Category Archives: Mountain Experiences

Experiences of nature and spiritual implications

National monuments–we all own them

On April 26 President Trump signed an executive order directing the Department of  the Interior to review National Monuments created within the past 20 years with an eye toward rescinding or downsizing them. The aim is to allow commercial development … Continue reading

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Sno-cone trees

The deep snows of January this year remind me of some winters at Montecito-Sequouia Lodge, where I lived and worked in the ski touring program. It lies at 7,200 feet elevation on the Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon … Continue reading

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The View from Gaylor Peak

While camped at Tuolumne Meadows this summer, I took the shuttle to Tioga Pass and climbed the steep trail west of the Pass toward Gaylor Lakes. Where the trail crosses the ridge above the lakes, I left the trail and … Continue reading

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Majesty

  One fall my hiking buddy and I drove into Kings Canyon National Park. The road climbs into Sequoia groves at over 6,000 feet, then plunges 3,000 feet into the depths of the canyon of the South Fork of the Kings … Continue reading

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Life!

  On the trail from the Tuolumne Meadows store into the campground is a tiny clearing among thick lodgepole pines. Here the sun hits the ground only from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, a much shorter time than out in the open meadow. … Continue reading

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Carson Emigrant Trail–and you

Go hiking south of California’s Hwy. 88 and Silver Lake, in the Sierra South of Lake Tahoe. Walk along a rough jeep road on a rolling ridgecrest with distant views. Where the jeep road ends, continue up a slope to … Continue reading

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Getting high

I like to get up high. There’s the long upward climb toward the ridgecrest. As I pace myself and look around, there’s plenty of time to study, appreciate and enjoy my surroundings. At rest stops I admire the view unfolding wider and … Continue reading

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