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

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 2407 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.