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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:56 pm

Great report, great photos. I want to go!



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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:02 am

Thank you to everyone who took there time to read, look, and comment.
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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby copeg » Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:13 pm

Nice report and photos mav. Really like that shot of the view from the western side of Taboose. I've been dying to explore that area for several years (only time through was on the JMT) - Bench Lake, Arrow Peak area, Lakes Basin, Upper Basin, there's so much to explore up there.
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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby giantbrookie » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:25 pm

Very nice. I'm envious, for that is one of my favorite places on Earth. I'm surprised by the high runoff in Taboose Creek. I was last through there in early July of 1997 (1997 was a fairly heavy winter although not quite like this), crossing Taboose Creek in the early evening of July 11 (this was a Sawmill-Taboose shuttle trip) and hardly noticed the water.
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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby maverick » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:41 pm

Hi GB

Thanks Copeg, and GB.
At the 8200 crossing the water was booming, especially the far side where it was over my
knees, and the current was pretty darn strong.
By the way GB, any idea what mineral (rock) do the strips on Striped Mountain consist of?
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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby giantbrookie » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:19 pm

maverick wrote:Hi GB

Thanks Copeg, and GB.
At the 8200 crossing the water was booming, especially the far side where it was over my
knees, and the current was pretty darn strong.
By the way GB, any idea what mineral (rock) do the strips on Striped Mountain consist of?
http://WildernessApertures.com/img/v27/p174140169-6.jpg


Yes that is much more water than 11 July 2007 when the crossing was a few rock hops over calf deep water. As far as the light stripes on Striped Mtn. I haven't climbed up there myself, but I'd say those (light colored rocks) are probably aplite or pegmatite dikes cutting the metamorphic rocks (or dioritic rocks, not sure which) of Striped Mtn. The aplites tend to be fairly fined grained rocks rich in quartz and feldspar whereas the pegmatites I've seen in the Sierra that look like this (seen quite a few at Mt Agassiz and Pine Creek-Spire Lake area) tend to consist of coarse potassium feldspar and quartz with a smattering of other minerals including muscovite, biotite, and commonly some black tourmaline (some nice crystals in the pegmatites on Agassiz).
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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby maverick » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:07 pm

GB wrote:

As far as the light stripes on Striped Mtn. I haven't climbed up there myself, but I'd say those (light colored rocks) are probably aplite or pegmatite dikes cutting the metamorphic rocks (or dioritic rocks, not sure which) of Striped Mtn. The aplites tend to be fairly fined grained rocks rich in quartz and feldspar whereas the pegmatites I've seen in the Sierra that look like this (seen quite a few at Mt Agassiz and Pine Creek-Spire Lake area) tend to consist of coarse potassium feldspar and quartz with a smattering of other minerals including muscovite, biotite, and commonly some black tourmaline (some nice crystals in the pegmatites on Agassiz).


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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby calipidder » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:16 pm

Just got back from a week (went in on the 6th) over Taboose. The crossings were fine if you are comfortable with water - I had to change into my crossing/camp shoes and use poles for the 8000 ft crossing on the way out on Friday but everything else I was able to hop and stay dry in my hiking shoes. Water is dropping to comfortable levels now.

I'll have photos and a trip report soon but a brief conditions update from the week of Aug 6- 13:

We spent two nights at Bench (climbed Arrow - class 2 route over Arrow pass is clear) and then headed down the old JMT to Cartridge Pass. We wanted to go into Lake Basin but we hit the Pass at 6 pm and the north side had way too much shaded snow for us to feel comfortable crossing at that time of day. So we hauled back down to the big lake and had a nice night there. Next we went into Upper Basin and camped at lake 3535 for a couple nights with a climb of Split. There are some snow fields on Split and from the bottom it looks like the upper one might be blocking the summit but you can get around it easily (had to climb to about 13,900 to find that out, luckily it was fine). Lots of snow out there but it's all pretty navigable and easy to bypass except in the north facing and shaded cols/basins/passes.

Hiked all the way from Lake 3535 to Taboose TH on Friday. That's probably the biggest 'ouch' day I've had on the trail. Those ankle breaker rocks on the Taboose trail really sap the energy on the descent.

The stream crossing about half way through Upper Basin has a recently dead deer in it (about 50 ft up stream from the trail) - careful where you get water.
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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:36 pm

Hi Cali

Was thinking about your trip Calipidder while looking at the snow on Vennacher
Col, and the lightening overhead.
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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby calipidder » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:45 pm

Beautiful! While we were disappointed about not getting into Lake Basin it seems to me that this was clearly not the year - I can't wait for another year when conditions are a bit more 'normal'. It's such a beautiful area I'm already hatching future plans...
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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:52 pm

Thanks! When you get the chance to visit the area try to include Amphitheater Lake Basin.
It really is worth the time/effort, especially if your lucky enough to get some weather!
Also the Observation Lakes Basin has some unique, and sub-lime views of the Devils Crags!
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Re: Taboose Pass Corridor TR 7/27-7/31

Postby Xosob » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:36 am

Have a trip planned RT from Bishop Pass to Upper Basin via Knapsack/Potluck/Cirque passes week starting week from this Th. I'm hoping Potluck and Cirque are manageable. Was planning on climbing Arrow & Split (Calipidder's experience useful to hear!) and back in the winter had planned to take Upper Basin Crossing into Amphitheater Lake. I'm expecting the cornice on Cataract Pass to be an obstacle to reaching Observation Peak -- how difficult is it to by-pass it? The route down to Deer Meadow doesn't sound bad by Secor and others, but will it pose issues this year w/ the heavy snow and its northern exposure? Doesn't look like I'll have enough time to make Lake Basin -- again last winter I had hoped to take Cartridge & Dumbbell Passes and not go through Upper Basin twice, but that doesn't look promising.
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