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Mono Lake Basin, Dusk

MonoBasinDusk2006|10|08: Mono Basin, Dusk. October 8, 2006. © "copyright g dan mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: mono lake basin sierra nevada conway summit yellow aspens lee vining mono craters sunset dusk california color photograph

Mono Lake Basin, Dusk. October 8, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)



November 19, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mono Lake Basin, Dusk

Bay Area Turkey Day Hike: Mission Peak

Tom Mangan at Two-Heel Drive (Why do I keep typing “to hell drive”… ? ;-) has suggested a Thanksgiving morning hike to the summit of Mission Peak. At my perverse suggestion, he has agreed to make it a sunrise hike, meaning we’ll start very early, but if the weather cooperates we’ll be rewarded with a stunning sunrise view. The details, including any updates, are posted at Tom’s site.

Bay Area hikers are welcome to join us. We’ll meet at the Stanford trailhead and start up the trail at 5:30 a.m. – Tom says this will get us to the summit in time for the 6:55 a.m. sunrise. (Slow hikers, those carrying large packs, and those who want to watch pre-dawn light may want to start a few minutes earlier.)

This is not an organized, sponsored hike so everyone is on his or her own. Based on my previous hikes at Mission Peak, here are a few random suggestions and observations:

  • The small parking lot at the trailhead often is full. Do not park in the dirt areas along the road below the park gate – you’ll get an expensive ticket. Instead go back down to the first paved cross street and park there.
  • Bring a headlamp – it is still very dark at 5:30! And there are cattle on the trail, if you get my drift… or, er, squish.
  • Be prepared for weather. It will likely be cold this early and it can be windy on the summit. If it rains… all bets are off.
  • Bring water and a snack.

And the best thing – besides meeting a few Bay Area outdoor bloggers – is that you’ll have a great story to tell at your Thanksgiving dinner, and you’ll feel less guilty about eating all that food.


November 19, 2006 Posted by | Events | Comments Off on Bay Area Turkey Day Hike: Mission Peak

Autumn Backpacking Near Saddlebag Lakes

OwenSaddlebag2006|10|07: Owen Lee at Saddlebag Lake. Sierra Nevada. October 7, 2006. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: owen lee hiker backpacker fall sierra nevada mountains clouds yellow gold color saddlebag lake california color photograph

Owen Lee at Saddlebag Lake. Sierra Nevada. October 7, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

A photo taken near the start of the Talusdancers annual Last Pack Trip of the season, often in the Yosemite high country but this year just outside the park. These colors and this weather are part of what is so appealing about this tail end of the season.

One sort of funny story from the start of the trip: We arrived at the trailhead at Saddlebag Lake got out our packs to take care of the usual final organizing/loading before hitting the trail. As we finished, one of us asked the other, “Should we go ahead and start hiking now or wait for the snow to stop?”

November 19, 2006 Posted by | Sierra Nevada | Comments Off on Autumn Backpacking Near Saddlebag Lakes


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