Category Archives: Sierra Nevada

Posts about one of our favorite subjects, the Sierra Nevada.

Climbing Mt. Whitney

New Climbing Mt. Whitney ebook on Amazon

Climbing Mt. Whitney

New ebook edition on Amazon

We’ve finally added a new ebook edition of Climbing Mt. Whitney to Amazon’s Kindle program, exclusive for three months. Anyone who purchased a hard copy of the book from Amazon can get the Kindle edition FREE!

It’s not often that a guidebook author is both an expert and actually fun to read but Peter Croft is all that. Author of The Good, The Great and The Awesome – The Top 40 High Sierra Rock Climbs, Peter is one of the top climbers in the U.S. and has been around long enough, to know and have climbed with many of the greats like Galen Rowell and Warren Harding.

There are many contributors to this book, a compilation of Whitney’s history through the voices of mountaineers such as Glen Dawson who wrote the book’s foreword and who, at 102, is the last surviving member of the climbing party led by Norman Clyde who made the first ascent of Whitney’s East Face in 1931. Clyde’s account of that climb is included in the book.

Patitucci on iPhone

Patitucci on iPhone

For the more adventurous, Croft has included challenging technical routes on Whitney and nearby Mt. Russell, with photographs by John Moynier, Dan Patitucci, Marty Lewis and Andy Selters.

The print version of Climbing Mt. Whitney is also available on at bookstores in the Eastern Sierra.

November, already! Time for the desert.

Owens Valley Autumn ©2013 Wynne Benti

Owens Valley Autumn ©2013 Wynne Benti


Fall arrived in the Eastern Sierra when the aspens began changing color from to brilliant yellow, orange, and red in mid-September, then rolled down the Sierra slopes to the Owens Valley. Now, the first week of November, the last of the cottonwoods are turning orange. The Owens Valley floor is covered with thousands of cottonwoods from Sherwin Grade south to Lone Pine. Soon, the willows will join in as their diamond-shaped leaves change from green to orange to red.

Desert SummitsThe desert hiking and climbing season is underway and Desert Summits: A Climbing and Hiking Guide to California and Southern Nevada by Andy Zdon is flying out the proverbial Spotted Dog Press door as dedicated desert climbers use this excellent reference to summit new peaks or revisit old favorites from the Mojave to the Great Basin.

October cottonwoods ©2013 Wynne Benti

Cottonwoods in Bishop, California

Jeff and Rosy, Wheeler Camp ©2013 Wynne Benti

Jeff and Rosy, Wheeler Camp ©2013 Wynne Benti

Another great book to check out is Favorite Dog Hikes In and Around Las Vegas written by Las Vegas native Megan Lawlor and Wynne Benti. This is a great book, full of maps More than 100 day hikes, walks & parks!
From Charleston Peak, Nevada’s eighth highest, to waterfalls in the heart of high desert sandstone, this is the BEST dog hiking guide to Las Vegas and includes the following areas:
The Spring Mountains
Kyle Canyon and Vicinity
Harris Springs Road
Deer Creek and Vicinity
Lee Canyon and Vicinity
Cold Creek
Wild Horse Watering Holes
Trail of the Mustangs
Mountain Springs Summit and Vicinity
Potosi Mountain
Carpenter Canyon
Goodsprings Mining District
Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge
Red Rock NCA
Favorite Dog Hikes In and Around Las Vegas

Author Andy Zdon to speak in Bishop

Andy Zdon on Turtle Mountain

Andy Zdon on Turtle Mountain PHOTO: Wynne Benti

Andy Zdon author of Desert Summits: A Climbing & Hiking Guide to California and Southern Nevada will be the guest speaker at the Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s brown bag lunch on August 7, 2013 in Bishop, California. Here is the announcement from ESLT:

Brown Bag Lunch Series
Aquifer Modeling in the Amargosa and Death Valleys

August 7, 2013
ESLT Garden at 176 Home St.
12:00 – 1:00 pm

For our August installment of our monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series, Andy Zdon – Principal Hydrogeologist for Johnson Wright, Inc. – will be discussing groundwater and the challenges of aquifer modeling in one of the hottest, driest stretches in North America.

The ESLT Brown Bag Lunch Series is held on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Everyone is invited to attend, and is encouraged to bring his/her own lunch. This event takes place in the ESLT garden at 176 Home St. in Bishop between 12 and 1pm. In the case of inclement weather, the Brown Bag Lunch Series is held indoors. We hope to see you there!