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Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Above Treeline on 04/30/2009 01:15:56 MDT Print View

Hi Jay

Second photo: blimey - Big Foot!

cheers

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Critters on the JMT Part 1 on 04/30/2009 09:59:03 MDT Print View

some animals spotted in Yosemite, late June 1989

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Critters on the JMT Part 2 on 04/30/2009 09:59:36 MDT Print View

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Critters on the JMT Part 3 on 04/30/2009 10:00:07 MDT Print View

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Critters on the JMT Part 4 on 04/30/2009 10:01:20 MDT Print View





Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Critters on the JMT Part 5 on 04/30/2009 10:02:02 MDT Print View

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Critters on the JMT - need to add on 04/30/2009 10:27:20 MDT Print View

At home I have a photo of a Pika on the JMT. They are very cute. I have seen a weasel, also, very, very cute, but the photo I have is a blur. Anyone have a good photo of a weasel? I will try and add the Pika photo later.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pika

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weasel

Edited by marti124 on 04/30/2009 10:29:50 MDT.

Kent C.
(kent) - M

Locale: High Sierra
Sierra critters on 05/01/2009 03:08:43 MDT Print View

Cloud's Rest:

Cloud's Rest Marmot




Glen Aulin:

buck


-edit: oops...didn't register in mind 'til after uploaded...my pics are not JMT. Will leave up for now if no complaints, will remove if anyone wants "pure" JMT. Must be past my bedtime!...yup it is.

Edited by kent on 05/01/2009 03:14:12 MDT.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Sierra Critters on 05/01/2009 10:14:17 MDT Print View

I don't even remember where some of the above critter pix where taken exactly. The last bird shot was in Tuolumne Meadows Campground, the Marmot was at Olmstead point, right next to a bunch of tourists feeding it prunes, so not exactly JMT. You'll see a lot of them on the JMT, though, like this curious bugger, just north of Donohue Pass

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 1, 1989 hike on 05/04/2009 10:40:55 MDT Print View

I've been busy scanning my 1989 stash of slides - and after the first 150 I am finally getting to the JMT part of that summer. We hiked it almost "by the numbers" that summer, starting at Happy Isles, with just minor variations on the days before and after Reds Meadow. I'll try to keep the coming images in sequence.

So let's start with a few from Day 1 of the hike: We got our permit at Tuolumne Meadows Ranger station, headed down to the Valley in the Jeep of a camp site neighbor. Started at Happy Isles around noon, with Half Dome summit for the day's destination (yes, this was before overnight camping was outlawed up there...). The trail to the falls was a zoo at that time of day...

The first "fountain" on the JMT, at the bridge below Vernal Fall:



Mist trail - a place to escape from




This guy almost pushed me into the abyss with his boom box! Yes BOOM BOX.



But there's a reason why all these people are on this trail:

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 1, 1989 hike - continued on 05/04/2009 10:44:53 MDT Print View

Mist Trail may be steeper than the regular JMT, but it's well worth it:



and a double rainbow on this one. I assume steep mid-summer afternoon light is what you want for the rainbows to show



Mist Trail gets gnarly when it heads up to the top of Vernal Fall



Top of Vernal Fall, looking back at Glacier Point



Nevada Fall, again from Mist Trail, just before meeting up with the regular JMT at the top of it

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 1, 1989 hike - continued on 05/04/2009 10:50:56 MDT Print View

First view of our goal for the day



Shadows were getting long - this is around 7:00pm



Arriving at the base of "the cables"



How to do the cables safely - note the harness/carabiners. We mailed those home from Tuolumne Meadows two days later. Also nice to be totally alone on that part of the trail on June 27.



The view behind us towards Clouds Rest as we got higher



The trail is steep - no way I'd do this with a full pack without the harness hooked into the cables

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 1, 1989 hike - continued on 05/04/2009 10:55:01 MDT Print View

Finally on top - the last glow on the peaks in the Yosemite High Country. Perfect timing



the valley below, looking towards Merced and the coastal range, with El Captian below on the right



Someone tell me what planet that is - more or less straight west rising just after sunset, June 27



and the night on the summit - we were not alone as the UFO-Flashlight track on my long exposure shows.




More from Day 2 in a few days...

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Planet at end of Day 1, 1989 hike on 05/04/2009 11:45:21 MDT Print View

Oh man ... these photos are killing me (I passed on a JMT invite this year).

Regarding the planet ... planets set in the west so if it really was rising then you had a UFO rather than a planet (unidentified by you). But a bright object low in the western sky right after sunset is almost always Venus. Could be Mars, Saturn or Jupiter but outer planets are nearest us (and brightest) when opposite the sun rather than "near" it.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
planet on 05/04/2009 12:54:24 MDT Print View

that was definitely the view west, against the setting sun, and it is on several images, not just a hole in the slide :-)

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 2 - 1989 Hike, morning on 05/05/2009 09:35:07 MDT Print View

First light on Half Dome



The top of Half Dome and the valley



Shadow on Glacier Point



The breakfast view to the south



Enjoying the view before the descent



Ultralight pants 1989 style

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 2 - 1989 Hike, continued on 05/07/2009 09:48:10 MDT Print View

First break on the way down from Half Dome below the cables, drinking what's left of the water we hauled up the night before



Leaving this behind for good (haven't been back there in 20 years...)



There's water nearby when you find these things next to the trail



and there it was - fresh and cold...

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 2 - 1989 Hike, continued on 05/07/2009 09:51:20 MDT Print View

Reaching the top of the climb before Sunrise High Sierra Camp



Ahead Cathedral Pass, which we left for the next day. Camp was made above Sunrise High Sierra Camp, where they had placed steel cables to hang your food back in the late 80s.




Sunrise High Sierra Camp - these places have not changed much in 20 years

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 3 - 1989 Hike, morning on 05/07/2009 10:03:33 MDT Print View

We woke up to a very cold morning given the relatively low elevation - frost on Long Meadow below, and the smoke from the HSC breakfast tent was hanging low in the valley



Hiking in late June means bugs at lower elevations, and they sure were vicious once the sun began to warm up the hillside we camped on.



Time to hit the JMT highway and move - although all day we were faced with a serious skeeter issue, in spite of a thick application DEET. I think that expereince may be part of the reason why I never returned to this part of the JMT in all the hikes that followed.



Those trees on the right are now 20 years older - wonder if I'll recognize this spot this summer when we will be passing through there again



Mount Lyell from Cathedral Pass - from here it's all downhill to Tuolumne Meadows



more photos to follow once I scan them - I'm done with the first 230 of over 700 images from that summer. The whole gallery scanned so far can be seen here:

1989 Gallery

there's also a 1990 gallery - smaller, but if you need a JMT fix, go here, too

1990 Gallery

Edited by Fishmonger on 05/07/2009 10:07:22 MDT.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 3 - 1989 Hike, afternoon on 05/08/2009 09:25:02 MDT Print View

Before you reach Tuolumne Meadows, you are treated with this view