Oct 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm #1240685
@becklaLocale: Southern California
This is kind of goofy but some of the avatars on BPL show off some really cool places. I am always wondering, "where is that?"
So, if you feel like it, describe the place, event,and whatever shown in your avatar. Mine is just a cropping of a shot taken at the trail head of Long's Peak from 2006.Oct 28, 2009 at 11:14 pm #1540736
@kentLocale: High Sierra
Laurence, I've had the same wonderings on numerous occasions.
I think mine's obvious – Yosemite. Specifically, this was my first trip up Yosemite Falls. Pic is from the top of the falls, Glacier Point just off right edge, Half Dome across, and I think, the Clark range is what's visible behind/right of Half Dome in the distance. Red Peak is behind & left of Glacier Pt.Oct 30, 2009 at 6:07 am #1541127
@figsterLocale: Central Arkansas
United States Virgin Islands – Virgin Island National Park – St John. Rented an expensive house, drank a dozen cocktails a day by noon, and pounded out all of their trail. Great place, good times.
Behind me is the Atlantic followed by Brazil.Dec 22, 2009 at 4:55 pm #1556257
@becklaLocale: Southern California
Since we have an "Ugly Mug" post I would like to see if there is any interest in "Describe Your Avatar". Some show some pretty cool places or some pretty cool images. It would be interesting to hear the story behind the image.Dec 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm #1556258
@pivvayLocale: Rocky Mountains
Mine is a self portrait just before dawn on Pawnee Pass last Fall. I'm busting trail towards Lone Eagle Peak alone and in the snow.Dec 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm #1556259
Just me cropped from my dad and grandpa this past year on a fishing trip up in Ontario, Canada. We where landing on some island to do a shore lunch.Dec 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm #1556261
@ryanLocale: Northern Rockies
In a cave in Stephen's Gulch, Escalante, ca. 2006 :)Dec 22, 2009 at 5:06 pm #1556262
@jdeyoung81Locale: New England
This is my 2 y/o Chocolate Lab. Her name is Taylor (or TayBomb as she has a tendency to bomb into me on the trails). The picture is of her atop mt. cardigan in New Hampshire on a cool late spring day. She goes crazy for her Granite Gear pack and even tries to put in on herself!Dec 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm #1556265
@herman666Locale: Northern Virginia
… it is what it is. Gravel Springs shelter on the AT in Shenandoah National Park.Dec 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm #1556270
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Gornergrat (Switzerland), looking towards the Matterhorn (obviously).
(The green frog outfit – Main Range, Mt Twynam, Kosciusko NP, Australia.)Dec 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm #1556271
@jdw01776Locale: Southeast Texas
My shadow on the trail from Maroon Lake to Crater Lake, near Aspen, Co…Dec 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm #1556272
Me on top of Mt. Pleasant in the Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area, Va., Dec. 2008. Something tells me there's a lot more snow now than there was a year ago this time!Dec 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm #1556273
@creachenLocale: East Bay
John Muir Wilderness,Crown Basin-Finger Peak 12,404ft.
On my way to the Enchanted Gorge and Goddard Creek 2005.Dec 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm #1556278
@ritzhensonLocale: The Deep South
A photo I shot a couple of years ago…about my normal state of mind. It's titled "Lose Something?"Dec 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm #1556286
I thought I was going to find out if the new movie is really worth seeing. It would be my second movie viewed in a theater this year, I think that would be a record for me.Dec 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm #1556287
@dondoLocale: Colorado Rockies
Mine was taken early one morning back in June of this year at a camp high above Lost Creek in the Lost Creek Wilderness, Colorado.Dec 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm #1556299
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Did you make it down Enchanted Gorge and back up Goddard Creek? I'm always looking for first hand accounts. I went over Rheinstein Pass into the headwaters of Goddard Creek a couple of years ago, but took a pass on Enchanted Gorge since it was mid August; I felt it was a bit late to chance the snow bridges in the Gorge. I'd be real interested to hear about your experience.Dec 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm #1556305
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
I'm actually not sure. It's somewhere in the Sierra, on the PCT, north of VVR and South of Red's Meadow. It's likely that it's the pass shot from Selden or Silver Pass. Anyone recognize it? What's the range and the canyon that you see? The full photo is below.
