What is it about the Range of Light that some people find so irresistible? Like any other alpine mountain range, the High Sierra is a land of extremes. Cowboy camping above the trees and under a blanket of stars happens all the time. But two of the most violent storms I've ever been part of have also happened here in the Sierra. Soft easy to follow trails through forest and meadow are often complimented by endless scree and rock hopping. To know these mountains well, you will certainly get a dose both the arduous and the sublime. Long, cold nights in the fall or short nights and hot days in early summer - it's all part of the package.
I can only answer for myself. After all these years, being there appears to be the only thing I want to do with my vacation time. That might be saying alot since I live in New Hampshire.
This website is by no means a comprehensive guide to all things Sierra. There are other websutes more qualified to wear that label. My hope is that the content here may be of some service to people who are interested in exploring and climbing in the High Sierra and might find that book marking this site will add to their knowledge of what's possible.
The ESA Gallery contains 2291 images . You can access on them in a number of ways. There is:
an interactive Image Map
a Flickr like list of Albums
a search page with tag cloud
a list of peaks climbed and
a simple linked Chronology accordian by year.
Some albums have a link to a map that shows campsite locations and if applicable, a fairly accurate overlay of cross country travel.