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Covering the Sierra High Route by ski

Covering the Sierra High Route by ski

After Barry Ohm met mountain guide Dave Beck, Ohm knew he had to ski across the Sierra. Ohm, a seasoned climber who was living in South Lake Tahoe in 2009 when he took a winter survival class from Beck, was enthralled with Beck's tales of skiing in the "old days." Ohm took a series of wilderness ski-camping courses, and in May 2010, he signed on with Alpine Skills International to ski the Sierra High Route, which runs through Sequoia National Park and wilderness areas of the Inyo National Forest. The six-day mountaineering traverse crosses nine mountain passes at elevations from 10,500 feet to 13,000 feet. Carrying a 40-pound pack, Ohm skied the route, which begins in...