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Bales Pk, Crag Pk, Chimney Peak (Southern Sierra)

Postby Snow Nymph » Mon May 18, 2009 6:39 am

Friday, 15 May 2009 (day 1 of 3)
Bales Peak, Southern Sierra

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Flowers
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Junipers
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Relaxation
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history
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Re: Bales Pk, Crag Pk, Chimney Peak (Southern Sierra)

Postby ridgeline » Mon May 18, 2009 8:07 pm

Welcome Back!
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Re: Bales Pk, Crag Pk, Chimney Peak (Southern Sierra)

Postby Snow Nymph » Tue May 19, 2009 10:58 pm

Thanks Ridgeline! You're so sweet! I haven't seen any snow flowers yet this year! Maybe this weekend! :D

Here's day 2:

Saturday, 16 May 2009 (day 2 of 3)
Crag Peak, Southern Sierra

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/82 ... 0083_2YayW

About an hour in on the PCT
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The bridge was familiar, this is where I did my first backpack with SnowDude in '97
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Looking up the Kern River
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The burn area
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Water in Crag Creek saved us later, we ran out
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These flowers were all over the burn area
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Start of the 2,200' climb in a mile, bushwacking in high temps with skeeters up higher
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TomG was the bulldozer
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Some climbing over obstacles
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I did it!
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Steep and dusty with loose rocks, this is what it means to 'eat my dust'
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Almost climbed the wrong summit (big rock slabs), got 100' below when I checked the GPS and found out it was 0.24 mi to the south
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Took a different way back, cut off 2 miles from our route up
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Lots of fresh tracks
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TomG after the hike, "I didn't know pavement could feel so good!"
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Re: Bales Pk, Crag Pk, Chimney Peak (Southern Sierra)

Postby Rosabella » Wed May 20, 2009 11:45 am

Nice pictures Cori!

I love the "rock of the day", and especially the juniper trees. They have such character.

I found this Juniper on the way to Vogelsang... it had a beautiful "woven" texture to the bark.
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Re: Bales Pk, Crag Pk, Chimney Peak (Southern Sierra)

Postby maverick » Wed May 20, 2009 3:03 pm

Nice trip, really like the carpets of purple flowers, with the right lighting they
would make for some really nice photo's.
Something tells me from the pic's I have see from different areas in the sierra
that this may be a great spring even at the mid to upper elevations for
flowers, I can hardly wait.
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Re: Bales Pk, Crag Pk, Chimney Peak (Southern Sierra)

Postby Snow Nymph » Thu May 21, 2009 12:43 am

Thanks Rosie! I love Junipers. So many of them in that area. Nice pic, btw!

Maverick, the flowers were magnificent (got U2 going in my head!), but my little S80 couldn't capture it. The G9 only worked in macro mode, and only sometimes. Going back for repair again. I've been surprised to find flowers out with all this heat.

Last of the 3 day trip:


Sunday, 17 May 2009 (day 3 of 3)
Chimney Peak, Southern Sierra

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/82 ... 5317_2q7pW


Still a few wildflowers out
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Spreading out in the boulders
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Steep
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Approaching Chimney Peak summit
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This guy rattled for the whole 10 min we watched him, and only stopped 3 short sec, probably to take a breath.
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Sierra Sparkles dropping into the birth canal
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Snow Nymph on the other side of the hole
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Rockslide above the hole
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Hole in the wall
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After hike beverages
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And treats for a hot day!
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Re: Bales Pk, Crag Pk, Chimney Peak (Southern Sierra)

Postby maverick » Thu May 21, 2009 9:43 am

I thought you'd be going for the HD dark chocolate with chocolate ice cream Snowy!
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