Trip Report
The Goods From the Range of Light
Wednesday August 31, 2016 3:21pm
The Sunset
The Sunset
Credit: Vitaliy M.

Over the last few weeks I did a bit more walking, some climbing and took photos of the stunning scenery. Compared to my attempts to get the stars in focus in Tehipete Valley, the few shots from the recent trip came out much better, which I am psyched about. Especially being able to capture the reflection of the milky way in a lake. Which is difficult, as the lake had to be completely still AND have the milky way above it. As I like to say, the stars aligned! As with climbing, there is a lifetime of progress ahead, as planned. Minimizing the amount of grain and editing the photos to their full potential will be the next step...some of the highlights include climbing a third previously unreported route on Mt. Whitney's East Face. This time between the Hairline and Direct East Face. The line is beautiful, the climbing was sh#t. The other two were much better, one of them already had two repeats, with positive reviews. Those are between If At First and Left Wing Extremist. When I have more time, I am hoping to make normal topos for the good climbs.
Day after climbing Happy To Be Here on Whitney, we did repeat LWE, which was an adventure! Did another route on the Arctic Lake Wall, climbed the Western Front on Russell, Tradewinds and Sunspot on the Hulk and finally hardened the f*** up and took a swim in Iceberg Lake. Which actually was one of the warmest lakes of the summer...warmer compared to the one Brian is jumping into in one of the photos below.
Sorry for the lack of captions, my lunch break is short. Back at work this week...Hope everyone is doing well and having a good summer! It is almost gone, so run the PDL and really go for it!


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Green - If At First V 5.10+ R (Seth Dilles/Michael Strassman 2003)
Red - Inyo Face V 5.11 (Austin Siadak/Vitaliy Musiyenko 2016)
Yellow - Still Nameless V 5.11 R (Adam Ferro/Vitaliy Musiyenko 2016)
Black - Left Wing Extremist V 5.11- (David Wilson/Galen Rowell 1990)
Blue - Direct East Face V 5.9 A3 or IV 5.10 c FA: (Denis Rutovitz/Andrzel Ehrenfeucht 1959 FFA Pat Brannan and Bruce Bindner 1992)
Purple - Happy to be Here 5.11- R (Brian Prince/Vitaliy Musiyenko 2016)
Orange - Hairline V 5.10+ C2F or A3 (Bruce Bindner/Alex Schmauss 1987)
Dark Green - East Face III 5.7 (regular) (Underhill, Eichorn, Dawson, Clyde 1931)
The Great Book IV 5.9 is not shown (Gary Colliver/Chris Vandiver 1974) http://www.summitpost.org/mt-whitney-the-great-book/142875
Aqua - East Buttress III 5.7 (Bob Brinton, Glen Dawson, Richard Jones, Howard Koster, Muir Dawson 1939)


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Vitaliy M.
About the Author
Vitaliy M. is an annoying gym climber from San Francisco.

Comments
NutAgain!

Trad climber
https://nutagain.org
  Aug 31, 2016 - 03:38pm PT
Beautiful dude. I like the extra focus on photography.
norm larson

climber
wilson, wyoming
  Aug 31, 2016 - 03:46pm PT
Beautiful. Thanks. Sorry your back at work. Looks like a good summer though.
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
  Aug 31, 2016 - 03:50pm PT
Wow, the photos are GORGEOUS!
Stewart Johnson

Gym climber
top lake
  Aug 31, 2016 - 03:56pm PT
Proper.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Aug 31, 2016 - 05:11pm PT
whatever guy!? Do you even know what the standards are?!

;)


For realz, thx for the stoke. I'm surprised you're back to work. After that, I'd probably be selling my soul to keep sending. Heading the gym...
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
  Aug 31, 2016 - 05:25pm PT
How do you spell your name?













Thnx for posting!!
Let me say,,,,,,,,, ! ! ! Wonder lust full !,
Great pictures the Night snaps!! The Bivy spot, with the rock ring


I've got to go pick up teenagers
Then I'll go back
To..........!!!

The Range Of L!ghti _!
yosguns

climber
  Aug 31, 2016 - 05:28pm PT
Awesome photos, Vitaliy! Thanks for sharing!
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  Aug 31, 2016 - 05:53pm PT
Nice photos. Nice looking new routes; congratulations.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Author's Reply  Aug 31, 2016 - 05:55pm PT
Was able to pick up shifts only for a week. Had to rest the body and the mind. And fix my car. Heal my heel a bit. And rest the right quad which was cramping with some of the larger steps up...#trainwreckv
7SacredPools

Trad climber
Ontario, Canada
  Aug 31, 2016 - 05:57pm PT
Holy sh#t Vitaliy, what a place. And your photos are amazing.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
  Aug 31, 2016 - 06:31pm PT
A most excellent TR with exquisite photos!
limpingcrab

Gym climber
Minkler, CA
  Aug 31, 2016 - 07:02pm PT
Go to his blog for more pics, there's roughly a brazzilion of them. Good way to kill some time!
Mark Force

Trad climber
Ashland, Oregon
  Aug 31, 2016 - 07:06pm PT
Thank you.

