Photos from a summer, 1976, hike from Onion Valley to Kearsarge Peak in the High Sierra of California:
That summer, I ran the Onion Valley Store and Café with five friends . We ran a full-on, gourmet restaurant 15 miles west of Independence at 9,250 feet elevation. We actually had customers from Los Angeles, 250 miles to the south, who came back for the spectacular ambiance…and the food, of course.
For more insight into my mid-1970s adventures in the Sierra, check out these recent scans of some Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides: https://garyerichardson.com/2014/09/30/more-newly-digitized-old-35-mm-images/ This series is from my first climb, of Mount Whitney, whose summit was then said to be 14,495 feet above sea level (now, 14,505′).
For an interesting, illustrated ski adventure from Kearsarge Peak to Onion Valley, check out this link: http://www.thebackcountry.net/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1690
For great photos of many Sierra peaks and occasional shots of beautiful, high altitude wildflowers, see Reiner Stenzel’s slide show: http://angeles.sierraclub.org/sps/slideshow/slideshowhtml/DC-1.htm
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