Backcountry Sights Photos and stories from the outdoors Tue, 20 Sep 2022 04:54:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Backcountry Sights 32 32 Storms at Temple Crag Fri, 09 Sep 2022 19:00:00 +0000 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 Sat, 27 Aug 2022 19:00:00 +0000 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 Fri, 29 Jul 2022 19:00:00 +0000 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 Thu, 28 Jul 2022 19:00:00 +0000 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 Tue, 26 Jul 2022 19:00:00 +0000 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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Mount Jefferson Sun, 24 Jul 2022 19:00:00 +0000 Mount Jefferson is the most technical peak I’ve climbed to date, with sections of class 2 talus hopping, class 3 and 4 scrambling, and steep (~ 60 deg) alpine ice climbing. I joined Craig, Linda, Andrew R., and Dagmar for this adventure on days two and three of the Oregon peak-bagging trip. Trip Planning Specs: […]

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Mount Washington and Black Butte Sat, 23 Jul 2022 19:00:00 +0000 Several months ago Craig invited me to join him and several others to climb a bunch of the volcanoes in the Oregon Cascades. As soon as I was confident I could take off from work, I excitedly accepted his invitation. Most of the peaks involve some technical travel, either class 5 rock climbing or steep […]

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McGee Creek Weekend Adventure Fri, 17 Jun 2022 19:00:00 +0000 I cannot recommend hiking and backpacking in this canyon enough. It is absolutely gorgeous and a much gentler climb than many eastern Sierra trailheads. This was my first trip on the McGee Pass Trail and it did not disappoint! I saw thousands of wildflowers, climbed some spectacular peaks, and enjoyed relaxing beside the alpine lakes. […]

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Miter Basin Backpacking Loop Fri, 03 Jun 2022 19:00:00 +0000 Every year, Diane, Daniel, Josh, and I meet up for a backpacking trip. Diane and Daniel took the lead on planning this year and put together an awesome weekend loop in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains that includes the Cottonwood Lakes area and some gorgeous cross-country hiking through Miter Basin. Unfortunately, Josh wasn’t able to […]

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Miter Basin 5-Peak Challenge Sat, 28 May 2022 19:00:00 +0000 This weekend I planned an ambitious itinerary to climb five peaks in the Miter Basin area (just south of Mt. Whitney). Four of the five (Joe Devel, Pickering, Newcomb, and Chamberlin) are located on a U-shaped ridge overlooking the Perrin Creek drainage and are only about a mile from one another. The fifth peak, Mt. […]

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