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TR: Humphreys Basin

Postby LMBSGV » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:13 pm

This is one of my typical narratives of opinionated observations cobbled together from pages and pages of notes on a trip to Humphreys Basin last August. The photos are my favorites from the trip.

The trip report is here:

http://laurencebrauer.com/Images/Humphr ... st2017.pdf

The photos are here at the top of the page. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version.

http://laurencebrauer.com/ASITHSTripReports.html

Thanks for visiting my website.



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Re: TR: Humphreys Basin

Postby maverick » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:57 pm

Really enjoyed your TR Lawrence, and hope your recovery is going well!
It was a wise choice to stick with HB, it offers plenty of things to do, for days. Enjoyed the photo's, especially the Tomahawk Lake Sunrise (3). :nod:
I could see you had a lot of cloud play in HB for photography, did you shoot any b&w, to show off the mood/drama of the storms?
I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

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: TR: Humphreys Basin

Postby rlown » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:35 pm

Very nice TR Laurence.. :thumbsup: Next year, I'm back there..
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Re: TR: Humphreys Basin

Postby LMBSGV » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:54 pm

Russ, have a great trip next year.

Mav, the Tomahawk Lake Sunrise (3) is a personal favorite and I'll probably do a notecard. I didn’t even think about black and white versions of the clouds. For some reason, I simply cannot visualize the black and white print when I contemplate a photo. Since I admire and am hugely influenced by the black and white masters such as Adams, Weston, Cartier-Bresson, etc., and have longed used a Leica M, it’s especially odd. When I was shooting only film, I tried shooting in black-and-white and the photos were awful: the composition might be okay, but the end result was bereft of personality. I could not visualize the print when I shot in black and white while I almost always see the print with color. A few times for black-and-white publications, I’ve converted a color photo to black and white in Photoshop and it came out okay, though to my eyes still missing something essential.
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Re: TR: Humphreys Basin

Postby Troutdog 59 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:46 pm

Thank you Laurence for a wonderful trail report and gorgeous photos. One of the best I've read in awhile and I like your style of telling the story. Kudos to you sir and I wish you more fine adventures!
"Don't accept that what's happening
Is just a case of others' suffering
Or you'll find that you're joining in
The turning away"
D. Gilmour, Pink Floyd
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Re: TR: Humphreys Basin

Postby robertseeburger » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:00 pm

I enjoyed reading your post.

I too am worried every time I make a first day climb with a backpack on that I am no longer able to backpack, but each time it seems to work its way out.
In general though, I don't enjoy any first days very much.

You said you did 5 miles in 5 hours to get to Muriel Lake. Hey I think this is fine! That gets you into the basin and then you can do whatever you want , as you did.

As an aside, I was in Humphreys Basin in 2015, and skipped 2016 and 2017. But I plan to be there in 2018. And I plan to do a very modest trip, also hit Muriel Lake the first day, but then just do a lot of short backpacks and dayhikes dotting north Glacier Divide, eventually getting to Pinnacles Creek. And the whole thing I could in my youth do in 3-4 days. Now.. I have scoped out a trip.. and plan to take 10-11 days to do it. To me getting older doesn't mean I don't do the things I once did.. it just means I have to take my time about it.. and you know what? It is better this way anyway!
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Re: TR: Humphreys Basin

Postby SSSdave » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:30 am

Laurence welcome to the backpacking world of semi base camping. That is versus the usual backpacker mind set of several days of being on a route or trail much of each day. HB is one of the best zones in the Sierra Nevada to do such because there are a number of excellent locations short distances from others to set up at where one can easily spend a content week. I especially like all the pocket basins on the north side of Glacier Divide. The result is one has much more time to get to know each zone leisurely exploring about just like you did at Tomahawk.

On my trip below 4 weeks later in August there were still many areas yet peaking with wildflowers and far less mosquitoes. I will recommend anyone considering such to also spend the first day camping in upper NF Bishop Creek, instead of immediately going over the pass as the canyon is especially scenic with fine morning light and areas of more colorful metamorphic rock.


http://www.davidsenesac.com/2017_Trip_Chronicles/summer_2017-17.html

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