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Space

View south from Monarch Divide, Kings Canyon National Park Standing on the crest of an 11-thousand foot ridge above the South fork of the Kings River, I look down toward the river, out of sight over 6,000 feet below. The … 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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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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Temperature inversions

  In winter, cold, damp air settles in California’s Central Valley. A temperature inversion forms, with this cold, heavy air lying below drier, warmer air. It may condense as a layer of fog, hugging the ground or floating above. I grew up in the … Continue reading

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Blow, Mountain Wind!

Sometimes when recently-fallen snow lies soft and loose on the slopes and high peaks, a broad, wild, gusty wind blows across the mountains from east to west, opposite the normal direction. Pressure gradients have shifted, and the range is enveloped in a river … Continue reading

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Winter views

When the snow is on the ground, make your way to an open ridgetop. There, the high divides stretch across your view. Long slopes, which in summer would be talus slopes, rock slabs and pocket meadows, now are broad, graceful expanses … Continue reading

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