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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Climbing White Mountain

The White Mountains of California and Nevada, home to the ancient Bristlecone Pines and herds of bighorn sheep, stretch some 60 miles along the eastern edge of Eastern California's Owen's Valley. The range, mostly formed as a greatly elevated plateau, is the highest in the entire Great Basin. At it's pinnacle stand White Mountain Peak, a massive extinct volcano rising the the plateau's crust and California's third highest summit at 14,252'. Here two climbers ascend during a late summer snow.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Bishop, California, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Jeff Deikis