Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mt Whitney Route



Mount Whitney CALIFORNIA

Mt Whitney hiking can only be done half the year, when the snow is minimal. All other seasons this is considered a 'mountaineering route' with ice crampons, snow axes, hard core mountain climbers. Not for the average hiker.

Whitney is the tallest peak in the lower 48 states, so the demand for these trails is very high. So if you wanna hike this are, please check with the local rangers in Lone Pine or Whitney Portal for the availability, plus the permits needed.

Mt Whitney Permits

Weather Mt Whitney

WHITNEY MAPS: topo trail maps


  • Mount Whitney High Country Map
  • Mount Whitney Zone Map
  • Inyo National Forest Map
  • Inyo National Forest Atlas




  • Mt Whitney as seen from Alabama Hills. Lone Pine, CA

    Tuesday, August 18, 2009

    Wilderness Mountains




    Santa Barbara coast is 40 miles away, but it's on fire again, so we usually bolt up to the Sierra Nevada mountains. Big rivers, hot springs, granite wall and zillions of dirt roads.

    Pieces of an email spawn new topics, spanning fresh ideas, friends sharing groceries today. Online, in the wild. Pretty much.

    My life, a silly hi-tech dream sometimes, is me working from a remote mountain village in SoCal, but too often in front of a computer -- on beautiful sunny days. Cool mountain breezes still make their way into my small office. My big dead line daily is to mail your maps, priority. Away from the city, deep in the woods. Minimal facilities, the mail leaves the hill at 3pm, sharp. No good restaurants, a small golf course, one crappy local pub w/ classic rock, black ice, winter snows and often, stuck on slow dial up (old skool, 56k internet connection, slow as molasses).

    This is what I do. I type, nearly every day or night, many 4 hour shifts...just to tell you about my fantastic, adventurous, beautiful journeys to the California Wilderness. Digital photography is my main means to get you this important message, as my writing skills kinda suck. Getting your ass outside, often, is my main goal.

    Cali, you can SEE MANY MORE PHOTO here!

     

    Tuesday, August 4, 2009

    California places to live

    Most residents of California migrate to the west coast. Like 90% of the population.Native Californians are harder and harder to find. The direction has always been westbound in our nations history. Diverse people, places, food, cities, great weather, plus tons of outdoor recreation and natural beauty to be enjoyed.

    San Diego, Los Angeles & San Francisco are the big 3 cities that folks gravitate to.
    If you are looking to move into the suburban or urban grind, we wish you well. If you seek a new rural residence in wine country, or the lost coast, or wanna buy a mountain cabin or live on a river, then you best start here with Total Escape. Get your own travel ideas and get inspired on real California. We've been doing the back roads of Cali for decades!

    California A to Z

    Mountain Thunderstorms

    Population, California
    36,756,666