Back from a week in the Sierra Nevada and completion of a trip I’ve put off for too long, the Sierra High route. This is a classic crossing of the Sierra first pioneered in the 1930s by men like Otto Steiner, then made popular in the ’70s when Dave Beck defined an efficient line between Shephard’s Pass on the east side, and the Pear Lake Hut trailhead at Wolverton on the west side.This particular trip was spectacular. One of the guides on the trip, Peter Leh has been leading this trip for 30 years with ASI and said it was perhaps the best conditions he has ever experienced for the Sierra High Route. The guide for our group, Geoff Clarke agreed. After a winter of heavy snowfall and regular precipitation the weather finally cooperated and abated for a week of sunshine and moderate temperatures. The result was an easy passage through the Sierra in spring conditions with corn snow and spectacular views everywhere.
There were lots of lessons learned on this trip which I’ll delve into in future posts, but for now this blog needs some fresh images. So, without further ado, here are a few highlights from the trip with more to follow in the days to come, including some insight on gear used that can make or break such a trip.