Photo journal: From Norway to the High Sierra

Oddbjørn Midbø read about the John Muir Trail a couple of years ago and in 2015, made it happen. The Norwegian outdoorsman and photographer writes about his trip to California in the winter edition of the PCT Communicator.

“In my home country of Norway, we have a lot of spectacular landscapes and amazing wildlife, but California’s high alpine lakes surrounded by mountain peaks were something I had to see with my own eyes,” he writes.

We didn’t have room for all his photos in the magazine, so we thought we share more of them with you here. It’s a wonderful collection and a great reminder how lucky we are to have these remote and beautiful places in which to escape.

Twin Island Lakes, Sierra Nevada.

Twin Island Lakes, Sierra Nevada. Photo by Oddbjørn Midbø.

Thousand Island Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail/John Muir Trail.

Thousand Island Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail/John Muir Trail. Photo by Oddbjørn Midbø.

Iceberg Lake.

Iceberg Lake. Photo by Oddbjørn Midbø.

The milky way above Red Slate Mountain.

The milky way above Red Slate Mountain. Photo by Oddbjørn Midbø.

Sunset at Mills Creek. Second Recess.

Sunset at Mills Creek in the Second Recess. Photo by Oddbjørn Midbø.

Camp below Mt. Gabb.

Camp below Mt. Gabb. Photo by Oddbjørn Midbø.

The milky way shines bright above the dark Sierra.

The milky way shines bright above the dark Sierra. Photo by Oddbjørn Midbø.

Fin Dome in Kings Canyon National Park. The Pacific Crest Trail/John Muir Trail winding away.

Fin Dome in Kings Canyon National Park. The Pacific Crest Trail/John Muir Trail winding away. Photo by Oddbjørn Midbø.

Fin Dome reflected.

Fin Dome reflected. Photo by Oddbjørn Midbø.

The Painted Lady above Rae Lakes on the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Painted Lady above Rae Lakes on the Pacific Crest Trail. Photo by Oddbjørn Midbø.

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Author: Mark Larabee

Mark Larabee is the PCTA's Associate Director of Communications and Marketing. He is editor of the "PCT Communicator" magazine and manages the association's advocacy efforts. He is co-author of "The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail" published in 2016. Larabee is a journalist, part of a team who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for The Oregonian newspaper. He hiked the PCT across Oregon for a 2005 series for the paper and has been with PCTA since 2010. He lives in Portland.