Sierra Serenity

In June I went to the eastern Sierra with a few friends. For part of our time we did an overnight trip to a high basin in the John Muir Wilderness. While we were there, cold front moved through with strong winds and a slight flurry of snow.

During the Afternoon Storm
After the Storm
Sierra Serenity – The next morning we had clear skies at sunrise.

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Elderberry Canyon

In my ski mountaineering days, I used to drive past this mountain and wonder about skiing down the long slope in the canyon you see on its face. When I learned that a Sierra club group planned a ski this, I joined the outing. We started the ascent below snow level, carrying skis on packs. When we reached snow, we put on our skis and skinned up the canyon to just below the peak wall. We didn’t go to the peak which would have been too extreme. We skied the canyon. For me it was lots of “kick turns” and falls. 

Elevation: 13,652′
Before Sunrise
First Rays of the Day

Later in the morning I went scouting for sunrise photo compositions along the creek near this white bridge for another day. Most of the grasses and shrubs were covered with frost.

White Bridge

Please leave a comment if you like what you see.

These photos are included here, same album as posted the previous week.