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Re: That Time Again

Postby fourputt » Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:55 pm

Relieved to hear you survived your "Touching the Voidlette."

Rumors of Fourth Recess approaches are notorious, so yes, careful out there!



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Re: That Time Again

Postby ree » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:19 am

Hi there, Rogue!
We met you coming down from Mono Pass, near Ruby Lake. It was me, my husband, and gf. All of us are from WA state. It was nice to meet you! :thumbsup:

Glad you survived the trip into Fourth Recess. I read some beta about coming down the west side of the Fourth Recess Lake... still it looked pretty tough any way you slice it. Glad we opted for Pioneer Basin instead of Third and Fourth Recesses. Such a great area to explore. I think we'll come back and check out the mine next time.

I got a picture of you heading down from Mono Pass. I wanted to post it but not sure how to do that yet.

Just wanted to say hi and wish you a wonderful, safe trip. Take care. ree
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Re: That Time Again

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:30 pm

Yeah I remember you three. Good talking to you! I think I told you three how I was going to detour out and hit up Pie In the Sky Cafe which worked out better then I had hoped because I met two nice laddies when I was almost to the trail head and they gave me a ride to the cafe and bought me pie then also took me back to the trail head so I did not loose any miles that day.

As for me right now I am in Mammoth. I found sort of a pad in the camping area at VVR which was a sun blocker people put in their car windows but had some padding. Over all the thing sort of sucked but it got me to Reds Meadow fine. What I decided to do is since I have been 5 days behind schedule as it is I am going to cut out the section of going back to Nelson Lake in Yosemite. I will just go through fast on the JMT and over the Mammoth Crest. I worked it out so that I wont come into Mammoth again doing buy as you go resupply. I should have enough food to make it to VVR once gain which of course will be closed but people will still be around and they know I am coming. So my plan now is to just do my luxury stay section here in Mammoth for 2 days and get what I need. The only down side is I think I would have liked it better later on my way back south when I have been out for along time with no locations that have shower our laundry. But it at least solves my problem of spending more money and by the time I get back to VVR I should only be 1 day at most behind my paper written schedule.

So I will be back on trail again Monday headed for all that zigzagging through Yosemite. Hopefully I will make it to the summit of Clyde Minaret without too much trouble.

As for the last section had a bit of a surprise at Graveyard Lakes. The camp I stayed in had a beach chair to sit in and someone had stashed 2 cans of chili, one can of clam chowder, a can of cheese wiz unused, one can of ravioli and another large can of ravioli that was over two pounds. I was torn between should I leave it or treat it as trail magic some packer probably left behind which I did so I ate good there! :D

I also was able to pass between Peter Panda Lake and beetlebug Lake fairly easy. Beetlebug Lake goes on the list of lakes worth going back to for sure. Reminded me of Hamilton Lake.

I'm finally getting to see the damage caused by the wind storm around here and it's a sight to see. I still miss not getting on those trail projects. You would be a C bucker by the time your done!
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Re: That Time Again

Postby Cross Country » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:55 pm

Hi Rogue. Remember, schedules are just for general structure. They are not to be followed, even if they are just a little inconvenient. I want to read your stuff for years. Please be more careful.

Your friend, CC.
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Re: That Time Again

Postby RoguePhotonic » Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:28 pm

So this trip comes to a crashing end! I was injured badly on rodgers pass and I either did or I think nearly broke my tail bone and I sliced my finger open badly. I spent the next three days hobbling out of the sierra in bad shape. Im in bishop now on my way home tomorrow. Ill post details when I get home and off this moble device.
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Re: That Time Again

Postby hikerdmb » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:50 pm

Sorry to hear that. Hopefully you make it the rest of the way home safely.
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Re: That Time Again

Postby RoguePhotonic » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:24 pm

Considering the amount of terrain I covered and the amount of time I spend in these mountains it was going to happen some time. If I had been more badly hurt I would be dead right now because no one would have found me. So it could have been worse.
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Re: That Time Again

Postby Electra » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:26 pm

Really sorry to hear that Rogue but glad you made it out sort of in one piece. Looking forward to all the stories and beautiful pictures once you heal up. Knowing that area well, there is no easy way out, so again, i am just glad you are still able to 'log in' and didn't 'log out'. Be safe, heal strong.
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Re: That Time Again

Postby RoguePhotonic » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:50 pm

Well sitting back home now certainly not happy with being back. Society is certainly a disgusting creature. And any day I think back on being in the wild brings mostly despair now that I am back. Oh well time to settle back into the ugliness.

