42251Sequoia National Park panos (not Mt Whitney!)
- Jun 3, 2010Nice panos from the Mt Whitney area by Paul and Roger and the other
week from J�rgen so I thought I would throw some into the mix. Just
recently spent 1 day in the area so I could hit only the major tourist
areas. Actually, I was on the other side (west) of the Sierras in
Sequoia National Park only a few miles as the crow flies from Mt.
Whitney. The big trees are on the west side of Sequoia NP and Mt
Whitney is also in Sequoia NP on the eastern edge. I shot about a
dozen panos but only have a few posted as of yet. Of course I have
"General Sherman" the largest tree in the world and a couple other
sequoias. Also in the pano from the top of Moro Rock, I was able to
get a few interesting features such as a passing thunderstorm, a
passing Swift (bird), and a kinda' rare phenomena called a
"circumhorizontal arc" all in the same pano!
On Jun 3, 2010, at 11:46 AM, Paul Fretheim wrote:
> There are several views of Lone Pine Lake on my new product, "Take
> Mt. Whitney in Virtual Reality."
> There is a tremendous amount of snow this year and the snowpack is
> and ubiquitous for this time of year. I live in Independence, which is
> a popular resupply point for trekkers on the Pacific Crest Trail. I
> have yet to see my first trekker this spring.
> There is a very high and difficult pass between the Mt. Whitney area
> Kearsarge Pass, which is the pass above Independence. The dangerous
> pass is Forester Pass which is just about exactly 4,000 meters high
> lies on the Kings/Kern divide. It's the highest pass on the trail
> between Mexico and Canada.
> I plan to cross it later this summer. I have been to the foot of the
> pass on both sides, but never over it. There are parts of the pass
> require ice axes and glacier travel skills when the switchbacks are
> still covered with the ice clad drifts of the winter snowpack, as they
> must be now, June 3rd.
> I talked to a guy last spring who had saved a young woman's life after
> she managed to self arrest at the edge of a big sheer drop but could
> climb back up. She had lost her footing while crossing one of the snow
> covered sections of the trail. He lowered a rope down and with a few
> people pulling they managed to pull her back up to a safer location.
> she had not been carrying an ice ax which she was able to use for self
> arrest she would have catapulted over the edge to her death.
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