Friday, September 4, 2015

Climbing in California - Aug 2015

It was an awesome trip. Good learning experience. Many firsts. Some mega classics. Some long alpine routes. A few fun multi-pitches. All in all just fantastic trip!

The photos posted below are taken by many people I climbed with over a period of few weeks in California - Sunny Jamshedji, Prajakta Korde, Oskar Waldemarsson, & Devin Waugh. Here they are ...

Cathedral peak & Eichorn pinnacle








Fairview dome







Palisades: Temple Crag & Mt. Sill



















Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The colors of San Francisco

If you are in the San Francisco for a week or more and really want to experience the city at leisure forget cars and take any of the public transit services (BART, MUNI), or better rent a bike, or even better walk!

There is nothing like walking the streets of San Francisco untethered and unrushed, soaking in the vibrance and liveliness of the colorful city. I had the luxury of staying in the city for more than two weeks and of all the touristy things I did, walking gave me the most unadulterated experience.

I must have walked more than 50 miles on the streets of San Francisco in my two visits there so far. I wish I had my camera lugging around in each of those miles, but for my laziness. However, my mobile did more than a handy job of filling in the void on many occasions. Here are some of those moments.

Tea tasting and Dimsum at Chinatown









Some murals in the city - Balmy alley, Harisson street, Clarion, Mission district.












A few cityscapes from near Pier 1.The walk along the Embarcadero is one of the best walks you can do in the city.