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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby tim » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:06 am

At Rancheria Falls, June 18-20 they were definitely a 3 under the trees. The second night we moved a a more exposed site on top of the rocks and the breeze kept them down to barely a 2. On the walk in there were quite a few in shaded/damp spots even during the day. Higher up (Le Conte Point) none at all.



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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby gary c. » Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:31 am

Just got back from 4 days at Hilton Lakes and only saw a couple skeeters the entire trip. No one in our group used any DEET and only a few bites reported. I came home with one bite on my arm. Most of the snow is gone from the lower lakes and there is standing water everywhere so it's just a matter of days before it gets much worse there.
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby huts » Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:41 am

Hatch is on in the Bridgeport Valley. Rate a 2-3. Almost nothing during the day when it is warm but becomes pretty heavy at dusk. Have not seen much in the back country yet but have not been there at dawn or dusk.
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby trav867 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:35 am

As of 6/22, Horseshoe Meadows / Cottonwood Pass is a 3
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby tanngrisnir3 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:06 pm

Horseshoe Meadows, 6/20: about a 2, but somehow they all found me.
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby SSSdave » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:14 pm

Greg maybe it would be useful to have some information and tips about successfully camping and hiking during mosquito season. Something to add below your title post. Every year on several boards I read numbers of posts by those for whom mosquitoes obviously are plaguing. Seems those of us that rarely get bit like this person are always in a small minority. Of course I always see lots of people when I am out there suffering...wrong clothing, wrong choice of campspots, stop wrong spots along trails, don't understand best times of day to hike to avoid squeets, mediocre repellant, the grubby, sweaty, stinky that squeets seek.
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby copeg » Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:53 pm

SSSdave wrote:Greg maybe it would be useful to have some information and tips about successfully camping and hiking during mosquito season. Something to add below your title post. Every year on several boards I read numbers of posts by those for whom mosquitoes obviously are plaguing. Seems those of us that rarely get bit like this person are always in a small minority. Of course I always see lots of people when I am out there suffering...wrong clothing, wrong choice of campspots, stop wrong spots along trails, don't understand best times of day to hike to avoid squeets, mediocre repellant, the grubby, sweaty, stinky that squeets seek.

Sounds like a great idea. A more permanent solution might be to add an article into the header page links
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby windknot » Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:44 pm

Rowell Meadow, Belle Canyon, Ranger Lakes, 6/23-25, all MAR 1. Still tons of snow up there, which would account for the lack of mosquitoes in this otherwise famously mosquito-infested area.

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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby KC4847 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:25 am

Pohono Trail in Yosemite two weeks ago. I'd give the Mosquitoes a 1 even in the forested areas. We camped along the valley rim both nights so I didn't expect many anyway. That said, for the amount of water runoff there were surprisingly few around. Things may be different now though.
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby jessegooddog » Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:05 pm

Little Lakes Valley to Long Lake Saturday June 26th - no swarms that I saw, rate it 2 - 3, used a combo of herbal repellents and skin so soft and never had one land, was not there at dawn or dusk.
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