giantbrookie wrote:Neat route Dave. I actually didn't think of staying that low. I sidehilled from the parking area and I recall going through the saddle S of 9322. It is too bad that this (2008) is the most recent multinight backpack trip I've done. The summer schedule has just been too busy these past years (and will be again in 2013).
Of course my original route went through the same saddle south of 9322 too. (Note deleted thethread map jpgs long ago.) Then on another thread I mentioned this even more efficient possible route but at the time did not analyze it with GE.
Imagine your teaching schedule has been including a few group geology field road trips each summer? You ought to break free and join us even if you have to catch up by hiking in solo Friday night. Be surprised if there is anyone else on this board that could actually pull off the route solo at night. (: I haven't submitted for a reserved permit yet and won't till early June as there certainly won't be an issue getting a permit. My expectation is to base camp at the south side of Chimney so just a 4 mile effort. If on Thursday evening we night hike 1.5 mile into about 8700 then Friday dawn ought to reach Chimney before 8am and have a full day there. Then Saturday dawn might move camp the short distance to Woodchuck or at least dayhike it.