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Trip Report: 60 Lakes Basin/Gardiner Basin

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Re: Trip Report: 60 Lakes Basin/Gardiner Basin

Postby richlong8 » Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:23 pm

Thank you very much for taking the time to post the GPS tracks. :)



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Re: Trip Report: 60 Lakes Basin/Gardiner Basin

Postby shan1203 » Thu Dec 04, 2014 4:21 pm

richlong8,

No problem! Sorry it took so long :)

One word of caution - we did not take the best route to meet up with Gardiner Creek. (read: bushwhacking...terrible bushwachking!!! :eek: )

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Re: Trip Report: 60 Lakes Basin/Gardiner Basin

Postby oldhikerQ » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:11 am

Thanks for the great trip report and taking the time to post the GPS track. Gardiner Basin is on my short list too. If only I can convince the group that the XC isn't beyond their abilities.
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And that has made all the difference.
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Re: Trip Report: 60 Lakes Basin/Gardiner Basin

Postby shan1203 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:18 pm

oldhikerQ,

If it helps, we were also nervous about tackling Gardiner and it turned out to be much more tame than we anticipated. The experience and views were as spectacular (and moreso) than we imagined, but the route finding was very straightforward, the terrain was very manageable and there was much more trail to be found than we were expecting. That being said, we did take a very interesting and bushwhacky course to Gardiner Creek that I wouldn't recommend following in the footsteps of ;)

Gardiner Basin was spectacular - I highly recommend it! Also, there is something really neat about knowing all of the activity that is happening on the Rae Lakes Loop just outside the basin, while you are there in Gardiner likely enjoying your solitude. Good stuff!

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Re: Trip Report: 60 Lakes Basin/Gardiner Basin

Postby maverick » Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:54 pm

oldhikerQ wrote:
If only I can convince the group that the XC isn't beyond their abilities.


Try introducing your group to some easy cross country trips like Humphrey's Basin, and
once they gain confidence, they will be ready to tackle the more remote places
in the Sierra.
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Re: Trip Report: 60 Lakes Basin/Gardiner Basin

Postby richlong8 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:26 pm

Peak bagging and day hiking off trail can help develop experience and skills. Can be easier than cross country with a backpack.
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