Fall colors are well underway in the High Sierra. In the high elevations, the weather is cooler, and fall arrives earlier than at sea level. Here's a little behind the scenes action of a photo that I am currently working on from a backpacking / climbing trip that I was on last week.
Pictured here is my Nikon d810 with 24-70mm f/2.8G lens in front of a bush, turning fall yellow and gold. The prominent peak in the background is Dragon Peak (12,995ft /3961m) and the relatively smaller crag to the right of Dragon Peak is "Dragon Tooth." The day before this photograph was taken, my climbing partners and I attempted to summit Dragon Peak via its class 4 South Ridge route.
Even behind the scenes photographs do not document the full experience of wilderness landscape photography. To get to this location, I had to hike 3.5 miles with over 2000 feet of elevation gain with a 50 pound pack--full of backpacking, climbing, and photography equipment. Much of the trail on this approach was ill-defined and involved a lot of class 2 cross-country to establish basecamp at about 11,200 feet near this unnamed alpine lake surrounded by towering 13,000 foot peaks.
On the morning of this shot, I had to get out of my tent, ignore the pounding headache and nausea that accompanies altitude sickness, the near freezing low 30 degree temperatures, and 35 mph winds with bitterly cold 50 mph gusts to get in position to have a chance at this shot. In the end, the experience alone is worth it. I don't feel more alive and inspired, anywhere on Earth, but in the mountains.
Oh sweet blender, I’ve missed you so! ❤️
Three days of backpacking and breathtaking views also meant three days of beef jerky, trail mix, and dehydrated “just add water” meals!! 🤷🏼♀️😂 So I’m feeling especially thankful that my healthiest meal of the day comes in single-serving packets that are perfect for adventuring and taste like Nesquick when I mix it with water; shaken, not stirred.
For real though, after drinking this deliciousness EVERY DAY for the last 15 months, ain’t NOTHING gonna keep me from my nutritional safety net — ESPECIALLY when I’m camped out on the side of a mountain!!
💪🏻 Protein to help build (+ repair) lean muscle and reduce cravings
🍒 Antioxidants that fight free radical damage and support a healthy immune system
🌱 Phytonutrients to help support overall health and vitality
🍄 Adaptogenic herbs to help my body adapt and respond to stress
⚡️ Digestive enzymes to aid in nutrient absorption
🌿 Prebiotics AND probiotics AND fiber to help support healthy digestion and regularity
What’s the ONE thing in your diet that you feel your body wouldn’t be the same without?! 🌈✨
#eatbetternotless #nutritioniskey #findyourepic
“If there’s any one attraction you’re planning to visit in Iceland, it’s very likely the Blue Lagoon. It’s the most popular destination in Iceland — nearly everyone who visits Iceland works a trip to the Blue Lagoon into their itinerary.
And being the most popular destination, there are plenty of guides and how-tos for the Blue Lagoon. Let us relax at Blue Lagoon”🌅💙
📍Blue Lagoon, Iceland
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