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Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby peninsula » Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:01 am

Been a long time since posting at this site. For some reason or other, I had trouble logging in and thus my prolonged absence.

I am preparing to leave for my annual Sierra backpack adventure in another couple of days. I have always had my eye on Lamarck Col and figured this is as good as any time to go for it. I plan to go over Lamarck and come back via Snow-Tongue Pass after spending time exploring the area. I'll spend a night or two in Humphreys Basin before exiting via Piute. I'm shooting for Muriel Lake in Humpheys unless others suggest better alternatives. I'm in this for the fishing and photography. And I'm interested particularly in any feedback regarding Snow-Tongue.

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Re: Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:55 pm

Very steep and tricky loose rock, Snownymph has a TR with pic's of the pass.
Why not Packsaddle Lake Pass which is easier and then you can visit Lake 11236 area
which is quite pretty with great views to the south towards Evolution, Emerald Peak
and Le Conte Divide.
It has been a long time since your Dumbbell Lakes trip.
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Re: Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby peninsula » Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:24 pm

maverick wrote:Very steep and tricky loose rock, Snownymph has a TR with pic's of the pass.
Why not Packsaddle Lake Pass which is easier and then you can visit Lake 11236 area
which is quite pretty with great views to the south towards Evolution, Emerald Peak
and Le Conte Divide.
It has been a long time since your Dumbbell Lakes trip.


Good suggestion, maverick. Packsaddle does look to be an easier route over Glacier Divide, but I do not intend trekking as far west as either the pass or Lake 11,236. However, if I do change plans depending on how the trip unfolds, I'll definitely keep Packsaddle in mind.

I plan staying on Darwin Bench for as many as three nights. My next destination figures to be Lake 11,092, which is why Snow-Tongue makes for a more convenient location even if it is a bit more of a talus/boulder slog. I wanted to have at least two nights in Humphreys Basin.

Read your TR and see you made Dumbbell! Good for you... sounds like a great trip. It has been a long time since my Dumbbell trip. I'm very much looking forward to getting back into the Sierra. This will be my first September trip in all the 20-plus years I've been exploring the eastern escarpment.
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Re: Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:43 pm

Planning to visit the 4 lakes west of the Mt.Goethe's ridge/shoulder?
They have some great views up McGee Canyon from that area!
Since your spending 3 days on the Darwin Bench I can see why Snow-Tongue
is more convenient for you to exit over Piute.
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Re: Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby peninsula » Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:00 pm

maverick wrote:Planning to visit the 4 lakes west of the Mt.Goethe's ridge/shoulder?
They have some great views up McGee Canyon from that area!
Since your spending 3 days on the Darwin Bench I can see why Snow-Tongue
is more convenient for you to exit over Piute.


You got it. I'm looking to check out the lakes to the east of Mt. Goethe as well. I have not been in this area since the 80's... I am anticipating some awesome views. I'll never forget camping at Evolution Lake near the outflow looking out over the valley.

I'm carrying 10.1 pounds of camera gear. Fishing is also a priority.
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Re: Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby giantbrookie » Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:04 pm

maverick wrote:Since your spending 3 days on the Darwin Bench I can see why Snow-Tongue
is more convenient for you to exit over Piute.

I'd guess the fact that Snow Tongue is convenient to keep the fishing focus on certain spots (11236 doesn't have fish) probably factors into the route choice decision. I'd might be inclined to do the same (although I can think of one reason to "swing west" via any of the three western Glacier Divide Passes: Packsaddle, Lobe, and whatever they call the one NW of 11236).
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby peninsula » Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:17 pm

giantbrookie wrote:
maverick wrote:Since your spending 3 days on the Darwin Bench I can see why Snow-Tongue
is more convenient for you to exit over Piute.

I'd guess the fact that Snow Tongue is convenient to keep the fishing focus on certain spots (11236 doesn't have fish) probably factors into the route choice decision. I'd might be inclined to do the same (although I can think of one reason to "swing west" via any of the three western Glacier Divide Passes: Packsaddle, Lobe, and whatever they call the one NW of 11236).


I take it Lobe Lakes have fish??
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Re: Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:32 pm

What camera gear are you hauling along on your trip?
I bought a new camera 2 months ago but have not been able to get out with it yet
because of illness in the family.
Hopefully I'll get out this month.
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Re: Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby peninsula » Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:43 pm

maverick wrote:What camera gear are you hauling along on your trip?
I bought a new camera 2 months ago but have not been able to get out with it yet
because of illness in the family.
Hopefully I'll get out this month.


Nikon D700 camera with two backup batteries. Lens: 17-35 mm wide angle zoom lens and 60 mm macro. Two Singh-Ray NDG filters. Kasemann heliopan circular polarizer. B&W Pro UV filter. Gitzo G1058 graphite tripod with a Giottos MH 1302 ball-head. Tamrac Digital Series holster camera case.
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Re: Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby giantbrookie » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:23 pm

peninsula wrote:I take it Lobe Lakes have fish??

I believe they do, as does Packsaddle, I believe, but neither of those are priority spots (ie places with large fish), so far as I can tell. It is safe to say that if you stick to your original game plan you will likely see some very nice sized goldens, rainbows, and hybrids . Muriel, by the way, is not a bad spot, in that it has both brookies and goldens of decent size (appear to run to a shade over a foot), but it doesn't have the really big fish that lurk in a few of the lakes. The flip side is that smaller fish also mean more fish; some of the so called premium spots in this region have low enough population densities that many visitors think they're fishless.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby maverick » Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:03 pm

How do you like your new D700? Did you use a Nikon before?
Is 17-35 enough length for you, or do you use 2x extender for your 60 mm.
I have the 17-40 and 24-105 and use the 24-105 a little more.
I never used my extra battery previously on my 30D I'll see with this new camera
whether its needed or not, though the battery has been much improved compared to the
previous model.
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Re: Snow-Tongue Pass

Postby peninsula » Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:13 am

maverick wrote:How do you like your new D700? Did you use a Nikon before?
Is 17-35 enough length for you, or do you use 2x extender for your 60 mm.
I have the 17-40 and 24-105 and use the 24-105 a little more.
I never used my extra battery previously on my 30D I'll see with this new camera
whether its needed or not, though the battery has been much improved compared to the
previous model.


I love the D700. I'm probably going on overkill with two backup batteries. The CMOS sensor is pretty good as goes battery life (and I understand noise reduction at high ISO settings is remarkable as well). But I have only had it for a couple of weeks and don't want to chance running low.

What is your new camera?

My first Nikon was the D50 and I upgraded to the D80 when that model came out. With FX, the 17-35 should be fine for me along with the macro 60 (it will not take any extenders). It would be nice to have along my old AF 300 but the dang thing weighs too much. I prefer the wide angle landscape photography in the Sierra. I once took an 18-200 on one of my Sierra trips and found I was almost always shooting under 35 or 40 (but that was with the DX format). The 18-200 is a fun lens but the 17-35 is far better... although it is a hefty bugger and more limited as goes the range. For wildlife (I do have a 2X extender that works on the 300), I generally shoot in the local mountains day hiking or while on car trips and don't have to lug the thing too terribly far.

I'll be headed out tonight for Bishop! Should be good...
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