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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby cgundersen » Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:05 pm

OK, snow sounds much better than DDT. If you have photos, or a link, or a trip report, please torment those of us who are only semi-longing to fend off the voracious hoards of parka-clad mosquitos.
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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby CinnamonGirl » Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:32 pm

cg,

i'm more of a lurker than a poster. but since you asked, here is a link to my pix of last weekend. i did not take a pix of any skeeters biting the crap out of me. "they are not worthy!" and i am still scratching 1 week later. darn those litle buggers...

http://picasaweb.google.com/ryan.norma8 ... 260962809#

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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby maverick » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:55 am

Hi CinnamonGirl

Please post pic's with a TR next time, it is really helpful and informative to all of us
planning trips out in the near future to this area or others at similiar elevations, not to
mention the wonderful pic's of Dusy and Barrett Lakes you posted.
It is allways great to see places you've visited many times before at a different time of
year. Thanks again.
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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby mountaineer » Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:45 pm

losthillsguy wrote:June 27-29

Tuolumne and Tenaya Lake Area #3

Saddlebag Lake and 20 Lakes Loop #2


Think they are getting worse or better as time goes on?
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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby ndwoods » Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:11 pm

Just got back from Nelson lake area (btwn Cathedral Lakes area and Lyell Canyon roughly) and they were a 4. I am covered in bites and I had DEET on! They were very tiny too...just hatching, sigh. It was still a beautiful trip. I did have long sleeves and long pants knowing the probability of skeeters, but forgot the headnets...!
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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby ndwoods » Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:14 pm

maverick wrote:Pleasant & Pate Valley #2 on amount of skeetrz but not really biting yet, sure to change
pretty soon.


So...maybe most here know this already, but the first ones to come out don't bite cuz they are the males. They just do tons of pollinating...give us wildflowers! It's the females that do the biting and sucking blood to reproduce....
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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby cgundersen » Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:03 pm

Thanks to CinnamonGirl for the TR! In spite of the postholing at this time of year, the snow really adds perspective to the hills and fuels all those splendid bugs!
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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby rscofield » Sun Jul 05, 2009 5:21 pm

5+ in Monarch Divide area- Granite Lake/Pass, State Lake, Volcanic Lakes, and Kennedy Pass
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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby trav867 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:15 am

As of the 4th, a 3 in cottonwood lakes/miter basin/rock creek, but 1 above 11,000ft.
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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby aufsess » Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:45 am

Just finished the High Sierra Trail yesterday.

Skeeters not bad, except for Wallace Creek, which was terrible, where the HST and JMT meet. Hamilton Lakes was supposed to be terrible, but it was very manageable. Also, Outpost Camp below Whitney was unpleasant, but not terrible.
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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby dmx » Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:13 pm

Just returned from the Sonora Pass area of the PCT over the July 4th weekend:

Sonora Pass/Peak: 0
PCT north of Sonora Pass (past wolf lake in the river valley): 2-3

The bugs were out, but not that aggressive yet and pretty small. But they will learn how to get their dinner quickly enough so I suspect the next few weeks might not be that fun ;)
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Re: Post Your 2009 Skeeter Updates.

Postby gochicagobears! » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:47 pm

Y Meadow Lake 7/4-7/6:
In my estimation, the area around Y Meadow Lake and Granite Lake for this past weekend was between 4 and 5.
They were non existent on the trail from Gianelli to the Lake, but once there it was very bad.
It was extremely difficult to eat outside at all times unless there was a breeze, which was far less common than we would've liked. At one time on Sunday evening my girlfriend counted over 15 mosquitos on my hat/net, and that was just the ones that had landed. There were dozens around our head at nearly all times during the mid morning and early evening...and yes, we had Deet on and had jumped into the lake to clean up and cool off!
On the way out Monday they were less pronounced because the wind was much stronger in the AM as we packed up and made our way out. However, when the wind died down for as little as 1 minute they were all over us again!!!! :crybaby:
Once we left the area around the lake they disappeared again, though that may coincide with a stiffer breeze on the trail.
Never thought I had "sweet blood," but am convinced I definitely had the goods this past weekend. Bummer. :(

Still, for our first time in Emigrant we were both floored by the beauty of the place and the possibilities sans mosquitos. We'll be back!
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