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Re: TR: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Hobbes » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:12 am

Sweet report - your photos really bring back how nice that weather got after the tropical storm blew through. After your wedding, will you & Andrey be able to get your wives out, or will you join the ranks of Mav, Jim & myself as solo dogs?



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Re: TR: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby MN2CAPisco » Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:15 pm

Hobbes wrote:Sweet report - your photos really bring back how nice that weather got after the tropical storm blew through. After your wedding, will you & Andrey be able to get your wives out, or will you join the ranks of Mav, Jim & myself as solo dogs?


Good question...I'm working on my lady to get into this life, though I likely burned her out on it already down in Peru a few years ago. I've discovered that it's a good idea to ease her into it. :D Andrey's lady likes getting into the mountains and hiking, but the backpacking side isn't her favorite so far. Thankfully both of them are willing to let us part ways for a weekend here and there, in fact they probably appreciate a bit of time away...
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Re: TR: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Bluewater » Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:45 pm

Thanks for the great report! I was just sitting down to finally start posting mine, but reading about your journey and looking at the beautiful photos provided yet another reason to procrastinate. Many thanks for letting me try your panoramic camera mount at the meetup. It was good to meet you, Andrey and the rest of the HST crew. I'm already looking forward to next year.
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Re: TR: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Jimr » Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:53 pm

:thumbsup: I can change her if I just go slow enough :thumbsdown:

Yeah, that oughta work :unibrow:
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Re: TR: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby richlong8 » Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:22 pm

What a great trip report, MN2CAPisco! Us guys from Bako get a lot of bad pub because of where we have to live because of our jobs. Thanks for making it just a bit more difficult!
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Postby MN2CAPisco » Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:13 pm

Bluewater wrote:It was good to meet you, Andrey and the rest of the HST crew. I'm already looking forward to next year.


Likewise Andy! I admit I'm looking forward to your TR, no rush though as I'm sure it'll be nice to reminisce later in the year when I'm dreaming of this great summer trip.

Jimr wrote::thumbsup: I can change her if I just go slow enough :thumbsdown:

Yeah, that oughta work :unibrow:


Slow is the name of the game! I struggle with that though :D

richlong8 wrote:What a great trip report, MN2CAPisco! Us guys from Bako get a lot of bad pub because of where we have to live because of our jobs. Thanks for making it just a bit more difficult!


Thanks Rich, was great to meet you out there! I contend that Bakersfield is a great place from which to explore the Sierra...equidistant from either west side or east side trailheads, plus the difference between the heat and air quality of where we live makes the mountain experience that much better. :p
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Postby maverick » Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:17 pm

Wonderful TR and pictures MN2CAPisco! Hopefully TR's of this Meet-up, will entice others to join in on the fun and adventure, taking advantage of meeting like-minded, mountain loving members, which in turn evolve into lifetime, and meaningful friendships! :nod:
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Re: TR: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Rockyroad » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:59 pm

MN2CAPisco, nice report and photos! Especially the 360 panos. Seems like just last week...
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Postby oleander » Thu Sep 17, 2015 5:14 pm

Nice, Roger. Outstanding photography! I like that you captured Lake 11,445 in Nine Lakes Basin. The middle-elevation benches of Nine Lakes Basin were a real highlight for me, scenery-wise, on this trip, and yet people seem to mention this location only in passing.

I'll get to my own report, one of these weeks. :whistle:

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Re: TR: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Gazelle » Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:05 pm

Day 1 Saturday Mineral king ranger Station 8am took ½ hour to get permit then up to trailhead to wrap my car to protect it from the marmots.
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marmot wrap

Started hiking 9am way to late in my opinion but there was NO way to get my permit the day before as my drive was 6 ½ hours and I got off work at noon left house at 2:30 slept at trailhead in car. Parking lot was almost full, worked my way up the trail to the old trail to glacier pass right where one would cross the creek, go left instead, 1st part was easy to follow, then I second guessed myself when I saw a trail still going up the creek so I traversed to it and ended up on the main sawtooth pass trail, by the time I made it to Glacier Pass
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glacier pass to the kaweahs
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back to glacier pass

the clouds had moved in and decided it was unwise to try and get Sawtooth and Needham peaks so went down to Spring lake
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down to Spring lake hands and knees pass in background

on a nice use trail and set up my tent as Hands and knees pass was next and I didn’t want to be anywhere near a ridge with a storm coming . Good call within a ½ hour the rain began followed by amazing lightning/ thunder /hail all around me and VERY close!

