Category Archives: Travel/Places

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

On a recent trip to California, I visited the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest located in the White Mountains of eastern California. These trees, some of which are more than 5,000 years old, grow between 9,800 and 11,000 feet above sea level. I find it amazing that these trees have been around for such a long period of time. As you can see below, they are also very interesting looking.

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Back From Geology Field Camp

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I recently spent two weeks down in eastern California completing a geology field course. The course was a requirement for an earth sciences degree and introduced me to various field methods. The best part of the trip was spending each day in the field in one of the coolest places in the county. The White Mountains and Sierra Nevada were incredible.

Creating geological maps and cross sections was really challenging but also rewarding. I think I learned more in the field in two weeks than I did all of last school year. We also got to take a side trip to Yosemite as well as the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.

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I Kicked Ash On Mt St Helens

After weeks of anticipation, I finally got to accomplish my goal of climbing to the top of Mt St Helens. At 8,365 ft, it’s the second tallest mountain I’ve ever climbed. The trip was a success and everyone in our group made it up to the top. Here’s a full trip report of the days events

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The Dog Mountain Trail

Distance: 7 Miles
Elevation Gain: 2,800 Feet

I’ve been really anxious to get out and hike now that we live near mountains so we tried out the Dog Mountain trail. It’s located in Washington within the Columbia River Gorge. The total distance up and down is just over 7 miles and has an elevation gain of 2800 feet. It’s a really good workout and well worth the climb.

The top of the mountain is covered in snow right now but we were able to make it to the top without any issues (though it was a tad slippery in spots).

Here’s some photos from the hike:

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