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Re: Just returned from my first-ever solo ...

Postby Herm » Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:16 pm

Congrats on your first solo, and I took from your report that the large, noisy groups did not in any way "ruin" your experience, just made it less than it could have been. I feel it pitiful that backcountry groups are permitted to be so large, considering the concentrated impact that such a large group will have in a small area. On the other hand, like Mokelumne Kid said, I too have been part of raucous party crowds at car camping areas, especially while studying geology in college, where the party was part of the study.

I too just completed my first ever solo backpack, and will definitely do it again.

I am not in a hurry, so don't be hasty.

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Re: Just returned from my first-ever solo ...

Postby dave54 » Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:50 pm

I have experienced sanctioned sierra club groups with the same behavior, so it's not just school or scout groups.

and one FS trail crew, but that is another story...
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Re: Just returned from my first-ever solo ...

Postby mokelumnekid » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:18 pm

Right all- I know that GH-Dave was just seeking to commiserate, not dictate behavior; I was only trying to be a bit of a devils advocate, but I'm on his side in real time situations. He was just saying, "ah shucks." (Herm- as a geology prof I know all too well about trying to manage evenings in campgrounds with geology students. Sometimes I have to turn the hoses on 'em. And when I was working on a trail crew in the Stanislaus Nat'l. Forest in the mid-'70's- it was savage and it was a co-ed crew. There were days, no lie, when we worked practically naked: jock strap, hard hat and gloves with a woman trail boss and they were dressed the same way! ).

HST folks are pretty cool- live and let live...and hike away from trouble. \:D/
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Re: Just returned from my first-ever solo ...

Postby Oubliet » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:38 pm

Hi GH-Dave!

My friend Paola and I ran into you last week during your solo trip through Ten Lakes.

We were a little luckier as we'd made camp on the 3rd night at the top. We'd scrambled a bit to find a plateau way off-trail. We had a ~great~ vantage point to see almost 340 degrees around! We didn't have any of the school groups around us, and had a peaceful evening watching the sunset and enjoying dinner.

Maybe it was a good thing that we tended to get up late and hiked until later in the afternoon, stopping after other people had already made camp. That way, we could always pick a spot after the noisy people settled down for the night.

It was a beautiful week out there with perfect weather and just a hint of fall in the air.
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Re: Just returned from my first-ever solo ...

Postby AlmostThere » Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:02 am

It seems to be a trend - there were no less than three different organizational logos on vans (and four vans from Azusa U, large private college in Los Angeles area) at trailhead parking in Curry last Sunday.

I don't mind large groups - I sometimes take them out myself. I do mind that the groups go nuts and turn into intrusive herds, and have said as much to them, not that it does any good.
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Re: Just returned from my first-ever solo ...

Postby GH-Dave » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:16 am

Hi Oubliet,

Hey, it's nice running into you again. Being on the same trail with you and Paola I count as one of the highlights of my trip.

I think you're on the right track with the idea of coming onto your destination a little later so you can scout out who is there and work around them. My problem is, I'm so used to getting up at dawn to do chores, I just couldn't lie around in my sleeping bag waiting for time to pass. I like to get up and get going.

With any luck, running into those school groups was an anomaly and won't happen again like that.

Take care,

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