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Postby madeintahoe » Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:54 pm

SN..what a fantastic trip this must have been for you two! The pictures are really beautiful.
I can't get over the one picture of the Marmot..everytime I think about her or him..I smile and laugh to myself..it's so cute yet funny :D The white shooting star I bet was something to see.

Congratulations to the both of you on Sill...Looks like the 5 days is the way to do it.



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Mt Jepson - Day 4

Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:01 pm

Photos: http://community.webshots.com/album/553358527AVhKQJ

Day 4 of 5 - Jepson Peak, Potluck Pass, Barrett Lake


As we were heading back over Potluck Pass, we decided to do Jepson Pk. We dropped our packs, grabbed our jackets, water and snacks and dayclimbed Jepson. After, we backpacked over Potlulck Pass to Barrett Lake.[/b]
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Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:10 pm

Thanks, everyone! :D

We've been staring at that peak for a few years now. Once we climbed over Potluck Pass on our way to Lakes Basin, and thought about climbing Sill but didn't have the extra time to do it. On the JMT, it was at least a day out of our way so again we put it on the list for another trip. Sill has the best views in the Sierra, just like everyone said. Thanks to Langenbacher for the summitpost description and photos. Five days was just right for this trip. We even got Jepson, a spur of the moment decision. Awesome trip!
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Trying to pack for the weekend and get Day 5 done before I leave . . .
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Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:48 am

Photos: http://community.webshots.com/album/553357923XKEDoR


Day 5 of 5 - Thunderbolt Pass - Bishop Pass - out South Lake



Hiked back to South Lake over Thunderbolt Pass and Bishop Pass. Beautiful area!
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Postby BSquared » Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:39 pm

You guys do such great trips! And take us along with your photos... Thank you, thank you!

I couldn't find Thunderbolt Pass immediately, though. Is it the col that's immediately SW of Thunderbolt Peak?
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Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Aug 25, 2006 8:01 pm

BSquared wrote:You guys do such great trips! And take us along with your photos... Thank you, thank you!

I couldn't find Thunderbolt Pass immediately, though. Is it the col that's immediately SW of Thunderbolt Peak?


Thanks! Yes, that's Thunderbolt Pass SW of the Peak. A lot of boulder scrambling for these short legs. On the way back we should've gone across the snow field. It was a lot easier on the way up. We spent a lot of time looking for the best way on the way down by following tracks of others.

Fun trip!

On my way out the door again, headed for Mammoth!
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Postby Trailtrekker06 » Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:55 am

SN- Congrats to you and Dude! Those boulder fields- ugh- I could almost feel the pain looking at the pics. Wow. Great accomplishment! Thanks again for the great route info and the adventure!
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Postby Skibum » Mon Aug 28, 2006 8:02 am

Hey SN way to go!

If the wx holds I'm going to attempt Sill the last week of Sept.

Couple questions: Where abouts did you guys base camp before your climb, and approximately how long did it take to summit and get back to camp?

Thanks! :)
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Postby Kerstin » Fri Oct 06, 2006 5:23 pm

Snow Nymph, I'm wondering the same thing--how long did it take you to get to the summit and back from your camp? :)
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Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:18 pm

Skibum, we camped on the other side of Potlock Pass, just north of the 2 tarns. I think there's a photo of where we camp circled. There was a good source of water a short walk away.

I always hate to post times, because not everyone hikes the same (and we're slow). When I looked at the summitpost report, langenbacher did the round trip in 6 hrs (we camped about the same place). Snwburd dayclimbed from Big Pine in 6:10 to the summit. When I hike with SnowDude we're never in a hurry to get anywhere. It took us 6 hrs to summit, 2 hrs enjoying the views (don't know where the time went), and 3.5 hrs down. So I've learned that I can't expect to do a hike that someone else does in the same time, and you probably don't want to go by our times.
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Postby Timberline » Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:31 pm

Snowy and Snow Dude! Thanks for the great pix and trip report. Made me feel nostalgic for that area. Last time I was there was late July in '78 when four of us attempted Mt Sill, but got blown off the peak by high winds and low temps and fear of hypothermia - - stupidly, we weren't dressed right at all for the altitude and conditions. Only made it to the base of the headwall below Sill. We had much less snow then, but there was still floating ice in Barret Lake. A spendid trip nevertheless with many fond memories, and I was thrilled to see that area again from your perspective. Thanks again.
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Postby Kerstin » Sat Oct 07, 2006 7:54 am

Thank you, Snow Nymph. I was just curious because I had absolutely no idea how long it would take. Would it take one hour or seven hours to the summit? Now I have a rough idea.
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