travesia - 3 to 5 day 275 mile expedition race  March 2008  Robert, Amy, Druce  8th Place Baja Travesia - 3 to 5 day 220 mile expedition race  March 2007  Robert, Briana, Druce  2nd Place (50 miles of kayaking)  Desert Rage Vail Lake, CA - Feb 28, 2007, Druce, Robert, Amy Van Voorst  1st Place  Desert Rage Oracle, AZ - Feb 2, 2007, Druce, Robert, Amy Van Voorst  2nd Place  Desert Rage Lake Mead - Dec 2, 2006, !st Place 2-Person  2nd Place Overall Explore the West Adventure Race - Big Bear, CA  24 hour race  Sep 9, 10, 2006  Druce and Robert  Tied for 3rd Place Solo  Baja Extreme - Marina de Salina, Baja, August 5, 2006  Druce, Robert and John Whiteside  Men's 2nd Place Quest for Fire - Angel Fire, NM...July 15 2006...12 hour...Team took 2nd Place with Druce taking 1st Place Solo. Explore the West Adventure Race - Lake Mead...24 hour race...May 13, 14 2006...2nd Place. Desert Rage - Lake Roosevelt, AZ...April, 2006...2nd Place. Desert Rage - November, 2005...1st Place solo (Robert Finlay)...1st Place 2-person (Briana and Druce Finlay). West Coast Adventure Race - May, 2004...1st Place with son and daughter. Desert Sol Cup - Las Vegas, NV  Winter 2004...1st Place - 3 race series. Desert Sol Challenge - Las Vegas, NV ;Dec. 14, 2003...1st Place. Adrenaline Rush - Scotland...June 2003  ( 310 miles with 65 miles of paddling ) 4-Winds OIC - Park City, UT;  Aug 2003...2nd Place (Father and Son Team) (120 miles with  15 miles of paddling ). Balance Bar Series - Phoenix, AZ ; 2002...1st Place Corporate Division.  Desert Dash - 2002 Series Champions (Father and Son Team). Desert Dash - 2001 Nevada State Sprint Champions (Father and Son Team). Adrenaline Rush - Scotland...June 2001(350 miles with  70miles of paddling ). Desert Dash - Lake Mead...April 2001...1st Place (Father and Son Team). Desert Dash - Lake Mead...March 2001...1st Place (Father and Son Team). Four Winds Adventure Co. - Lake Mead...Nov. 2000...2nd Place (120 miles with  45 miles of paddling ). Eco-Challenge - British Columbia 1996 (350 miles with 100miles of paddling) EXPN X-Games - New England 1996...5th Place (350 miles with  170 miles of paddling ). Raid Gauloises - Argentina 1995 (350 miles with  130 miles of paddling ). Eco-Challenge - Utah 1995.

Other Experiences: Television commercial for CompuServe - actor, stuntman and technical advisor. Rock Climbing - 26 years experience Long Distance Speed Hiking - 26 years experience Mountain Biking - 15 years experience Sea Kayaking - 17 years experience (including  50 mile paddles in approx. 10 hrs ).

Athletic Achievements:

World-Class Ascents:  The Sentinel - Steck/Salathe Route, on site, unroped solo, approx. 2100...6 hours.  NOTE 1 Devil's Tower - Soloed, 5.9 on sight, unroped solo. Red Rocks of Nevada - Black Velvet Canyon  Dream of Wild Turkey IV 5.9, unroped solo, approx. 1400 feet in 2 hours. Epinephrine V 5.9 on sight, unroped solo, approx. 1900 feet, 4 hours base to base.

Other Ascents: El Capitan, Salathe Wall, on sight, 2 days.   NOTE 2 Half Dome, regular route, on sight, 7 hours, 11 hours base to base a 9600 foot change in elevation.   NOTE 3

Desert Mountain Biking: July 4th weekend crossing of the Mojave Desert-Searchlight, NV to 29 Palms, CA, 180 miles of dirt, no support, 3 days.    NOTE 4 Death Valley, CA to summit of White Mountain, CA, 2 days, a 14,300' change in elevation, temperature to 130 deg.

Solo Hiking: 70 mile crossing of Mojave Desert, 100 F+ temperatures, no support, 38 hours.

Survival Highlights: Retreat from an ascent of Dream of Wild Turkeys in full deluge from thunderstorm, essentially underwater for 1hr.    NOTE 5 Retreat from first ascent of Return of the Jedi (a continuation of X-15) on Challenger Wall, Red Rocks, NV. Rappelled 900 feet down unknown wall at night in 60+ mph winds.    NOTE 6

NOTE 1:  When this was first solved the effort was called "The Climb of the Century".

NOTE 2:  The longest rock climb in United States. It usually takes 4-5 days.

NOTE 3:  This is the face Ansel Adams captured so eloquently with the full moon.

NOTE 4:  No water bladders, navigating from spring to spring or well, etc. with a scorpion sting on my neck.  I passed out while in the bike saddle.

NOTE 5:  1000 feet up, breathing in a waterfall

NOTE 6:  The rappel ropes blowing straight up!  This was a first ascent of, Return of the Jedi, with Mike Ward.

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