OAKHURST — Fresno Flats Historic Park invites the community to attend the May edition of their First Friday Lecture Series. On Friday, May 4, wildlife biologist Phil Bartholomew presents his dad Orland’s solo winter trek in 1928-1929 from Mt. Whitney to the Muir Trail in Yosemite — some 300 miles.
High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mount Whitney and the Muir Trail Area, from the Diary of Orland Bartholomew and Photographs Taken by Him, by Gene Rose, will be available for sale during the event.
“The first solo winter trek of the High Sierra crest, in 1928-29, from Cottonwood Lakes to Tuolomne Meadows, by mountaineer and ‘stream gauger’ Orland Bartholomew, is vividly described in this account of a dangerous solitary journey. High Odyssey contains great photos by the subject, who traveled on skis for most of the distance — and who climbed Mt. Whitney on the way, for the first recorded winter ascent of the highest peak.”
Doors open to the Cunningham Schoolhouse at 6 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so organizers ask that you arrive early if you don’t want to stand in the back. While the event is free, donations are gladly accepted to support Fresno Flats and its historical research.
Fresno Flats Historical Park and Museum is located at 49777 School Road, Oakhurst, CA 93644