Day 3, 12:04 PM - Pinchot Pass at 12,100 ft (or... Why we do this)
View previous item Lush Alpine meadow above Twin Lakes California Bighorn sheep area - 11,000 ft Passing Mt. Wynne - 11,200 ft Approach to Pinchot Pass - 11,500 ft Back across Bighorn Plateau to Acrodectes Peak Pinchot Pass  at 12,100 ft (or... Why we do this) Lake Marjorie from Pinchot Pass The hour of truth... Halfway to Lake Marjorie Camp Number 3 at 11,000 ft Tomorrow's Destination: Mather Pass Dry tarn with red fringe grass Mather pass over alpine tuft grass Mt. Pinchot overlooking Lake Jasmine The Agony of da Feet Din-din in the high Sierra After dinner walk with the mosquitos View next item

In my never-ending efforts to put you, the viewer, into the scene, I somehow decided that I also had to be in the scene, so I set up the camera, set the timer, and ran around to capture this stunning image. Too bad I bashed my knee in the commotion, which is why I'm holding it up like that (actually, it looks pretty dashing, no?).

I think this is one of the best pictures of the trip. The sheer, overwhelming volume of space before you is mesmerizing. It's so still and quiet up there. No birds, no wind (that day)... even the fire smoke has thinned out quite a bit. A great place to be.