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Late Winter/ Early Spring High Sierra Trail 2015

Postby Silky Smooth » Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:16 am

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Hi gang, I've been meaning to post this for all of you. Blackout, Tom Sawyer and I snowshoe/hiked the High Sierra Trail March 18th. Lots of fun and not too much snow out there, but there was some. Didn't see a soul, only a marmot, a grey fox and white rabbit. By the way your welcome, Blackout cleaned out the hot springs real nice for all you!

We've been doing some big winter hikes the last 3 years, 500 miles 2 years ago, 300 miles last year, and this year we did a trinity alps/marble mtns 275 mile trip and this hst hike. Trauma and Pepper we saw your tracks at Crabtree. Nice to see people pushing the envelope and looking for new challenges, you inspired us to get out there again in late winter, besides climbing around in the Alabama Hills.

-Silky Smooth



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Re: Late Winter/ Early Spring High Sierra Trail 2015

Postby tanngrisnir3 » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:31 am

Nice! I'd be very interested in hearing/seeing about your Trinity Alps trip. It's a place that, for a Central (and now Southern) Californian, is rather exotic.

That 4th shot is what photography is all about: telling a story about something in just a moment's time. Well done.
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Re: Late Winter/ Early Spring High Sierra Trail 2015

Postby maverick » Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:06 am

Thanks a lot for the intro TR and pictures. Did you do the entire HST? Any shots of the Sierra Crest from the Wallace Creek area or
looking down the Kern before descending the trail from the Chagoopa Plateau?
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Re: Late Winter/ Early Spring High Sierra Trail 2015

Postby Silky Smooth » Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:30 am

maverick wrote:Thanks a lot for the intro TR and pictures. Did you do the entire HST? Any shots of the Sierra Crest from the Wallace Creek area or
looking down the Kern before descending the trail from the Chagoopa Plateau?



Yeah we did the whole thing, I only had what I emailed myself, i'll try and dig some up tonight. I remember at the Moraine Lake junction I was standing on top of the sign. Good amount of snow up there, coming down the plateau snow diminished really quickly, the Kern was gorgeous, not much water flowing compared to other years. Didn't run into snow till about 9300-9500 around Wallace, Crabtree area had a decent amount of snow too, but not terrible. Snow was melting fast, we had a string of really warm weather towards the end. Got hailed/rained on once.
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Re: Late Winter/ Early Spring High Sierra Trail 2015

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:28 pm

Looks like you had snowshoes but were not using them. Was the snow that hard that you could just walk on it?
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Re: Late Winter/ Early Spring High Sierra Trail 2015

Postby Silky Smooth » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:31 am

Ohhh we used them, just not that at that moment, a lot of switching on/off post the Gap once we came down. Used them all the way to the gap from a little before Precipice lake. It was fairly early still and the snow was hard. The inconsistent conditions made it a little annoying to take them on and off. Sorry didn't get a chance to dig up the photos, all on my ladys camera.
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