California Outward Bound School, Yosemite NP, 1971


I spent the summer of 1971 working as an instructor for the California Outward Bound School. We were headquartered at a moth-balled Marine base at Pickel Meadows, on the east side of the Sierras, where the West Walker River crosses under the Sonora Pass Highway. From there, we could look straight south to Tower Peak, which sits on the ridge that defines the northern boundary of Yosemite Park.CalOBSAnnouncement

Sullivan was an earlier (or was it later?) name for CalOBS

Sullivan was an earlier (or was it later?) name for CalOBS

Our expeditions started with Tower Peak , followed by the Sawtooth Ridge and Matterhorn Peak area, Mount Conness, the Kuna Crest and ended with an ascent of Mount Lyell, which sits on the ridge that defines the southeast boundary of the park.

Tower Peak, 11 photos

Ehrnbeck Peak sits east of Tower Peak

Ehrnbeck Peak sits east of Tower Peak

The sun peeks over the shoulder of Ehrnbeck Peak

Starting up Tower Peak

Starting up Tower Peak, with a view to Ehrnbeck Peak

On Tower Peak, with a view to Ehrnbeck Peak

On Tower Peak

On Tower Peak

Nearby peak

Nearby peak

On Tower Peak

On Tower Peak

On Tower Peak

On Tower Peak

On Tower Peak

On Tower Peak

On Tower Peak

On Tower Peak

Sunset sky

Sunset sky

Waterfall

Waterfall

Sawtooth Ridge, Matterhorn Peak and Whorl Mountain, 18 photos

Sawtooth Ridge

Sawtooth Ridge

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Sawtooth Ridge area

Matterhorn Peak

Matterhorn Peak

Whorl Mountain area

Whorl Mountain area

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

Whorl Mountain

South to Mount Conness, 15 photos

Mountain view

Mountain view

Clouds

Clouds

Sun and clouds

Sun, clouds and ridge

Interestingly eroded boulder

Interestingly eroded boulder

Zen-type arrangement of vein and boulders

Zen-type arrangement of vein and boulders

Small falls

Small falls

God beams

God beams

Peaks to the west of Horse Creek

Peaks to the west of Horse Creek

Students at timberline camp

Students at timberline camp

Mount Conness N. Ridge

Mount Conness, N. Ridge

Mount Conness N. Ridge

Mount Conness, N. Ridge

Conness Lake

Conness Lake

Mount Conness N. Ridge

Mount Conness, N. Ridge

Mount Conness N. Ridge

Mount Conness, N. Ridge

Mount Conness

Mount Conness

The Kuna Crest to Mount Lyell, 10 photos

On the Kuna Crest, view south to Mount Lyell

On the Kuna Crest, view south to Mount Lyell

Indian Paintbrush on the Parker Pass trail

Indian Paintbrush on the Parker Pass trail

Donahue Pass and my pack

Donahue Pass and my pack

Glacier polish on the way to Mount Lyell

Glacier polish on the way to Mount Lyell

Mount Lyell

Mount Lyell

Mount Lyell

Mount Lyell

Mount Lyell

Mount Lyell

Mount Lyell summit

Mount Lyell summit

Waterfall

Waterfall and snowbank

Sunset

Sunset

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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2 Responses to California Outward Bound School, Yosemite NP, 1971

  1. Britt Runyon says:

    Wow!….again……..Isn’t it “God’s Beams”?……………….What’s the symbol on your pack?

    Like

  2. believesteve says:

    God beams or god rays or crepuscular rays. Symbol is Hebrew characters that spell the word: “kosher”

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