Backcountry Sights https://backcountrysights.com/ Photos and stories from the outdoors Sat, 17 Dec 2022 01:16:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://backcountrysights.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cropped-favicon-1-200x200.png Backcountry Sights https://backcountrysights.com/ 32 32 San Bernardino Peak Divide https://backcountrysights.com/san-bernardino-peak-divide/ https://backcountrysights.com/san-bernardino-peak-divide/#respond Sun, 27 Nov 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=13631 Winter has unofficially arrived in Los Angeles! The taller local mountains are holding snow, the trees are all turning colors and shedding leaves, and it’s been perfect hiking weather. This weekend I broke out the winter hiking gear and spent a day traipsing through the snow in the San Bernardino Mountains. My excuse for the […]

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San Jacinto Sub-Peaks https://backcountrysights.com/san-jacinto-sub-peaks/ https://backcountrysights.com/san-jacinto-sub-peaks/#comments Sat, 05 Nov 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=13583 With snow already falling in the Sierra Nevada and temperatures dipping into the “chilly” range here in LA, it’s time to get back to hiking in the local mountains! This weekend I spent a day bushwhacking through the San Jacinto Wilderness to visit a string of peaks on the Sierra Club’s “Hundred Peaks Section” list. […]

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Mount Sill https://backcountrysights.com/mount-sill/ https://backcountrysights.com/mount-sill/#respond Fri, 07 Oct 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=13425 Last year I managed to climb 8 of the 11 mountains in California that are taller than 14,000 feet. Naturally, I’m eager to climb the last three and on this trip I planned to climb two of them: Mount Sill (Nee-na-mee-shee, “guardian of the valley,” sacred to the Paiutes) and North Palisade. Both are semi-technical […]

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Mount Humphreys via East Arête https://backcountrysights.com/mount-humphreys-via-east-arete/ https://backcountrysights.com/mount-humphreys-via-east-arete/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=13380 I’ve been meaning to meet up and do some climbing with my friend John since I moved to California a few years ago. We finally made it happen this weekend with a day trip up the East Arête of Mount Humphreys! This is only the third technical alpine climb I’ve completed, so I was happy […]

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Virginia, Twin, and Eagle Peaks https://backcountrysights.com/virginia-twin-and-eagle-peaks/ https://backcountrysights.com/virginia-twin-and-eagle-peaks/#respond Sat, 24 Sep 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=13377 “Peak baggers”, i.e., people who set out to climb a lot of mountains, frequently group mountains into lists so that they can track their progress. Some lists group peaks by mountain range (e.g., the Sierra Peaks Section list) and others collect them by prominence, isolation, or altitude. This weekend I joined Craig, Andrew, and Dagmar […]

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Storms at Temple Crag https://backcountrysights.com/storms-at-temple-crag/ https://backcountrysights.com/storms-at-temple-crag/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=13336 The past month my work schedule has been incredibly uncertain. So when I had some assurances that my presence would not be required this weekend, I snatched a walk-up permit for the South Fork of Big Pine Creek in Inyo National Forest. Besides wanting to get away from town for a change, I was desperate […]

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University Peak https://backcountrysights.com/university-peak/ https://backcountrysights.com/university-peak/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=13298 There are five mountains on the Sierra Peaks Section (SPS) list easily accessible from and very close to Onion Valley. I had some free time this weekend so I drove up, slept at the trailhead for acclimation, and spent a day climbing up the tallest of the bunch, University Peak (13,595 ft). Besides the thin […]

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South Sister https://backcountrysights.com/south-sister/ https://backcountrysights.com/south-sister/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=13069 Today is the seventh and final day (for me) of the Oregon peak bagging trip! Craig and I are hiking up South Sister, a technically easy peak but a long walk nonetheless. We’ve already climbed North Sister and Middle Sister; this is number three of three! Trip Planning Specs: 11.8 mi | +/- 5000 ft […]

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Broken Top and Mount Bachelor https://backcountrysights.com/broken-top-and-mount-bachelor/ https://backcountrysights.com/broken-top-and-mount-bachelor/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=13066 Day six of the Oregon peak-bagging trip! After two multi-day trips to climb Mount Jefferson, North Sister, and Middle Sister, Linda, Craig, and I took on some shorter hikes today. The first is Broken Top, a pretty straightforward peak with only a little technical climbing and a gorgeous approach hike. Craig and I also climbed […]

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North and Middle Sisters https://backcountrysights.com/north-and-middle-sisters/ https://backcountrysights.com/north-and-middle-sisters/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=13064 On days four and five of the Oregon peaks trip, Linda, Craig, and I climbed North Sister and Middle Sister. We all expected North Sister to be a fairly difficult peak, but it turned out to be surprisingly straightforward (although horribly loose). Middle Sister was even easier, a nice bonus peak for the trip. Trip […]

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