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Glacier Point Yosemite: Unsurpassed by @jamespoppe

November 14, 2016

There are experiences of landscapes that will always be hard to fully describe. Yosemite's Glacier Point is just one of those places where there isn't enough time in the day to completely grasp how gorgeous it is.

 as told by @jamespoppe

What's the must do and see here?

Sunrise at Glacier Point, it's just one of those things that completely puts into perspective how crappy every other sunrise was prior to it. Bring a blanket!

What makes this a special place to connect with nature?

No matter how many times you've visited there's always something new. Monotony and boredom just don't exist here. There's always something to do.

Favorite memory here?

Favorite memory has to be when after class one weekend just decided to get in my truck with my girlfriend and drive over to Yosemite (3 hours away). Nothing went right water boiler didn't work, no campsites and no pillows (huge no no 10/10 would not recommend). Ended up pitching my hammock up to sleep in and wound up waking up at 5:30 a.m finding that I hung it next to a cliff unknowingly, but gazing at the most beautiful sunrise. It's so cliche to say, but everything just kinda stood still, there was no noise no people nothing. Just a one on one with me and nature I couldn't have planned a better moment if I tried.

What superlative would you give Glacier Point Yosemite?


Tell us about yourself!

I am an Adventure/Landscape photographer that traded the warm sands of Huntington Beach where I grew up for the cold harsh beauty of the PNW traveling and living in and out of Washington, Oregon and California (the photographer's trifecta!). I picked up a camera for the first time less than a year ago on my birthday in December, and I have yet to see a mountain, wave or tree I didn't wanna capture after that. Currently living in San Francisco, CA I strive to push myself away from the stereotypical "city life", and photograph the most breathtaking and remote places this beautiful Earth has to offer. At twenty-two years of age I am looking to hang up the surfboard periodically to challenge myself with the adventure of climbing El Capitan, as well as completing my first Kona Ironman. My mission as a photographer is to tell a story that changes people's perspectives on their own lives and to push past the idea of what "normal" is.


The road up to Glacier point is open only during peak season from late May to as late as early November. Snows unfortunately keep the road close through winter. The hike to the point is only about 20 minutes. The views are bucket list worthy including Yosemite Falls and Half Dome.

The short version: drive up and check out the view. The Long version: drive up enjoy the view and then do some hiking to see some other cool spots in Yosemite (we know which one you prefer). There's a few options along the road up to Glacier point. For the moderate day hike check out Bridalveil Creek or make a a very long day out of it and take the Ostrander Lake Trail.

What's your favorite pair of Rheos shades?

Frame Color:Tortoise
Lens Color:Thermal
Description:Imagine you made it up to Glacier point for sunrise and you watch as the first light washes over Half Dome. Not exactly the time you want to be squinting. Keep your eyes protected and stay in the moment longer with the classic wayfarer style of Rheos Sapelos in Tortoise with Thermal lenses.

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