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Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby Alpinista55 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:29 pm

We are planning a loop hike in late August from Onion Valley over Kearsarge and Glenn passes, up through 60 Lakes Basin and over the col into upper Gardiner Basin. I'd like to cross over Gardiner's NW Ridge via Gardiner Pass East (so named on the HST map) to shortcut the lower Gardiner Basin/Gardiner Creek, avoid the elevation loss, and get to Gardiner Pass/Charlotte Lake. Gardiner Pass East looks to be a fairly straightforward class 2 from what I've been able to find so far. If you have done this crossing I'd love to get your insight.



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Re: Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby maverick » Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:05 pm

Hi Alpinista55,

Welcome to HST! See if this helps: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=8530&p=62155&hilit=gardiner+pass#p62155
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Re: Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby Alpinista55 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:20 pm

maverick wrote:Hi Alpinista55,

Welcome to HST! See if this helps: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=8530&p=62155&hilit=gardiner+pass#p62155


Thanks, Maverick, but that is the normal Gardiner Pass (West). Lots of info on that crossing. I am interested in Gardiner Pass (East), which crosses the NW Ridge of Mt Gardiner (-118.4625774549477, 36.80912140288834) at about 12,043'. This pass is a shortcut between the main upper east Gardiner Basin below Mt. Cotter and the southern fork of Gardiner Creek below the normal Gardiner Pass. It is called out on the HST map as Gardiner Pass East.
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Re: Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:49 pm

Second hand information from the 1996 Arnot book, pg 128: "On the west there is a high col on the northwest shoulder of Mt Gardnier about half a mile from the summit. This col is found to the east of a chain of 4 lakes starting at the north base of Gardiner Pass. A large gendarme resembling a rabbit foot is clearly seen at the north end of the col. The col is class 1-2 on the west side and solid class 2 on the east side".
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Re: Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:57 pm

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I think it is in the middle skyline. This is a view from the east side.
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Re: Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby rlown » Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:16 pm

I'd vote for that pic in Eric's contest, WD!! Might be just a year out of his criteria though.
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Re: Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:34 pm

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Not sure about my labels. The view is from the east side.
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Re: Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:40 pm

rlown - I have several of these photos - a series that I took on two different days. Yeh, I like this photo too. This little lake is one of the most beautiful places I have been. The photo is not even my favorite, but one that I thought showed the pass the best. Gardiner Basin is a place I would go back in a heart beat - and stay more than a few days. On this trip, I got caught in two of the most severe storms I ever encountered in the Sierra - a real survival moment.

Come to think of it, how about Meet-Up 2017?
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Re: Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby maverick » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:06 am

Come to think of it, how about Meet-Up 2017?


Still a ways off, but It's one of the five locations on my short list. :unibrow:
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Re: Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby kpeter » Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:10 pm

Not to be morbid, but isn't the pass NW of Gardiner exactly where Gregory Muck died a couple of summers ago?

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Mi ... 36241.html
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Re: Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby Alpinista55 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:08 am

Not to be morbid, but isn't the pass NW of Gardiner exactly where Gregory Muck died a couple of summers ago?


Yes, but the news stories didn't say whether he fell while crossing the pass, or maybe while ascending the ridge towards Gardiner's summit. In any case, I would still love to hear from anyone who has actually crossed the pass.
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Re: Requesting Beta on Gardiner Pass East

Postby vandman » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:03 pm

I considered this pass as a shortcut from the lower lakes below gardiner pass, but it looked too dicey with a full pack, so my brother and I took the scenic route, which was a long slog, but worth the extra time. Beautiful country!
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