Keith Sauer is a retired California State University, Fresno professor (B.A. and M.A., University of California, Berkeley in Spanish Literature, and Ph.D. University of Washington in Romance Linguistics), who lives with his wife Pat in North Fork California, from where he roams the Sierra Nevada with his Nikon as he has been doing since the two started backpacking in Yosemite fifty years ago.
He taught linguistics for two academic years at Romania’s second largest university, in the Transylvanian Alps of Romania, the Carpathian mountains, and has camped and hiked summers in the Rockies of Canada, the Alps of France and Switzerland, the Dolomites of Italy, The Pyrenees of Spain, and in Patagonia, in Chile and Argentina. This summer he and his wife will add the Julian Alps of Slovenia to the list. He led Sierra Club hikes and cross country ski outings for many years and now co-leads hikes for the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. He spent one summer as a back country ranger in Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows and was director of the Sierra Club’s LeConte Memorial Lodge another summer.
Rather than “photographer” he calls himself a hiker who takes pictures, although he has shown his wildlife photography in local galleries and has won several prizes in areas art shows. He has a photo list of a couple hundred people to whom he sends his outings reports and photos. These days, at 76, he and his (younger) hiking friends manage to get up in the high country once a week for a ten to fifteen mile hike or snowshoe, their preference being cross country travel above timberline.