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Cirque Pass Location

Postby artgazdik » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:46 am

I am planning a hike and noticed the Cirque Pass may be plotted in the wrong location on the HST Map.

I believe Cirque Pass that is located just to the southwest of the pass noted as Cirque on the map. The pass labeled as Cirque Pass appears to be Chimney Pass in some publications.



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Re: Cirque Pass Location

Postby caddis » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:04 pm

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Re: Cirque Pass Location

Postby copeg » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:23 pm

I've never been over the passes so cannot verify from experience, but I found this webpage on climber.org which has a link to a map with positions of the pass...
http://www.climber.org/Secor/chimneyPass.html
...showing different locations than what we've got posted on the HST map. Based upon the topos and what I've heard of the passes those positions make more sense, so I've made the changes in their positions. Maverick placed the pass markers so I'll let him chime in as he may have more direct experience, and of course anyone else who have cross the pass is sure to chime in.
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Re: Cirque Pass Location

Postby maverick » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:54 pm

If this was not the way it was set up than its is my bad. Sometime spent 3-4 hours
at one time placing passes, so may have mixed up the names.
http://sierrabackpacker.com/PalisadeCrest.htm
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Re: Cirque Pass Location

Postby artgazdik » Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:45 pm

Thanks the update Maverick. The map is a great planning tool. My friend and I used it to plan our hike that crossed Cirque, Pot Luck, Knapsack, Black Giant, Wanda and Alpine. Although, I skipped over Muir and sleep in at Wanda Lake waiting for Steve to cross Black Giant and Wanda Pass.

I work with maps and GIS for a living and know about edits...they are never done.

Thanks again, Art
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Re: Cirque Pass Location

Postby Mike M. » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:52 pm

Cirque Pass is as shown in both the links above. It is mainly a route finding challenge in the area heading down to (or up from) Palisade Lakes Basin -- there are no cliffs to speak of to negotiate if you find the right route -- follow the path of least resistance. There is no class 3 hiking involved on Cirque at all unless you try to force it by going straight up (and off route). The north side is easy and the route is obvious.

Potluck Pass, on the other hand, is steep on the south side just below the top, for a short stretch. I've never been able to find the "diagonal granite ledges" at the SW edge of the pass that Secor refers to, instead always just forcing my way straight up or down.

I posted a trip report here in 2009 with photos of both passes.

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Re: Cirque Pass Location

Postby RoguePhotonic » Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:35 pm

I notcied this mistake along time ago but never got aroumd to saying something. I think rodgers pass is wrong also but I need to get on a computer to check for sure.
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