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Batholith

The "backside" of Mt. Whitney as seen from Guitar Lake, Inyo County, Sequoia National Park, California.

 

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This is another in my John Muir Trail series. It is a three-exposure, shutter bracket HDR composite. All single images used in this composite were made with a Nikon D7000 and Tokina 11-16mm. Please view my other JMT images in my JMT set.

 

From Guitar Lake, this is looking due east toward the western side of Mt. Whitney. What you can't see is the summit of Mt. Whitney which is hidden from view due to this steep ridge. This image was made a few minutes before sunset as the sunlight broke through the heavy cloud cover.

 

The entire Sierra Crest is a batholith but this particular area shows it in all its granite glory. It's no wonder that this area requires the use of "wag bags" because you would need explosives to create a "cat hole" to bury your business. "Wag bags" are basically garbage bags which have a liquid-activated gel which masks the odor of human waste. These "kits" are provided free of charge to all hikers who enter the "Whitney Zone" and include a few dozen sheets of toilet paper, a sani-wipe and a sealable baggie which the hiker can use to "pack it out". Not the most pleasant of things but consider the alternative .... Years ago there used to be porta-potties near the Whitney summit but the only practical way to service them was via helicopter. "Wag bags" are a much more feasible substitute.

 

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Taken in June 2012