September 30, 2011 White Mountain Hiking

White Mountain

White Mountain, California — It would be a mistake to call White Mountain an easy fourteener (is there such a thing?). But it’s not unreasonable to call White Mountain California’s easiest fourteener. Which is kind of funny, because from three directions—north, east, and west—White and its 10K gains offer just about as grueling a climb (more...)...

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September 27, 2011 Musings

Happy Not-113 Day!

A quick check of my occasionally-reliable records indicates that on this day, September 26, one year ago, the high temperature recorded in downtown Los Angeles was 113°F. Yikes! I remember roasting in my apartment praying for the heat wave to snap. It was just absolutely miserable. No such worries today. It’s been a cold Summer (more...)...

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September 22, 2011 North Face Verto Gear

North Face Verto

You’ve got to hold one of these to believe it. The North Face’s ultralight Verto Jacket feels like a less-crinkly version of your average grocery store plastic bag—and I’m not talking about the heavy-duty variety. On my scale, a men’s medium weighs 2.8 ounces, including a full zipper! And if that’s not enough to astonish (more...)...

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September 19, 2011 White Mountain Panorama Video

White Mountain Panorama

California’s White Mountain, elevation 14,252′, offers a truly unique perspective of the High Sierra, allowing you to see essentially the whole of the range in one great sweep. In addition to Sierra looks you also get a wonderful view of Owens Valley to the west and Nevada’s Fish Lake Valley to the east. This is (more...)...

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September 16, 2011 Gear

Sony NEX-VG10

The only way I can understand Sony’s NEX-VG10 camcorder is to think of it as an experiment. In general, I’m all for experimentation, especially when it leads to new and unexpected designs. But there is a difference between previewing a prototype and asking people to pay money for a finished product, and in my opinion, (more...)...

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September 7, 2011 Wakesurfing? Video

Wakesurfing?

Arr, my shoulders are sore, which can mean only one thing…I’ve been waterskiing at Lake Powell! My brother invited me to join him for a day of fun on the lake. Funny to say I spent a lot more time in the water when I lived in Arizona than I do living in coastal California, (more...)...

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September 5, 2011 Sony NX70U Gear

Sony NX70U

It’s Fall 2011 and Sony at last is whole-heartedly embracing progressive video throughout its camcorder line, including the brand-new professional-grade NX70U, which utilizes the all-new and long-awaited 1080-60p AVCHD spec, recording full HD video at 28Mbps. A quick glance at the compact NX70U reveals a wealth of features seemingly ideal for documentary (and backcountry) videography (more...)...

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When there is snow, SierraDescents is Andy Lewicky's California backcountry skiing and mountaineering website. Without snow, sierradescents becomes an ill-tempered hiking and climbing blog.

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