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Joe Devel Peak / Miter Basin Advice

Postby Rockyroad » Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:20 pm

Hi,
I'm spending a few days exploring the Miter Basin next month. On one of the days, I plan on heading up to Mt Pickering from Sky Blue Lake, then traversing to Joe Devel Peak. I'm still undecided whether to retrace my steps back or descend from the plateau SE of Mt Pickering, near Erin Lake. My question is how do the 2 paths compare in terms of difficulty (finding the correct route and descending safely). I will have the Pickering route as reference. I have level 3 backpacking experience and I would say comfortable with class 2 terrain, maybe a little more - just not as much experience.
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Re: Joe Devel Peak / Miter Basin Advice

Postby John Dittli » Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:30 pm

FWIW, I have ascended Pickering from the lakes west of Sky Blue and descended to Primrose Lake albeit over snow. I seem to remember them being similar though the latter was more involved (we stayed SE near the "plateau" before descending northward).

If your going to Joe Devel you might consider descending the broad south slope and then traversing the bench at ~11,000' back into Miter Basin. I've done this a couple of times (again on skis) and it is very straight forward.
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Re: Joe Devel Peak / Miter Basin Advice

Postby Rockyroad » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:17 am

Thanks for the suggestion. I might still try descending from the plateau that is just north of Erin Lake back to Miter Basin, especially if it gives me a chance to explore Erin. If it looks too difficult, I'll just go back down the slope that I used to get to Mt Pickering towards the lakes west of Sky Blue.
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Re: Joe Devel Peak / Miter Basin Advice

Postby cgundersen » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:51 am

Hi Rockyroad,
Well, if all goes well, my wife and I aim to hit Erin on the way to the HST meet-up next week, so if we get there (Primrose is our backup), I'll aim to grab a couple photos. Either way, it sounds like your plan B is a winner.
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Re: Joe Devel Peak / Miter Basin Advice

Postby Rockyroad » Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:02 pm

Hi cg,

That would be awesome and much appreciated! (If your plans change, don't worry about it.)

BTW, I tried to time my trip so that I might run into members passing through Miter on their way to the meetup but had some scheduling problems. Will try for next time.

Thanks again
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Re: Joe Devel Peak / Miter Basin Advice

Postby KathyW » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:05 pm

It's easy to drop down toward or go up from Erin Lake's outlet from/t the Plateau southeast of Pickering. Either sandy Class 2 or Class 2/3 slabs depending on where you drop down. Easy to keep it Class 2 though. Here's a map giving you an idea:

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/California ... /i-cnTXXwM

The up route was sandier - no more than Class 2. The down route was a little slabbier.
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Re: Joe Devel Peak / Miter Basin Advice

Postby Rockyroad » Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:29 am

Hi Kathy,
Thanks for sharing your map. Great photos by the way.
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