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Re: 6/27-28 Over Taboose Pass

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:19 pm

With all that snow up there, the crossings may get even harder!

I have light weight flexible strap-on crampons. They are old- bought them in the late 1990's. I have even used them with regular tennis shoes. Hurts your feet like hell, but if you strap them on tight enough, it works for short distances. Used them with my Merrell low-hikers last summer crossing a glacier. Less pain. I now put a small square of foam under parts of the strap. Never used micro-spikes, so cannot compare. I also have serious Chouinard front point crampons and mountaineering boots- have not used that set up in over 10 years. Great gear but really heavy.

Hobbs, have you ever had to self-arrest with your Whippit?

Thanks for the report. I really like Taboose Pass, but will wait until the water goes down.



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Re: 6/27-28 Over Taboose Pass

Postby Teresa Gergen » Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:23 pm

This is the only photo I have in the direction of Ruskin:

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Vennacher Needle:

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Twin Peak on the east side of Mather Pass:

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Re: 6/27-28 Over Taboose Pass

Postby Gazelle » Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:20 pm

Thanks

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Re: 6/27-28 Over Taboose Pass

Postby Hobbes » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:51 am

Wandering Daisy wrote:Hobbes, have you ever had to self-arrest with your Whippit?


I'm not sure the whippet could provide much help in a real self-arrest situation. I would take an axe if I thought there might be a need. But Taboose, Pinchot & Sawmill should be ok with the whippet. That is, it's really good for a minor slip/fall without much/any exposure.

I have used my axe to self-arrest on Whitney where I slipped and was going down head first. As I started gaining speed, my axe held enough to rotate & turn me around, which then allowed me to apply more leverage. I really had to get up on top of the axe since the surface was so icy. I can still remember the tip just dragging/bouncing along the top before it finally gained purchase and I came to a halt. I must have traveled 100-150 feet.

I got back to my tent, packed up, walked out and drove home.
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Re: 6/27-28 Over Taboose Pass

Postby Bigmo61 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:51 am

These photos were taken June 27, 2017, correct?
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Re: 6/27-28 Over Taboose Pass

Postby Teresa Gergen » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:08 pm

Yes, the ones I posted were taken June 27-28, 2017.
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Re: 6/27-28 Over Taboose Pass

Postby Bigmo61 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:49 pm

Thank you! Headed that way in two weeks. Pretty concerned about the stream crossing. Less so about the snow.
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Re: 6/27-28 Over Taboose Pass

Postby Teresa Gergen » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:26 pm

The bypass I did of the creek in order to stay on the north side of it and avoid both crossings was not horrific, just slow. Similar to cross country Sierra terrain up high. Old rockslide debris in places. Also appeared that the trail might have stayed on that side at one time before sections of it were wiped out - often found old bits of trail.

I did encounter a large rattlesnake at 8300 ft on the bypass that was courteous enough to warn me as I was about to step on it, curled up between the talus.
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Re: 6/27-28 Over Taboose Pass

Postby SirBC » Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:34 pm

Bigmo61 wrote:Thank you! Headed that way in two weeks. Pretty concerned about the stream crossing. Less so about the snow.


The current trail conditions on the NPS Site says:
Water crossing on East approach before pass is exceedingly dangerous. From East to West beginning at 9,500 there are snowfields with patchy snow. Micro spikes/ crampons recommended.


Although, unlike all of the other updates on that site the Taboose Pass entry does not have a date for the entry and some of the others entries are from mid-June.
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Re: 6/27-28 Over Taboose Pass

Postby The hermit » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:03 am

Thanks for the pic maverick.
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