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Kaweah Basin -- TR

Postby quentinc » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:59 pm

Despite an absurd variety of weird physical nusiances; despite rain, hail, sleet and mosquitoes; despite the demise of my sunglasses, sunscreen and extra water bottle...somehow I made it in and out of the Kaweah Basin on a trip 2 weeks ago. Before I lapse into complaining, though, the payoff:

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I was hoping to have 8 days for this trip, but lost 2 of them trying to figure out: (i) how I developed a nerve inflammation from hiking in hiking sandals (because of a blister) back in May, which now makes it impossible for me to lace my left boot, (ii) how I developed a horrible blister on my left toe by doing a training hike in the same boots I had been comfortably wearing for months, and (iii) how I developed bursitis in my left elbow from having a colonoscopy (seriously -- talk about a gastroenterologist who doesn't know someone's a** from their elbow). But refusing to be thwarted, I went out and bought new boots (in a half-size too big), tried them once and decided they were broken in (yeah right), and headed up to Shepard Pass.

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It was raining from the first and I was dying of thirst (pardon the Dylan)...when Mt. Tyndal came into view:

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Kaweah Basin -- And now with technical problems: Part II

Postby quentinc » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:12 pm

For some reason, either the Topix Board or my computer refuses to let me post a message of more than one page or so, probably as an attempt to squelch my verbosity. So I'll have to do this in parts.... I was eager to get off the trail, so decided to cross-country through Wright Lakes Basin rather than slog onto the JMT. It was quite beautiful.

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I was thinking of climbing Mt. Barnard, but today the thunderclouds were coming in early (it was a doubleheader of rain today -- noon and then 5pm) so it was a good thing I didn't.

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The Kaweahs looked good from Bighorn Plateau:

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Then I descended cross-county to the connector trail between JMT and the High Sierra Trail. The view from the High Sierra Trail back towards Kern River canyon is quite dramatic, although poorly captured on my camera.

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Re: Kaweah Basin -- Part 3

Postby quentinc » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:20 pm

The route up Picket Guard Creek was fun, except for when I tried an ill-advised Class 3 shortcut and had to drop my pack below me in order to get back down. It seems that my sunscreen somehow took that opportunity to disappear.

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Picket Guard Basin was beautiful, but the mosquitoes here (and in Kaweah Basin) were almost intolerable.

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I was kind of tired the next day, so decided on a layover, exploring upper Kaweah Basin (and it's mosquitoes, even at 12,000 feet)

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Kaweah Basin -- the rest

Postby quentinc » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:24 pm

Despite rain every day and mosquitoes, it was hard to leave the basin.

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Despite my grand plans of returning via Milestone Pass, hiking in unbroken-in boots, without being able to lace the left boot, and not being able to use hiking poles because of my elbow... 6 days wasn't quite enough, so I returned the way I came. I'll be back -- I'd like to explore upper Wright Lakes Basin, as well as Red Spur Basin and a number of other spots. Rest of the photos are here:
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/573893589FMBozt
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Re: Kaweah Basin -- TR

Postby Cloudy » Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:42 am

Very pretty. Nothing like exposed camping above the treeline. :)
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Re: Kaweah Basin -- TR

Postby desertdawg » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:16 am

Beautiful photos. Must explore that area.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Kaweah Basin -- TR

Postby gary c. » Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:53 am

quentinc,
My buddy had a simular blister problem with a well worn pair of boots on our recent Yosemite trip. He couldn't understand why he all at once got such a blister until the next day when he started to get a hot spot on the little toe of his other foot. On inspection he found out that the inside seem of his hiking sock had balled up and was causing the problem. Just something to consider?
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Re: Kaweah Basin -- TR

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:24 pm

Thanks Q for the TR and pic's which I enjoyed.
Looks like you had a fun trip, some bad weather makes for some great sunrise/sunsets.
I descended Picket Creek and it has some fun class 3 parts, and a little bush
at the beginning.
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Re: Kaweah Basin -- TR

Postby copeg » Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:46 pm

Thanks for the TR and photos! :thumbsup:
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Re: Kaweah Basin -- TR

Postby hikerduane » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:31 pm

Thank you for the pics and report, would like to hit that area next few years if able.
Piece of cake.
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Re: Kaweah Basin -- TR

Postby giantbrookie » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:36 pm

Thanks for the nice post and photos. Kaweah Basin from Shepherd Pass. I like that. Better fishing options on the approach than from Crescent Meadow (and I suppose that counts for quite a bit for me). Very nice photos and report of a truly exotic place.
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: Kaweah Basin -- TR

Postby quentinc » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:32 pm

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

Gary C. -- I checked for that, but no. I'm wondering if it's because I left my boots in the car for a while. Maybe the sun and heat makes the leather shrink?
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