Stormy skies over Lake Basin before we had to hike over Cartridge Pass. Cartridge Pass begins at the talus slope pictured in the center of the photo.
Moki Marble Madness! We came across a gazillion of these ranging up to baseball size. This went on for about a mile.
If I could figure out how grow food in volcanic sand, with very little water, to carve a life out of dry and wild land, to make an income in the very middle of nowhere, I would move to the rain-shadow of the Sierras in a heart beat. There is a wildness in this landscape that make me feel alive.
Get a little stillness in yer day.... ✌ #peace
Finished the Lowest to Highest standing atop a windy, snow dusted Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet!! It seemed like an appropriate way to end an epic ~135 mile hike of extremes and insanely varied terrain. On our last day, I was feeling strong and set the pace for us leaving from Whitney portal at 4:30am. The temperatures were cold enough we didn't take breaks longer than to catch our breaths. As we looked into the distance, we looked back on our hike, seeing some of the more recent landmarks like Alabama Hills and the Inyo Mountains. This was a hike that challenged me and continuously surprised me with its beauty. As I hiked back down towards the portal, it seemed as if fall had suddenly arrived. I breathed in the cold air, smiled at the leaves yellowing on the trees and welcomed the season change and the end of my hike. Want to hear more about my hike and see some of the highlights?! I will be doing an Instagram takeover for @garagegrowngear
to share more from the amazing route! 📸 @aladdin_hikes
I've been finding so many of these guys lately! They look so cool!
We are #1
when it comes to Off Road!!
Polyozellus, probably P. marymargaritae
The idea of wilderness needs no defense, only defenders~ Ed Abbey
About a half mile above the Upper Falls I came across this little fall
Upper Upper Bear Ranch Creek Falls maybe?
Spent our day off figuring out permits for Mount Whitney and going to find one of our water caches we skipped. The temperatures have been much cooler than we anticipated, meaning that we didn't need quite as much water. Being able to do this hike and walk through extremely dry desert environments has been spectacular and was made hugely easier by caching water. It's important to remember our impact on the land and desert ecosystems, please always pack out your caches. In our case this meant going back to grab this one. Other steps we took to try to minimize the effects of our caches were hiding them well as to not hamper the experiences of others and we packed out trash that we found while setting up the caches. ❤️🌎 #lnt
"A place of peace...full of God's thoughts...a new song." #johnmuir
You can almost feel the magic in these woods. Maybe one day I can capture it on camera, but for now you'll have to settle for this. 😄
Trees with eyes. Happy October.
Never stop chasing waterfalls.