My flickr contact Lady on a Rock (Christy Rosander) took this great panorama with a GoPro Hero 3 camera. I think it turned out quite well and gives a great sense of the exposure on that ridge which as I remember is significant (I was there over 30 years ago).
I follow her hiking blog (one of the better ones) at Lady on a Rock. Here’s her post on her Mt. Russell climb: Climbing Mount Russell: The Beast.
Christy isn’t a climber and Mt. Russell doesn’t involve roped climbing, but traversing that exposed ridge to get to the summit is quite an amazing feat as you can see in her images of the hike. Mt. Russell is just north of Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the “lower 48” and both Russell and Whitney are over 13,000 feet which means you really feel it when you’re up there.
Christy and her family are extremely strong hikers as you’ll get a sense of in reading through her hiking weblog.
In my youth, I climbed the east face of Mt. Whitney (an easy but long roped climb) and Mt. Russell by the same route Christy took and I remember having an altitude headache for much of the time.
Los Angeles, California. There was some nice light and bokeh behind my glass of Sierra at the Getty Restaurant so the camera had to come out.
While I enjoy the ambiance in that restaurant I got the sense that it’s not doing all that well; unlike other dinner’s we’ve had there, the room was far from full. Still, it’s a wonderful place to have dinner watching the sun go down with light streaming in through glassware, camera at the ready.
New York City. After delivering a musical instrument I sold on eBay the day before (my first eBay sale) and making the buyer extremely happy with the hand delivery which made me happy, it was beer time.
My friend had a Guinness and unfortunately I blew that shot. I was going to have a black and tan (Guinness poured over Bass) which would have been extremely photogenic but decided to whimp out and have my standard Sierra Nevada which, on tap, is darn good beer.
It’s rare to actually meet up with people you do business with on eBay, maybe even potentially weirder or riskier than many flickr meetups. However, in this case, the buyer sensed that I was safe and decent and I sensed the same about him. I’m sure things don’t always work out this way but it gives me hope for the world that sometimes they do.
Ice water: a useful beer and dinner "chaser."