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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:20 pm

July 12-16: Desolation Wilderness- Echo Lake, Aloha Lake, Suzie Lk, Half Moon Lake, Dick's Peak, Mt Tallac, Ralston Lake. NO mosquitoes! Some small swarms of gnats. A few flies. Even in outright swamps there were no mosquitoes. Lots of snow and lots of standing water.



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Re: Kearsarge; Rae Lakes

Postby Baffman » Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:28 pm

quentinc wrote: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.



A mosquito mecca? Great! I'll be there in two weeks, but I'll be ready for the little nasties!

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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:28 am

July 14-17, Emigrant Wilderness, Rosasco Lake, Big Lake, Pingree Lake: 0-1.

Saw some swarms, but they weren't biting much and the breeze kept them away most of the time. I can count the number of bites on one hand. Never needed any DEET. :D
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby Zoltan » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:17 pm

July 11-17, Taboose > White Fork > Window Fork > Woods Creek > Pinchot Pass > Taboose.

Had a total of two mosquitoes land on me, and they were sluggish and didn't bite. We were above 10500' most of the time, but even at the 9500 level there were no mosquitoes. Ominous signs on the way out though, many, many stagnant pools, and it looks like the hatch will be any day up high.

Frankly, I couldn't believe my luck. Will post a full TR when time allows.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby windknot » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:20 pm

July 16-17, Desolation Wilderness (Glen Alpine Creek drainage): MAR = 1 when the wind died down in the marshier areas. Lots of standing water, so expect mosquitoes to get much worse in the next few weeks.
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby Mtnsummit » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:39 am

UPPER TWIN LAKES - KAISER WILDERNESS JULY 14TH-17TH -

I was amazed at how few there were. During the 4 day trip, had a total of 3 bites. Did not ever see any, nor realized had been bit. No bug juice or net needed. Really surprised. Was able to eat all meals outside tent - again never did see any fly around. Probably bit while fishing.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby ChinMusic » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:46 pm

Cathedral Lake 7/18: 1 (bonus, got to meet markskor)
Lower Sunrise Lake 7/19: 4 freaking hideous in the evening, nasty in the afternoon
JMT/Clouds Rest junction 7/20: 1

Sunrise Lake might have been the most Mosquitos I have ever seen.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:58 pm

ChinMusic wrote:Lower Sunrise Lake 7/19: 4 freaking hideous in the evening, nasty in the afternoon JMT/Clouds Rest junction 7/20: 1 Sunrise Lake might have been the most Mosquitos I have ever seen.

And so it begins... #-o Mosquito-month started.
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Re: Kern Plateau (Golden Trout) July 16-19

Postby MADgenius » Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:05 am

For the region between 9,000 ft - 11,000 ft bounded by Horseshoe Meadows to north, Olancha Peak to south, Kern Canyon to west, and Sierra Crest to east.

Overall 2 - weather was quite breezy during the day which must've helped as meadows remain green, water plentiful, and cattle absent.

Occasionally 3 - headnet territory near spring sources or wind-sheltered water courses.

For this area, I suspect the peak has already passed.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:20 am

MADgenius,

We are considering heading this weekend to the northern part of that area and into Sequoia. How was the smoke from the Lion fire?
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:12 pm

Every year, mosquitoes bother us. We just put up with it. I remember walking the "High Trail" in the Wind River Range, the JMT of the Wind River Range. We walked down into a little valley, and the sound of mosquitoes was so horrible, we cringed. I covered my dog in my bag, and she escaped.

It was a great tip though.
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Re: 2011 Skeeter Reports

Postby Trailguru » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:28 pm

July 16th-July 18th - Wolverton to Alta Meadow

There were no mosquitoes at all above Panther Gap. Had three and four mosquitoes hovering around me once we got back to the car at Wolverton
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