We started downhill at 7:18 am but took a long break in the rest room. While going down we took the Ohlone trail. The plan was Shahriar and Tanjeem will do 2 consecutive pick summits to test their endurance while I will go back after 1. I believe this hike was a confidence booster for all of us and a good start of a team work. Although every year 30,000 people go to Mount Whitney trail, only 10,000 people make it to the top. Despite a statistical probability of 1 out of every 3 person ascending the summit of Mount Whitney, we decided we will go as a team - and either we all 3 will make it or none of us will make it. Also the weather at early June will take a big role in our success. I never had lack of confidence once I really started hiking and I feel that Shahriar and Tanjeem are equally confident after their consecutive summits of Mission Peak at a single attempt. However, it's not easy and it's really a hard test of endurance. Just to give you a few idea, the single day hike we will be doing will involve starting at 8330 feet and ending up at 14505 feet in a 15/16 hours of hike that we will start at 2 AM and plan to finish by evening. The high altitude and ascending more than 6100 feet at one shot makes lot of people uncomfortable enough if not sick to return back before reaching the peak.
I have read the above book twice already and will come up with a minute by minute plan like I did for Half Dome and update this entry. So check back my blog within a few days soon.
In between I have gone through a series of extra spendings recently including 15,000 car servicing for my Accord, purchasing new glass and a second HDTV for bedroom. At this moment couple of guys from Sears came to clean our Sofa and carpets, so utilizing the time to prepare this blog entry.
Yesterday Salesforce.com IT Department arranged the Iron Man 2 movie show for all of us in AMC Theater of San Francisco. The movie is full of fight and animation as I expected and ok to watch once.