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Re: Experts: best hike for beginner to intermediate hikers?

Postby maverick » Tue May 06, 2014 10:06 am

Tom_H wrote:

I'm going to send you a PM. I am very familiar with the place you want to go. I have
some secret swimming holes and camping locations that almost no one knows about.
I have about a dozen possible routes of the length you want in this area already
mapped out in my inventory on CalTopo. I can send you links to the maps and we can
discuss them.


Why discuss this in a PM, HST is about sharing with its fellow members, it is the spirit
that makes us special, not only with one, but with all. This info could be useful to others
who may plan to visit this area in the future.
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Re: Experts: best hike for beginner to intermediate hikers?

Postby Tom_H » Tue May 06, 2014 12:47 pm

maverick wrote:
Why discuss this in a PM, HST is about sharing with its fellow members, it is the spirit that makes us special, not only with one, but with all. This info could be useful to others who may plan to visit this area in the future.


1. Because as discussions develop, more details are revealed about people. I am a public school teacher and also led trips with this age groups of children for a number of years. As the discussion progresses, there is the possiblilty that the other person could potentially need to discuss individual needs of differing children. I am not saying that will happen, just that it potentially could, and anything like that needs to by via PM, not in public domain. As a teacher, I am trying to be protective of other people's privacy, just in case the discussion develops. Especially if it involves children.

2. I don't want to give all my secret places to everybody.
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Re: Experts: best hike for beginner to intermediate hikers?

Postby rlown » Tue May 06, 2014 2:10 pm

we still would like a TR after the trip. Part of being in the community here.

regardless of personal needs, the trail stuff should be shared, She asked. Not your call, Tom.
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Re: Experts: best hike for beginner to intermediate hikers?

Postby Ross939 » Tue May 06, 2014 4:51 pm

Tom H.: I enjoy reading your posts here. You are a wealth of knowledge. As a father of teens who enjoy packing I would enjoy hearing whatever you would care to share, but as one who has spent some time in an instructional capacity myself, I respect your handling of the mode of communication. Whatever you and Julie would care to share, I'd love to hear about it.
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Re: Experts: best hike for beginner to intermediate hikers?

Postby Tom_H » Tue May 06, 2014 6:26 pm

Ross939 wrote:Tom H.: I enjoy reading your posts here. You are a wealth of knowledge. As a father of teens who enjoy packing I would enjoy hearing whatever you would care to share, but as one who has spent some time in an instructional capacity myself, I respect your handling of the mode of communication. Whatever you and Julie would care to share, I'd love to hear about it.
--John


John,

Thank you. I appreciate your kind, considerate, and respectful comments.
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Re: Experts: best hike for beginner to intermediate hikers?

Postby tim » Tue May 06, 2014 7:53 pm

If you are prepared to drive as far as Mammoth then Duck Pass to Reds Meadow is a great introductory 5 day loop (more experienced hikers could do it in 4 days). The hot springs are wonderful to look forward to, the days are fairly short (~31 miles total) and the views and campsites are great with a wide range from high lakes to river valleys to canyons. And you can have a fire (if there aren't restrictions in force by then) on 3 of the 4 nights which is also nice for beginners. You will need permits but that trailhead is usually quite open. Mid July will be an excellent time to go this year as there is far less snow than when we went in 2010, so skeeters shouldn't be a problem.

I did it with my kids (they were 9 at the time) as their first longer (>3 day) trip: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5344
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Re: Experts: best hike for beginner to intermediate hikers?

Postby jambuckley » Wed May 07, 2014 6:44 am

Hi all -sincere thanks to all who have supported this thread with their suggestions. I think two hikes may be in order. One with the kids, and one with my llama buddies!

Tom, I'll get back via PM.

And of course, I'll post an appropriate TR, honoring everyone's intentions.

I'll reiterate that I am thrilled to have found HST.

I don't think that I mentioned it earlier, but as a child I was fortunate enough to have lived each summer in Tuolomne Meadows. Way back when, there was a Sierra Club maintained campground on the Southwest side of the valley, by the soda springs ( north west?). My father was a teacher, as well, and had summers off. We would arrive in June and depart in September. Days were spent day hiking or out on week long hikes. Nice gig, eh? Anyway, I have some photos (slides, actually) of Mono Lake, Glen Aulen in the 60s. I'll track em down and post em. I think this audience might like to see em...
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