Posts Tagged "california"

Red Slate Mountain

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Tucked away in a corner of the John Muir Wilderness, Red Slate Mountain isn't climbed all that frequently. That's a shame, because it's a…
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Chair 10 to Silver Lake

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The winter of 2013 started off well for skiers on the West Coast. A wet November dumped plenty of snow to get some skiing in over…
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Yosemite 2011

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I spent the summer of 2011 working for the U.S. National Park Service in Yosemite. It was one of the best jobs I've ever had. I was doing…
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Lost Coast

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State Route 1 runs along the Pacific Coast for most of California’s length, winding steeply and sharply along some of the world’s most…
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Carson Iceberg Wilderness

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About thirty miles south of Lake Tahoe and thirty miles north of Yosemite, the Carson Iceberg Wilderness is a little known gem in California…
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Mount Shasta

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Fourteen thousand, one hundred, and sixty-two foot Mount Shasta is a dormant volcano that rises in solitary drama in the far north of…
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Pyramid Peak

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At 9,983′, Pyramid Peak is the highest point in California’s Desolation Wilderness. Since it is only about a three hour drive from the San…
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Glacier Point Road

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One of the most popular winter activities in Yosemite National Park is skiing or snowshoeing Glacier Point Road. The road is closed to cars…
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Tragedy Springs Road

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The winter retreat for the Stanford Outdoor Education Program instructors was a back country skiing trip off of Highway 88 near Kirkwood…
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Mount Silliman

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In late October of 2008, I led an attempt to climb Sequoia National Park’s 11,188-foot Mount Silliman as part of the Outdoor Education…
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Mount Sill

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Early in September of 2008, I attempted a climb of 14,153-foot Mount Sill in the Palisade Range of the eastern Sierras. About one year…
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Half Dome

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At the end of June during the summer of 2008, I left for Yosemite with a group of Stanford Outdoors leaders. Our goal was to watch the sun…
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Alta Peak

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As an instructor for Stanford’s Outdoor Education Program, I led an introductory mountaineering trip to 11,204 foot Alta Peak in Sequoia…
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Arroyo Seco Canyoneering

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Every quarter, the instructors of the Stanford Outdoor Education Program (OEP) go on a retreat to refine skills and plan trips and lessons…
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Trinity Alps

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Tucked in the northwest corner of California, the Trinity Alps are a small but spectacular mountain range. The Trinities have been on my…
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Early Season '07-'08

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I managed to sneak five days of skiing in before New Years during the 2007 – 2008 season. After an usually low snow year for 2006-2007, it…
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Point Reyes

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During our week off from school for Thanksgiving, my friend Paul and I decided to do a short backpacking trip along California’s Point Reyes…
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Mount Agassiz

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Shortly after I returned from Alaska in the summer of 2007, my family left for a short backpacking trip in the Eastern Sierra. My mother…
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Emigrant Wilderness

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The final trip of my Advanced Wilderness Skills class this quarter was a student-led backpacking trip to the Emigrant Wilderness. I’d never…
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Phantom Spires

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As a full-time student, most of my climbing these days is done in gyms. So I was excited for an opportunity to spend a weekend climbing on…
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Round Top

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Just a few miles east of Kirkwood Ski Resort, across Highway 88 from Carson Pass, lies a mountain called Round Top. At 10,381 feet, the peak…
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Castle Peak

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A longtime alpine skier, I was roughly introduced to the back country version of that sport one weekend during April of 2007 . I was a…
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Northstar 2007

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We began the drive to Northstar around three P.M. on January 4 . As soon as we hit 4500′, it suddenly started snowing heavily. Millions of…
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Kirkwood 2006

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Kirkwood is my favorite resort in Tahoe. It’s small, out of the way, and less crowded than almost any other resort in the area. It also gets…
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Northstar 2006

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My first ski trip of the year was a one day bomb up to Northstar on December 16 . Northstar is not one of my favorite resorts; it gets too…
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Dewey Point Snowshoe

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I gunned the Highlander down Miner Road and smiled to myself as I noticed that the stoplight at the intersection with Camino Pablo was…
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