March 30, 2020 Mount Keith photography

Mount Keith

Mount Keith is a mountain I’d like to climb and ski. At least, hypothetically. This is a big one, just barely short of 14,000′, right next door to Shepherd Pass (more...)...

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March 23, 2020 101 Switchbacks photography

101 Switchbacks

How many switchbacks are there between Trail Camp and Trail Crest on The Mount Whitney Trail? A lot. The exact number may never be known, but 101 seems to be (more...)...

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June 15, 2006 Shasta Windstorm photography

Shasta Windstorm

The weather looked promising…and then came the wind. Huge contrails of snow curled overhead like giant fingers reaching out over Avalanche Gulch. The sound of it was like a thousand jet engines. No one summited that day—no one even tried. We scrambled about on hands and knees at Lake Helen to avoid being knocked to (more...)...

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