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Adventure Types Archives: Short is the new long

Mt. Lyell, the highest peak in Yosemite. Russell Pass, a hard Class 2 over the Cathedral Range, is the low spot on the far-right ridge, to the right of the small tower.

Yosemite High Route

A circumnavigation of the remote upper headwaters of the Tuolumne & Merced Rivers, encompassed within America’s third national park. Can be undertaken as a thru-hike (125 to 162 miles in length) or in shorter sections.

Unnamed lake below Paiute Peak, at the head of Thunderbolt Creek

Pfiffner Traverse

A 78-mile high route through Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks & James Peak Wilderness Areas, with a mix of high ridgelines, airy peaks, deep canyons, and colorful meadows.

Cascading waterfalls below the Blackfoot Glacier, the largest and most active glacier along the route.

Glacier Divide Route

July 2016 || A 125-mile high route through Glacier National Park, paralleling the Continental Divide, usually off-trail. Currently a work-in-progress.

Walking north atop the Continental Divide north of Europe Peak

Wind River High Route

Summers 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2015 || A 95-mile world-class backpacking with 65 miles of off-trail travel, two 13,000-foot summits, nine alpine passes, and no road crossings.

The view north from Tablelands. The  South Fork of the Kings River runs right to left through the center of the photo, out of view deep in a canyon. On the skyline can be seen the Palisades (right side) and Black Divide (left side).

Kings Canyon High Basin Route

Summers 2013, 2014, and 2015 || Short is the new long! 124 miles around the upper watershed of the Kings River in California’s High Sierra. 84 miles off off-trail travel, a high point of 12,434 feet, and no road crossings.