On the High Sierra Route

In August I returned to the Ansel Adams Wilderness for a 3-night/4-day backpacking loop, visiting several high lakes along the Sierra Crest. My favorite Milky Way shot of the previous trip was slightly blurred and I wanted to do better. I returned to the same location for the first night. For the photo below, I took a series of 12 shots for the sky at 11pm. After that, I went back to sleep until 1:30am, at which time I took another shot as the rising crescent moon cast its soft light on the landscape.


The second day took us on cross-country route over two passes and into a wonderful glacial valley filled with cascading waterfalls and late-season flowers.

Morning Bouquet

One of the highlights of the 3rd day was climbing down a challenging pass. Another was approaching this high lake-filled basin (pictured below).

On the Trail

Before leaving on our 4th day, I ventured around the lake looking for photo opportunities. The picture below is a four-photo hand-held panorama stitch.

Granite Peak Reflections

I have many more photos from this trip. Click here to see them.

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

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