A little late getting this up but I had to edit a little video clip from our trip. It was one of the coolest places I have been to in California so far. Paul and I drove 5 hours up the US 395 to this little town called Independence and hung a left on the one road that goes out into the Sierra’s. Pretty amazing place and I highly recommend that you visit the Onion Valley campgrounds to hike around.
Planning on climbing 3 peaks and unsure of the conditions due to a storm that rolled through a few days prior, we came prepared with everything you could need to grab some peaks in the High Sierras. Even with weather in the forecast we ended up having two beautiful bluebird days to climb and reached the summit of Independence Peak (11,744 ft) and Mount Gould (13,005 ft). Both peaks offered some really fun Class 3 and 4 scrambling/climbing. We wanted to get Mt Rixford or Dragon Peak from Mount Gould but the very exposed ridges were all corniced and looked like they were due for an avalanche at any time. All in all a great weekend and we are heading back up to that area to grab some more peaks this weekend so check back for some more rad video clips and photos.
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