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Owens Point, Dragon Peak and Independence Peak

Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:22 pm

Saturday, 14 June 2008 (day 2 of 3)
Dragon Peak from Onion Valley

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/51 ... 4346_x7jKi


5 of us dayclimbed Dragon Peak from Onion Valley. Met another group, and we were all connected in a way (fun!) Justine did a search and found stuff on my website. Russell knows Rachel and Brooks, and has seen my truck all over. Shane runs track for Bakersfield (4 of our group are from there), and I had hiked with Dee last year (with a big group)! Small world! Still a lot of snow up there, but a lot less than 2 weeks ago. Fun hike, fun summit, fun glissade, great company and perfect conditions!

Shane, Russell, Dee and Justine (small world)
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Dragon Peak (12,995')
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Snow climb
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The ridge
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final climb
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Tomcat on the crack
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KathyM crossed it next, and the rest of us followed
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Kearsarge Peak (dayclimbed it 2 wks ago), Dead Mouse Lake, and the way we came up
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Happy on Dragon Peak
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Moondust descending
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Moondust climbing down to make room for me
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Me coming down the crack
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down the chute
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Moondust glissading, Karen above (Tomcat and Kathy were too far ahead so I missed photos)
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Re: Owens Point, Dragon Peak and Independence Peak

Postby Trailtrekker06 » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:31 pm

LOOKS LIKE FUN STUFF!!! I wanna go next time! Great shots, Cor!
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Re: Owens Point, Dragon Peak and Independence Peak

Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:54 pm

Dragon is a yearly climb! Fun! :D Wish I was strong enough to carry a board up there! THAT would be fun!





Sunday, 15 June 2008 (day 3 of 3)
Independence Peak from Onion Valley

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/51 ... 9163_wmB3c



I talked KathyM into staying one more day, plus she was too tired to drive home Sat night. We wanted an easy hike before the drive home. We took our time and made Independence Peak, and even got a short boot glissade in. Great way to end the weekend!

The scree was a slog, but the scenery was great
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a little climbing in the chute
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view of Independence Peak summit
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on the ridge
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and down
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and more class 3 before the summit
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Independence Peak
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interesting view of me downclimbing
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Kathy downclimbing
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a lot nicer coming down . . . Hui!!!!
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skiing down . . . well, she started off that way, her laugh got louder and I thought 'she's fast!'
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Re: Owens Point, Dragon Peak and Independence Peak

Postby lateone » Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:47 am

thankyou...amazing scenary and excellent photos
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Re: Owens Point, Dragon Peak and Independence Peak

Postby KathyM » Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:39 pm

What a great weekend. Love the photos! Thanks to everyone for 3 wonderful days in the Sierras. (That snow is really cold on the backside ;) .)
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Re: Owens Point, Dragon Peak and Independence Peak

Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:13 pm

Thanks, lateone, and welcome to Topix! :)

Kathy, I'm glad you stayed for the 3 days. It was a blast! Hope to see you on the east side more this summer! :nod: I don't know how you did that Dragon glissade in shorts! My 'backside' got so cold I had to stand up part way down (and I had rainpants on!) :retard:


here's day 1 of last weekend:

Friday, 13 June 2008 (Day 1 of 3)
Owens Point from Horseshoe Meadow Road

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This was my Friday off, and both Tom Gossett and KathyM were able to get the day off! It was a perfect day for hiking.

Big trees
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Big boulders
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Great views
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AWESOME WEEKEND!!! :partyman:
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Re: Owens Point, Dragon Peak and Independence Peak

Postby Moondust » Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:12 pm

Dragon was a fun, fun peak!! I'm ready to do it again anytime! But next time I'm bringing better glissading gear. The large plastic trash bag with leg holes ("snow diaper") did not quite cut it. Karen and I kept getting "snow turds" in our diapers. Our butts were so cold they finally got numb, and soon after they thawed out, I discovered I had "diaper rash" from the snow. :moon: But it was all part of a wonderful day! Fabulous photos, Snowie!

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