Taking the high trail to Bullfrog Lake in May ~ 2015
Evening Reflection Lake ~ 2015
Early morning start for McGee Pass ~ 2017
Fall color in Darwin Canyon ~ 2016
Storm front from Onion Valley Road ~ 2018
Palisade Basin on the way to Potluck Pass ~ 2013
Late day view of lower Sawmill Canyon ~ 2014
Looking down at the jct of the Lyell Fork and Triple Peak for of the Merced ~ 2016
Climbing on the east face of Abbot ~ 2012
Morning magic on the long but mellow approach to Abbot and Mills ~ 2012
Morning view on the way to Longley Pass ~ 2015
Campsite near Kaweah Gap ~ 2017
Frost Davis Lakes drainage, Ansel Adams Wilderness ~ 2016
Great Western Divide from Upper Kern River Basin ~ 2019
Sunrise Bear Creek Spire ~ 2013
Evening view below Skyhaven ridge from the small tarn above Baker Lake ~ 2015
Bear Paw Lake and Feather Peak at sunset ~ 2012
Late spring sunrise Sawtooth Crest ~ 2012
Glacier Divide from campsite above Mesa Lake ~ 2012
Storm view south of Tuttle Creek ~ 2014
Sunrise Shepherd Creek above Anvil Camp ~ 2019
Red Slate Mt from Dorothy Lake ~ 2018
Storm clearing on the sw side of humphreys ~ 2009
Sunset and tarn north of Shout of Relief Pass ~ 2017
South Fork San Joaquin in Goddard Canyon ~ 2016
Sunset at Kaweah Gap ~ 2017
Tarn near jct of Rock Island and Mule Pass Trails ~ 2018
North side of Haeckel ~ 2012
Mary Erdei bailing on the Williamson Bowl in a white out ~ 1981
Descending northeast peak of Goethe to Alpine Col ~ 2009
Sunrise on the North Face of Gilbert ~ 2012
LeConte Divide - Hutton Peaks and Horseshoe Lake ~ 2019
Fir cone on forest floor ~ 2015
Morning Hell for Sure Pass - Goddard Canyon ~ 2019
Campsite at the top of Cloud Canyon ~ 2015
Evening view of Palisades to Tom Ross from Larmarck Col ~ 1981
Sunset over Thunder on the GWD ~ 2014
Brainard Lake ~ 2015
Sunrise on the East Face of Mt Sill ~ 1979
Lower slopes of the northeast peak of Goethe ~ 2009
Looking down the South Fork of Tuttle Creek after an all night storm ~ 2015
Stormy sunrise on Minaret Crest from Summit Lake ~ 2018
The Fin section of the North Ridge of Lone Pine Peak ~ 2011
Summit Ridge of Tyndall in May ~ 2014
Late afternoon view of Merriam Lake ~ 2012
North Pal, Starllight and Thunderbolt at sunrise ~ 2013
The Pothole - Shepherd Pass Trail ~ 2014
Sunset Davis Lake ~ 2016
Sunrise at New Army Pass ~ 2013
Palisade Glacier from top of Starlight ~ 2018
Sunset Middle and Disappointment from Palisade Lakes ~ 2013
Storm clearing at Trail Lakes ~ 2017
Pourover in Lower Dusy Basin ~ 2013
Evening Kaweah River Valley from Pine Creek ~ 2017
The 2nd chockstone, Humphreys direct approach ~ 2013
Fall sunset on Tyndall ~ 2019
Kaweah Peaks at sunrise ~ 2014
Mart Whiton belaying near the top of the Harding route on Conness ~ 1979
Big granite in Tuttle Creek drainage ~ 2015
Jay Wilson on an attempt at a winter new route on Angels Wings ~ 1981
Lupine in Lone Pine Creek drainage ~ 2014
Chuck Timchalk - Shepherd Crest ~ 2019
North Peak at sunrise ~ 2019
Sunset hikers Darwin Canyon ~ 2016
Rob Garneau on the long approach to Dade's North Face ~ 2011
Northern Palisades - Sill to Winchell from Baker Lake Trail ~ 2015
Ritter Range and Minarets from Bench Canyon ~ 2016
Stormy monring at Panther Gap ~ 2015
Campsite at Lower Palisade Lake ~ 2013
Kaweah Peaks from the Tablelands ~ 2015
Late September new snow on Deerhorn ~ 2015
Pine cones in grass ~ 2018
Campsite below New Army Pass near Long Lake ~ 2013
Drainage from Merriam Lake headed for French Canyon ~ 2012
Evening Tablelands Basin ~ 2015
Sunrise view from the north ridge of Lone Pine Peak ~ 2011
Laurel Creek and Red and White Mt ~ 2017
Sunset view from Buck Creek ~ 2017
Morning on north side of Silver Pass ~ 2017
North side of Whitney from Russell ~ 2014
Upper Twin Island Lake ~ 2016
Mary Erdei on the way to the East Face of Mt Stanford ~ 1979
Sunset LeConte Divide from Six Shooter Lake ~ 2019
Sunrise from lower Lamarck Lake ~ 2012
May view of Stanford, Deerhorn and Vidette peak from Kearsarge Pass ~ 2015
Sunset over the Big Arroyo ~ 2017
Steel bridge over South Fork of San Joaquin River ~ 2016
Sunset at piute lakes ~ 2009
Brief storm clearing in the South Fork of Tuttle Creek ~ 2015
Spring time approach to University NW Face ~ 2014
Basin at the head of the North Fork of San Joaquin River ~ 2016
Magee Pass Trail above Big Magee Lake ~ 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 2870 images gathered over many day trips and 159 nights out in the backcountry.

You can access on them in a number of ways. There is:

an interactive Image Map
a Flickr like list of Albums
a linked timeine of climbs by year.
a list of peaks climbed and
a search page with tag cloud

Some albums have a link to a map that shows campsite locations and if applicable, a fairly accurate overlay of cross country travel.