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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby michaelgrosse » Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:32 pm

Hello, Michael here, father to keegan and we have been getting out on various types of trip since 2008 or so. We are in Sacramento. Not sure how long I have lurked or signed up for the site, there will be periods of time that I go without looking at the site, but as of late, trying to gleam information more often.

I reside in Sacramento and we, permutations of myself, son and my GF, try to get out as often as we can, sometimes that means a couple of weekends in a row, sometimes every other month, but I love getting out, walking, fishing, experiencing the outdoors. Since this site is more specific to the Sierra's, I will just note that I lack winter skills and during that time, I will be at Point Reyes, the foothills, Cache Wilderness...

We are leaving in about 6 hours for a trip likely as not to Golden Trout Wilderness, so maybe one of the folks on this board will be out...say hello to a stranger, the tall blond one fishing for the state fish.

Prime interests when outdoors are the fishing, walking and more walking, being outside and sleeping under the stars, and there is no particular order or preference to the preceding.

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby bstone » Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:15 am

Hi. I am Ben. I grew up in Fairbanks, AK and moved to Reno in 2002 to study wildlife ecology at UNR and fell in love with the Sierra and some less traveled mountain ranges in Nevada. This site is a great resource so I figured I would try to contribute. Got a few good trips planned this summer... really looking forward to 6 days in the Pine creek pass area starting July 6th!

Here are some pics from previous adventures!

Enjoying a drink with my old man just below Haeckel-Wallace col (via North lake - Lamarck col - JMT) after a long day.
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One of my favorite weekend getaway spots in the Sierra with the family!
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Just dropped off by a beaver in the foothills of the Brooks range... getting ready for 3 weeks on the Kobuk river in NW AK
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Little brookies in the Rawah wilderness in CO
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Just engaged (now wife) reeling em in in the Ruby Mts in E. NV
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Goose camp on the Y-K delta, Western AK
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:35 pm

Hi Ben,

Welcome to HST! Love the intro with the photo's! :thumbsup:
We would enjoy reading about your Alaska adventures too, in our "Beyond The Sierra Nevada" section. :nod:
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself =)

Postby benzom » Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:28 pm

Hi all, I stumbled upon you while on the "tap talk" app. I have lived in CA my whole life. I grew up in Fresno and now I live in the bay area. Three years ago, my friend invited me to go backpacking in Yosemite. I had never been there before.
I found a pack on Craigslist and my wife scored a bunch of high end equipment (tent, sleeping bag trekking poles) at the salvation army for $40. After that first trip (climbed Half Dome) I was hooked.
I started gathering gear for my teenage boys. Last year we took two backpacking trips, both to Yosemite and we climbed Half Dome together.
Backpacking has given us great memories and lots of quality time together. I am not opposed to going outside of Yosemite, but at the same time there is so much I want to see there. So here I am planning my summer, two more trips to Yosemite for sure and maybe a third in early fall.


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Postby maverick » Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:32 am

Hi Benzom,

Welcome to HST!
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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Postby jawcar » Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:51 am

Hi All! Recently joined and reading up in anticipation of a trip around the Evolution Loop in early August.

I've really benefited from people's trip reports and wisdom and I'm hoping to see the snow reports over the next five or six weeks.

If anyone can point me in the direction of crucial info or wants to share his or her experience, please do!

My primary anxiety at the moment is finding the trail and making it over Lamarck Col (from North Lake), and also doing the loop in only 4 days with my SO who is game but slightly less experienced than me.

Thanks for reading and glad to have this forum as a resource!
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Postby maverick » Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:05 am

Hi Jawcar,

Welcome to HST! Use the "search" feature at the top of the "Backpacking/Hiking/Camping" section, there are numerous TR's with photo's available on Lamarck Col. If after doing some research you have some specific questions, please start a thread and ask away. One thing, if your SO is not backpacking fit and has never done anything like this before, then don't do it, it will turn her off from backpacking. Introduce her with some easy trips like Little Lakes Valley or 20 Lakes Basin, minimal effort, big return trips, then she will be hooked, gain confidence, and be willing to do more strenuous trips. :nod:
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself =)

Postby seamus124 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:29 pm

Hi all,

I grew up backpacking and after too long on the East Coast, finally moved back west to take advantage of the Sierras a few years ago. Well, maybe not entirely the Sierras, but still, they were a significant part of the decision. I'm a pretty comfortable level 3 backpacker though usually am traveling with my wife who is more level 2.

I have two trips planned this summer - one with my wife out of Isberg trailhead to Rockbound Lake to Bench Canyon, then to Twin Island Lakes and back out via Hemlock Crossing and one with some friends going up and over Taboose Pass to the Lake Basin and back.

I'm really only anxious about the North Twin Island Lake crossing as Roper's description of "20 foot wide wade that's only 3 feet deep" seems a little extreme. Obviously any insight or early condition reports that folks have in that area are more than welcome.

I've really enjoyed reading the community forums and hope to someday be able to contribute the huge amounts of knowledge some of you seem to have!

Thanks all and looking forward to providing some trip reports later this summer.

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Postby maverick » Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:13 am

Hi Seamus,

Welcome to HST! Please start a seperate thread to inquire about specific's about routes. Thanks
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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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Postby Follysgambit » Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:17 pm

Hi...Okay okay, I'm a lurker supreme! I first want to thank everyone for all the great knowledge and info on this board that helps so much. My name is Alex, Im a 44 year old occupational therapist from long beach...I first hiked the Sierra's 20+ years ago with a scouting troop, we started on the HST but went up over pants pass and over to picket creek before coming down to junction meadows and then up Whitney...looking back, pretty aggressive considering we had first timers at the tender age of 13 and 14 y/o (I was 17 at the time)...I have done a bunch of hiking since in Utah and local hikes in L.A. and big sur, but my mind has always wandered back to that magical hike 20 years ago...SO, I'm headed out solo this August to retrace my steps and this board has been a wealth of info in preparation. Thought it was about time I poked my head out and said thanks! O:)

PS. found high sierra topix by googling HST for my HST hike, duh. What good fortune!!!
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Postby maverick » Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:58 pm

Hi Alex,

Welcome to HST!
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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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself =)

Postby ERIC » Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:59 pm

Welcome to the community michael, Alex, seamus. jawcar, bstone and benzom!
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