Me on the summit of Picture Peak (a self-timer image – not bad)
Here are the trip reports from the fabulous weekend at Sabrina Basin in the high Sierra!
Also check out my newly created gallery at SummitPost.org!
Panorama of upper Sabrina Basin with Powell Ridge (left) and Picture Peak (right)
Exercise: On Monday I returned to the gym (it has been awhile) and worked on shoulders and chest with dumbbells and cable cross-overs. I felt okay for not lifting in so long. On Tuesday I ran for 45 minutes at Arastradero preserve. It was a good run with cool temperatures and a stiff breeze. Today I went out to Wunderlich Park and enjoyed another fantastic trail run from the base up to Skyline Blvd. It was amazing to see the weather change as I ran up the hills with clear skies and comfortable temps at the bottom to chilly fog and mist at the Skyline crest!
NBA: The Spurs demolished the Utah Jazz and are on their way to the finals. It’s tough not to like Manu Giniboli, Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker.
The trip report for the Matterhorn Peak climb is now posted at CascadeClimbers.com and the UW Climbing site. Enjoy!!
Here is another photo as me on the Matterhorn climb at camp in the evening.
Exercise: Today I ran at Arastradero Open Space Preserve before work and felt much better than last week’s morning run at Arastradero. I’m sure part of it is that I now know where the hills are and when they end.
NBA: I haven’t been blogging much about the NBA, but the suspensions to Diaw and Stoudemire are absolutely ridiculous. The NBA all but handed the next game to the Spurs. It’s sad that the league is going to get in the way of a great series. And also, congrats to the Warriors on a great season – they accomplished a lot and it was fun to watch them play.
The Warriors have completed the improbable – perhaps the biggest upset in NBA playoff history! I knew the Warriors matched up well against the #1-seeded Mavs, but I didn’t realize they would play so well. I am so happy for the Warriors and the Bay Area. It’s been a long time for Golden State, but they have come back with a bang. It was also unbelievable to watch Baron Davis dominate on one leg after straining his hamstring in the first quarter and Stephen Jackson’s onslaught of 3′s. With the Lakers and Mavericks out, I don’t know who to root against!
We have made it to Ashland, Oregon on the drive from Seattle to Palo Alto. Ashland is known for its Shakespeare Festival during the summer. We are about 14 miles from the California border. It’s unseasonably cold around here with rain showers and a chilly wind. The drive was through some nice countryside and we ate some tasty teryaki and sushi this evening. Tomorrow the plan is get an early start and make it to Stanford in time for the Cinco de Mayo celebration around 2-3 pm.
Today I bought some new skis! It’s been over seven years and I thought it was time for an update. I was looking to purchase skis in May because now is when the price on last years models is reduced resulting in some amazing sales. Thus, even though I won’t be using these skis for about eight months, I was thinking discount. I think I achieved my goal and ended up getting the skis for about 1/3 of original retail price. I also got a discount on the bindings that go with the skis and the whole package was a great deal. The skis I ended up getting are pair of Atomic skis that are classified as advanced all-mountain. I am excited to test them out next winter on the slopes!
Otherwise, today was spent packing up for the long drive from Sammamish to Palo Alto which will commence tomorrow morning. The plan is to drive to at least Medford, Oregon. It was nice to be rest at home for one day and I am excited to visit my sister in Pacific Grove this weekend and start work next week!
NBA: So the Spurs were the first to advance in the West and will likely meet the Suns. Meanwhile, the Warriors fell apart in the closing stages of yesterday’s game against the Mavs. Everybody says the pressure is now on the Warriors, but they got to close all of that out. In reality, the pressure is still on the #1 seeded Mavs. I think everybody expects them to go ahead and win the series out and stave off the epic upset. I believe in the Warriors and hope they will come back focused and intense at home.
The big final is tomorrow morning at 8:30 am. It will all be over at 12:30 pm tomorrow. I plan on giving my brain a break for a few days :)
Yesterday I went to a track meet at Stanford and watched my friend from Rice compete in the 5k. I also saw Mircea Bogdan (formely of UTEP) run an 8:23 steeplechase (the A standard for the Beijing Olympics). He represents Romania. It’s pretty cool to think I raced against him, even though I wasn’t close from the start.
NBA: Wow, what a great game last night between the Warriors and Mavs. The Warriors came through, but it was a nail biter. Now that Dallas is in a must-win situation, they are going to give everything they have. The Warriors are going to have to match that intensity and give everything they got if they want to close-out the series.
Exercise: I did a little bit of my own running today to break up the studying. I hit the Oak Creek loop for a 48 minute run and felt pretty good.
More studying and more NBA basically sums it up for me! Some more review today and tomorrow and then it’s exam time. The end is drawing near and I am ready to take the exam. After the exam, it becomes a busy week as I fly home the same day (Tuesday), pack up on Wednesday, and then drive a car down here for the summer on Thursday and Friday. I’ll be with my mom, so the drive should not be too arduous. A quick move to my summer apartment is followed by a trip to visit my sister in her new Victorian house (a historical site) in Pacific Grove (near Monterey) over the weekend. Finally, I start work on May 7th. The rest of the summer promises to be packed with firm events, climbs of Shasta and the high Sierra, and other fun! Whew, I am pumped :)
NBA: Steve Nash came through with an amazing performance today posting 23 assists. The most amazing part of it is that Phoenix did not shoot that well. If they had been knocking down more shots, he could have had 30+ assists! Tonight the Warriors meet the Mavericks for game four. The Mavs are going to come out swinging hard. I hope the Warriors can match the intensity and make it a fight, and who knows, maybe the Warriors will surprise again…
Exercise: What a beautiful day for a run. After a scorchers on Friday and Saturday, it has cooled into the upper 60′s making for some comfortable conditions. I took advantage and ran the dish. Total run time was 47 minutes and I felt good.
I am in full-on studying mode for my final on Tuesday. I’ll be happy on Tuesday at 12:30 pm when it will be over. The plan today is to study some more and then watch some NBA this evening.
The Warriors played a great game yesterday defeating the #1-seeded Mavs for the second time, and taking a 2-1 lead in the series. This sets the stage for the super-important 4th game of the series, where the Wariors have the opporutnity to take a 3-1 series lead if they stay focused and overcome the odds stacked heavily against them. Go Warriors!!!