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Re: Nine Lake Basin to Kern-Kaweah River

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:58 pm

I should clearify the Pyra Queen Col description. From the Keweah Basin side you want to stay RIGHT (north) of the main drainage (you actually go past some ponds) before traversing into the talus-filled main drainage. (left of the drainage IF going from Nine Lakes Basin to Keweah Basin) The more you can stay out of the main drainage, the better. You traverse a considerable distance on a high snowfield after leaving the main drainage to reach the pass that is on the south end of the broad saddle. I think this pass would be really scarey for someone who does not have mountaineering experience. It certainly would not be my preferred route to get to Keweah Basin. I had originally planned on going out via Keweah Pass but it looked worse! I did not try it. At the time, there was little snow on Keweah Pass and it looked like horribly loose large talus blocks.

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Re: Nine Lake Basin to Kern-Kaweah River

Postby EpicSteve » Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:16 pm

Thank you, Wandering Daisy. I've now read enough harrowing descriptions of the various steep talus passes that my friend Radnord and I have decided to approach Kaweah Basin from the north, from the Gallats "Lake" area. Instead of approaching via Nine Lake Basin, we'll approach via Lion Lake Pass and Triple Divide Pass. This new plan appears to involve more fun route-finding anyway.
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