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Just got back from 10 days in the Sierra!

Postby Snow Nymph » Sun Jul 08, 2007 10:05 pm

June 29 - July 8
McGee Creek Backpack - Red Slate Mtn & Mt Crocker
Thor Peak
Hurd Peak and Chocolate Peak
Bishop Lakes Backpack - Mt Agassiz


Fri, June 29: Spent time in Mammoth with SnowDude and packed for the weekend backpack

Sat, June 30: SnowDude and I met Trailtrekker at McGee Creek Trailhead. He hiked in a few miles with us, then turned back to do some 4WD roads with the Rubi. We caught up with Naviguesser, who joined us for the evening. Navi made Shrimp Scampi for us. Yum!

Sun, July 1: Navi left after breakfast. Trailtrekker and I headed for McGee Pass, then bagged Red Slate Mountain (13,136’). Colorful views of some of the oldest rock in the Sierra.

Mon, July 2: Trailtrekker and I went over Hopkins Pass, up and over a 200’ rise, and bagged Mt Crocker (12,458'). The 3rd class summit block fun and the views were awesome! Didn’t find a register. We descended, up and over the 200’ rise again, and found a different route back to camp.

Tues, July 3: We had planned on another peak, but didn’t allow for moving camp. So we decided to save it for another day, and backpacked out, a day earlier than planned. She was coming back Fri night so this would give her a little time to get ready for the weekend. We went to the condo in Mammoth, showered, went shopping (to buy sandals, I lost one Teva on the trail), had lunch and Mango Marguerita’s at Whoa Nellie Deli (TTs first time), then drove to Tuolumne Meadows (TTs first time). Went back to the condo and looked at trip pix on the big screen TV.

Wed, July 4: TT had a long drive home but stopped at Lone Pine Visitor Center to meet up with Tomcat before heading to San Diego. Tomcat and I dayclimbed Thor Peak (12,306') via the 3rd class route from Girl Scout Lake, and down the SE couloir. Always fun doing a peak via a different route!

Thurs, July 5: I didn’t have a plan, but decided last minute to dayclimb Hurd Peak. Since it took so long for me to decide (go thru what few maps I had at the condo), I got a late start (10:30am). From the summit of Hurd Peak (12,237'), I could see precipitation all around me, but nothing where I was. I got back to Long Lake, and decided to bag Chocolate Peak (11,658') via Ruwau Lake trail. I signed the register on the back of the logbook (needs new book). On the way down I found a use fun use trail traversing above Chocolate Lakes. I got back to the parking lot at 9pm, and heard my name. It was Graham and friend Marty, there to climb some 14ers.

Fri, July 6: Slept in, did laundry, packed and picked up a permit for the weekend. As I was leaving town, I got a call from Trailtrekker about the (lightning) fires between Onion Valley and Big Pine, and the news about Hwy 395 being closed. TT pulled over and slept in Lone Pine. I drove to Big Pine to see what I could see. At 11:50pm, the CHP announced they were escorting. Later I drove to South Lake Trailhead for the night.

Sat, July 7: Trailtrekker made it to South Lake TH after about 4.5 hrs of sleep. While repacking, a few friends arrived for Sierrapalooza 2007. We spent more time than expected socializing, and got a late 10am start. We made it to Bishop Lakes by 12:50pm. After setting up camp and a quick lunch, we left at 2pm for Bishop Pass. We summitted Mt Agassiz (13,891') by 6:30pm, signed the register and took photos (hazy due to fires), and left by 7pm. We were back at camp by 9:50pm, with Windwalker flashing his light for us. After a late dinner, we were in bed by 11pm.

Sun, July 8: The Sierrapalooza group (Naviguesser, Phil, David, Hodgeman & Nancy, Ladyhiker, Mozark & Mary) packed up and left. Windwalker and Nathan were also there for the weekend only and were hiking out too. Trailtrekker and I were back to the vehicles by noon. We stopped at Parcher’s Ranch to say hi to Sierra Smitty and get a well deserved Choco-Taco. On the way home we saw lots of fire damage. I hope my donkey friend north of Independence is ok. The area where I saw him a few weeks ago was burnt all the way across Hwy 395.

Photos coming!
Last edited by Snow Nymph on Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Postby Trekker » Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:30 pm

Man, I REALLY hate those slow weeks, don't you??? :D
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Postby Trailtrekker06 » Mon Jul 09, 2007 5:44 am

Fun stuff!
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Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:53 am

Saturday, 30 June 2007
McGee Creek Trailhead (7,900') to Big McGee Lake (10,500') backpack

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/3123506#171080352


SnowDude and I met Trailtrekker at McGee Creek Trailhead. He hiked in a few miles with us, then turned back to do some 4WD roads with the Rubi. We caught up with Naviguesser, who joined us for the evening. Navi made Shrimp Scampi for us. Yum!
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Postby Windwalker » Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:43 am

It was great to see you again Snowy, it's always fun to talk with (tease)you!
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Postby copeg » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:51 am

Sounds like an awesome time! Looking forward to more pics :nod:
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Postby hikerduane » Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:18 am

Those are guinie (sp) hens. The only turkeys are :p
Piece of cake.
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Postby ridgeline » Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:52 pm

Wow, check out the difference in water at the bridge with this pic taken June 2005.
http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/1373 ... 9326TBTmqK
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Day 2: Red Slate Mountain

Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:56 am

Sunday, 1 July 2007
Big McGee Lake (10,500') to Red Slate Mountain (13,136')

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/31 ... #171159551

Navi left after breakfast. Trailtrekker and I headed for McGee Pass, then bagged Red Slate Mountain (13,136’). Colorful views of some of the oldest rock in the Sierra.



WW, it was great seeing you again! Thanks for the light last weekend.

Duane, thank for the ID.

water was way low this year!
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Postby Trailtrekker06 » Tue Jul 10, 2007 5:49 am

Great shots, SN! It was beautiful up there.
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Postby tomcat_rc » Tue Jul 10, 2007 5:46 pm

10 days in the Sierra - well if you aren't acclimated by now you never will. BTW it isTuesday - are you going through withdrawls yet - by Thursday you will be pinging.

the mountains are calling - let us go
mountain hiking is addictive:
I can quit anytime I want - I just choose not to want
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Postby Shawn » Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:50 pm

Wow, great trip and nice photos. Can't wait to see the rest.

A friend and I got stopped in Lonepine because of the fire; ended of having to head home due to lack of time.
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