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Postby Shawn » Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:42 pm

Well, I was wondering about Mountaineers' photo too. I'm slow on the draw, but here's Columbine Lake from Sawtooth Peak to put it in perspective:

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Postby JM21760 » Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:41 pm

Haaaa, Shaun! Perfect! The only time I've ever seen Columbine Lake in daylight was from the summit of Sawtooth. Every other time we, or I saw it was pulling in very late, trying to make it back to MK. Has anyone done the XC pass between Crystal Lake and Amphitheater Lake? Quite interesting from the east. I also did the XC pass in the next basin north of Franklin Lakes, over to the large unnamed lake in the Soda Creek drainage. Also, crossed the ridge east of Amphitheater Lake to the unnamed tarn just to the south of Needham. All out of the MK area. Saw no one for 3 days back there. Made a fun little loop trip.
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Postby Shawn » Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:18 pm

Well, I haven't done the XC pass between Crystal Lake and Amphitheater Lake but when I was up at Sawtooth we came down via the south ridge and then scrambled down via the Monarch lakes to the trail. Afterwards I was kicking myself for not wandering over to and down around Crystal Lake. Anyway, I stood there above Amphitheater Lake for quite some time just admiring the beauty of the thing; I have a photo of it (below) as my screen saver on this PC.

A favorite view - Amphitheater Lake
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This is where I was standing when I took the picture from above Amphitheater Lake - but now looking over to the traverse to Crystal Lake.

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Postby JM21760 » Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:46 pm

Ahhhhh, yes! I love that view south of Sawtooth. That peaklet that looks like a huge Sharkfin. Interestingly, I traversed on ledges below the outlet of Amphitheater Lake. It was sidewalk like. At one point, you actually pass through a tunnel in the rock, where the pack just fit without taking it off. Completely natural, and very cool!
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Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Dec 15, 2005 12:06 am

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Postby JM21760 » Thu Dec 15, 2005 12:46 am

Mountaineer, might it be Cyclamen Lake? Just have never seen Columbine from that side, in daylight anyway. The Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon Jefferyii) are spectacular at Columbine Lake in season. That wild Cyclamen, is to die for.
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Postby mountaineer » Thu Dec 15, 2005 2:59 pm

No, it is Columbine. Cyclamen is actually real small. In fact, you can see it at the left edge of one of Shawn's pics above. Those are great, that is such a spectacular area. Ampitheatre Lake is a hazardous downclimb from the ridge above Monarch, but doable.

Snownymph, you'll have to host the pics somewhere other than webshots. Those are great!
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Postby Ratboy » Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:09 pm

Cannot resist, here are some of my personal favorites...I am sure you all know the sights.

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Postby Buck Forester » Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:41 pm

VERY nice images, Ratboy! I recognize all these places and you've captured them well.
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Postby The Other Tom » Wed Dec 28, 2005 6:33 pm

SSSdave wrote:Standing on the shore of the little southeast turfy meadow of Ediza Lake about 8:30am one has the pick of either Ritter Banner or The Minarets:

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I've seen many pictures of Banner on the web. Although I've never been there (hope to some day), this has got to be one of my favorites.
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Postby Ratboy » Wed Dec 28, 2005 6:47 pm

The coolest thing about this site, or one of the many cool things, are that several forums, though different in content, each offer a similar experience...that is to reflect on the years travels and enjoy the memories of each trip and when each photo was taken. Putting the photos up of the trips taken gives me an opportunity to pause, reflect, smile and share quality memories of the past year's travels into the mountains, or as I affectionally call them, church - going backpacking for me is going to church. I am truly grateful for the opportunities I have had this year to do at least one trip per month from June - December 2005. It is a trend that I hope to continue; perhaps to the extremes as some, perhaps some adventures will be more local, nonetheless, as Bob R. quotes John Muir - the mountains are calling.....I am glad if anyone gets the same feelings as I do from the trips, photos and the overall experience.
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Postby Hikin Mike » Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:49 am

Nice pics Ratboy! I recognize only a few of them. Can't wait to get back on the trail...
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