Sunday, August 12, 2007


The summer has been an interesting one. The family went away for three weeks to visit the inlaws in Ojai CA and I joined for the last week. You know what? I worked more! Not anything else that exciting. I saw Harry Potter (good) and Transformers (awesome). By the second week though, I missed the fam. I found myself working, and when not working, looking around the silent empty house and thinking, "what now?"

So, I went hiking. I bought a new 4300 cubic inch pack, a Gregory Baltoro from EMS (I had a gift certificate). I packed it with all of my climbing stuff, added a 10 pound weight and the occassional full CamelBack, and started hiking all of the hills I could find. Routinely, I am now hiking 1-2 hours with at least a 30 pound pack. I wish I could find more elevation, but I live in CT. Not horrible, but no 4,000 mountains either.

My new promise to myself is that any indoor exercize, including stairmaster and treadmill, I now do wearing 30 pounds on my back.

Other thoughts? Very excited about the football season, go CHARGERS!!!! Very excited about what the Yankees are doing, GO YANKEES!!!!!! and having a lot of fun with the family.

Ta Ta


Anonymous said...

Just catching up on your quest. Good choice to go with AAI on Baker. I was with them on their Alpinism class on Baker in late June. First class group. I don't know what Sept will be like, but three days should be plenty of time to get the job done.

Preperation - A stairmaster several times a week is good. Also hiking with about 30 lbs. in pack at least once a week. More if you have time.

Burt Rosen said...

Thanks for the feedback. I am using a 40 lb pack, trying to do a 2 hour hike once or twice a week and stairmaster. Are you still climbing?

Climbing Mt. Baker

Slideshow of Mt Washington Climb

Recording about the Mt. Washington and New Hampshire Trip - 2/11/07

6 Minutes of Video of the Mt Washington Climb 2-11-07

This is long but will give you a feeling for the climb on Sunday.