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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby gary c. » Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:43 pm

jallen wrote:richlong8, how did you get into Monache? I had heard that the road was closed until further notice...

This is a backpacking forum, who needs roads? #-o ;)
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby richlong8 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:48 pm

To jallen:
I backpacked, mostly using the pacific crest trail. There are many trails into Monanche, from all 4 points of the compass, and Monanche is huge. The northern section of Monanche that the 4 wheel drive road goes to is just a very small portion of the largest meadow area in the Sierra.

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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby jallen » Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:42 am

richlong8, forgive the ignorance. I've ben there many times but only by 4x4. I should have made the connection since I've crossed the PCT there many times as well.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby richlong8 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:19 am

Jallen, its not necessary to ask for forgiveness- we are all here to contribute and make this is a good, informative board. I am going to be doing a trip report sometime soon on the Monanche trip. It will probably be in the Fishing Hole. We just try and leave posts here for skeeter conditions in the areas that we travel.

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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby SSSdave » Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:16 pm

Well its time to bring along the serious gear folks. Am expecting bad reports are suddenly going to explode for those at 7k to 10k. And I don't expect like any amateurs to be one whining about getting hounded and bitten all over.

long tight weave nylon pants
long sleeve tight nylon weave shell
cap with full neck drape
both 50% and 100% DEET
head net for camp leisure
tent

large clear 1.5mil plastic bag to stand up inside and take our daily dunk in a stream or lake in peace or walking about at night to take a leak in peace

take a dip late in the day so one won't exude the sweaty stink that attacks them

powerful headlamp to make sure any flying draculas that gets into my tent at night won't be able to hide from my squishing hand grabs
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby papercup » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:23 am

Horseshoe Meadows: 3 or 4

Siberian Outpost, Chicken Spring Lake, Soldier Lakes: 2

Anything higher than those-- not a problem
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby GunnyJC » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:27 am

Funny how different perceptions can be. We were in the same area as Papercup last week and thought Horseshoe Meadows was about the same at 3-4, Chicken Spring Lake was ok until late afternoon and then went to a 6-7 and Soldier Lake was about 5-6.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby tim » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:41 am

GunnyJC wrote:Funny how different perceptions can be. We were in the same area as Papercup last week and thought Horseshoe Meadows was about the same at 3-4, Chicken Spring Lake was ok until late afternoon and then went to a 6-7 and Soldier Lake was about 5-6.


Remember its a 5 point scale. That definitely accounts for some different perceptions.
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Kearsarge; Rae Lakes

Postby quentinc » Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:05 pm

Not much mosquito activity above 10,500. Rae Lakes had some at 2 p.m. though, which seemed ominous. Will probably be bad by next weekend. Arrowhead Lake (10,300) was bad by late afternoon. None in 60 Lakes Basin, which will be a mosquito mecca in a few weeks.
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Minarets July 9 - 12

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:28 am

From the lowest point below Agnew Meadow on the river to 10,000 feet, mosquitoes were 2 or less, and mostly absent, even when camped near a wet swampy area. That is bound to change.
(Lets remember the scale is from 1 to 5.)
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:41 am

markskor wrote:
mosquito 011.jpg
Post your reports here...
"The scale from previous years has worked out perfectly, so guess we'll keep on using it:"
1 - No mosquitos or there are some, but not biting yet
2 - Very light during the day, moderate at dawn and dusk
3 - Moderate during the day, heavy at dawn and dusk
4 - Heavy during the day, heavy at dawn and dusk
5 - Unbearable all day, no breaks, cannot eat outside of tent. If you stop, hundreds
will land on you; when looking thru a camera viewfinder, you see more skeeters than
lake. If you slapped your arm, you'd smear blood from all the dead gorged bodies.



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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby hikerdmb » Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:01 pm

Big Pine lakes area is a 2 as of July 13th.
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