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Sierra High Route

Postby Whiplash » Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:22 pm

I'm thinking of hiking the portion of the SHR from Tuolumne Meadows to Red's Meadow. Any info regarding the terrain and difficulty of that section would be greatly appreciated. Also, an estimation as to the total mileage would help.
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Re: Sierra High Route

Postby maverick » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:37 pm

Hi Whiplash

Welcome to HST.
Please check out the "Suggestions for requesting trip advice" section above, so
we can give advice according to you experience level.
There are some rugged area's that you will need to pass through, x-country
experience, and route finding knowledge is a must. Thanks.
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Re: Sierra High Route

Postby Whiplash » Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:42 pm

maverick:
My apologies. I didn't see that thread.
To give you some idea as to my experience, I am comfortable with both trail and cross-country travel. I'm 51 years old and have been traveling in the outdoors for over 40 years. My backpacking experience began in Boy Scouts at the age of 9.
I've been on numerous pack-in elk hunts in Colorado over the past 30 years, all of which were off-trail and required detailed map/compass navigation.
While I can negotiate Class 3 scrambles, I would not like to do them every day, if avoidable.
My plan this summer is to hike the JMT, but having done the portion from Happy Isles to Red's Meadow in the past, I am looking at more of a hybrid approach. I'm wanting to start in Tuolumne Meadows, go up Rafferty Creek trail, thru Volsang High Sierra Camp, and continue on the SHR to Red's Meadow. From Red's, I intend to continue on the JMT to WP.
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Re: Sierra High Route

Postby BSquared » Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:57 pm

Whiplash, check out posts from Wandering Daisy. She has fairly recently (within the last year) posted TRs for the entire High Route, and she did the section you're talking about "backwards," the way I think you're planning.
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Re: Sierra High Route

Postby maverick » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:06 pm

Here is WD trip report with pic's : viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5455&p=34205#p34205
Also you will find quite a few trip reports to each individual area that may interest you
by using the search function.
Get the "Sierra High Route" by Steve Roper to describe the route in its entire length.
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Re: Sierra High Route

Postby Cross Country » Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:43 pm

Hi Whiplash. Do you like to fish? There's some good fishing in the vicinity of the HSR.
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Re: Sierra High Route

Postby Whiplash » Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:40 pm

JT:
I love to fish, but its not going to fit into my plans on this trip.
I'm planning to actually hike from Tuolumne Meadows to Whitney Portal, but I'm planning kind of a hybrid trip. My plan is to take the SHR out of TM via Rafferty Creek and stay on that route until it joins the JMT just north of Devil's Postpile. From there, I will stay on the JMT to Whitney.
I've hiked the JMT from Happy Isles to Red's Meadow in the past, so I'm wanting to get a different view of the amazing scenery.
Maverick:
Thanks for the link. I was able to find WD's trip report for that trip. It has been an awesome source of information. Thanks again and a huge thank you to wandering daisy for her great trip reports.
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Re: Sierra High Route

Postby Zoltan » Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:12 pm

Whiplash: I thru-hiked the SHR in 2008, south to north. Kept a pretty detailed journal. obviously it's the opposite direction, but it may offer some useful information. Have a fantastic trip! ~Zoltan

http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=7986
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Re: Sierra High Route

Postby Whiplash » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:44 pm

Zoltan:
Thank you for the link. I have actually been reading your journal. It has been very informative. I'm on my second read of your entries. They have been very helpful.
Thanks again,
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Re: Sierra High Route

Postby East Side Hiker » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:12 pm

This thread was nice for it gave me the opportunity to discover and read WD's 4-part TR of her adventure. Wow. It was really good because it made me go back and look at topics from the past, which I hadn't really seriously done before. There is a lot of good stuff back there in the history of the backpacking topix record.

I've done most of this in snippets here and there over the years, and been over the southen (southeastern) portions many times, but doing it in one trip is inviting. Maybe not doable at this time of my life as I do like the slow-go and lite-as-possible-pack method, so breaking it up would be the way to go. I don't like to go out for more than 10-14 days; and preferably not over 10. There's only so much time.
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Re: Sierra High Route

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:40 pm

Zoltan- I read your journal. Thanks for posting. It is always great to get someone else's perspective. Seems we both had our share of route-finding hits and misses! I am glad you agree with me on Sky Pilot being the worst pass. I will take issue with your comment to do the route when young. Post-60 hikers like me can do just fine if we just slow down. There is a daily limit on old knees. We just do not go as fast as you young'ns. Here is my list of worst passes: Sky Pilot (dangerous), Snow Tounge (dangerous in wrong conditions), White Bear (miserable on old knees), Nancy (because I missed the right route), Frozen Lake (can be dangerous in some conditions - tough talus if you are not used to talus). From your photos it seems like my trip this year in August had more snow than your trip, but you seemed to have a lot more mosquitoes then I did.
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Re: Sierra High Route

Postby miked » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:32 pm

Zoltan, just curious, how much experience with cross country travel and navigation did you have prior to completing the SHR?
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