Trip Report
Respect for Your Elders - an OT photo TR
Sunday June 23, 2013 5:21pm
A friend and I have been cruising around the Sierra eastside for the last couple weeks; predominantly cragging, with some longer routes thrown in. But we needed a break, so yesterday we headed up into the White Mountains for a look at the ancient bristlecone pines. Awe-inspiring, to say the least.

Here's a ton of photos.

its a long and lonesome road...
its a long and lonesome road...
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gorgeous views from the White Mountains.
gorgeous views from the White Mountains.
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this one reminds me of The Dark Crystal for some reason...
this one reminds me of The Dark Crystal for some reason...
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getting high in nature...
getting high in nature...
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one of the most serene places I've ever been.
one of the most serene places I've ever been.
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eKat

Trad climber
  Jun 23, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
TFPU!

Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Jun 23, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
Bump for a good subject and pretty pictures. It makes me miss the area, though!

The upper elevations of the White Mountains seemed to be composed of a lot of limestone.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Jun 23, 2013 - 06:38pm PT
Noice!

One of my favorite TRs of all time is Galen Rowell's account of a winter ski traverse of the White's summit crest, maybe the first time it was done I dunno.

Highwinds forced them off the crest, through one of the groves and thence onto the Barcroft lab to which I think they may have had a key? They eventually bailed into Silver Canyon I think, hiked all the way down only to find their vehicle had been broken into. He cursed the local native Americans in that story....

DMT
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Jun 23, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
^^^
I remember that, thanks for the reminder. I've added that to my bucket list.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jun 23, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
Sweet pics!!!!!
Naitch

climber
Dark side of the moon via the stairway to heaven
  Jun 23, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
Cool pics - thanks!. I always wanted to go check them out since I was a kid but haven't managed it yet.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
  Jun 23, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
These are the oldest living single organisms on Earth, the oldest individuals a mere century short of 5,000 years. There are clonal organisms that are older but not single individuals like these pines. There are three species of them. Pinus aristata; Pinus longaeva; Pinus balfouriana. P. longaeva is growing in the Whites.

The oldest known specimen (named Methuselah) is wisely not even identified by location in the Whites for fear it will get trashed by vandals.

There are a number of wild populations of these species and their habitats don't overlap (any more).
10b4me

climber
  Jun 24, 2013 - 01:14am PT
wish I had a cabin in the White Mountains
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
  Jun 24, 2013 - 01:17am PT
I know, 10b. Me too.
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
  Jun 24, 2013 - 01:18am PT
sweet trees brah
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jun 24, 2013 - 03:40am PT
Now THAT'S what I call a killer TR!

Me so jeally.....
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