I have wanted to go to Great Basin National Park for a very long time. I have driven past, and been to the visitor center, but never gone up to the high country there. Well, it was finally time! Nothing can compare to Yosemite or Yellowstone in their way, but over the decades I have come to appreciate less visited places more and more. Can you say 90,000 visitors annually compared to Yosemite's 4 MILLION?
Disclaimer: No technical climbing was done. (Unless you count wrassling in and out of my sleeping bag.)
However, much awesomeness flowed from the mountains and spilled all over my family. Not only that, but we were joined by Doug McDonald and his friend Farland, who many of you here have been introduced to before.
We cooked some AWESOME meals for six!
We had some really great hikes.
The campsite was at 10,000 feet!
We visited 4,000 year old Bristlecone Pines!
We climbed 13,063 ft. Wheeler Peak on a beautiful ridge!
As usual, thanks for looking folks, more to come, a little bit later.
Beautiful place...a guy named Leroy Johnson and I did Wheeler Peak in winter in the seventies, up the NW ridge from the cirque. He was the superintendent of the Forest Genetics Inst in Placerville and he told me about the formerly oldest Bristlecone pine in existent and how it had been growing forever in that cirque until some grad student from the Berkeley school of forestry cut it down to confirm how old it was, apparently for his thesis. He quipped that, needless to say, the thesis was rejected. Science marches on......
Wow, great post Branscomb! I have told many people over the years about ol' what's his name's career being ruined by cutting down that tree. I heard a very interesting piece on NPR about it. He went deep underground and changed careers. Even decades later, journalists would contact him on some ruse, and end up interrogating him about the tree cutting. The best part to come out of it is that there is a beautifully polished round from the Prometheus tree in the visitor center.
Thanks to my best pals from ST being the first to have a look at my TR. There are lots more pix if anyone cares to see them.
There was no badassery taking place, but tons of beauty, so as usual I just tried to get artsy with my camera.
This is awesome. I stopped by Great Basin many years ago and like you I just checked out the visitor center, realized it was a hidden gem and always wanted to go back and explore. Haven't got there yet, but it's a nice reminder!
Awesome TR, Bruce!
It's a wonderful place--and those bristlecone pines are
unbelievable. It's been years since I've been there, but I
really enjoyed it--especially a hike up Wheeler peak in the
early fall snow.
Nice job Survival. I must admit, I share your passion for the quieter places. Believe me when I tell you there is no quieter place than New Zealand.
So, what are you waiting for!,come to NZ. I'll have all the major airports monitored and a limousine on standby.
Just to give you some idea on what your missing, feast your eyes on this geological miracle.
Excellent photos, by an obviously excellent family man, of an excellent place.
I hiked around the area about 10 years ago with Max, the best Lab/Chow ever, after 4 or 5 friends bailed one by one on a climbing trip.