Author: valerauko

Onto the glacier

Pretty tough and long hike. Loose rocks all the way made it really exhausting. The Sherpas were of course moving really quick, so I felt pretty drained when we stopped for lunch.


Reaching shade

20km or so trek to Paju camp (about 3300m). Only 200m gain, but lots of up-the-cliff down-to-the-river all day so my watch was saying 700m climb total.


The Drive

Had a huge breakfast at the hotel since we were up to a 6-7 hour drive.


Skardu here I come

After ten hours at Doha airport I mostly spent just walking around aimlessly, it was time to now fly to Islamabad. The flight wasn’t long, but it was just long enough to both have a short nap and watch The Matrix: Resurrections. I’d probably need to watch that movie like two more times to be able to form a coherent opinion on it.

Getting through border control was much smoother than I expected. They just asked a few questions to see if I get too stressed out, kinda how Americans do it too. All my baggage arrived in one piece too, so shortly I was on my way to my hotel for the night. A night much shorter than I’d like… Since my flight on to Skardu was at 6am in the morning, it meant I could only get 4-5 hours of sleep, and while a shower helped get in the mood, I still kept waking up every half an hour from weird dreams in a panic that I overslept.


Halfway there

Ten hours transit at Doha airport. Sleeping is always an option, though with these time differences I’m not sure it’s a good idea. The airport is crowded (and of course about half the people don’t care about the mask requirement) so finding an open seat near a power outlet was a challenge. But at least there’s this weird yellow lamp-bear thing.


The visa ordeal

I’ve been planning an expedition to Broad Peak and K2 for almost two years now. At first the plan was to climb last summer, but then covid ruined that. The expedition was then rescheduled to this summer, while last summer I visited Denali instead. However my departure to Pakistan faced some unexpected obstacles.

In flight towards Denali

のこぎりひので

大型遠征が近づくと、体力を整えるためにトレーニングで行く登山の時間も伸びるが、毎週毎週同じ道歩くのも飽きる。御岳から名栗湖に抜けるルートは楽しいが、代替もほしいので今度は奥多摩から鋸山、大岳山、御岳山と日の出山を超えるルートを試してみた最初行ったときは逆方向で御岳から登ったが、日の出山から下るようにすることで終わったらつるつる温泉に入れるのでありがたい。


最近の発見

ここ何年もずっと同じところに住んでるけど、ここ最近でした発見が2件もあって、いつでも世界は新しい情報を渡してくれるなと思った。

まずは近くの高台から空気が澄んだ日の夕焼けの逆行で富士山(の輪郭)が見える。山頂の方しか見えないから、想像するような富士山じゃなく「えっそんなに山頂平だっけ?」と思いそうになるような富士山(案外平です)。その形状だから最初に見たときに目を疑ったけど方向と剣ヶ峰の尖りで間違いない。

そして背景(西方面)が曇っていると逆に田無タワーがはっきり見えることも最近の発見。前職でよく青梅街道の西遊記運転していつも前方の田無タワーが印象的だったが、住宅街からは普段見えない。ただしある(朝のジョギングで毎日のように通る)橋から見るとちょうど見える。最初気づいたのは(同じ方向に高圧電線も見えるから)形じゃなくその頂点の白いライトで、そこからよく見ると実は田無タワーの特徴的なあの形がお見え。

こうしてウン年住んでもまだ新しい発見があるから、新しいこと探す目を失わないようにね…


棒が折れた

御嶽駅から惣岳山超えて岩茸石山を往復するのは定番のトレーニングルート。往復で3時間ちょいで始発で行くなら午前中に家に帰れる半日の計画。一方で電車の方も同じぐらいの時間がかかってちょっともったいないの気持ちにもなる。それと、大型遠征が近づくとトレーニングで動きたい時間も長くなるから3時間じゃ足りない。新穂高から西穂か槍行く手はあるが、金銭的に東京周辺がありがたい。時間的に雲取山も選択肢に入るが、そこはあまりにもルートがおもしろくなくて毎週のようには行きたくない。岩茸石山のルートでずっと気になってた「関東ふれあいの道」を調べたらひらめいた。


Adding Grafana annotations based on Argo CD events

I was thinking about how nice it would be if I could see on my main Grafana dashboard (the only one I use at this point actually) when there are new versions of something deployed. This way if by chance there is a problem with something afterwards I can see at a glance what could have gone wrong. Also I really like just looking at that Grafana dashboard and see that everything is alive and well. (Except when it isn’t.)

The Grafana chart was upgraded! Nice CPU burn…