Friday, February 22, 2019

Mammoth Mountain

So far this season, Mammoth Mountain has received 47 feet of snow. The amount for February is an all-time record. On February 22, 2019, I had the pleasure of skiing at Mammoth in perfect conditions – no wind and perfect snow in bright sunshine. Although, we needed to have extra layers in near zero degrees Fahrenheit. In decades of skiing, this was as good as it gets!

Mammoth Mountain

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Mt. Sherman, Colorado

On August 4, 2018, I had the pleasure of hiking to the top of Mt. Sherman in Colorado. The goal is to start early in the morning, hike up to the top, enjoy the view, meet some other hiking enthusiasts, enjoy camaraderie with friends, and hike back down before the afternoon thunder storms.

Trail at 13,000 feet.
Trail to the top at 14,030 feet.
Top of Mt. Sherman, Colorado.
View from the top.
View towards Fairplay, CO near Breckenridge.
Hiking buddies Brian, Steve, Bob.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Palm Springs Tram Trail

In November, 2017, I hiked 10 miles up the Palm Springs Tram trail. The trailhead is at the back of the Palm Springs Art Museum parking lot at an elevation of 440 ft above sea level. The trail goes up over 8,000 feet to the top of the Tram at 8,516.

I started the hike at 3:30 am to avoid the desert heat at low elevations, and arrived at the top of the Palm Springs Tram at 12:15 pm for lunch and a leisurely ride back down to the valley floor on the Tram.

This is the second time I have made this spectacular hike going from cactus to pine trees. Hope to return many times in the future.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mt. Quandry

Each summer I enjoy hiking to the top of a 14,000+ foot mountain peak in Colorado or California with some hiking buddies who partake in the same sport. We start at 4 am so we can get to the top and back down to the tree line before the afternoon lightening storms. This year we had the pleasure of hiking Mt. Quandary.
Mt. Quandry trail to the top.
Mt. Quandry panoramic view.
View from the top of Mt. Quandry.
Mt. Quandry summit 14,265 feet.
Happy to be at the summit - August 12, 2017.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

6th Annual Dental Student Hiking & Jogging Scholarship

The 6th Annual USC Hiking/Jogging Scholarship was held at Black Star Canyon on September 24, 2016. 200 students, faculty, staff, relatives, and friends took a day away from studies for a day of fun and camaraderie. Students are always thrilled to spend recreational time with our fabulous Dean, Avishai Sadan. The challenge was to hike or jog 8K (5 miles) up the trail in friendly competition, and then a leisurely walk back down for a picnic at the trailhead.