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Re: TR: Shoulder Season in Ionian Basin ~ October 2013

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:10 pm

Thank you for completing this wonderful TR. Love the pictures, the route
outlines, and the gear descriptions at the end. Well worth the slightly extended
wait. ;)
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Re: TR: Shoulder Season in Ionian Basin ~ October 2013

Postby balance » Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:06 pm

Good trip report. Thank you.
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Re: TR: Shoulder Season in Ionian Basin ~ October 2013

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:06 pm

Bluewater wrote:Day 5 Continued:
Secor recommends following the south side of the creek from Midway Lake to Portal Lake. After scrambling most of the way down I found that the south side ended at the top of a cliff. I found three places where I might have been able to make it down but after my accident a few days earlier I wasn't going to take any chances. I ended up traversing the entire boulder field, crawling between the boulders and frozen waterfalls in the creek. After an hour I finally found a large cairn along a well used route on the NORTH side. For anybody heading this way take the route on the north side of the creek!

Secor has a peak-baggars distain for class 2 and 3 and has a nasty habit of calling Class 3 Class 2. I have climbed this Finger Col route, I had to use my hands, so therefore it is in fact, Class 3. I went up the route from Portal Lake to Midway lake, a steep stable talus climb (moderate Class 3), and I figured there had to be a better way. And there is. There is an un-mapped trail from Portal Lake to the lakes to the north and if you head that way to just below Chapel Lake, you will find an easy sod slope that really is Class 2 that will take you to Chapel Lake, easy peasy. If you are coming from Finger Col, the XC from Cathedral Lake to Chapel Lake is easier than trails. Take the easy way.

EDIT: Looking back on my notes, it says that the best route to Chapel/Midway/Cathedral Lake is from Pearl Lake. So take the use trail from Portal Lake to Pearl Lake,then the XC to Chapel Lake.
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Re: TR: Shoulder Season in Ionian Basin ~ October 2013

Postby tseaney » Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:58 pm

Thanks for posting the rest of the trip. I'm planning on doing a similar trip this September sans the Ionian Basin.
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TR: Shoulder Season in Ionian Basin ~ October 2013

Postby Bluewater » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:08 pm

Thanks for your comments everybody!

Doyle, thanks for your info on the route from Portal to Chapel to Cathedral Lakes. The map really helps. After scrambling down the west side of Finger Col I would have welcomed that route down to Portal and beyond. The 'x/c' between a Cathedral and Midway was enjoyable. I stopped for a long lunch break on the shore of Midway. A beautiful spot.


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Re: TR: Shoulder Season in Ionian Basin ~ October 2013

Postby jmherrell » Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:15 am

Re: Midway to Portal Lake

If forced to choose one side of the stream with a pack, I too would want to find a different route. The two times I did it, both going down, the water level was low enough to easily cross a couple of times. The resulting descent was straightforward class 2. One trip was the first week of July in a dry year.
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Re: TR: Shoulder Season in Ionian Basin ~ October 2013

Postby sekihiker » Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:23 pm

After deciding to dig deeper into pages from the past, I discovered your excellent report. I love the area and have spent a lot of time roaming around in it.
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Re: TR: Shoulder Season in Ionian Basin ~ October 2013

Postby Bluewater » Thu Dec 04, 2014 2:59 pm

Thanks sekihiker. I read several of your trip reports when researching the route. The climb up the north side of Thunder Pass must have been a challenge!

I enjoyed reading about your Elizabeth Pass loop from this year. I spent a week last spring snowshoeing through some of that same area (Tablelands, Pterodactyl Pass, Lonely Lake).


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Re: TR: Shoulder Season in Ionian Basin ~ October 2013

Postby brvoyles » Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:15 pm

Cool trip! Ionian Basin is on the top of my to do list.

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