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8/2-8/6/15 LL Valley-North Lake Off Trail Odyssey

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Re: 8/2-8/6/15 LL Valley-North Lake Off Trail Odyssey

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:28 am

disclaimer: I skipped to the end for the fish pron!
Way to go on the PB gold! That fish is a beaut. It's dinner companion is no slouch either!
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Re: 8/2-8/6/15 LL Valley-North Lake Off Trail Odyssey

Postby SSSdave » Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:03 am

Looking at your picture, I recognized where you caught em. Off to the left of your neck is a orangish square shaped rock. Recall peeing on that rock back in the 90s. Amazing how long the stain's lasted! :wink: Mine was only 16 inches though but also caught 14 and 13 inchers. After cleaning, a couple of marmots carried off the heads and our group had a good laugh. The kind of lake most people just walk right by on the way to lakes they think are better because of public rumors.
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Re: 8/2-8/6/15 LL Valley-North Lake Off Trail Odyssey

Postby richlong8 » Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:25 pm

Great trip report! thanks for sharing, very well written.
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Re: 8/2-8/6/15 LL Valley-North Lake Off Trail Odyssey

Postby windknot » Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:43 pm

A hyperbolic trip report, with no hyperbole intended. :D

This is why we go to the mountains -- to experience the elation that is inspired from our surroundings but which comes from within. Thanks for sharing this journey.
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: 8/2-8/6/15 LL Valley-North Lake Off Trail Odyssey

Postby LMBSGV » Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:04 pm

The first paragraph grabbed me. Last night, I returned from 10 days in Denali and that paragraph and the rest of your report is the first thing that reconnected me to that essential essence of being in the wild. Thanks.
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Re: 8/2-8/6/15 LL Valley-North Lake Off Trail Odyssey

Postby allnatural49 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:50 am

Awesome trip report!
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Re: 8/2-8/6/15 LL Valley-North Lake Off Trail Odyssey

Postby maverick » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:57 am

Hi Allnatural49,

Welcome to HST! :)
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination, and where the trail ends is where our adventures begin.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: 8/2-8/6/15 LL Valley-North Lake Off Trail Odyssey

Postby Hobbes » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:28 pm

Nice. Remote enough to reduce fishing pressure and allow some growth. I'm planning on going in the general vicinity via the standard Feather pass, but the detour might be a little too much. It seems like you really need to come down from Gemini to be put in any kind of position, otherwise who wants to go up there?
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Re: 8/2-8/6/15 LL Valley-North Lake Off Trail Odyssey

Postby canukyea » Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:48 pm

Now that is a fine route and a fine golden indeed! Thanks for the trip report.
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Re: 8/2-8/6/15 LL Valley-North Lake Off Trail Odyssey

Postby SweetSierra » Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:23 am

Going over Seven Gables Pass and into the West Pinnacles Creek drainage and around to the "sidewalk" (not sure we were on the sidewalk but it seems to fit your description) before dropping down to the Piute Pass Trail was one of my favorite trips. We didn't go up that chute, though we looked at it a long time. It looked too rough. We went straight up a steep green patch to the right of the chute and topped out fairly high above the top of the chute route. We then hiked the shoulder of Gemini before dropping to the lakes. Thanks for the beautiful photos and the reminder of how isolated and special that area is.
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