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Hurd Peak

Postby Shawn » Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:35 pm

After "discovering" Hurd Peak in April, I went back to see it sans snow. It was a nice little half-day hike and the weather was nice.

I am thinking I must have a screw loose or something; I spent 12.5 hours round trip on the road and half of that time in the mountains. :retard:

Guess we all know it's worth it anyway.

http://www.theradioroom.org/Mountains/TRs/HurdPeak/HurdPeak.htm



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Postby Snow Nymph » Sun Jun 03, 2007 3:22 pm

Congratulations on getting Hurd! I still haven't done that one, but its on my list. Conditions look a lot better than last time you tried.

I spend a lot of time driving too. People think I'm nutz! :retard: I drove home yesterday but didn't see you on the hwy ;)
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 BSquared » Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:14 pm

Wow, thanks for the great video, Shawn! Nice panorama from up there -- how many peaks can you name? I thought I saw Split Mtn., but a glance at the map suggests it's probably hiding, at least behind Bolton Brown and maybe behind others...
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Postby KathyW » Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:56 pm

Congrats on Hurd Shawn! You're pictures are beautiful - the snow sure has melted off fast. I really liked Hurd - I did the loop version when I did it - up the west side via Treasure Lakes and down the east side. I'd like to get back up there and do Johnson and Gilbert (with me that probably means two trips because I'm typically happy with one peak a trip).
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Postby copeg » Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:23 pm

Sweet pics and report Shawn :nod: Looks like it was a great time, except for maybe the drive..
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Postby Shawn » Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:48 pm

Thanks for the comments -

BSquared - I can't name them all but there are many. It's a never ending situation isn't it. All of that eye candy. I kept looking over at Agassiz thinking "maybe later this summer". I'll have to break a map out and review what I observed.

Kathy - I looked at your great photos of Hurd a few weeks back. I could visualize one of your photos looking up at Hurd from Treasure Lakes where one or two of the gullies would be *much* better than the others. From the top I couldn't tell which was which (even with topo in hand), so I retreated back down the east slope being too lazy to navigate down.
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Postby Skibum » Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:25 pm

Cool Shawn! I'm going to add Hurd to my list as well. Great idea with the video too. :thumbsup:

Which way do you head over to the east side? Aren't you driving over from SLO or Paso? Just curious. I have to go all the way down to Bakersfield then 58 over Tehachapi. I thought it took me a long time to get over there.
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Postby Shawn » Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:34 pm

I am in Paso Robles. As you know, there isn't any quick way to get to the east side. I have been taking Hwy46 east to 99 south to 178 east to 14 north (etc.). So far this gets me to the east side quicker than going a little further south to 58.

If I intend to go to Mammoth or further north, I'd take 41 thru Yosemite and then over 120, but only during off hours when the turons aren't jamming the roads.
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Postby Trailtrekker06 » Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:43 pm

Shawn - nice pics - fun video. I have to get that one, too. Thanks for posting these. :D
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Postby tomcat_rc » Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:02 pm

nice picts and report Shawn - if you came home Sunday you probably saw smoke from the fire burning near Kernville - we actually saw the flames burning on the side of the hill driving down from Johnsondale.

hope they get it under control before the predicted winds of tomorrow make it hell
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Postby KathyW » Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:06 pm

Shawn - when I went up Hurd's west side, I don't think I picked the standard route. I wasn't sure which chute to go up and then I ended having to traverse back and forth between chutes on the way up to keep the terrain to Class 3. When I got to the top I had to go over to the east side of the ridge and then traverse south to the summit. Once I was on the summit it looked to me that the more well traveled route was one of the chutes south of the summit. I guess I should have kept following that use trail I was on when I first started up, but I wasn't smart enough to do that.
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Postby madeintahoe » Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:54 pm

Shawn..Thank you for your story and beautiful pictures....Looks like you had a really nice day out there!

I love next to the last picture.. almost to the TH...those trees are so green and lush!
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