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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby lostcoyote » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:26 pm

wow, you sure did crank through that early weekend trip!
any pictures?
(we had a great time at reflection and above - not too many skeeters in this area - as the skeeter season has indeed ended.)
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Graveyard Lakes- Olive Lake-Peter Panda Lake 7/21-7/29

Postby SSSdave » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:23 pm

We backpacked 9 days July 21>29 from TA Edison reservoir thru Graveyard Lakes over Silver Fox pass into a loop of the big lakes of the Minnow Creek headwaters where we semi base camped 4 days. I always wore blue jeans, a zippered front nylon shell and no undershirt, and hat with large neck and ear drape. With huge 65 pound carrying weights and big packs, while on route we stop alot and are never in a hurry.

We nighthiked for 2 hours from the trailhead 2.2 miles to 8100 feet that does go through a drying marshy zone. No mosquitoes even while near naked setting up our tents. 1

First morning made our way up Cold Creek through Graveyard Meadows up the heavily forested stream canyon. We applied 100% DEET to our face, wrists, and hands at the bottom of the meadow. 2

We could see a few squeets at every boulder and log we stopped at. Never was bit all morning while squeets as usual were content to land atop our hats and crawl about poking their organic drill bits into the hats frustratingly. Two backpackers passed us wearing head nets they related were somewhat humidly sweaty unpleasant inside and said they don't use DEET. 2

At lower Graveyard Lake we never applied DEET even after jumping in the lake. There were a few buzzing about at times and one or two did bite my hands. Most I squished. 2

At upper Graveyard Lake 2b, never used DEET, often layed about near nekid. 1 or 2

Olive Lake lakeside, a few turfy marshy shady areas 3. Just short distances away in granite areas even along the shore. 2 we never bothered applying DEET and I was bushwhacked two or three times all day.

Anne Lake plateau 2 days. Never applied DEET. 1 or 2
Peter Pande Lake. Creek from East Maryland and meadow below 3. Other areas they were scarce. Squeets seem to stay in the moist areas just like at Olive Lake even late in day. Never applied DEET. 1 or 2.

Mosquitoes this dry summer of 2012 mid to late July was about like mid to late August of usual summers. Was probably bit less than a dozen times all week that is of course trivial. And almost all those that did bite were quickly squashed.
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Lake Mary-Suck Lake-Purple Lake 8/2-8/5

Postby kpeter » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:50 pm

August 2-5
Lake Mary to Duck Pass, Duck Lake and Pika Lake--0
Purple Lake--1. A few in the meadows above Purple Lake on the Ram Lake trail.
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Lake Sabrina - Sailor Lake, Aug 4-5

Postby no2haven » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:19 am

Aug 4-5:
Lake Sabrina - Blue Lake: 4
Dingleberry - Sailor - Hungry Packer Lake: 3





....total mosquitoes :D. Got to love finding more pack llamas than blood sucking insects. It is looking good up there.
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby RoguePhotonic » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:51 am

Dusy Basin Trail at 10,000 feet - 1
All of Ionian Basin - 0
Goddard Canyon - 1
Hester Lake - 0
Ladder Lake - 0
Palisade Basin - 0
Basin between Potluck and Cirque - 0

I guess to name a few.
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby wl1193 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:22 pm

Hi everyone. I will making a two day trip to Loch Leven Lakes off the 80 freeway in two weeks. Anyone have an idea on how bad the mosquitos will be? Thanks
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby sandersans » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:16 pm

August 3 - Aug 5: Agnew meadows to Lake Ediza, camping at Ediza. 0 Mosquitos along route. 0 at Ediza. Awesome!
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby Scouter9 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:12 am

August 11-19, Mammoth, River Trail, 1000 Island Lake, Clark Lakes, High Trail.

Mosquito Code = 1 No mosquitos seen or found. No DEET.

We did have gnats at Clark Lakes and I wore a citronella bracelet that kept them away from me.
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby rileySB » Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:18 am

August 13th- spent a night up at Sonora Bridge campground. 0 Mosquitos due to afternoon thunderstorms and showers.
August 14th- spent day/night at Twin Lakes campground outside of Bridgeport. 0 Mosquitos due afternoon thunderstorms and showers.
August 15th- spent day/night travelling down from Bridgeport to June Lake Loop, camped at June Lake campground. Mosquitos= 1 due to warm humid conditions, about 80 degrees with no wind. Applied Herbal Armour and had a citronella candle going, no mosquitos seen but I got bit on the ankle.
August 16th- spent day travelling through Mammoth Lakes basin to Lake Mary, 0 mosquitos, then went up to Rock Creek Lake, 0 mosquitos due to afternoon thunderstorms.
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby survey2700 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:09 am

Any updated mosquito reports for late August or predictions for next month, mid-September on the SHR between Bishop Pass and Devils Postpile?? Thanks.
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby tim » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:58 pm

Skeeters have been pepped up slightly by the recent rains (2 weeks of regular thunderstorms through the middle of this last week). We had a few around every evening this week (8/19-8/24) between Onion Valley and Whitney (campsites ranged from 10600ft-11600ft), say 1 on the scale of 0 to 5. However, we didn't get the Deet out at all and only had one or two bites. I'd say its now more typical of late August in a normal year than an extremely dry year, but its still a lot better than Labor Day weekend last year. Certainly nothing to be concerned about.
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby Barry » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:24 am

Didn't see any over labor day weekend in the western Emigrant Wilderness, Chewing Gum Lake, Y-Meadow, etc.
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