Spring in the Sierra

Memorial Day long weekend in Sequoia NP--above Big Arroyo in Kern R. drainage; cliffs of Black Kaweah at right.

Memorial Day long weekend in Sequoia NP–above Big Arroyo in Kern R. drainage; cliffs of Black Kaweah at right.

By late March or early April of a normal year, the snow has consolidated enough that it’s easier to get around on skis, snowshoes or even boots without sinking deeply. During graduate school and afterward, some of us would spend several days in the high Sierra backpacking, camping and climbing. On the east side we visited the Palisades and Evolution Basin over Easter Vacation; on the west side our Memorial Day long weekend favorite was to drive to Mineral King (southern Sequoia Nat’l Park), cross over the divide between the Kaweah and Kern River drainages (Great Western Divide), and climb on the 13,000+ peaks of the Kaweah Peaks Ridge.

We drank in the dramatic beauty of the snow-covered mountains. We savored the clean air. Most of all we immersed ourselves in the immensity and reality of God’s incredible world. Each of us has been made a full member, part of this world and universe at the deepest possible level.

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About David McCoard

After earning my MS in geology I've done various things including managing the ski touring program at a small lodge in the Sierra. In 2010 I retired from Contra Costa College in California. I've always been fascinated by the mountains and nature and have spent countless days hiking, backpacking, climbing and skiing in the Sierra. The spiritual insights I've learned there have set the course for my life. Now I have time to share them and strike up a conversation.
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