Star Trails from Cloud’s Rest

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Copyright © 2011 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.
5 hikers went on Pre-hike up to Cloud’s Rest to feel out the terrain, trail, shoot the full moon, and if any of us were lucky get a meteor in the frame too. I did see meteors from Perseids, or perhaps they were only shooting stars at an earlier photo stop along the trail up.
This is looking NNE toward Yosemite Wilderness. I used a high ISO because the stars were competing with the light of the full Moon, and it was getting lighter with each passing minute. I wanted to get as many stars as possible.

We started the ascent just after 10PM and I arrived here 5h 33m later.
I started this series of star trails at 3:51 A.M on Aug. 14, 2011. There are 22 frames| f8| 30 seconds each| ISO 1600. Nikon D300s| Nikkor 18mm Ai-S f3.5 lens| Tripod| Cable Release

Hike details:

It’s a 7.1 mile hike to Cloud’s Rest.

Time to top 5h33m

Total elevation gain: 3,099ft

Total rd trip 9h25m

Total miles- 14.2mi

It was a struggle for me once I hit 9,000ft. I started feeling nauseous, and heavy, and later with more altitude I started feeling dizzy. I rested a lot, and pushed through it. I didn’t climb the last 100ft of Cloud’s Rest…the most precarious part of the trail because the terrain was granite, with a shear drop off of 7,000ft, and the trail is exposed -only about 30-40 feet wide or so. Not something I wanted to attempt feeling nauseous, and dizzy. I am very happy to have made here. It was an epic hike, and challenging 24 hours.

Author: circadianreflections

My name is Deborah Zajac. I'm a photographer living in Nevada at the base of the Eastern Sierras. I am a passionate nature, landscape, night/astro photographer. I shoot predominately in color and use Nikon Digital Cameras, and lenses. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken while on my travels. Please feel free to leave a comment I'd love to hear from you.

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