Peaks near Lake TahoePeaks near Tahoe, Nov. 2008

I once asked Fedak what he did for a living; he replied in English, the words all recognizable, but I have no idea what the hell it was. But it was something in high-tech, where business sucks this summer, so John’s renting a place up near Lake Tahoe and trekking the season away till business picks up.

A visit to his home page shows he’s been putting in major miles above the tree line.

There are many, many more. John tells me he’s bagged 15 summits on the Sierra Club Tahoe OGUL List of nearby peaks. (Ogul is a Washoe Indian word for a bighorn mountain sheep now extinct).

I’m thinking if I were him I’d be rooting for hard times to last a long time.