26 November 2015
Happy Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful meal and a good visit with friends. We are planted here in the Mojave Desert until February, when we depart for New Zealand and Australia (Tasmania!) in February. Lots to do between now and then.
Bob and I went walking in the Rademacher Hills last week. I am reminded that as a flatlander in Oregon, starting from 2000+ feet elevation and climbing is a challenge. And, I learned once again that picking the (seemingly) less steep path just puts off the steep part until the last. Never mind.
Last weekend we joined the Sierra Club hike to the top of White Peak in the Coso range. This was a cross-country scramble. Every time I do one I say, "Never again!"
We hiked south for a while, then headed up a rocky slope to the ridge. I was fine with the steep stuff ... until the mix of rocks and scrabble. In the end I folded up my hiking sticks and "spidered" up the really steep hill, using hands and feet.
On the ridge top, I felt fine, but decided to forgo the final 300 ft. climb to the summit. The pictures are taken from the saddle below the peak. I am definitely in better shape than in previous years, so am looking forward to the Grand Canyon trek coming up. We will be at the bottom for 2 days, so time for exploring!