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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby quietone » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:50 pm

just returned from a fantastic trip to escalant, ut- will post if i find time while working, and before i leave for miter basin on next days off :-)

ps- lurked for years, finally joined



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Postby mahjzha » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:14 pm

Mahjzha here! I too must admit to being a "lurker", and greatly appreciate the trail/mosquito reports that I have "lurked" at! It has helped me plan/decide what trips to take! This year the main trips planned are a week in the Emigrant, and then the JMT (excluding LYV to TM - too old to put up with the crowds!)

I am an old geezer lady I guess (55 with grown kids and grandkids!) and have been backpacking for quite a while, perhaps before some of the "whippersnappers" were even around! My trail companion is usually my daughter (Dahjzha), and this will be our last summer of fun since she is leaving for grad school in the fall. And she is the one who takes all the pictures!

Always looking for someone to backpack with! Carry on!
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:14 pm

Hi Artrock23 and Mahjzha,

Welcome to HST! Looking forward to reading your future TR's and contribution to this
fantastic community!!! :thumbsup:
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Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby artrock23 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:09 pm

maverick wrote:Hi Artrock23 and Mahjzha,

Welcome to HST! Looking forward to reading your future TR's and contribution to this
fantastic community!!! :thumbsup:


Thanks for the welcome, Mav. I'll post the occasional TR, and few peaks in the '13ers & 14ers' forum.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby Sierra00 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:37 am

Hello all,

I'm an eastcoaster and midwesterner who visited the Sierra for the first time back in 2000, and I have been back every single year since, except one. It is quite addictive as you all know! So I've gotten around a little in those 12 trips (usually about 3 weeks each time), but I still learn much from this website, thanks very much to all of you. When one comes from a distance like I do it is very valuable to have such a good info source.

I usually go in on the east side. My backpacking trips have mostly been in John Muir Wilderness and Ansel Adams Wilderness, with a few also in the Yosemite high country. This year I'm planning to visit in late August and early September and backpack in Granite Park/Italy Pass/Bear Lakes basin, and also the classic Agnew Meadows/Donahue Pass/ Lyell Canyon trip, which I haven't gotten around to doing yet. I've been in at Agnew Meadows, up thru 1000 Island and over North Glacier Pass to Lake Catherine area on a past trip. But not Donahue yet. I usually avoid the most crowded areas, but it seems like this trip is worth making an exception for.

I'll try to get some pics up from last year's trip. (Might take a few days.)

.... to Sandcrab -- upper French Canyon is a great choice. I spent 4 days there in 2005, using it as a base camp and exploring. There are all kinds of good dayhiking targets from there.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:09 am

Hi Sierra00,

Welcome to HST! Yes, we all understand the magnetic draw of the Sierra making us
need to come back each season. :)
Both of the areas you have planned for the Fall are classics, and we will be very
dry this year by Sept. Looking forward to read about your past and future trips. :thumbsup:
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby hal » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:50 pm

Hello Folks. Long-time lurker here, so I'll bite. At 56, I don't do much backpacking anymore. In fact, I haven't backpacked since bear cannisters were required.

So I like to live vicariously with your reports :) In my teens and twenties, I climbed 21 fourteeners in Colorado, many in March. And I had a 2-week climbing trip in Alaska, climbing Mount Drum involving vertical ice climbing on glaciers. And a few backpacking trips with buddies in the Sierras out of Toulomne Meadows, towards Cathedral Peak and then cross country.

Then, in my 30's, I thought I'd try solo backpacking. First trip was to Lake Reflection in Kings Canyon. Once I got there, it was pretty spooky. It's quiet by lakes, and when the bears came around at night, I didn't get much sleep. But after that trip I was hooked on taking annual cross-country 7-day solo trips into Kings Canyon, alternating East/West entries.

My most memorable trips were a loop thru Gardiner Basin via Rae Lakes/Sixty Lakes Basin, spending time in the Gorge of Despair with the ascent of the Silver Spur, and camping at Bench Lake over Taboose pass, taking day trips. Not sure if I will be doing any TRs, but I do enjoy seeing people enjoying the Sierra backcountry and writing about it. It brings back lots of fond memories. The Sierras are the most idylic mountains in the summer--when you're in shape! (I used to train with a 100# pack.)

So thanks for letting me lurk :)

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:06 pm

Hi Hal,

Welcome to HST! Hope you will get a chance to get out into the Sierra once again.
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Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby Dizzy » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:41 pm

Hi All,
This is great site to get current trails conditions especially photos, so thanks a lot for all contributors.
I don't hike that much maybe 3-5 Sierra hikes per year, but you can find few past TRs on my blog: http://skydizzy.blogspot.com/ I also fly a paraglider and there're some aerial photos of eastern Sierra that maybe interesting. Here is few examples:

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Postby maverick » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:50 pm

Hi Dizzy,

Welcome to HST! Thanks for the photo's, and very kool blog Dizzy. :)
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Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby Buford » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:33 pm

Hi all,
I have been lurking a while to research trip ideas for this summer. The only backpacking I have done in the Sierra Nevada is the Rae Lakes loop last September. It was as stunning as I hoped, and not as crowded as I feared.

I plan on doing a couple trips this year and will probably ask for advice later when I have a better idea of where I am going.

I hike in the desert occasionally and do overnighters there in the winter. I often travel solo.

This board is a great resource for trip reports and getting ideas for future hikes. I don't really have anything of value to add, but I really appreciate the intel and pictures on this board. Thanks.
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Postby maverick » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:02 pm

Hi Buford,

Welcome to HST! Looking forward to reading your many furure adventures in the Sierra. :)
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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