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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby oldranger » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:20 pm

Rogue

I'm sure our imaginations are better than a pic of the 3. But maybe that is just because I'm a dirty old man! Some of us are old enough to remember when topless was not that unusual.

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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby Cross Country » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:04 pm

Hi Rouge, how you doing? It's nice to read your stuff again.

Two times I (we) went to 10232 and had the time and opportunity to hike down Goddard Creek. Fortunately we talked to someone who had hiked down it and reported what you did so did not subject ourselves to this "torture". You knew what we knew! The word masochistic comes to mind.

Again, it's nice to read your stuff -- truly a pleasure.
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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby RoguePhotonic » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:38 pm

Lol maybe that is true. Rick Sanger honestly asked why I wanted to do that and who knows. I really just like exploring more then anything else. I want to see these places so few see and more importantly to document them with decent photos and descriptions. Too often I search for places in the Sierra only to find little to no information or some really old and poor photos.

I may have been the first person to cross that rock fall in Goddard Creek which surely will be a part of most peoples journey through there.
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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby Pulpit » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:54 am

I really enjoyed your Trip Report, Rogue. Thank you for taking the time to post it!! Hope you make it back out there this year!
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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby sparky » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:07 am

Rogue youre killing me!!
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True happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.
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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby lostcoyote » Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:55 pm

hi rogue,
sorry to hear that your trip into tehipite was so misreable.

i did this 2 years ago and had the bugs but very few mosquitos.
did you get a chance to find the petroglyph panel?

i also discovered that each time i stopped to rest, the bugs would stop targeting me. they obviously like moving targets. and like you, they went for my eyes. i felt as if my hand was acting more like a windsheild wiper all the time.

just to compare pictures, here's some stuff i shot at lake 10232, ionian, and tehipite..
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p.s. i agree with your setiment about lake 10232 (formetly 10212).... it is indeed heaven. i especially like the meadows directly below the lake...especially when they turn gold in late season.
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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby RoguePhotonic » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:07 am

It's all good in the end. Sometimes you may not be happy out there or even miserable but when you look back on that misery you end up remembering with a smile. It's like Goddard Creek. As miserable as that was I may be going back this year for more. Who does that? :retard:

i did this 2 years ago and had the bugs but very few mosquitos.
did you get a chance to find the petroglyph panel?


Nope, I knew there are petroglyphs there but I didn't know where since most people don't like to reveal that sort of thing. I didn't see much of anything while there.

i also discovered that each time i stopped to rest, the bugs would stop targeting me.


This was sort of true. If you went out into the open they would leave altogether but if you just sat while in the trees they would land on my body where I didn't care.

I need to look through the photos later since work is calling.
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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby oldranger » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:29 pm

While sitting in a Doctor's waiting room today my wife pointed out an article that noted that zebra stripes had the function of keeping flys at bay! Humm, I wonder if that works on African flys only or whether there is potential for new repellant (in more ways than one), non toxic clothing?

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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby lostcoyote » Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:31 am

RoguePhotonic wrote:Nope, I knew there are petroglyphs there but I didn't know where since most people don't like to reveal that sort of thing.


there are identified to the exact spot on the 7.5 minute USGS map.... unfortunately.
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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:10 pm

Regarding bugs, I have run into really thick swarms of gnat-like bugs in the boulders on the shoreline of high lakes. One of the worst places was Tulinyo Lake. Anther was Catherine Lake. They swarm and it feels like the bite, but I did not have any welts. What are these?

Deer flies and horse flies are almost worse than mosquitoes. They actually take a chunk of skin from you when they bite. The flies and other swarming bugs seem to be thicker in the late season. I wonder if there is even a bug-free season in Tehipite Valley. What makes Tehipite Valley such a buggy environment?

I thought the time it took you to get down the lower part of Goddard Creek was pretty amazing. It did not sound nice at all, but you made better time than I had expected. I have a photo of myself after a day of bushwhaking in a Wyoming canyon, and it is so greusome, that I will not show it to anyone! Loved that self portrait of yours. It says it all.
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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:25 pm

I know the ones you mean along shore lines. Due to that I have always called them shore flies. I have had them swarm on me so thick it was a black cloud in front of me and my entire body was covered in them. I have never had any problems with them biting though. The thing I dislike about them is they are small and when they swarm me I am always afraid of breathing them in so i'll throw my hand over my mouth and nose while I move through them.

Come on we all want to see your photo! :p

I honestly think Goddard Creek would be a good place to build a trail. It's a beautiful canyon and it would open up another direct route North and South.
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Re: 95 Days in the Sierra

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:41 pm

Rogue, Just saw this TR while searching for something: outstanding report! You camped in many of the same places I have, so it was deja-vu all over again reading through it. Wow, I would not wish the Goddard Creek bushwack on anybody. Your description sounded exactly like the Muro Blanco bushwack I did, right down to your camp as light was fading. Bush, or talus, or bush and talus. A punishing hike and not at all fun, except to say the Muro Blance is probably more scenic than Goddard Creek judging by the pictures. You will never forget that trip. Thanks for the TR!
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