Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sonora Peak, Stanislaus Peak, and Black Hawk Mountain

I'm behind with posting pictures; the last few weeks have been like drinking from the fire hose. To catch up, some pictures from the most recent adventure - a hiking / camping trip with Arturo, Bill, and Peter to Black Hawk Mountain.

Pedestrians may be content with Black Hawk Mountain as a weekend destination. We start out on Saturday by day-hiking Sonora Peak. Nice view from the top.

Then, Stanislaus Peak. As we summit, a nearby cloud expresses its anger in a thundery, rumbling voice, so we keep it brief.

Natural bridge near our lunch spot below Stanislaus Peak.

Back to the car and to Kennedy Meadow, from which we depart with full packs. Free rides, but not for us.

Smoke from a fire creating silky light.

Hiking along Relief Reservoir.

Evening light. DEET recommended.


Next morning, on our way to Black Hawk Mountain.

Bill, Arturo, and Peter navigating.


More granite.



Lunch at the summit, and reading in the registers which go back to the 70s.

Summit view from Black Hawk Mountain.

Bill recording the accomplishment of climbing the peak without supplemental oxygen.

Summit picture.

It would be all downhill from the summit - but there is snow, so the descent is way fun!

Snowboards might have added elegance to our lines, but traveling light requires compromises.

Over the granite to the camp and from there to Kennedy Meadow and home.

What a fun trip - thanks a ton for dragging me along, guys!

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