Finally, here’s a video from the day in the White Mountains a few weeks ago.
It was as an epic adventure starting with our big horn sheep sighting in Silver Canyon. We ran into them on the road about half way up and watched them for about 45 minutes as they climbed the cliffs above us. The group was made up of several females, a few young males, and one young ram. According to our local sheep expert, the older, more established rams are in the high country preparing to come down to rut. The young ram in the group we saw will likely be forced out by the stronger males and forced to live in exile for a number of years until he is large enough to challenge the others. Maybe he’ll find another male of similar stature to live with in the meantime, but it’s possible that he’ll be solo for a few years.
When the sheep had enough of us and retreated beyond our lenses, we went up to The Patriarch Grove in The Bristlecone Pine Forest for lunch and a walk around the old trees.
From there we headed east, down Crooked Creek, toward Fish Lake Valley. The clouds briefly turned to rain as we descended, but we stayed dry for most of the day.
At the bottom of Crooked Creek, we headed south toward Dead Horse and Wyman Canyon. It’s incredible back there–you might say it looks like climbing area near Buttermilk with the large, flat red rocks protruding from the desert.
We passed a lot of mining equipment back there, both old and new. The roads aren’t easily accessible back there and I can’t imaging hauling all that equipment in.
At Dead Horse Meadows we headed back to the west, up Wyman Canyon, through another grove of Bristlecones, and back down Silver Canyon.
It was a long day. We covered 90 miles in about nine hours. Check out the video to see it for yourself.