James Winstead Photoblog

or how i learned to stop worrying and carry a camera

3 Days in SW Yosemite NP

Up South Fork of Merced River - x-country over ridge E of Triple Divide Peak (was going to climb, but bailed considering weather) - past Slab Lakes - Rutherford Lake (technically in Ansel Adams Wilderness) back over Fernandez Pass - Breeze Lake - Chain Lakes

First snow of the season?  Starting in September, fingers crossed that we get a legit winter this year.

Was a fantastic trip with a great hiking partner. (first photo in this set credited to him too)

Still life with beer and edged tools

(does it count as ultralight backpacking if you bring an axe?)

(also, just gather downed wood… don’t be a dick)

Koip Peak Pass, Ansel Adams Wilderness. 12,260’

(Backpacking solo is fantastic, and I recommend it to anyone if you are comfortable with it, but photos just aren’t the same without other people.)

Sunrise on Mount Banner and Thousand Island Lake - Ansel Adams Wilderness

Exploring North Marin Co. with my Cousin, watching the fog a-comin in.

Exploring North Marin Co. with my Cousin, watching the fog a-comin in.

outdoor-z asked: You once posted a picture of a group of people camping in Big Sur with an awesome view of the ocean... Could you possibly tell me where along the coast that was? It looks amazing and is seriously one of my favorite pictures ever

Glad you liked it.  We were on the ridge near a Campground called Timber Top.  That section of the coast has a fire road running along the top of the ridge, parallel to Hwy 1.  The actual spot we camped isn’t really all that relevant, there are miles and miles of coastline that look like this.  Just find a flat spot, don’t build a fire and leave no trace.

Ingredients for a proper winter trip

Bears!

We followed this guy for a while, but he eluded us.

Yosemite 2014

Catching some spring snow.

Agave at Big Sur

(For a Midwest native like me, this sometimes feels like walking an alien planet)

Backpacking at Big Sur

Backpacking at Big Sur

The Pacific seeming infinite at Big Sur

The Pacific seeming infinite at Big Sur

Datsun

Datsun

Little Yosemite Valley - February

Part III

A good morning… boiling up collected rain for coffee while warm and cozy under a tarp.

Little Yosemite Valley - February

Part II