ForwardCurrently I am working on a portfolio entitled Across The Sierra. A collection of Prints, drawings and photographs that will narrate my 2006 trans-Sierra journey.
The trip was conceived in order to gather enough visual information to create a rendered cross section drawing of the Southern Sierra Nevada from West to East. After several months of planing and preperation for the week long journey my wife Amie decided that she would join me. Dispite all the planning, we had to postpone our trip by one week due to the unusual amount of snow and high level of water in the rivers and creeks. We started on July 26th at Wolverton Meadow and ended at Whitney Portal on August 1st. In order to travel in a relatively straight line in accordance with my cross section drawing, we traveled cross country as the popular High Sierra Trail reached Kaweah Gap on the Great Western Divide and continued East over Pants Pass(which by the way ended up being quite perilous)in order to cut through the Kaweah Peaks. The journey continued through the seldom trotted Kern Kaweah Canyon where we joined the Colby Pass trail and crossed the Kern River at Junction Meadow. Continuing East, we headed up Wallace Basin in the Mount Whitney region where we climbed over Russell Carillon Pass in order to exit the Eastern Sierra through Lone Pine Creek.
Proir to the trip I drew topographic elevations using 7.5 minute USGS topographic maps, representing the entire distance of the trip. A version of this drawing accompanied me on the journey so that I could make notes of my observations along the way.
In order to gather critical visual reference material, I mannaged to summit several high points along the way, including Lawson Peak, Mt Barnard (which Amie joined me on), and Mount Carillon.
Below, I have uploaded the work in progress with a scroll bar for viewing as it is a very long drawing. The proper way to view this would be by scrolling all the way to the right in order to view the drawing from West to East. There is also a high resolution version further below (if you don't mind waiting for it to load up on your computer)that allows you to read all of the written information.
I hope you will continue to stop by as the porfolio progresses.