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Ruskie Pass class 2 or 3?

Postby mokelumnekid » Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:22 am

This summer my wife and I went east-to-west over "Ruskie Pass" (page 306 Secor, 2'd ed.). It is a great way to get from Merriam Lake area to Seven Gables Lakes Basin. The last section, tho short, is steep and in my book would rate class 3. For those traveling west-to-east, finding the best route to down-climb might be vexing. Below is a link to a pic of my wife doing a full pack lie-back up that part. Just a shout-out on being prepared for that.

http://tinyurl.com/4rj37d



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Re: Ruskie Pass class 2 or 3?

Postby kgw » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:35 am

Wow! Did you find her or did she find you? :)
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Re: Ruskie Pass class 2 or 3?

Postby mokelumnekid » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:15 am

I found her thankfully, and she is an animal in the backcountry. Hiking from North lake to Merriam Lake in a day wasted me, but she cruised it.
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Re: Ruskie Pass class 2 or 3?

Postby paul » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:27 pm

Haven't been over there in the summer, but went over Ruskie Pass on skis this May. I think it's probably easier on the snow than it is in the summer. Here's a few shots from that trip - including one that looks like it's right about the same spot as your shot at Ruskie Pass.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/26480813@N ... 001864773/
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Re: Ruskie Pass class 2 or 3?

Postby mokelumnekid » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:39 pm

What a wonderful trip! I sure regret never learning how to ski (more than half-assed) and when I see fabulous trips like this, it reminds me of the wonderful dimensions of Sierra experiences that people like you can access. Thanks so much for sharing these pics.
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Re: Ruskie Pass class 2 or 3?

Postby paul » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:07 pm

I can assure you I can only ski about half-assed myself - but since I'm not too proud to walk down what I can't ski down, I find I can get around the mountains pretty welldespite being a crummy skier. You can do it!
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Re: Ruskie Pass class 2 or 3?

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:48 am

Cool trip, mokelumnekid! I love that area!

and Paul, your trip looks like fun too! I just can't carry my splitboard so I can only do day trips. :(

I'll try to do more bc trip in the spring. Hope to see more skiing trips posted.
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