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Peak 12,366' (Trailmaster Peak) and Mount Whitney

Postby KathyW » Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:48 pm

Another nice weekend in the Sierra - the weather was just beautiful both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday I met Joe, Sooz, Norma, and Dennis at Horseshoe Meadows and tagged along on their hike to Trailmaster (Peak 12,366'), which is a peaklet along the ridge to Cirque Peak. Some pics:

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/gallery/3025612#164436850

Saturday evening I went and met Dave at Whitney Portal and then we headed up the Main Trail early Sunday morning. Dave decided he had enough just past Trailcrest and I continued on slowly struggling with the altitude to the summit. I must say that the Whitney main trail isn't one of my favorites, especially on the way down, but the view from the top is very nice. Pics from the Whitney hike:

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/gallery/3025703#164431319

At the portal on the way out I met two college students who just finished the John Muir Trail - they needed a ride, so I gave them a ride to San Bernardino. They said snow didn't cause much of a problem going over the passes between Yosemite and Lone Pine - they did the trip in 17 days.



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Postby madeintahoe » Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:50 am

Kathy..Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had two nice hiking days! The Cottonwood/Cirque peak area is so dry :eek:
That was very nice of you to give those two a ride and great info about the JMT..thats good to know. :)
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Postby Rosabella » Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:34 pm

Looks like fun trips, Kathy! Great pictures!!! I'm heading south to the Sierra the end of July.... can't wait!
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Postby Shawn » Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:27 pm

Really enjoyed your pictures Kathy. Those two JMT'ers are really lucky to have you come along; what a great conversation that must have been heading to SB.
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Postby KathyW » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:37 am

Rosabella: What area are you headed to in July?

It was interesting - Those JMTer's were more into talking about future plans than the JMT trip - maybe because at that age you have so much more future than past. One of them had never been backpacking before - so her first trip was a 17 day long trip - pretty amazing to me.
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Postby Mtflyer » Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:09 am

Kathy, nice hiking with you again.

Finally got my Trailmaster photos posted.
http://joeidoni.smugmug.com/gallery/3046080

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Postby Rosabella » Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:00 pm

Kathy -

One of my older sisters has always wanted to do the "High Sierra Camp Loop" but didn't want to go by herself, so I told her I'd go with her. It's not exactly the kind of trip I like.... too many people!

I think it will work out OK, though... my sister likes to go a little slower and hang out with the Ranger and the other people, and she understands that I like to hike by myself. We'll get to spend the evenings together and we'll have fun - they have campfires... I'll bring my harmonica and my sister likes to sing.

This fall, though, I'll be heading south again for a couple family weddings... and I'm hoping to squeeze in another Sierra trip between the two weddings. We'll see. :nod:
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