L’estate della Montagne: “The summer of Mountains”…it just sounds a lot sexier in Italian…
The winter of 2016/2017 brought an enormous amount of precipitation, including heavy snow accumulation in the High Sierra and mountains of California. Clearly, this was going to make for a spectacular 2017 Sierra Nevada Summer…and one I need to see. So, I put together a FastPacking set-up (ultralight backpacking), and out into the hills I went…deep…very deep. And often. This page includes my photo essay.
My “summer” started in late May with some spring skiing, and as of this page update, included over 200 miles in the wilderness, much of it off-piste (cross-country), and peaks up to Mt. Conness at 12,590′. With 20 lbs. or less on my back, I can, and do, complete both day trips and overnights up to 4 days long. Join me in my photos of L’estate delle Montagne!
As usual, click blue links to expand to the full story and all photos, and click photos to expand to full-screen view.
All photos and videos were taken with a Fujifilm XP120
The best thing about Reno is the backyard: The High Sierra. From my front door, I am 15 minutes to under an hour away from mountains awash with trail.
L’estate dell Montagne led into the Fall, and over the Labor day weekend, I went mountaineering. Over three days, traveling ultralight, I summited Mt. Conness (12,590′) and North Peak (12,242′).
My second trip continued my collecting of wildflowers photos in grand style…And, of course, miles off-trail, the High Sierra is only magnificent.
My second trip to Lassen Volcanic NP was to the northwest corner at Butte Lake. This trip did include a jump into rescue-mode after finding two backpacks destroyed by bear…
Originally named the Minarets Wilderness when established in 1964, the wilderness was expanded and renamed in honor of Ansel Adams…
My first backing trip was at age ten with my Mom and a group of fellow mountain folk. 50 years later, I wanted to experience it anew.
One of the very best parts for L’estate delle Montagne, after a winter of heavy snowfall, was the wildflowers….Unbelievable!