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Mineral King Dayhike - May 30th

Postby Shawn » Wed May 31, 2006 11:45 am

The good news is, I had a good time, got lots of exercise, and really enjoyed the scenery. :)

The bad news is, I need to drive faster thru Three Rivers, park my car away from the trailhead, and remember to look at my map if I ever want to get to my intended destination. :o

Here is a brief TR.

http://www.theradioroom.org/MineralPeak.htm



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Postby Hikin Mike » Wed May 31, 2006 11:59 am

It looks like you had a great time, regardless of your final destination. Good thing them Marmots didn't eat up your whole truck!
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Postby ifernau » Wed May 31, 2006 1:50 pm

Wow, that's some trip. I did not know that marmots enjoy eating car parts. Good to know, so i don't take a rental SUV down there. Try to explain to the rental company why the wires and whatever else were eaten :eek:
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Postby copeg » Wed May 31, 2006 2:34 pm

Great trip report shawn. Thanks for sharing. It seems when you have a trip like that, all the little unpleasantries pale in comparison to everything else.
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Postby Shawn » Wed May 31, 2006 10:53 pm

Thanks for the comments guys.

Indeed the "little unpleasantries" do pale in comparison to everything else. The views are so terrific, it makes all of the work to get there very worthwhile.
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Postby ndwoods » Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:41 am

Nice trip report! I have tried telling people that the marmots eat the hood liners....got about 50% of my subaru's my last trip. Basic reply back from folks has been "never touched my car." A picture is worth a thousand words isn't it?
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Postby giantbrookie » Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:54 pm

Nice report. Great story, photos, and a fine adventure. Mineral Pk brings back fond memories for me. It was the day after my 10th birthday (which was celebrated on Sawtooth Pk) and I was taught how to use an ice axe (self arrest practice, etc) on Mineral Peak during the early stages of the climb from Monarch L. Although it was Aug. 3, there was still a ton of snow on the peak because it was one of the heaviest winters on record (1969). There wasn't nearly as much snow as you encountered, however. Speaking of losing something down the slope during the climb, I had my canteen pop out of my belt and go bounding down the steep rock/talus slope from near the summit; it sort of ruptured in the process and was spraying water the whole way down. It went hundreds of feet down (and off the route) so I never retrieved it.
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Postby SSSdave » Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:24 pm

Nicely written Shawn, enjoyed the read. That long twisty turny drive up is certainly one of the most nauseating in the Sierra. I actually have drawn up a route climbing up on the ridge nose you reached and following it out some towards Mineral Peak in order to get an afternoon photo of Mineral Peak. For those unfamiliar with that peak, it has a pointy shape with nice metamorphic rock colors. Looking at those snow shots makes me want to toss my skins and bc skis in the car but I've bagged such thoughts this season. Gas just to pricy to bother. I've parked three times in Mineral King the last five years without taking marmot precautions. Don't have any hood insulation so they may not have though me worthy. ...David
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Postby Buck Forester » Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:48 pm

Wow, great report AND wonderful photos! You were so close... but getting to the top isn't what its all about anyway. Count me in as one who didn't know marmots eat vehicles... I've never had such a problem, at least not that I'm aware of. Hmmmm. I better go check my hood insulation!
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Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:20 pm

The car eating marmots of Mineral King are notoriously famous. Once, marmots ate my chair. Another time in camp a guy in our group spotted a marmot and began screaming and chasing the beast. "They ate my car in Mineral King", he explained. It is common to see parked cars at the Mineral King TH with chicken-wire around them. I think marmots are more likely to get the car munchies early season. ("Just as I thought...Mineocks..." said Han Solo.)
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Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Jun 01, 2006 6:17 pm

DoyleWDonehoo wrote:The car eating marmots of Mineral King are notoriously famous. . . . It is common to see parked cars at the Mineral King TH with chicken-wire around them.


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I popped my hood (marmots don't like light) using a boulder to let light in, and used mothballs on the inside of the truck and a little ammonia on a tissue in a baggie at the front and back. My 4Runner wasn't touched. A friend that I ran into up there (same trip) did the wrap job on his 4Runner, and the marmots chewed thru some electrical wires ($500 repair).

On the bright side, your trip was probably more enjoyable than sitting at the office!
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Postby quentinc » Thu Jun 01, 2006 8:00 pm

I've been to Mineral King 15 - 20 times and never had a problem with my car. But the stories are legendary. My favorite is of some guy who surrounded his car with rat poison bait, and came back to discover a ring of dead marmots around his truck (and, needless to say, a sizeable ticket from the ranger).

Mineral Peak itself holds bitter memories, as I hiked it a few days after my best friend died (at the age of 34).
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