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We arrived at Guitar Lake in the early afternoon, which gave us a plenty of time to look for a spot to our preference, pitch our tents, have early dinner and scout a location to settle in for the sunset. It was above timberline country again, meaning a lot of wind at the high elevation. Once we got to the other side of the neck (of the Guitar Lake) where we found no people, I briefly debated whether I should focus on the sunset glow to fall on Mt. Whitney or the sun itself setting over the west side of the lake. In the end I got both, however, I must say the latter wasn’t as interesting from where we were as I hoped it to be. A higher ground would’ve been much better to capture what the landscape of the surroundings of the lake had to offer. However, the majestic sight of the highest summit in the contiguous United States, glowing profusely in intense orange, made it up for any ounce of disappointment in me. I had climbed it once before, and we were going to climb it again in just over a day. That time the ascent would be in the company of a full moon in the dark. For now, I was extremely thrilled at the beauty of the west slope of the mountain that I had never seen before.

Sequoia National Park, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • 16mm / 231 sec at ƒ/10 / ISO 100
  • Taken 8/17/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji


    • Thank you!!! It was quite exciting to be at Guitar Lake as a hiker who knows the significance of it on this journey. IMHO though it is something that every non-thru hiker should experience to appreciate the true beauty of the Sierra Nevada. 🙂

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