L’estate della Montagne led into the Fall, and over the Labor Day weekend, I went mountaineering. It was a warm-up for my week in the Ansel Adams Wilderness along the Ritter Range, with the peaks there beckoning. Over three days, traveling ultralight, I summited Mt. Conness (12,590′) and North Peak (12,242′). This 16-mile trip included about 12 miles off-trail and went deeply into the solitude of the gorgeous NE corner of Yosemite National Park. The mountains were spectacular, and the wildflowers in full bloom, arriving late due to the previous winter’s heavy snowfall. And as an added bonus…the cooler air kept the mosquitos away!!!
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Giant Red Paintbrush
Paintbrush and North Peak.
Gotta stop at Walker Burger on the way home!!!!
Sunrise on the East Face of Mt. Conness
Sunrise on Mt. Conness, with Roosevelt Lake and the Sierra High Country around Tuolumne Meadows in the background.
Masses of Paintbrush below North Peak.
More masses of paintbrush…
Many of the flower in the High Country are tiny…and everywhere!
Sunrise alpenglow on the SE ridge of Mt. Conness.
Along the trail…
Mt. Conness at late afternoon
Stemless Goldenweed with Cathedral Peak at center
Above Saddlebag Lake…with Mt. Dana at right
Evening Primrose (Clarkia)
The East Face of Mt. Conness
The Matthes Crest and Cathedral Peak from Mt. Conness
My “window” at camp on the East Ridge of Mt. Conness
Sheep Peak from the east shore of Roosevelt Lake
Mountain Spiraea below a rushing waterfall…
Masses of Goldenweed on the south flank of Sheep Peak
Mt. Conness from the North Peak summit
Leichtlin’s Mariposa Lily
Fungi above 10,000′!
Sunrise at the night-before camp on the east side of Mono Crater
Morning light from my camp at 11,600′ on the East Ridge of Mt. Conness
Ready to leave camp on the East Ridge of Mt. Conness…with White Mtn. in the background
On top of Mt. Conness…12,590′
Roosevelt Lake and the Yosemite High Country
Mt. Conness East Face
North Peak from the Mt. Conness summit
Me…with North Peak at right, and Mt. Conness above me in the far background.
Roosevelt Lake, the Tuolumne Meadows domes, the High Country…and at right in the far background…Half Dome hanging over Yosemite Valley!
The Mt. Conness summit block…the ascent route goes right about straight up the middle of this side
North Peak from the trail out…
The West Face of Mt. Conness
Mt. Conness North Ridge
Looking over Yosemite NP from the Mt. Conness summit