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Mt Bross

After hiking up the flank of Mt Democrat, we turned to the east and headed towards Mt Lincoln to avoid the large crowds on the first peak. We followed the ridge to Mt Licoln, ate breakfast, then walked up the side of Mt Bross and down to Kite Lake. The mining equipment, pits, and trails are quite the spectacle at 14,000+ feet .

MiningEquipmentTrailsMountDemocrat.jpgMining Equipment, Trails, and Mount Democrat, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x67″)

ScreeAndTalusOnMtBross.jpgScree and Talus Field on Mt Bross, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x60″)

Hiking above Kite Lake, CO

A few photographs from the Buckskin Creek cirque/headwaters and my Kite Lake-Mt Lincoln-Mt Bross hike.

AloneInTheSkynearKiteLakeCO.jpgAlone in the Sky, near Kite Lake, CO (12″x18″)

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Looking Back from Mt Bross, near Kite Lake, CO (12″x18″)

Cirque Camping above Kite Lake, CO

While working Boulder this July, I drove up to Kite Lake near Fairplay and Alma, CO. The camping areas near the lake were packed, so I hiked up a cirque along Buckskin Creek and set up camp near 12,500 feet in an isolated meadow. The cirque was relatively close to the parking area, but the steep hill blocked the view of the road and trails, so the area felt like the middle of the wilderness. The next morning, I slid out of my sleeping bag before sunrise to hike up a few peaks in the area- see future posts for peak panoramas.

SnowFieldandStreamnearKiteLake.jpgSnow Field and Stream, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x54″)

UnnamedCrescentLakenearKiteLake.jpgUnnamed Crescent Lake, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x60″)

Wild Basin Cliffs and Clouds

A few weeks ago, I hiked past Bluebird Lake (along the Wild Basin trail in Rocky Mountain National Park), scrambled up a scree field, and made my way along an old cirque above tree line just below Isolation Peak. The towering cliffs and exposed rocks are stunning when viewed up close. Looking down valley, I seemed to be standing above the clouds.

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Unnamed Ridge, Cliffs, and Clouds, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (16″x42″)

Wild Basin Waterfalls

My first weekend in Boulder, I drove to the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park and hiked up to the back of Isolation Peak. On the way back down, I stopped at Ouzel Falls and Calypso Cascades to take a few long-exposure/bulb photographs of the flowing water.

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Ouzel Falls and Stump, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (16″x28″)

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Calypso Cascades and Logs, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (16″x27″)

Lightning Storm from Boulder

After arriving in Boulder, I noticed flashing light off to the east through the trees. I couldn’t hear the thunder, but lightning was striking every half second in the thunderstorm over the plains. I drove up the hill near the NCAR Mesa Lab and took a few 30-second exposures of this storm cloud before heading to bed.

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Lightning Storm from South Boulder (#2), Boulder, CO (12″x18″)

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Lightning Storm from South Boulder (#4), Boulder, CO (12″x18″)

Ute Mountain and Clouds

On my drive to Boulder, CO, I stopped along US 285 near San Antonio Mountain to photograph the summer clouds passing over the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

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Ute Mountain and Clouds, Rio Arrive County, New Mexico (12″x18″)

Monsoon from Sentinel Peak

When I stepped off the plane from Nepal in late June, it was about 110F (~40C) here in southern Arizona. Fortunately, the monsoon started soon after I arrived. After work one evening I drove up to the top of Sentinel Peak (near downtown Tucson) and shot a few panoramas of the lumbering monsoon storms as they approached from the south.

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Monsoon Storm from Sentinel Peak #2, Tucson Mountains, AZ (16″x74″)

Boot Hill Climbing

Routes on the north and west faces of the rock promontory above the Prison Camp area make for great spring climbing along the Catalina Highway on Mt Lemmon. I especially liked the shadows of the passing clouds on the hills in the background.

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Boot Hill Cliffs and Clouds, Coronado National Forest, AZ (16″x39″)

Green Slabs Climbing

Just past Milepost 9.9 and the Seven Cataracts Overlook, the road cut along the Catalina Highway (General Hitchcock Highway) forms two vertical cliffs on either side of the road. The climbing cliffs just uphill from this pullout are called The Green Slabs. There are a variety of traditional (‘trad’) routes on the south face and sport climbing on the north face. Here are a few photographs from the area.

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Focus on the Rock, Coronado National Forest, AZ (12″x18″)

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Green Slabs Cliffs and Highway, Coronado National Forest, AZ (16″x49″)