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Winter Tenting Try in Lone Pine – Climbing Lady with Canine


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Mar 15, 2024
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The climate had been fairly gentle this winter. I made a decision to do in a single day tenting in Lone Pine within the Sierra Nevada. I’ve been wanting to take a look at Alabama Hills close by so I made a decision to arrange the camp in Lone Pine Campground and meander in Alabama Hills in the course of the day.

We left house early on that Saturday morning in February and arrived on the campground at 10:30 AM. Because it was low season, we had no drawback getting a tent-only campsite proper subsequent to the creek. The view of Mt Whitney, the tallest mountain within the “decrease 48” states, was spectacular towards the blue sky


and if the water wasn’t icy chilly, the creek was shallow and calm. Xena would have loved taking part in in it.


Every thing was going easily till we had been driving all the way down to Alabama Hills for some exploring earlier than dinner. A thick hazy blanket of clouds began to roll in from the north.



The clouds introduced in excessive wind. Perhaps round 35 mph? It was tough to face nonetheless and my hair blew all over overlaying my imaginative and prescient. Nevertheless it didn’t cease us. Alabama Hills was completely superb!

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Then the temperature began to drop as time handed. By now, I began to have a second thought of tenting. The excessive wind was the problem. After having enjoyable climbing boulders for some time, we determined to go to the Mobius Arch then again to the campsite.




Discovered Mobius Arch

After we acquired again to the campsite by supper time, I used to be freezing chilly and didn’t have the center to courageous the chilly windy evening. My tent isn’t for winter tenting. I simply would possibly die nighttime, I believed. Sure, I used to be a bit dramatic however I wasn’t going to seek out out if that was true or not. It was exhausting however I made a decision to interrupt down the camp. We broke down the camp into the darkish and finally drove all the way down to the city. We had been in a position to get a room at Finest Western in Lone Pine. It was tremendous windy at evening and I wakened a pair occasions by the rattling home windows. I used to be glad in regards to the resolution however nonetheless, I used to be disillusioned. I missed tenting.

Since we had a restful evening, we acquired up early the subsequent morning to return to Mobius Arch to seize the dawn. We layered up and off we went.

Xena patiently waited for the dawn.


At first, Mt Whitney within the background lit up in a number of shades of gold.


It was chilly 27 levels nevertheless it was nothing in comparison with the wind storm from yesterday. Regardless of the loopy we have now to take care of, my accomplice in crime is at all times by my aspect.


On prime of Lathe Arch

I need to see a dawn like this each morning.




Mobius Arch

Sunburst by means of Eye of Alabama Hills Arch

I ended up catching a chilly from this journey and was sick for every week nevertheless it might’ve been rather a lot worse if I used to be cussed about tenting on Saturday. I can at all times return when it will get hotter for us to camp. My disappointment with tenting failure dissipated as I captured these pictures of the dawn. Such a tremendous place! I’m so glad it’s a driving distance from our house so Xena can be a part of me on these superb journeys.

Good to Know:

  • Lone Pine Campground
    • No charge in the course of the low season; $22/nightly/every day, $7 for added automobile
    • Reservation required throughout peak season (4/25/18 – 10/30/18)
    • Fashionable for RV tenting however there are additionally a number of tent-only websites and one tent-only group web site that may accommodate as much as 15 visitors
  • Alabama Hills
    • Dispersed tenting; no charge or allow required
    • 5.5 miles from Lone Pine Campground
  • Mobius Arch Loop Hike
    • Hike Date: 2.11.18
    • Distance: 0.6 miles
    • Elevation Achieve: 42 ft

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