Saturday, January 9, 2016

Santa Rosa Mountains / Martinez Canyon 12 Days of Backpacking Christmas Trip

Long overdue are some trip reports for Dec 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. Over the Christmas/Winter/Holiday (take your pick) Break I managed to get almost 12 days of backpacking in the Santa Rosa Mountains and Martinez Canyon area. Most of these photos are from a small Olympus XA film camera I picked up just for backpacking trips. It is a small lightweight 35mm film camera that takes very sharp pictures. Fuji Velvia 50 slide film provided lots of color and an old school look that I love so much in photos.

Sort of an Ansel Adams moment atop a razor sharp and crumbly limestone ridge
Pinyon Tree ABove Ash Canyon

A panorama from the same ridge looking towards Cochella (click to see full size image)
Ash Canyon - Santa Rosa Wilderness

This is a small area of the now dried up Lake Cahuilla shoreline. The years gone by have left an easily seen water line on the rocks
Ancient Lake Cahuilla Water Lines

Personally I prefer to just squat over a hole in the ground but if you gotta sit while taking care of business then this would be your best friend
Cowboy Crapper

Moon rise from an unnamed canyon we camped in

Lots of Bighorn Tracks and body parts

Those old time cowboys really knew how to party, Gallo Wine and Hostetter's Stomach Bitters
Hostetters Stomach Bitters

There are also a handful of photos from my new Garmin Montana 600 GPS, it surprised me with how good of photos it can take and it is able to evaluate some tough low light exposures pretty well (sunrise/sunset).

Early morning sunrise looking at Toro Peak, yes, those are patches of snow on the ground, it was cold at night up on the mountain range!

Randy is hauling a hefty pack up several thousand feet of climbing in one day, I am not sure how he does it, especially with the light snow all over the place making it very slippery

The snow we had for a couple of days made animal tracking lots of fun and we did not need to carry much water since we could drink/eat the snow

Sunrise over the Salton Sea. I have to say that waking up in the morning and looking out over the Salton Sea from anywhere on the Santa Rosa mountain range is without a doubt one of my favorite parts of any trip up there, it is just magical

There are probably dozens of airplane wrecks in the Santa Rosa mountains, we found one

Gary & Randy enjoying some morning Starbucks looking out over Cochella Valley, damn it was cold..!!

Up near Rabbit Peak we could see down into Borrego Springs and Clark Lake

I hope you enjoy these photos of Martinez Canyon area and the Santa Rosa Mountain range

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Martinez Canyon - Agua Alta Loop 4 Day Backpack

A picture is worth a 1,000 words...

B/W / Sepia Photos from my 1937 Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515/2 6x9 folding pocket camera. Ilford HP4, 1:100 Rodinal @90 minutes

Gary & Tom at the Narrows

Tahquitz Canyon

Smoke Tree

Jack Miller Cabin

Joel & Tom at Agua Alta

Gary & Joel in Martinez Canyon

Canon S95 digital camera

About 4 bags total between all of us

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Santa Rosas / Rockhouse Canyon 4 Day Backpack

Here are a few pics from our recent backpack trip into Rockhouse Canyon where we spent 3 days base camped near the trail that leads up and over to Martinez Canyon and explored the various fingers that lead to and around the Necklace. It felt good to just relax for a few days and explore with a light day pack instead of lugging around a big heavy pack everyday. We were able to squeeze enough good water out of Stifferino to keep us happy for the whole trip. The repairs we made several years ago to the spring seem to be holding up with minor upkeep and it is also providing a bit better of a watering hole for the wildlife.

With the exception of the close up insects all of the photos are Fuji Velvia 50 film taken with my medium format Fuji GSW645 camera

Hope you enjoy

Total Balloon count this trip - 10+ I have been pretty lame lately not taking pictures and not keeping good count, maybe that can be my new years resolution..haha...