Day 2 Spring Lake to what I call Lippencott lake. I took awhile to get going due to the rain, worked my way up Hands and Knees pass
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hands and knees pass

maybe a little class 3 at the top but easy route finding, the other side was very easy, traversed over
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down to big 5 lakes from hands and knees pass
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the traverse

to the ridge between big and little five lakes then down to Little 5 lakes
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little 5 lakes snow on kaweahs

found the Black rock trail after some navigational errors then veered off trail towards the other little 5 lakes where I saw a bald eagle right above me! I was going to go to Eisen peak from here but already the ridges were looking like rain so went back to the trail and followed it to the big arroyo patrol cabin where a group of younger folks were holed up due to the rain. From there I went North on the HST till I could work up to the slabs to Lippencott Lake north east of Lippencott peak. Before I got to the lake it started raining again. After I got there I walked all over to find a flat non rocky camp spot, if there is one at this lake I could not find it. I made a platform out of flat rocks to set up my tent it worked very well and kept the bottom of my tent dry as the copious amounts of water came down from the sky.
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lippencott and the lake


Day 3 lippencott Lake, peak to heart lake Nine lakes Basin. Woke up and it was still raining was not sure I was going to be able to hike this day as the granite slabs I needed to go down would probably be to wet, then it got somewhat nicer around 8 so decided to go for Lippencott peak not to bad from the north side, go up to the saddle class 2 ramps then traverse and up to the peak got into some class 3 but could have probably avoided it. Beautiful from up there with all the clouds around me but wanted to get down and past the granite slabs before the rain started again.

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from top of lippencott
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the tent

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Re: TR: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Gazelle » Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:19 pm

Loaded up the pack and down the slabs back to the HST.
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Black kaweah and slabs

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platform

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lippencott and slabs

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Towards 9 lakes basin

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HST and kaweah gap

Stopped to look at Eagle Scout peak but once again clouds were building so decide to just go for nine lakes basin (heart lake) to camp and see if I could go back to Eagle Scout in the morning. Got to Heart lake as the rain started set up the tent (I love my new skyscraper X it worked fantastic in the rain could cook in one of the vestibules and still have room for all my gear I know plug for the tent but I LOVE it!) Ended up with fantastic sunset/ cloud pictures that evening.
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heart lake

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heart lake

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Re: TR: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Gazelle » Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:36 pm

Day 4
Heart lake to Eagle Scout, and Stewart peak to lake ??? Morning broke with no rain so decided to backtrack down the HST to go up Eagle Scout Peak absolutely worth it fantastic peak.
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Lawson peak, Queen, black and Red Kaweah form eagle scout peak

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Mt Stewart left, heart lake from eagle scout peak

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precipice lake

After that believed I would have time for Stewart also so worked my way up to that as well,

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Route over Pyra queen col from mt stewart

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Big Arroyo form Mt Stewart

once again clouds were moving in so I hurried down to Heart Lake packed up and made my way as far as I could before the rain started, Lake ???? Once again very hard time finding a decent spot for my tent but it worked. That night it rained/ hailed etc all night
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PQC from campsite


Day 5 Pyra queen col to island lake. I wanted to do Lawson and kaweah queen peaks but the weather was not looking good so decided it better just make it over the pass! Worked my way around lake 11682 Stayed too high for awhile before going to the lake shore. Made my way up the right to left chute to continue to the pass, it was very wet and slick so I tried to make my way the best I could. I saw and heard many rock falls from the snow melting which did not help. Made it up to the (almost top) where you have 2 choices kind of straight smaller steeper chute or to the right a little easier looks better chute, I chose the harder straight 1 first and believe I made the right choice! It was nasty wet/slick but was rewarded with the spectacular view in front of me. Took some pictures and hurried on because the clouds were on my tail and had read about the massive amounts of talus below me.
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Kaweah basin from PQC

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Kaweah Queen from PQC

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Clouds are coming!

I did not find this too bad I did go way left but could have dropped down sooner but it looked like you might cliff out, so better safe than sorry.
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Back to PQC

Made my way down the beautiful kaweah Basin, all the while looking at kaweah pass
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Kaweah pass

which was to happen 2 days hence (not a good sight). Made my way to Island Lake
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Island lake

and had to decide which shore to go around, I chose the left shore, had to cross a significant stream, river but it worked out. Made it to the outlet hoping to see SOMEONE but alas no, so once again set up my tent as it looked like rain was coming, it did NOT thank you! Clouds were everywhere around me but only got drizzle for a few minutes. So I explored down stream, could not get across the outlet (water too high without getting wet) but wow beautiful!!!! Then I started getting nervous that no one would show to this meet up due to the rain, I was a day later than I wanted and didn’t get near the peaks I wanted but man the place is beautiful so it was worth it anyway, and I had the next day to explore so hopefully someone would show up!
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