Saturday, May 29, 2010

Preparing for Shasta

The weather's poor at Shasta. My climb is next week. Today I'm gathering all my gear and finding out once again the two legged little rats in the house have pilfered some of my stuff so I've got to do a little shopping.

Today I made a four-hour run, an ascent of both Manzanita Peak and Magic Mountain. This was my first double ascent with no water. I had not planned to go so long so I didn't have water with me but changed my mind. There's a drinking fountain at the air attack fire station at the top of Magic Mountain.

On my descent I decided to summit an intermediate peak and was surprised to find that the trail gave out right at the peak. I had to bushwhack back down in the middle of tick season.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mt. Shasta

OK, I haven't done it yet, but a climb of Mt. Shasta is planned for June 4-6, 2010 with son-in-law Casey, friend Greg, law partner Andy and Los Angeles Superior Court judge friend John.

For almost three weeks I have been battling a bronchial flu, hoiking up right now as I type, and have done NOTHING to prepare for this climb. NOTHING.

We're climbing without guides and relying upon friend Greg, the outdoorsman, who is also a book and research expert for every outing I've been on with him. (When I head out to the great outdoors or a race -- no research, no GPS, and hope for the best.) Also, law partner Andy has summitted many snow-clad peaks. I've done Rainier and acquitted myself well, although it was ten years ago.