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

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 2335 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.