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

What is it about the Range of Light that some people find so irresistible? 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.

One of my recurring fantasies is to live on the east side and spend all my free time exploring this amazing range of mountains. That may happen, who knows. Right now I live at the foot of NH's White Mts, but I find my thoughts always drifting west to the Eastside. I came back to the Sierra late after spending many years climbing and travelling elsewhere: B.C., Wyoming, Montana and Pakistan (to name a few). I don't regret the choices I've made, I just wish I'd come to realize sooner how much I have missed the Sierra.

The ESA Gallery contains 2146 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.