Feb 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm #1255016
Here are a few shots from my 17 day JMT hike. August 20th-September 5th 2009. Taken with a Nikon D700 and AFS 24-85. RAW images edited with Adobe Lightroom 2.Feb 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm #1571380
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Cool stuff!!!!!!!Feb 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm #1571381
@obxcolaLocale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Guess I'll have to buy me a canister. Dayum! that's some fine photography though the subject material is suspect ;)
My list of places to go just keeps getting longer and longer…it's not sposed to work that way!Feb 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm #1571383
Truly wonderful images Ryan. Thanks for sharing.Feb 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm #1571387
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
I think you have just motivated another 500 hikers to do the JMT this year.
–B.G.–Feb 8, 2010 at 8:10 pm #1571424
501 Great job! Looks like a great time. Love California.Feb 9, 2010 at 9:04 am #1571590
Thanks guys. Glad you enjoyed the photos. I need to go back and add some captions.
I've wanted to do this trip since childhood. The majority of my backpacking has been on trips abroad. This was actually my first trip of more than 2 nights in the Sierra even though I have lived here all my life!
RyanFeb 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm #1572004
Beautiful scenery and excellent photos.Feb 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm #1573066
let's continue the spot the location game :-)
first image – Sunrise High Sierra Camp, right on the Meadow below, walking towards Cathedral Pass
second – tent set up just before crossing the water below Mount Lyell. JMT goes up the ridge right above your tent.
three – Donohue Pass, looking west-ish.
four – hmmm dunno. Peaks look like northern half of the trail, probably a part I rarely hike on (Reds Meadow to Silver Pass)
five – same as above
six – hard to tell, but since it seems in order north-south, I'd say south side of Silver Pass, just as you get to the section before the steep climb up the left side of the valley before you reach a plateau well above treeline
Seven – one of those Indian-named lakes below Silver Pass, north slope.
Eight – Marie Lake, West Shore looking east
Nine – probably same place looking north east
10 – dunno where exactly, but based on before and after pix, it's either near Muir Trail Ranch or in Goddard Canyon below Evolution Valley.
11 – looking back towards Piute Creek from the steep climb into Evolution Valley
12 – Wanda Lake shoreline – looking back to where you came from
13 Muir Pass Hut
14 – south of Muir Pass, Black Giant cut off on the left image edge
15 just below Helen Lake in Le Conte Canyon
16 lower in Le Conte – but still well above the Meadows. Dusy Basin trail goes up the valley left in the sun.
17 close to Little Pete Meadow
18 peaks west of Le Conte, same range Black Giant is in off the image on the right.
19 just below Mather Pass looking at the Palisades
20 just of Mather, entering the level section in Upper Basin
21 – looks like glacier moraine and some wood – probably a camp site real close to the trail, right side, with water about 200 feet to your west. Been there myself :)
22 – same place looking east at the end of the day
23, 24 – one of the lakes below Pinchot north slope
25 near Pinchot Pass, but not the actual pass.
26 one of the Lakes below Glen Pass
27 – Painted Lady above Rae Lakes
28 – the small lake below Forester Pass just as the trail does a 180 degree U-turn to head out to the exposed ridge area further north before turning back towards Forester
30 some lake between Crabtree and base of Whitney, reflection could be Mount Hitchcock.Feb 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm #1574212
Dude, seriously awesome photos. Very inspiring. I need to get out there and hike this thing already…Feb 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm #1574218
…as I sit through another frigid Iowa evening. Gives me inspiration to plan my summer!Feb 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm #1574235
Thanks again guys! Glad I can provide a little motivation and inpiration!
To Peter. Good Job! You pretty much nailed them all!
RyanMar 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm #1583399
@dharmabumpkinLocale: San Gabriel Mtns
Hey I was just wondering… Is the net-tent you are using with your DuoMid a SMD Serenity? It looks like a good spacious one-person set-up with room for a dog and gear in the 'vestibule'.Mar 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm #1583412
Hey Brandon. Yes it is a Serenity Nettent. I picked it up off gear swap before the MLD version was available. I use a small s-biner and a length of triptease cord with four different loops tied into it so I can vary the pitch of the Duomid and still hang the net at the right height. I am almost 6'3" and barely touch at both ends of the net. I mostly sleep on my side so it works fine. Plenty of room around the net for storm protection for me and my gear. About 26oz all together with a mix of 4 Groundhog stakes and 6 titanium skewers.
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