EDIT: I'm pretty sure that it's Silver Pass and that those mountains in the background at the Minarets.Dec 22, 2009 at 8:31 pm #1556309
@rob-kLocale: SF Bay Area
Carson Falls; Marin Municipal Water District, Marin Co.,CADec 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm #1556311
Daughter and I – Moab, Arches NP, I think that is Skyline Arch.Dec 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm #1556325
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Mine was taken on the High Sierra Trail on the Way to Guitar Lake/Mt. Whitney and is one of the lowest moments that I had on the trail.
After soaking in the Kern Hot Springs, we headed north up and out of the Kern Valley.
The switchbacks were dry and exposed to the afternoon sun after a late start to the day.
On the way out of the valley, I started to feel very flush/hot.
At a stream that was crossing the trail, we stopped and I filtered some water. I was stumbling and having coordination problems while trying to get my gravity filter to work.
My friend, Jeremy, noticed that I had a bloody nose to which I was clueless about.
After getting water, we continued to the top of the Valley where I started to feel nauseous.
Continuing on, I saw something that I wanted to take a photo of and then I could not manage to find my camera, which was inside my hip belt.
Then to top it off, I thought we were going to Mt. Shasta rather than Mt. Whitney.
My immediate thought was that maybe I was suffering from altitude sickness from the quick assent out of the valley.
I laid down on a rock, ate a power bar, and sucked down fluids for about 20 or 30 minutes while feeling sick to my stomach.
Jeremy was great and told me that we could stop for the day and that there was no rush to push on, as we were days ahead of the pace that we set for ourselves. (6.5 day for 70 miles….we finished in 4 days).
I felt a little better after this and made the poor decision to continue onward for another 2 or 3 miles, shuffling along, looking at the dusty trail, and using my poles like canes to keep me from going face down into the ground.
Frankly, I don't remember those 2 or so miles on the trail.
Anyway, the photo was taken when I just had to stop and was exhausted and beat by the trail.
In hindsight, I think that I was suffering from a mild case of heat exhaustion/stroke.
I keep my Avatar as sometime to remind me that I need to know my limits and keep humble because nature and stupidity always win. :)
So that is my story.
Note: Answering question from below. My water consumption was simply not enough. Food intake was normal/reasonable. 40 minutes after this photo was taken and having constantly sipped on electrolyte water, I was feeling dramatically better. Still, it was very stupid of me to push myself further after the initial symptoms of being very flush/hot with little sweat coming out of me.Dec 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm #1556329
@djohnsonLocale: Washington State
Henry and I at Lake Talapus in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness- Washington Cascades. It's a popular dayhike- pretty lake, short hike. But Henry and I found this really cool campsite that you have to bushwack to get to. Once the sun goes down, we've had the whole place to ourselves.
He's 3 1/2 and has been on 9 backpacking trips- 3 of them just the two of us. This was one of those trips.
Henry was diagnosed with Autism last week. It always struck me how tough he was at home, and how wonderful he was in the backcountry (he can correctly identify about 13 native plants with consistency). He'll have some challenges in his life but he's mildly impacted and he'll improve a lot with early intervention. But I'm so proud of my boy, and so glad that he and I have already found a place that fits both of us. Good times ahead- I'm glad we have this to share with each other.Dec 23, 2009 at 2:06 am #1556347
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> I think that I was suffering from a mild case of heat exhaustion/stroke.
In such cases, lean right forward and have someone slowly trickle cold water over the base of your head – the top of your neck. If that feels like the most fantastic joy you have ever experienced, then yep, heat exhaustion. It affects the brain right at the base. Then take 10.
CheersDec 23, 2009 at 4:20 am #1556359
With my wife on BPL Summer Light Course, in Montana.Dec 23, 2009 at 4:32 am #1556361
@jkrew81Locale: White Mtns
Hiking down Whiteface mtn on a cool fall New England day with my dog Aspen keeping pace beside me.
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