There are several reasons that I sometimes post outdoor pictures here. First, I like pretty things and hope that other people do as well. Second, it seems reasonable to break up an otherwise monotonous flow of picture-free text about undefined behavior and compiler bugs. Third, I’m not above doing a bit of not-subtle PR work for Utah, which has an image problem. Generally speaking I don’t care (in fact, the porcupine effect benefits all of us who live here) but it rubs me the wrong way when we have a hard time recruiting grad students and faculty. Think about it folks: if you live here you can hike or ski in mountains like this every single day before or after work. Utah CS will be recruiting faculty (and, of course, grad students) this year. Everyone has to make their own work/life tradeoff, but for a lot of us who live here these mountains and deserts make a big difference in quality of life.
These pictures are from a not-quite-successful climb of White Baldy, considered to be one of the hardest 11,000 foot (3350 m) peaks in the Wasatch. Unsuccessful since I chickened out just under the summit due to scary scrambling. I probably would have been fine with it if I hadn’t been hiking alone and if I were in a bit better shape.