Photo above: Mark, Gerald and Jeff La Favre, summit of Split Mountain. August, 1977
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. -- John Muir
My first High Sierra experience came in 1970, with a backpack trip from Kings Canyon to Mt. Whitney. For nine days my brother, Vic, and I explored the back country of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, climbing more than 18,000 feet in elevation and covering a distance of 104 miles. We carried all of our equipment and food in backpacks, drank from innumerable snow-fed streams, and cooked over wood fires. It was a journey I will never forget.
CLICK HERE Zumwalt Meadows (Kings Canyon) to Mt. Whitney and return
Five years later I was introduced to High Sierra mountaineering by my uncle, Gerald La Favre. This was the first of several trips I would enjoy with my uncle and his son, Mark. In the years that followed, there were a couple of "shake-down" hikes and five more major trips. In all, I climbed twelve mountains, hiked more than 400 miles, and gained more than 100,000 feet in elevation.
CLICK HERE Crescent Meadow (Giant Forest) to Mineral King, July 4 - 11, 1975
CLICK HERE Onion Valley to South Lake
CLICK HERE South Lake to North Lake, August 19 - 27, 1979
CLICK HERE Onion Valley to Mt. Clarence King and return
CLICK HERE Agnew Meadow to Glacier Point
CLICK HERE South Lake to North Lake
CLICK HERE South Lake to Dusy Basin, then to Knapsack Pass