Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Cabin

If you know me, you've probably heard me talk about this place.  I think there's a post about it on here called "Spring Blaster."

This should give you an idea of what goes on there.   It is a video consisting mostly of photos from the last time we were there in the summer - 2013.  As always, I recommend headphones and 1080p quality.

I love this place and everything "going to the cabin" represents.  It isn't just a mountain and a house to me.  It never was.  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Park City Utah - 2014

On the first night of our annual trip to Park City this year, Marissa said, "Can we make a video this year?"  

You say "video," I say "30 minute short film."  Tomayto/Tomahto.  

There are some obvious omissions here to preserve a positive vibe.  Thanks for hanging in there with me, guys.  All is well that ends... semi-well.  

Watch it on YouTube, bump that quality up to 720p and go full screen, y'all.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mt. Shasta

In late June I was having dinner with Rigby, Dave Simone, and our significant others.  They casually mentioned at the end of the meal that they would be climbing Mt. Shasta in about 4 weeks.  I was immediately interested, inquired about getting involved, and began to implement a strict training plan of doing absolutely nothing until about a week before flying to California.  

Twice I loaded my pack with 55lbs and walked the stairs in my apartment building.  Basement to 14 and back x10.  I took steps and practiced math.  My pack wouldn't be this heavy on the mountain... but I'm exercising at sea level.  The mountain won't be this steep (wrong).  One trip up from the basement to the top floor is 153 steps.  Ten trips up and down the stairs is about a quarter mile. Each step is about 10 inches.   The whole hike is only 5 miles.  How many Mt. Shasta climbs is this exercise routine equal to?  If ten trips up and down the stairs take me 45 minutes and the climb takes most people 7 hours, how am I pacing?  I'll be taking it easier than this when I'm on the mountain.  I'll stop for water breaks.  The scenery will be motivating.  There aren't enough substitute scenarios and unlikely 5th grade mathematics word problems to prepare the underprepared.  I didn't train enough.

I arrived at SFO at midnight on Wednesday before Friday's climb.  I slept on the floor of a van for about 2 hours, followed by another four on the floor of a hotel room.  

Meet the twins.  

Rigby, the annoyingly prepared climbing darkhorse.

no, these two aren't one full length photo, but they might as well be.

first views of Mt. Shasta

A quick stop at The Fifth Season in Shasta City to pick up ice axes, helmets, gaiters, and wag bags.  Shasta city is a quiet little place with all the Twin Peaks similarities you could really want and expect.  Diners, friendly service, motels, a feeling of 1982, and a woman who will read your aura located in a tent under the cover of an old gas station.  Crystals are like chips you put into computers.  We just don't know how to read them yet.  The Global Assignment.  Activate the 13th Crystal Skull.  Everyday dinner conversation stuff.

there she is

Lacing up in the parking lot, I snapped a shoelace before hiking one single step.  
Kayes had rope.

a wolf howl


entering the campsite area

confusion about where to camp sets in.  beauty surrounds.

Mt. Shasta

last minute research for trivial things like "where is the trail?"

the twins are very much into (partial) nudity

we went to bed at 10:30pm and woke up at 1:30am to begin the summit attempt.  we weren't big on sleep during this trip.

Lassen Volcano in the center (as seen from Mt. Shasta)

The Big Dipper directly above Mt. Shasta

sunrise at about 10,200 ft.


dude is way too happy and energetic

shed blood on that mountain.

The Dixie 6.

Yuichi (Kayes) remains stoic.

Lassen Volcano at midday (as seen from Mt. Shasta)

descending felt like it took about 3 hours longer than it should have

checking in.  confirming survival.

not everyone needs to know what they're looking at here.