Hot sunny California
Great day mountain biking with my friend and climbing teammate Mike Chapman. We climbed Cho Oyu in Tibet (2008) and Everest (2010). Mike picked me up Monday morning at Steve Sideroff’s house in Santa Monica, loaned me one of his bikes and we hit his favorite hills in Orange County. Keeping our eyes peeled for mountain lions and rattlesnakes, we snaked up Black Star Canyon several thousand feet to the look-out. What a view. Barren country, totally different then I’m used to, but I loved it.
Really special to get together with a guy you spent months with climbing mountains half way around the world. Later that day we drove down to Huntington Beach to visit another teammate from Cho Oyu and Everest John Dahlem. John is the only guy I know who has done the 7 Summits and last degree of both poles. He has gained the distinction of “Grand Slam”.