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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby Talimon » Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:04 pm

Mokelumne Wilderness 8/19 - 8/22.

3 day trip starting at Silver Lake and spending a couple nights around Long Lake. None on long stretches, but on climbs from both directions to Plasse's Trading Post at wilderness border maybe a 2. Patches of snow in forested areas probably didn't help. On turn-off to Long Lake a 3, and deffinitely a 3-4 around Long Lake at dawn and dusk. My new MSR Hubba Hubba proved really nice, as it kept things breezy and views plenty while protecting from the evening onslaught. Wildflowers were absolutely stunning, however. Some of the best displays I've seen.



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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby steverod » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:58 am

First post :)

Hoover/Upper Emigrant Wilderness 8/19-8/22. Very roughly 8500'+ seems to be really bad, below was really quite nice.

Leavitt Meadows to Fremont Lake, Chain of Lakes: 2. Moderate in the evening but really not bad at all.

Chain of Lakes to near Emigrant Pass to Bond Pass to Dorothy Lake Pass: 4+, I was definitely surrounded by the 'black cloud' in the (gorgeous) meadows and at most stops, I had to wear my mosquito headnet all day.

Stella Lake to Lane Lake to Leavitt Meadows: 4->2 From Stella Lake to the Walker River crossing mosquito steadily declined with decreasing altitude except right by the river, and below 8000 feet I barely saw any.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby Xosob » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:13 pm

Sat 8/20: May Lake to Mt Hoffmann-2 at trailhead, 1 beyond trailhead
Sun 8/21: Postpile to Minaret Lake-2 throughout, some pockets of 2+ along Minaret Trail but hardly any at campsite on S side of Minaret Lake
M 8/22: Minaret Lake to JMT to Garnet Lake to Garnet Pass to Thousand Island Lake farside beneath Banner-3 in swampy areas along JMT and along isthmus on Thousand Island beneath banner, 1 at campside on NW side of Banner (all by myself along w/ the ground squirrels, no people or bugs)
Tu 8/23: Thousand Island to Lyell Canyon via JMT-2+ in places along Rush Creek and at Lyell Forks, otherwise 1
W 8/24: Lyell Canon to Toulume-1

I lucked out -- few bugs, great weather, plenty of solitude. Couldn't make it up Class 3 block to Cecile, but otherwise near perfect!
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby bainhameen » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:43 am

I am relatively new to this forum and to backcountry travel in the Sierra Nevada. Clearly, summer 2011 has been an unusual season: very heavy snowpack, late melt, late flowers, late mosquito season, etc. I will be in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in mid September, which I understand to be typically beyond the normal mosquito season. What about this year?
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby cgundersen » Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:06 pm

b-h,
Judging by my recent experience just south of Mammoth Lakes, you may hit a few stragglers, but nothing serious. The bugs out there now should be packing it in, and I doubt there will be much in the way of new blooms. I'll be doing a quick trip from Agnew Meadows starting 9/12 and will bring a pinch of DEET just as a deterrent, but I don't expect to use much.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby bainhameen » Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:04 pm

Thanks cg. Since you seem to know the area, do you have an opinion on the proper gear for the west side glacier from Lake Catherine to the saddle, mid-September? Ideally, I was hoping to get by with just an ice axe, hoping to kick-in steps in softened midday snow. Could bring micro-spikes or rent crampons if need be but prefer to go light.

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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby cgundersen » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:07 am

b-h,
Funny thing, I've never done that route but it's on the list of possibilities for my trip in Sept; maybe I'll see you there! Regardless, you might want to ask that question of the broader forum, because I'm sure some of these folks (Snow nymph, wandering daisy, maverick???) have been up there. But, I have traversed high from Nydiver Plateau around to North Glacier Pass and that was fun for the views of Garnet/1000 Island Lakes.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby bainhameen » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:40 am

cg: Thanks. I will definitely solicit the collective wisdom of the HST community. And I will keep my eyes out for you in a few weeks. Have a great trip.

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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby oleander » Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:56 am

Mineral King: Farewell Gap/Franklin Lakes/Franklin Pass areas, Aug 23-25:

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Mosquitoes are basically gone.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby snusmumriken » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:36 am

Yosemite August 25 - 28.

Amazingly there are still a fair amount of mosquitos out there.
May Lake 2, almost none during the day but pretty annoying at dawn and dusk.
Nelson Lake 3, didn't get here until late in the day, very annoying at dusk and again at dawn.
Fletcher Lake 2, some in the afternoon and evening, and again annoying to eat breakfast while fighting them off at dawn.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby bheiser1 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:03 pm

8/27-28, Sonora Pass, then the Hoover Wilderness (Virginia Lakes TH to Summit Lake, and to Return Creek up towards Virginia Peak). None at Sonora Pass, even in the morning. On the hike, pretty-much none during the day - I saw maybe 1 or 2 of them while hiking. There were a few in the evening by Summit Lake (maybe a "1" rating), along with some little black flies. But compared to the swarms a few weeks ago in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, this seemed basically insect free!
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby gochicagobears! » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:28 pm

Carson Iceberg Wilderness 8/24-8/28:
Ebbett's Pass to Highland Lakes: 2 until thru the pass near Tryon Peak (?) and down the trail towards Asa. Then it went to a 4. Highland Lakes was our alt lake due to mosquitos at Asa, and they were awful there, a 5. Relentless all day/night.
Highland Lakes down the Arnot Creek Trail: 5. Heavy mosquitos and biting flies.
Highland Lakes, Wolf Creek Trail to Bull Lake: 3-5. Lighter on the Wolf Creek Trail due to wind, but once heading up the Bull Creek Trail they were murderous again, a 5. Heavy despite breezy weather.

The flies were really aggressive and took a vampiric liking to this cut on my leg. Deet and OFF made little difference, though I'm sure it helped some. I have at least 30 bites on my arms/legs/back/shoulder.
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