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Some adventures in snow

As part of my experience with the excellent and highly recommended Wilderness Travel Course from the Sierra Club I was able to experience snow shoe travel and snow camping. I had never really thought to participate in either of these activities before, but in my quest to expand my photographic horizons it has been really eye opening to learn how to safely travel in the wilderness and in wintertime and I look forward to using these skills to take photos in new and interesting locations all year round. Theo following series of photographs were taken on the snow travel and snow camp trips with the WTC. First up is snow shoeing on Mt. Pinos.

A momentary break in the clouds

A momentary break in the clouds

Our journey began with overcast conditions and snow, but on our way to the summit we experienced a very brief clearing in the clouds, snow and fog to reveal a beautiful blue sky from 8400 feet.

Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

Ski, hiking and now show tracks abound on this popular peak. I have visited this mountain numerous times in the summer and to see it like this was really a profound transformation. It was absolutely beautiful.

Whiteout and a tree

Whiteout and a tree

A lone tree became silhouetted against a sea of white as the snow picked up and the clouds skirted across the top of the mountain. We flirted with whiteout conditions on and off for the whole trip.

Tree in heavy show

Tree in heavy show

Here the snow was coming down pretty hard.

Snow shoe travel

Snow shoe travel

And finally a shot of our crew traveling single file with snowshoes and trekking poles.

Mount Whitney as seen from Lone Pine

Mount Whitney as seen from Lone Pine

On our way to our snow camp destination, we stopped at Lone Pine. I snapped a quick shot of Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states. Whitney is about dead center of this picture and due to its distance from camera appears smaller than the closer Lone Pine Peak on the left. Perhaps with a little luck this summer I will have some pictures of Mt Whitney from far closer.

Late afternoon sun at Rock Creek Lake

Late afternoon sun at Rock Creek Lake

A view from the southern end of our campground reveals a beautiful scene. The rest of these photos are from the area around our campground at Rock Creek Lake. The afternoon the weather would bring us on and off snow showers with constantly changing light patterns. It was a really beautiful winter landscape.

Looking towards the shrouded peak of Mount Morgan

Looking towards the shrouded peak of Mount Morgan

Looking towards Mount Starr

Looking towards Mount Starr

Wind blown snow and rock

Wind blown snow and rock

Colorful lichens

Colorful lichens

Rock Creek Lake panorama

Rock Creek Lake panorama

April 5, 2010 - 6:15 am

Marcia Lawson - Wonderful photos! Thanks for posting them!

April 6, 2010 - 8:37 am

Emily Panning - Kurt, these pictures are beautiful. I especially love the ones with the snow and rocks together. You are so talented.

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