Category Archives: Action/Sport

Action and adventure photography

by Scott Sady This blog post about Oregon waterfall photography and exploring the Pacific Northwest has been a long time coming. So long in fact, that I forgot about it until I was contacted by the Oregon Eclipse travel guide to use one of my starfish photos that I shot even earlier on Bandon beach….

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This year was a mixed bag for Reno’s annual whitewater kayaking and river celebration. The third year of drought made for low flows, and as a result not all of the top name competitors came in to compete. This festival is always a favorite of mine. It is what got me started kayaking years-ago, and…

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by Scott Sady The Tahoe area has always been a breeding ground for winter Olympic athletes and this year at Sochi is no exception. We already have a South Lake Tahoe lady, Jamie Anderson with a gold and Squaw Valley’s Julia Mancuso steps it up for a bronze medal in her third straight Olympics as…

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We didn’t get out into the backcountry last year because we had such a busy summer and I vowed that will never happen again. Here is the first of several trip reports of photography expeditions from this year’s adventures and I’m sure there are more to come. I’ll break this down into two sections, a…

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  • KathleenJuly 10, 2013 - 9:14 am

    Sick with envy and regret!!! Such stunning and amazing images…and all of your beautiful faces. Wish I could have rally’d for this one!
    Just holy WOW!
    xoxo
    K

  • AndreiJuly 15, 2013 - 9:33 am

    Great report and pictures. i have a question. For a trip like that 3-4 days, do you need a permit?
    Also what was the entry point?

  • adminJuly 15, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    Hi Andrei,

    Yes, permits are required in this section, as in most of the wilderness areas. This basin is generally limited to 39 people. Half of the permits can be reserved in advance, the other half you need to show up for by 8am the day of your hike if you feel lucky, otherwise by 8am the day before to get in the que for the first in line, first served issuing of following day permits at 11am sharp. We actually did the latter, because we didn’t plan to well. Granted it was a holiday, but got to the Forest Service office in Bishop at 7am the day before our hike and at 8, we were first in line to put our name on a list to get our permits at 11am. At 11am sharp, (you can’t be late or they skip you) they call out, in order, all the folks that got on the list that morning. We were first and scored a permit for 3 people. The couple right behind us asked for the same route and were denied. All the forest service office computers apparently are linked together now, so even if nobody in front of you is planning on taking your exact route, that doesn’t mean someone isn’t in line at Mammoth, or Mono or some other office for the same area. This usually only applies to weekends and holidays, but we went in on July 4, about the busiest time of the year, so we got lucky. But that said, permits are always required.

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  • John WelshAugust 30, 2015 - 8:20 am

    FANTASTIC PHOTOS.

    Was in this very area about 8? years back; interestingly, we did a similar off-trail adventure in the same pockets, I think, where you and your friends traveled; you are so correct about Desolation Lake. Big, yes. But not a very attractive pocket — hence the name, I guess.

    Did you use a tripod or some steady rock platform to get the night stars? Those are lovely shots.

    Was curious if you ever looked at that seemingly easy-to-navigate skree to the northwest of Desolation. My buddy and me looked it a few times and thought that we might be able to go “cross country” style to the direction of Star Lake (but we decided against it because we were a bit worried it might be more difficult than we were willing to tackle for a Day 2 location.

    Years later we ended up in that area (not Star Lake — but L Lake; that is a pretty part of the world too).

    Enjoyed your post and photos! Happy hiking!

    Sincerely,

    John

  • CharlesMay 2, 2016 - 11:39 am

    Thanks for the great post. I have backpacked the higher altitude Pioneer Basin when rejected for the “day of” trail pass to Piute. They did a lottery and even though we were there early it didn’t matter. Piute is very popular.

    I’m curious. What are your thoughts doing this trip mid-June? Obviously, it’s hard to predict weather systems but any experience that early in the year?

    Thanks!
    Charlie

  • ssadyMay 4, 2016 - 6:41 am

    Hi Charles, we did the lottery and we were second in line and the first person took 3 spots and we got the rest, so yes, pretty popular. This year was a decent snow year, I would expect you might have a lot of snow, especially up over the pass, to deal with. Plus wildflowers probably won’t be out that early that high unless it turns really warm. If you are experienced with winter navigation it shouldn’t be much of a problem.

  • Sierra At Tahoe Pass — maximseoJuly 29, 2016 - 2:24 am

    […] http://tahoelight.com/blog/2013/07/high-sierra… →admin-Hi Andrei, Yes, permits are required in this section, as in most of the wilderness areas. This basin is generally limited to 39 people. Half of the permits can … […]

by Scott Sady Day 1: Green Lakes trail head over Virginia Pass. Our first day started easily enough at Green lakes trail-head. Starting elevation was 7800 feet. We followed the trail to Green Lakes, then cross country to Virginia pass at 10550 ft. There was a decent use trail up to the pass and down…

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