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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby hiac » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:51 pm

So awesome!


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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby Rockyroad » Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:53 pm

Thanks for the wonderful TR. I like the colors you've captured in your photos. The list of places I want to visit keeps getting longer!
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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby DAVELA » Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:33 pm

Thanks for one of the best trip reports ive read.Full coverage from beginning to end of trail.Ive always wondered about Taboose as i pass by it on the 395.It seems brutal.Your pics are great.I would like to go up there one day especially with some snow coverage on the peaks.
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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby copeg » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:51 am

Excellent read and great photos. Tough time of year to make this trip, but looks like a good time. Have always wanted to explore this area more since traveling through along the JMT.
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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby Brien » Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:47 pm

Great pictures! The sunset one might be my next wallpaper.
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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby Cross Country » Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:58 pm

Ive been to almost all of the places you went and mentioned. I'm hesitant to say this but here goes. My favorite two places of all are Amphitheater Lake and the surrounding lakes and Dumbell Lakes. Lake Basin and Striped Mountain Lakes Basin are really cool too. I really liked the places you went. I, of course, think the most beautiful is Bench and Arrow. I didn't go to all those places on one trip. I saw them on two trips of five days in July and nine days in August. Each of the two trips were with Mike and Jim, my two sons, and were four years apart. Jim was 12 and 16 and Mike was 7 and 11 and I was 46 and 50. I've postd pics on HST (circa 2011) of these two trips. Hiking into Bench Jim was a VERY small 12yo and Mike a small 7yo. As a result I was a pack horse. As if that wan't bad enough, on the flat approach to Bench I had to put Mike's pack on top of mine. Each of my sons liked a_ _ kicking hikes. I never did.
What a great area and what great pics you showed us. It really took me back to some excellent memories.Thanks.
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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby balance » Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:43 pm

Nice trip report Bluewater! Thank you.

I"m curious what days in October was your trip? Going solo and cross country above 10,000' in October is an interesting proposition. No telling what the weather might do.

Years ago I went over Taboose Pass in early summer, and from the start had two days of off and on cold rain. Just after crossing the pass it really started coming down, not a lot of wind but very steady rain. I had good rain gear, so I sat on a rock to wait out the storm. Dumb idea. An hour later it was still raining, and I was staying dry but getting very chilly. Finally set up my tent a couple hundred yards West of the pass. Sometimes I get :confused: confused.

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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby kpeter » Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:53 am

Lovely photographs of an area to which I have never been. Thank you!
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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby giantbrookie » Sun Dec 13, 2015 3:56 pm

What beautiful fall views of that area! I've been up in that area but not that late in the year. My trips to that area were (1) 3rd weekend of 1980---Taboose to Upper Basin and Mts Split and Prater--a very fast two-day tripand (2) early July 1997 Sawmill to Taboose shuttle w Sawmill L., Woods L., Window Pk Lk, Twin Lakes/Pinchot Pass vicinity, Marjorie and basins E of it, Bench L. and unnamed lakes above it, Arrow Pk, Striped Mtn Lakes, Taboose Pass L. I don't recall the nice fall colors when I went in Sept '80 although it was very cold on that trip.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby Bluewater » Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:39 pm

Thanks for your feedback everyone! It has been interesting reading about the experiences others have had via Taboose Pass. I can't remember my exact dates, but I think it was the second or third weekend, prior to the first real storms of the season. I will definitely be back to do the cross country loop to Amphitheater/Dumbell/Lakes Basins but it will be mid summer when I can make it over the x/c passes safely. Till then I'm dusting off the snowshoes :cool:
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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:02 pm

This was the trip I did in 2006. I think I wrote a trip report that is in the archives here. The main goal was to climb Split Mountain, and since that went so fast, I had a couple of extra days. The little cirques were fun to explore. I have done Taboose Pass several times now, and it always ends up easier and faster than I anticipate. It is pretty well graded and has plenty of water. I doubt now, ten years older, that I could do the same 42 miles in 4 days, with the nearly 14,000 feet elevation gain. But I certainly will do Taboose Pass again. It is actually one of my favorite passes.

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Re: Taboose Pass ~ October 2015

Postby richlong8 » Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:25 pm

Absolutely beautiful photography! How inspiring to read your trip report in the dog days of winter, in the dreary Central Valley. Thanks for sharing.
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