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Leo Franchi

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This time we decided to do Thunderbolt to Sill from the west side, to avoid having to deal with the late-season open bergschrund to get up the Thunderbolt N/NE chute. It means we didn’t get the chance to walk up this valley with the beautifully green First, Second and Third lakes, but at least we got to gaze down from the top and confirm they are still as pretty as ever! . . . . #highsierra  #easternsierra  #palisades #keepitwild  #ourwild  #runwild #lasportivana  #easternsierralove #nationalpark  #wilderness #themountainsarecalling #wildernessculture  #wildernessnation #alpineclimbing #choosemountains #optoutside #neverstopexploring #backcountryclimbing #tradclimbing #backpacking #gooutside #peakbagging #graniteisbest #ca14ers #beautifuldestinations #rawcalifornia #exploremore #rei1440 #passionpassport at Palisades (California Sierra)

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On the hike in to our base camp at the base of Thunderbolt, we had the time to scramble up Mt Agassiz to acclimatize . As a bonus we got a great view of the ridge we were to climb the next day—the entire expanse of Thunderbolt to Sill. . . . . . . #highsierra  #easternsierra  #palisades #keepitwild  #ourwild  #runwild #lasportivana  #easternsierralove #nationalpark  #wilderness #themountainsarecalling #wildernessculture  #wildernessnation #alpineclimbing #choosemountains #optoutside #neverstopexploring #backcountryclimbing #tradclimbing #backpacking #gooutside #peakbagging #graniteisbest #ca14ers #beautifuldestinations #rawcalifornia #exploremore #rei1440 #passionpassport at Palisades (California Sierra)

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When we were in SEKI a couple weeks ago I just had a short glimpse of Angel Wings, this proud formation. The story we heard from two climbers who epiced on the descent a few nights before wasn't enough to dissuade me from knowing I'll come back to climb one of the classics on this rock. . . . . . . #rock_climbing_pictures_of_instagram #backcountryclimbing #tradclimbing #seki #sequoianationalpark #backpacking #ourwild #gooutside #wildernessculture #keepclimbing #beautifuldestinations #rawcalifornia #beautifuldestinations #nps #findyourpark #granitefordays #sequoiakingscanyon #exploremore #rei1440 #passionpassport #rawcalifornia #rock_climbing_pictures_of_instagram #peakbagging #neverstopexploring #graniteisbest at Sequoia National Park, California

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This lake color would not have been out of place in the Mediterranean...except for the snow all around :) we had planned to climb Lion Rock, shown here, after Triple Divide Peak, but ran out of time. . . . . . #seki #sequoianationalpark #backpacking #ourwild #gooutside #wildernessculture #keepclimbing #beautifuldestinations #rawcalifornia #beautifuldestinations #nps #findyourpark #granitefordays #sequoiakingscanyon #exploremore #rei1440 #passionpassport #rawcalifornia #peakbagging at Sequoia National Park, California

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We camped here at Tamarack Lake for 3 nights, never seeing another human at this excellent camping spot. Just a few miles from the highway of the High Sierra Trail, yet totally serene. . . . . . #tradisrad #backcountryclimbing #tradclimbing #seki #sequoianationalpark #backpacking #ourwild #gooutside #wildernessculture #keepclimbing #beautifuldestinations #rawcalifornia #beautifuldestinations #nps #findyourpark #granitefordays #sequoiakingscanyon #exploremore #rei1440 #passionpassport #rawcalifornia #rock_climbing_pictures_of_instagram at Sequoia National Park, California

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A stream and a valley: scenic panoramas on our approach to Tamarack Lake. The NPS ranger station temporarily relocated here due to the Bearpaw Meadow ranger station being rebuilt—not a bad place for a base camp, I’d say! . . . . . . #tradisrad #backcountryclimbing #tradclimbing #seki #sequoianationalpark #backpacking #ourwild #gooutside #wildernessculture #keepclimbing #beautifuldestinations #rawcalifornia #beautifuldestinations #nps #findyourpark #granitefordays #sequoiakingscanyon #exploremore #rei1440 #passionpassport #rawcalifornia at Sequoia National Park, California

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