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The day after Gamblers

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed May 16, 2007 8:52 pm

Sunday, 13 May 2007
Mazourka Peak (9,209’) and a short hike in the Sierra

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/2855354#153160390


The untracked snow in Onion Valley was too soft, and we didn't feel like postholing after a 15 hr hike the day before. So we ended our hike early. I still had time and looked in Zdon's book for an easy hike. Mazourka Peak (9,209') was listed as "one of the few drive up peaks that provides the kind of views and serenity that desert peaks have to offer." It was 20 miles each way. Cool stuff in Mazourka Canyon, including an oasis, and also a memorial.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Postby Kerstin » Thu May 17, 2007 8:07 am

Thanks for the great trip reports and the gorgeous photos! :D
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Postby Trailtrekker06 » Sun May 20, 2007 9:15 pm

Great stuff, you guys!
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Postby tomcat_rc » Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:21 pm

this last Sunday -
going for week 23 in a row hiking to 10k feet or above(3 more to go to reach 26 and then things can settle down). Saturday got tied up with chores and the storms in the Sierras did not look too inviting - so I had to change my Sunday plans. Sunday 09-23-2007; Bob R., Bob H., Bill S. and I hiked up to the Gamblers Special. this was my second time up there this year. we ascended the chute from the south side - normally a bit of a scree slog but with Friday and Saturday's light snows it made for a more enjoyable hike up. besides my two trips up this peak this year only one other ascent was made(GigaMike solo). some fantastic picutres - I only wish I had taken more - sometimes the camera does not capture what the mind visualizes.

picts from Sunday's hike:
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2 pictures I thorougly enjoyed:

Whitney glistening:
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Lone Pine Peak from opposite ridgeline:
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Postby quentinc » Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:11 pm

That Whitney picture is gorgeous.
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Postby tomcat_rc » Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:50 am

ty Quentinc - something about the first day out after a snow is stunning - while the snow is still clinging to trees and edges - spectacular.

you have been getting out to some pretty awesome areas yourself this year - congrats on a good season.
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Postby quentinc » Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:28 pm

When the almost 3 year old gets big enough to join me, then I'll really go to some awesome places. :)

By the way, which peak is Gambler's Special -- just east of the Cleaver? And how did it get that interesting name?
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:38 pm

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Postby ExploreABitMore » Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:02 pm

Hi, great pictures on Gamber's Special and sounds like a fun trip!

Where is Gambler's Special? I'm not familar with that peak at all and a little browsing around on topozone (near The Cleaver as your pics seemed to hint at) didn't seem to help me find it. I'd like to give it a go next year (or maybe this year still!) so any beta would be much appreciated.

Thanks!
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Postby tomcat_rc » Mon Nov 19, 2007 4:57 pm

welcome to the board G4B -
on topo maps you will see her referred to as 12,960 and reached via several options in the Carillon Valley. You may find some other Ridgecrest friends who can give you the story of why she is called "The Gambler's Special" or go read in the summit register

thanks - Tom
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Postby ExploreABitMore » Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:27 am

Thanks Tom - found it! Another fun looking peak to add to the to-do list! :)
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