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scrambling Alabama Hills, California

Posted Jun 07 2009 11:22pm

Rarely do I revisit hikes.

But I returned to the Alabama Hills on a recent trip to Lone Pine, California.

This landscape is so weird.

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OK, it’s not that weird. Kids must have painted this one.

But otherworldly. And about as realistic as an old Star Trek TV set.

TTVo – larger version

… The Alabama Hills are a popular location for television and movie productions (especially Westerns) set in an archetypical “rugged” environment. Since the early 1920s, 150 movies and about a dozen television shows have been filmed here … Gunga Din, Springfield Rifle, and How the West Was Won, as well as more recent productions such as Tremors and Joshua Tree…. In Gladiator, actor Russell Crowe rides a horse in front of the Alabamas, with Mount Whitney in the background, for a scene presumably set in Spain. Star Trek Generations was filmed here …. More recently, many parts of the film Ironman (film) were filmed here. …

I went to scramble the boulders at dusk. Gorgeous.

djfrantic – larger version

… There are two main types of rock exposed at Alabama Hills. One is an orange, drab weathered metamorphosed volcanic rock that is 150-200 million years old. The other type of rock exposed here is 90 million year old granite which weathers to potato-shaped large boulders, many of which stand on end due to spheroidal weathering acting on many nearly vertical joints in the rock. …


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The only geology I can compare it with are the boulder hills near Hampi, India.


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