Thank you.

I think this is the most inspiring post I've seen on ST.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Aug 31, 2016 - 07:16pm PT
I love your stoke brother!

Beauteous maximus!
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
  Aug 31, 2016 - 07:42pm PT
your photos are looking so awesome! glad you put the stamp on them. Good Times!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Aug 31, 2016 - 07:59pm PT
Exemplary, Bravo VM !
Ed H

Trad climber
Santa Rosa, CA
  Aug 31, 2016 - 10:08pm PT
Really beautiful photos - I hope the High Sierra buzz stays with you for a while
Hardly Visible

Social climber
Llatikcuf WA
  Aug 31, 2016 - 10:33pm PT
Stunning views
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Aug 31, 2016 - 11:17pm PT
Bravo! The pictures, like your climbs, are first rate.

John
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Sep 1, 2016 - 03:01am PT
Stellar,
Those Milky Way shots are out of this world!!!
yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
  Sep 1, 2016 - 03:33am PT
The goods look good
EdwardT

Trad climber
Retired
  Sep 1, 2016 - 04:18am PT
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome.

You da Man!
MikeL

Social climber
Southern Arizona
  Sep 1, 2016 - 06:27am PT
Sweet!
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, Bozeman, the ocean, or ?
  Sep 1, 2016 - 08:21am PT
I wish they were in a big format "coffee table book" I could just keep going through.
I love your work. You have a great eye!

Susan and Michael
this just in

climber
Justin Ross from North Fork
  Sep 1, 2016 - 08:26am PT
Supertopo has some really great photographers on it. Vitaliy, you are up there with the best of them. Hope you are doing good man.
O.D.

Trad climber
LA LA Land
  Sep 1, 2016 - 08:29am PT
Simply outstanding.
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
  Sep 1, 2016 - 12:54pm PT
Not impressed. I will be impressed when you send orange route in the gym. 😃
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
The fake McCoy from nevernever land.
  Sep 1, 2016 - 02:31pm PT
You never cease to impress dude. Nice work all around.
backcountry

Trad climber
Tahoe City, CA
  Sep 1, 2016 - 08:47pm PT
Thanks! Awesome
Inner City

Trad climber
Portland, OR
  Sep 1, 2016 - 10:20pm PT
Hoh man! Some unbelievably beautiful photos!

Thanks for the Sierra wonder.
Degaine

climber
  Sep 2, 2016 - 04:23am PT
Pretty awesome. Great photos, thanks for sharing.

Nothing beats Sierra Nevada granite and weather.
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
  Sep 2, 2016 - 06:59am PT
Beautiful report & pics, Vitaly. Makes me wish I could shed 50 years and get back there!
snakefoot

climber
Nor Cal
  Sep 2, 2016 - 07:40am PT
nothing but quality here!
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
  Sep 2, 2016 - 01:30pm PT
Very nice!

Thank you.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
  Sep 2, 2016 - 03:26pm PT
BEST TR EVER!

But if a picture is worth a 1,000 words, it ain't long enough.
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
  Sep 2, 2016 - 08:41pm PT
Looking great V! The climbing is only exceeded by your photography skills! Proud work.
TYeary
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
  Sep 3, 2016 - 09:46am PT
Great collection of images Vitaliy!
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
  Sep 6, 2016 - 09:17am PT
I finally got to open this up in a larger screen. Wonderful photos! That star studded lake is amazing. And I also love the grass heart. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Sep 6, 2016 - 04:31pm PT
ты хорошо справился
Kironn Kid

Trad climber
  Sep 8, 2016 - 12:14pm PT
Sweeeeet :-)
clode

Trad climber
portland, or
  Sep 8, 2016 - 12:43pm PT
How did you get that banana in there without it turning to mush?
Oh, and BTW, TFPU!
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
  Sep 8, 2016 - 12:49pm PT
They hunt. They kill.
The Alpine

climber
The Sea
  Sep 9, 2016 - 08:42am PT
V - what is this line to the right of the Arctic Lakes wall? Looks like a big red corner.

Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Author's Reply  Sep 9, 2016 - 09:45am PT
The alpine, check the 4th post: http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/51093/Whats-left-to-do-in-the-Sierras

Long way in there, and the rock looked shitty. Or shitty enough that there are better things to do around.
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