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montanablur June 2nd, 2008 01:06 PM

Hwy 395 and some odd side roads...
 
It was a simple plan really, run up to Yosemite for some spring climbing. This would have been easily accomplished if I just took the short route through that embarrassing pit of land known as the San Joaquin Valley. The 395 is a great highway just after it hits the 14 and it had been a year or so since I made the drive through Owens Valley, one of the deepest in the U.S.






It's a different kind of desert in the northern Mojave, a lot of abandoned settlements and businesses in ruin. Similar to the apocalyptic feel of the desert near the Salton Sea.



The first night was spent in the shadow of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48.




I spent the better part of the next day in no hurry to get up to Yosemite as reports of snow came over the 2 meter, instead exploring the base of Whitney around Movie Road.




By afternoon I had found out Tioga Pass was closed while refueling in Bishop, so I stopped in the BLM office to see what my options were. The nice guy behind the counter was very good at trying to dissuade me from going above 7,000 feet, where the snow would be impassable. Here I am at 8,000 feet and not a sign of snow... Government workers.





This camp was such a change of place compared to all the desert camping I had been doing. It had Aspen trees, meadows and a babbling brook...


But man was it cold... I shot this of my friend at first light, my lens immediately fogged over as I took the shot and decided I would stay in my bag, even if I did miss out on the sunrise shots...


The Buttermilks were close by and a few thousand feet lower so we headed down for some bouldering and scrambling over rocks. Hardly Yosemite, but it would have to do for now.




Adios for now...

traveltoad June 2nd, 2008 01:27 PM

Once again.... damn nice photgraphs. (I dare not call them "pics".)

greghirst June 2nd, 2008 02:37 PM

Once again-beautiful.

montanablur June 2nd, 2008 03:01 PM

Thanks guys...

With all that Utah business I kind of forgot what's in my own backyard... I think a big part of this summer will be spent checking out the Southern Sierras and the Eastern Sierras... Something about camping next to the stream really made me want to get back up into the mountains.

JSQ June 2nd, 2008 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by montanablur



Sharma's highball on the boulder on the left is sick.
Like, Fred Nicole sick.

montanablur June 3rd, 2008 09:24 AM

I think you have the Buttermilks confused with the Alabama Hills. Sharma's highballs were just outside of Bishop in the 'Milks not outside of Lone Pine in the Hills. The Hills are a crumbly pile of decomposed granite.

JSQ June 3rd, 2008 10:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by montanablur
I think you have the Buttermilks confused with the Alabama Hills. Sharma's highballs were just outside of Bishop in the 'Milks not outside of Lone Pine in the Hills. The Hills are a crumbly pile of decomposed granite.



You're right, I thought that pic was from the Buttermilks.

This is the Sharma problem I was thinking of:


kellymoe June 3rd, 2008 10:19 AM

Outsatnding shots as usual Sinuhe.
I did a 50k trail run in Bishop several years ago and I remeber running through an area at the base of Mt. Tom that looked a lot like the pictures you have of the stream camp spot. Is that area at the base of Mt Tom?

montanablur June 4th, 2008 03:10 PM

I'm not sure... It was Southwest of the Buttermilks... There is a long loop road that has a bunch of spurs...

montanablur June 4th, 2008 03:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JSQ
You're right, I thought that pic was from the Buttermilks.

This is the Sharma problem I was thinking of:



That guy is not human.

kellymoe June 4th, 2008 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by montanablur
I'm not sure... It was Southwest of the Buttermilks... There is a long loop road that has a bunch of spurs...


I guess that was a stupid question. Just about everything West of Bishop is at the base of Mt Tom now that I think about it.


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