So the last section from Mammoth I did the lakes tour around the Minarets hitting up Fern, Anona, Gertrude, Ashley, No Name, Holcomb and then Becks. I went to Cecille Lake and climbed Clyde Minaret which was the wildest climb I have done for sure. I lost the Rock Route once and ended up on some nasty class 5 with major exposure but I got back on after a bit. Then at this point I didn't feel like taking on the Ritter / Banner Saddle with no ice gear so I just went around to Davis Lakes on the Muir Trail and then cut over past Rodgers Lakes and up past the Marie Lakes to the bottom of Rodgers Pass. I crossed it and was 50 feet from the bottom when a rock rolled on me and sent me airborne smashing on top of a rock right in my tail bone area and although I did not feel any pop I knew right away it was a bad hit. I looked at my hand and it was already covered in blood and making a mess every where. I knew how badly I was hurt and began going into a state of shock which is something that has always annoyed me. I learned years ago that I can easily go into shock from dwelling too badly on wounds. I once began going into shock over a small cut at work because of how pissed I was and how much it sucked. So anyway since this began to happen I thought damn I need to get to the water for my hand and hopefully that can distract my mind so I can recover but as soon as I stood up I knew I could not walk from dizziness and my vision flashed black. I sat back down as the typical symptoms assaulted me. Cold flashes over my body, sweating heavily over my whole body, ears begin ringing as all other sound begins to fade away, dizziness to the point of being ready to black out and my vision began going as almost everything became white most likely from heavy pupil dilatation. I took out my camera and filmed myself as this was going on and talking to the camera helped my concentration. Once I had recovered enough I made my way to the water and patched myself up. Then it took me 3 days of hobbling to get out to Tuolumne. On day 2 I ran into a Ranger who took down reports and called a doctor. When I pulled off my bandage on my finger which I had changed once it pulled a decent size rock out of the wound which only worried the doctor in Yosemite Valley which was on the phone more about infection. I could see there were two more rocks in there so the Ranger got his knife and dug them out for me. Luckily the wound showed no signs of infection since I had done all the right things with my first aid and although I was hurting the Ranger was comfortable enough to leave me to find my own way out. Either one of my wounds in itself would have been too much to continue so I had to call it and come home. But like I said if I had been unable to walk at the head of the Lyell Fork where I was no one would have ever found me. This many days in I would have already slit my wrists and died so it could have been worse.

Now of course comes the long task of getting images up on FlickR and figuring out how to write a story for this trip. I have more then 128 gigs of full memory cards so I have work to do.

I need to add up how many passes I crossed but I know I visited 202 lakes and climbed 13 peaks in 111 days of my 2012 hike.
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Re: That Time Again

Postby tim » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:36 pm

Glad you got back safely. Looking forward to the trip report and especially the photos!
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Re: That Time Again

Postby afahrland » Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:34 pm

Hey Rogue, it was nice meeting you at Red's after reading all of your previous trip reports. Thanks again for letting us stay with you in the campground. Sorry to hear about your accident - at least it was not in a more exposed place (like Fourth Recess), or we would be reading about the SAR response instead. Glad you made it up and down Clyde "safely". When Manfred and I got a good look at the Ritter/Banner saddle from the High Route near Ediza Lake & Lake Catherine we hoped that you would reconsider crossing it when you got there. Crampons and an ice axe were certainly mandatory for both sides. Be careful out there, there's lots of people here and elsewhere that would miss you if you were gone.

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Re: That Time Again

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:25 pm

Yeah glad meeting you.

You would not have been reading about a SAR though because where I fell I would not have been able to signal help and no one would have found me. After a day or two I would have slit my wrists. Probably would be eaten by a bear by now. :bear:

When I saw the Ritter / Banner Saddle I knew I could not go up it. The first time I did it in September of 2009 it was mostly soft snow to the point of both an ice axe and crampons being worthless. But every patch of snow I came across later season was a solid bit of ice. Maybe only an inch of soft snow on the top at most.

Both injuries are coming along nicely. The tail bone feels allot better then it did a couple days ago so hopefully I can get out on some trail work soon and do some backpacking trips to Panamint City or elsewhere. If anyone on this forum wants to hook up for a desert backpacking trip in a month or two let me know.

Pass list:

Franklin
unnamed pass
Kaweah Gap x2
Russell/Carillon Col
Pants
Lion Rock 2
Lion Lake
Copper Mine Old
Horn Col
Pterodactyl
Silliman
Whaleback (unofficial)
Talus Pass
Thunder Ridge
Cinder Col
Longely Pass
Gardiner Pass
King Col
White Fork Saddle
White Fork
Cartridge
Dumbell
Observation Peak Pass (unofficial)
Cirque
Potluck
Thunderbolt Col
Bishop x2
Ladder X2 (unofficial)
unnamed pass
unnamed pass
Goddard Creek Pass X2
Wanda
unnamed pass
Emerald (unofficial)
Puppet
Feather
White Bear
Gabbot
Third Forth Divide
Mono
Morgan
Italy
unnamed pass
Beetlebug (unofficial)
Mammoth X2
Nancy
Deadhorse
Rodgers
Volgesang
Tuolumne

Peaks list:

Russell
Peak 12,345 (Copper Mine Peak)
Brewer
Peak 12,064 (White Fork Peak)
Peak 12,176 (Cartridge Peak)
Observation
Peak 11,255 (at the corner of Palisade Creek and the Middle Fork of the Kings
Langille
The Citadel
Charybdis
Godddard
Peak 10,755 (South of McClure Meadow)
Clyde Minaret
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