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Re: TR: Woodchuck Lake 5/3/15-5/6/15

Postby ERIC » Sat May 09, 2015 7:28 pm

gabe&mel wrote:The reason we enjoy getting out in the high country is to build our skill set every trip we take, and this is the next step. Neither of us grew up in outdoor families so we are learning as we go.


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Re: TR: Woodchuck Lake 5/3/15-5/6/15

Postby Laserjet3051 » Tue May 12, 2015 8:46 am

Great report (OP)! I solo'd that same exact route a couple years ago and it was desolate when I went through. Skeeters were off the hook however. Not much luck on Woodchuck Lake but the area is spectacular! :)
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Re: TR: Woodchuck Lake 5/3/15-5/6/15

Postby Big Ed » Tue May 12, 2015 4:05 pm

gabe&mel wrote:Hello all,

That night we did hear an interesting recurrent noise which I would describe as a deep oscillating hum, it would last about 5 seconds and recurr every 30 seconds or so, I still can’t figure out what it was.


Hydro electric power generation?
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Postby gabe&mel » Wed May 13, 2015 8:00 am

I was thinking that too and it makes the most sense. The noise was most prominent our first night which was when we were the closest to Wishon reservoir.


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Postby ofuros » Wed May 13, 2015 10:55 am

Thanks for the sharing your trip report gabe&mel...enjoyed your pics & words. :thumbsup:
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Postby Cross Country » Wed May 13, 2015 12:36 pm

I barbecued more than a thousand fish over a wood fire. I liked them a lot better like that. It"s diffucut learning how to do it but once you done it one or two dozen times you''re and expert. Take a folding grill with you.
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Re: TR: Woodchuck Lake 5/3/15-5/6/15

Postby oldranger » Wed May 13, 2015 2:44 pm

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Re sound: Ever hear a grouse drumming?

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Re: TR: Woodchuck Lake 5/3/15-5/6/15

Postby oldranger » Wed May 13, 2015 2:56 pm

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Re sound: Ever hear a grouse drumming? Go to this youtube site.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVcyZIt5BKc

This is best recording I could come up with on the web. Once with nothing better to do I followed the sound of a grouse drumming up a hillside more than a half mile before I located him in a tree. In the course of doing that I also came across what I later figured out to be a Wolverine track. This was above Seville Lake in Kings Canyon.

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Postby MountainMinstrel » Wed May 13, 2015 6:23 pm

Thanks Oldranger, That is the sound I thought the OP was describing but I had no idea what it was. Three of us once spent about an hour trying to discover what it was. We finally discovered the source to be a fallen hollow tree. We figured that it must be the wind blowing across the knotholes. never thought to look inside the tree. I learned something new today =D> \:D/
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Re: TR: Woodchuck Lake 5/3/15-5/6/15

Postby Troutdog 59 » Wed May 13, 2015 8:47 pm

Mikes (OR) correct. The sound was a grouse. Nice report guys. Very early entry. Looks like more snow tonight and another storm at the end of next week.
If you stand in the light, you get the feel of the night, and the music that plays in your ear......
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TR: Woodchuck Lake 5/3/15-5/6/15

Postby gabe&mel » Wed May 13, 2015 11:01 pm

oldranger wrote:gabe&mel

Re sound: Ever hear a grouse drumming?

Mike


Mike.... I can't say I have. So we just got home from a ballgame and were discussing the mystery sound and were a wee bit suspicious of your claim... Then when we got home, put on some headphones and were thoroughly impressed. Hats off to you sir, That was spot on! I don't usually sleep well the first night of any trip and that night stuck out in particular. I was so curious I timed these strange noises for 5 minutes and for those who care they occurred every 18 to 30 seconds with the same duration as in video . Well mystery solved thanks to Mike, thanks again.


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Re: TR: Woodchuck Lake 5/3/15-5/6/15

Postby oldranger » Thu May 14, 2015 7:34 am

Now thru early june is the main time that the male grouse do their mating thing. In late june you can come across mamas with a half dozen chicks meandering after her. By September the chicks are almost as big as mom, if they survive that long. Typically in my experience only one or at best 2 will make it thru the summer. Walking along trails in forested areas a grouse will practically explode off the trail right next to you and scare the pee right out of you! It is even more exciting if you are on a horse, which happened to me several times a summer during my rangering days.

By the way I love the simplicity of the Tenkara set up but it is pretty limited when fishing lakes. You are dependent on finding fish cruising the shoreline. Last year I actually had a 60 fish day at WC Lake, about 30 fishing from my ultralight Supai raft and another 30 after dinner fishing from shore with spinning gear chucking a 3/8 oz z-ray. Most of the time I bring along my cook, markskor (about his only redeeming value!) so all I have to do is keep a couple of dinner fish (release the rest), clean them, and hand them to mark and if I ply him with a backcountry daiquiri and some parmesano reggiano cheese, he will cook the the fish. Coupled with some puttanesca pesto (Tehipite Tom's recipe modified for long trips in the backcountry) we have a dinner much too good for the likes of me.

I love it, a young couple that backpacks and goes to ballgames!

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