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Re: Regarding some rare routes and regions

Postby John Dittli » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:20 pm

Now, regarding you initial inquiry- for what its worth, I skied virtually that exact same line in the Ritter Range back in '85. My memory is quite vague on the specifics, but I keep pretty accurate journals and very accurate maps. The only real differences I see is that we stayed higher crossing the Shellenbarger Spur dropping only slightly on a nw traverse, then turning the corner of a sub-spur into the small pond shown on your map. From that pond we traversed due north to the ponds at the head of Dike Creek.

From there we traversed west climbing very little to cross the Dike/Slide Divide. From there north to a crossing of "Glacier Spur" where you show it on your map. I do believe we had to poke around a bit to find a good way through there. Be advised that this is very remote, deep, dark, loose territory.

Earlier that same trip, I crossed the Glacier Spur east of your location (east of peak 12,344 on the 15'). That required a short bit of 3rd class on the south, but dumps you on the glacier with smooth sailing over to Lake Catherine.

Also on my map I indicate that the pass even further east (right next to the Ritter Range crest) may be an easier though un-tried, alternative.

All these photos are on film, Kodachrome no less!

I hope this helps you out.

John
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Re: Regarding some rare routes and regions

Postby SandStorm » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:40 pm

Damn, John. Thanks. That helps quite a bit. I really appreciate it.

By the way, we met this summer on the trail west of Whitney when those Scouts had some trouble.
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Re: Regarding some rare routes and regions

Postby John Dittli » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:15 pm

Hey ya! You were traveling with a woman? Yes I remember. They flew the Scout leader out that afternoon.
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Re: Regarding some rare routes and regions

Postby John Dittli » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:41 am

One last thing; I re-read your OP and realize I missed your inquiry about the Silver Divide.
In 1990 we traversed the Silver Divide, again a ski trip, so I don't know much about the trails, or the underlying terrain surfaces, but I can tell you what passes work:

Grinnell to Red and White Lake
Tully Lake to Bighorn
Bighorn to Izaak Walton Lake
Mace to Warrior
Big Graveyard Lake to Peter Pande
Big Margaret to Beetlebug: Pretty sketchy on the south side, goes all the way to Beetlebug staying west of inlet.
Sand Lake to Coyote drainage over Sharktooth.

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Re: Regarding some rare routes and regions

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:25 am

Amazing routes and photographs. I see no reason that all this can become a real great adventure (though its probably already done - I'm always late on these things).
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Re: Regarding some rare routes and regions

Postby SandStorm » Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:28 am

Yep, that was me. RE: The western Silver Divide: Thank you. Roughly, those did/do seem to be the best routes. Thanks again.
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Re: Regarding some rare routes and regions

Postby Cross Country » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:15 pm

I agree with John. The White fork route is shorter to the JMT and easier. Do WP for fishing. Another interesting route is Bench to Arrow. From there, follow the route down described in Secor. The large Arrow had football fish. I don't know about now.

This is the Lake at the head of White Fork. I would have bet I'd never post this pic.
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Re: Regarding some rare routes and regions

Postby SandStorm » Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:35 pm

Thanks, Cross Country. Yeah, I'm considering the Arrow route, as well. Thanks for chiming in. (Nice pic, btw.)
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Re: Regarding some rare routes and regions

Postby Cross Country » Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:36 pm

I did a lot of difficult cross country with the unlkely pack in thei pic. Some old timers here probably know what make of pack this is. What is it?
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Re: Regarding some rare routes and regions

Postby WarrenFork » Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:00 pm

Looks like an early Don Douglass Alpenlite to me.
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Re: Regarding some rare routes and regions

Postby Cross Country » Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:22 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote
The small basin of lakes on the bench above 60Lakes, beneath Mt Clarence King are very nice and offer a great day-hike (I camped up there) from the northern 60 Lakes. I did not see any fish up there but that does not mean there are none. You may want to consider this instead of going to Gardiner Lakes as an addition to your trip. Gardiner Lakes are fantastic and you would regret not having enough time to really enjoy and explore. 60 Lks Col is slow - the Gardiner side has a LOT of talus - not difficult but tedious; there really are no ways to do a "quick" trip into Gariner Basin.

One time I started in Kings Canyon at about 5PM and hiked up Bubbs Creek to Charlotte Creek where I camped for the night. The next morning I cross countried up Charoltte Creek (It's not a hard as you might imagine). I crossed Gardner Pass. I had a small chair with me. By 2PM I was sitting in my chair fishing a lake in Gardner (just above the big lake). The fish arn't very big in this lake but you can catch dinner in about an hour.
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