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East Side Adventures A collection of backcountry adventures in the Range of Light
Basin at the head of the North Fork of San Joaquin River ~ 2016
Drainage from Merriam Lake headed for French Canyon ~ 2012
Mary Erdei bailing on the Williamson Bowl in a white out ~ 1981
Stormy sunrise on Minaret Crest from Summit Lake ~ 2018
Sunrise from lower Lamarck Lake ~ 2012
Mary Erdei on the way to the East Face of Mt Stanford ~ 1979
Lupine in Lone Pine Creek drainage ~ 2014
Sunrise on the East Face of Mt Sill ~ 1979
Palisade Glacier from top of Starlight ~ 2018
Descending northeast peak of Goethe to Alpine Col ~ 2009
Storm front from Onion Valley Road ~ 2018
The Fin section of the North Ridge of Lone Pine Peak ~ 2011
Sunset Middle and Disappointment from Palisade Lakes ~ 2013
Late afternoon view of Merriam Lake ~ 2012
Evening view below Skyhaven ridge from the small tarn above Baker Lake ~ 2015
Sunset view from Buck Creek ~ 2017
The Pothole - Shepherd Pass Trail ~ 2014
North side of Haeckel ~ 2012
Sunrise Bear Creek Spire ~ 2013
Glacier Divide from campsite above Mesa Lake ~ 2012
Brief storm clearing in the South Fork of Tuttle Creek ~ 2015
Campsite at Lower Palisade Lake ~ 2013
Campsite near Kaweah Gap ~ 2017
Northern Palisades - Sill to Winchell from Baker Lake Trail ~ 2015
Sunset at Kaweah Gap ~ 2017
Sunset and tarn north of Shout of Relief Pass ~ 2017
Laurel Creek and Red and White Mt ~ 2017
Morning magic on the long but mellow approach to Abbot and Mills ~ 2012
Sunrise view from the north ridge of Lone Pine Peak ~ 2011
Stormy monring at Panther Gap ~ 2015
Campsite at the top of Cloud Canyon ~ 2015
Jay Wilson on an attempt at a winter new route on Angels Wings ~ 1981
Climbing on the east face of Abbot ~ 2012
Late spring sunrise Sawtooth Crest ~ 2012
Palisade Basin on the way to Potluck Pass ~ 2013
Early morning start for McGee Pass ~ 2017
Brainard Lake ~ 2015
Kaweah Peaks from the Tablelands ~ 2015
Ritter Range and Minarets from Bench Canyon ~ 2016
Mart Whiton belaying near the top of the Harding route on Conness ~ 1979
Lower slopes of the northeast peak of Goethe ~ 2009
Red Slate Mt from Dorothy Lake ~ 2018
Tarn near jct of Rock Island and Mule Pass Trails ~ 2018
Evening Tablelands Basin ~ 2015
Spring time approach to University NW Face ~ 2014
Pourover in Lower Dusy Basin ~ 2013
Bear Paw Lake and Feather Peak at sunset ~ 2012
North side of Whitney from Russell ~ 2014
Sunset hikers Darwin Canyon ~ 2016
Morning on north side of Silver Pass ~ 2017
Sunset over the Big Arroyo ~ 2017
Big granite in Tuttle Creek drainage ~ 2015
Sunset at piute lakes ~ 2009
Pine cones in grass ~ 2018
Frost Davis Lakes drainage, Ansel Adams Wilderness ~ 2016
Sunrise at New Army Pass ~ 2013
Fir cone on forest floor ~ 2015
North Pal, Starllight and Thunderbolt at sunrise ~ 2013
Fall color in Darwin Canyon ~ 2016
Steel bridge over South Fork of San Joaquin River ~ 2016
Sunset Davis Lake ~ 2016
Sunset over Thunder on the GWD ~ 2014
Storm view south of Tuttle Creek ~ 2014
Campsite below New Army Pass near Long Lake ~ 2013
The 2nd chockstone, Humphreys direct approach ~ 2013
Looking down the South Fork of Tuttle Creek after an all night storm ~ 2015
Rob Garneau on the long approach to Dade's North Face ~ 2011
Sunrise on the North Face of Gilbert ~ 2012
Evening view of Palisades to Tom Ross from Larmarck Col ~ 1981
Late day view of lower Sawmill Canyon ~ 2014
Storm clearing on the sw side of humphreys ~ 2009
Upper Twin Island Lake ~ 2016
Storm clearing at Trail Lakes ~ 2017

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, but 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 websites 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 2550 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.