Mike had been noticing the rosy outlines of Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak as he squinted out from his tent in the early morning hours. So he talked himself into getting up before dawn, donning his Patagonia Micro Puff jacket and tottering on down to the granite bluff overlooking the meadow. Sunrise seemed forever in coming, but it finally did.
Photo: Sunrise, Mt. Ritter & Banner Peak—Sierra Nevada, 2010