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Humphriies Basin TR - 9-5-14

Postby overheadx2 » Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:27 pm

Just got back from a loop around Humphries Basin and French canyon with my brother and a cousin that I have been camping with for years. Living at sea level, I commonly have issues with altitude, so we got a relatively expensive hikers cabin at Parchers lodge at South Lake and started early the next AM. We traveled a lot of the trip on use trails or off trail and I have really started to enjoy not seeing many other people. We spent the first night at Tomahawk Lake.
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We then traveled to Hutchison Meadow basically to reminisce about a trip my brother and I did there about 30 years ago.
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I was amazed at the amount of hikers doing the South to north lake loop, and couldn't wait to make a right up the French Canyon. We camped at the Merriam Lake outlet with plans of a scramble up to Merriam before heading up to L lake. During the night, it began to rain, and upon awakening, we decided to forego Merriam and get moving since a storm appeared to be on the way.
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It was amazing how the sierras can change, At French it was 70 and sunny and the next day it was 30 something and either raining or hailing most of the day.
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The next day was spectacular with blue bird skies again. We hiked up to Puppet and Paris with plenty of descent fish at Paris, and a few blow ups on the fly (I farmed both hits) at Puppet. After about 3 hours of fishing and nothing spectacular, we hit Puppet pass.
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I have really started to enjoy the easier passes and simple route finding. I now find myself eying most of the peaks around me assessing how I would attack them. From there, we fished Deso lake, and then headed over to upper Golden Lake to camp. This put us back into the rat race, so we decided the next day to hike back to the pass via Wahoo, Goethe and Lost Lakes in order to fish our way out and stay off the trail.
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Thanks to every one for the in put for this hike. After spending a most of my time around 11K, I find myself thinking that I enjoy the forest and meadows of the lower elevations more than the stark and photogenic environment of the higher elevations. I have really begun to enjoy off trail route finding and the solitude that goes with it. By the way, My pizza continues to be unbelievable and with a simple change, it is now easy. I now take the Betty Crocker pizza dough and mix in water, Spaghetti sauce, dehydrated mozzarella, Parmesan, peperoni, dried mushrooms and freeze dried olives. this is all mixed together and poured into the skillet and cooked as a pancake into Italian bread.



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Re: Humphriies Basin TR - 9-5-14

Postby rlown » Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:52 pm

nice report. I love the pic of you all huddled under the green tarp :)

I'd like to know what you did on your "way out" via Wahoo, Goethe and Lost lks, fishing wise.

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Re: Humphriies Basin TR - 9-5-14

Postby overheadx2 » Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:41 pm

The fishing was pretty good but not great. Same old story, the bigger the fish, the harder they were. Caught descent fish (biggest was around 12") at all of them, but we couldn't get the bigger fish we saw to bite.
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Re: Humphriies Basin TR - 9-5-14

Postby overheadx2 » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:06 pm

overheadx2 wrote:Just got back from a loop around Humphries Basin and French canyon with my brother and a cousin that I have been camping with for years. Living at sea level, I commonly have issues with altitude, so we got a relatively expensive hikers cabin at Parchers lodge at South Lake and started early the next AM. We traveled a lot of the trip on use trails or off trail and I have really started to enjoy not seeing many other people. We spent the first night at Tomahawk Lake.
Image
We then traveled to Hutchison Meadow basically to reminisce about a trip my brother and I did there about 30 years ago.
Image
I was amazed at the amount of hikers doing the South to north lake loop, and couldn't wait to make a right up the French Canyon. We camped at the Merriam Lake outlet with plans of a scramble up to Merriam before heading up to L lake. During the night, it began to rain, and upon awakening, we decided to forego Merriam and get moving since a storm appeared to be on the way.
Image
It was amazing how the sierras can change, At French it was 70 and sunny and the next day it was 30 something and either raining or hailing most of the day.
Image
Image
The next day was spectacular with blue bird skies again. We hiked up to Puppet and Paris with plenty of descent fish at Paris, and a few blow ups on the fly (I farmed both hits) at Puppet. After about 3 hours of fishing and nothing spectacular, we hit Puppet pass.
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I have really started to enjoy the easier passes and simple route finding. I now find myself eying most of the peaks around me assessing how I would attack them. From there, we fished Deso lake, and then headed over to upper Golden Lake to camp. This put us back into the rat race, so we decided the next day to hike back to the pass via Wahoo, Goethe and Murriel lakes in order to fish our way out and stay off the trail.
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Thanks to every one for the in put for this hike. After spending a most of my time around 11K, I find myself thinking that I enjoy the forest and meadows of the lower elevations more than the stark and photogenic environment of the higher elevations. I have really begun to enjoy off trail route finding and the solitude that goes with it. By the way, My pizza continues to be unbelievable and with a simple change, it is now easy. I now take the Betty Crocker pizza dough and mix in water, Spaghetti sauce, dehydrated mozzarella, Parmesan, peperoni, dried mushrooms and freeze dried olives. this is all mixed together and poured into the skillet and cooked as a pancake into Italian bread.
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