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9/22 Wed We climbed up to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest at 10,100 feet.

                   

                   

ABOVE - The Climb to White Mountain Road

BELOW - Scenery on the climb to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

                   

                   

BELOW - Panoramic vista all the way up the climb

           

BELOW - Finally, the entrance to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

                   

Standing as ancient sentinels high atop the White Mountains of the Inyo National Forest,

the Great Basin Bristlecone Pines rank as the oldest trees in the world.

BELOW -  The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

                   

There are many trees in the bristlecone pine forest of the White Mountains

that exceed 4,000 years of age, and are still growing!

                   

Bristlecone pine wood that has fallen to the ground can remain intact for thousands of years

in the cold, dry climate of the White Mountains. Using a cross-dating technique

that overlaps tree-ring patterns of living trees with the still intact patterns of dead wood,

scientists have assembled a continuous tree-ring chronology extending nearly 10,000 years.

                   

BELOW -  The clouds are moving in quickly