Rd., open and clear to just before the Yosemite gate.
Where are we?
is no substitute for a good map.
Climbing up the Fantail Gullies, a view opens up toward
the east, with Tioga Peak, Ellery Bowl, and Mono Lake in the
Touring the High Country
firmly attached to my pack, I skin toward the northern rim of the
Ben turns 'em down through
A Hard Day's Work
admire our accomplishments.
photo by Jeff
I can ski!
A rare photo of me making actual
turns. This is a lead change.
A Day Well
Looking back after the descent to Fantail Lake. Our ski
descent began at the top of the ridge at center.
along Lee Vining Creek to waiting cars, buried beer, and a long drive
Starting from the Saddlebag
Lake Rd. turnoff (9,500'), we ski up Lee Vining Creek toward the
east-facing bowls of False White Mountain.
Climbing up the ridge between
Lee Vining Creek and Fantail Lake. We didn't hang out under that
appreciates the high eastern bowl of False White Mountain as it
appears over the lip of the gully.
three ungraceful but sweet turns through soft, windblown snow. Ben
and Jeff are climbing higher up.
Jeff turns 'em down through
Ben and I traverse toward
the Spuller Lake drainage, with the bowl (and our tracks) in the
photo by Jeff
Ben harvests soft corn in the Spuller
Lake drainage. A thousand feet of excellent soft snow lead from here
down to Fantail Lake. Enjoy an 1.5M AVI
movie of his skiing.
Mt. Dana seen
from Fantail Lake.