OROGENY

Location: Humphrey's Basin, Inyo National Forest

Date: TBD

Orogeny: a process in which a section of the earth's crust is folded and deformed by lateral
compression to form a mountain range.


This short point to point hike in the Eastern Sierra takes us into Humphrey’s Basin, a large, flat, zone
above treeline, studded with lakes and erratic boulders. There is very little plant coverage, providing
an excellent opportunity to observe the evidence of the formation of the Sierra both at small scale
and large, with huge views of glacial cirques, the glacier divide, and the sawtooth-like Pinnacles. This
trip is an opportunity to let ourselves become confused in the scale of both geologic time and space.

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