TR: Circle of Solitude (7/14-7/21 2012)

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Re: TR: Circle of Solitude (7/14-7/21 2012)

Post by DoyleWDonehoo » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:43 pm

Great trip report. I think you really missed out, photo-wise, by not instead going up the Kern Canyon to the upper Kern Basin with its multiple lakes and towering peaks.
When I was at Colby Lake, I too ran into some weather (snow too), which provided similar spectacular pictures.
As for the Kern-Kawea part and Gallats Lake, you thought it was one of duller areas, while for me, photographically, it provided one of the best pictures and most memorable areas. As usual, timing is everything. Below is a big picture (click on the image) of Gallats Lake (near the "horseshoe"), one of my all time favorite pictures, taken almost 13 years ago...
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Post by toejam » Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:29 pm

Photographers can be such divas! Ha ha! I loved your report. May have to do that loop myself.

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Re: TR: Circle of Solitude (7/14-7/21 2012)

Post by schmalz » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:56 pm

Doyle - First off, your trip report on this area was a big inspiration for me to choose this trip and I'd like to thank you very much for all of your work over the years.

Obviously I was aware of your preference for the upper kern having read the report, and it was the original path that I was planning to take. Once I decided that Milestone Basin wasn't in the cards, it didn't really matter which way I took so I weighed the pros and cons a bit.

Here are a few reasons I went with my choice:

- My wife has shown interest in the Lake South America area and I'd like to return with her to explore the area and Milestone Basin with her. It made sense to save it for when I had more time to actually explore it.

- I don't see myself doing the HST anytime soon, so this might be the only time it ever makes sense to hike this stretch.

- A lot of this trip had been below treeline and I was craving some more alpine landscapes. I was hoping to get to treeline to camp for good sunset and sunrise photography, but that obviously didn't pan out.

- Bighorn plateau was amazing with the morning light and clouds in the sky. I have no regrets." onclick=";return false;" onclick=";return false;

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Re: TR: Circle of Solitude (7/14-7/21 2012)

Post by richlong8 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:53 pm

Just what I needed to read during these dreary winter months- a great trip report! Thanks for sharing.
I took a tripod last year, and barely used it....and really regretted it after I got home and saw the pics.

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Re: TR: Circle of Solitude (7/14-7/21 2012)

Post by Mradford » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:38 am

What an amazing trip report. Big wet canyon looks like something out of a dream. I am really hoping to retrace your steps someday. Sorry to hear about your altitude sickness and tripod issues.

Thanks for posting.

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Re: TR: Circle of Solitude (7/14-7/21 2012)

Post by cahikr » Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:39 pm

Very nice trip report!
Funny thing that altitude sickness, you never know when it will rear it's ugly head.
Thankfully you were able to deal with it and complete your awesome adventure.
We need to meet up for a day hike soon!

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