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Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Rockyroad » Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:46 pm

Here is my rough draft intinerary. I'm coming from the Bay Area so am looking at a west entrance and will most likely exit the same way for easier logistics. I'll enter Kaweah Basin over Pyra Queen per Maverick and others' suggestions. I wanted to catch a glimpse of the Whaleback and Cloud Canyon so will loop north on the return which will also reduce retracing my steps. I haven't worked out the details of each day yet. For example, I haven't decided how I would get to the lake below Triple Divide Peak on day 5 yet. I'm also wondering whether I should spend a night at Red Spur Lakes instead of the layover at Island Lake. Maybe I need an additional day to accommodate camping at all three Kaweah Basin, Red Spur Lakes, and Island Lakes? Any comments/suggestions on my overall plan are welcome and appreciated!

Day 1: Crescent Meadows TH to Buck Creek or Hamilton Lakes
Day 2: Buck Creek/Hamilton Lakes to a lake on west side of Pyra-Queen Col (don't know which lake yet)
Day 3: Over Pyra-Queen Col through Kaweah Basin to Island Lake meetup (too much?)
Day 4: Layover - dayhike to Red Spur Lakes
Day 5: Island Lake to lake just below Triple Divide Peak and NE of Pants Pass along the Kern Kaweah River.
Day 6: Up over Triple Divide Pass to Glacier Lake. Hike to Copper Mine Pass and back if time and energy permit.
Day 7: Down Lion Lakes Pass to Tamarack Lake
Day 8: Tamarack Lake to Crescent Meadows TH

Day 6 alternate 1: Over Pants Pass and Lion Rock Pass to Lion Lake
Day 7 alternate 1: Hike up Lion Lake Pass and back down. Then to Tamarack Lake.
Day 8 alternate 1: Tamarack Lake to Crescent Meadows TH

Day 6 alternate 2: Over Pants Pass to a lake in Nine Lake Basin or Precipice Lake
Day 7 alternate 2: Nine Lake Basin or Precipice Lake to Buck Creek or Nine Mile
Day 8 alternate 2: Buck Creek or Nine Mile to Crescent Meadows TH



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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby oleander » Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:16 pm

I'm still not 100% certain I'm going, but wanted to share a tentative itinerary for an 8-9 day trip:

Roads End - East Lake - Reflection Lake (must detour the extra 1/2 mile to see it) - Harrison Pass - upper Kern (perhaps pause here for semi-layover) - Milestone Basin - Milestone Pass - Milestone Bowl - Picket Creek Lake - Kaweah Basin somewhere with people - Pyra Queen Col - Nine Lakes Basin (pause) - HST to Crescent Meadow.

Haven't worked out a more detailed itinerary, nor figured out how to shuttle between trailheads.

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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby maverick » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:34 pm

Bump

All HST members, no matter how long you have been a member, are invited to come to the Meet-up!
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby InsaneBoost » Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:18 am

Would love to meet up but think I'm still too much of a rookie to do this. Trying to build my way up to the big hikes, don't want to get myself into any sort of trouble.

Hopefully next year, I will look forward to the pictures!
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby maverick » Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:44 am

IB wrote:

Would love to meet up but think I'm still too much of a rookie to do this. Trying to build my way up to the big
hikes, don't want to get myself into any sort of trouble.


Not trying to push you into doing something your not comfortable with IB, keep in mind that you could
possibly hook up with another HST member who has already indicated their interest in attending.
Learning the ropes from an experienced backpacker is the best way to become get good at this sport.

I would invite you to come with me but as of now I will have limited time available, so I will be in and
out (Thur-Sun), if I can manage to get 2 more days off then your welcome to come with me.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby InsaneBoost » Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:40 pm

It's more of the pace and what not. I did the Hite Cove trail and it literally kicked my butt. I think total elevation gain was 600ft, but it was only like 100ft max at one time? Maybe 200? My pace would be much worse going up 10,000ft peaks I'm sure.

But definitely thanks for the offer. Hopefully next year I'll be in much better shape and be built up for the big stuff.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby sparky » Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:33 pm

maverick wrote:best way to become get good at this sport.


Wait a minute Mav.....a sport?! This is a state of mind man!! A lifestyle :thumbsup:
There is a million ways to be human, all are worthwhile.

True happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby maverick » Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:34 pm

Yes, that too Sparky. :)
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Jimr » Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:26 pm

My wife calls it an obsession
What?!
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby maverick » Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:38 pm

Of course we are obsessed, how can you not be to something so beautiful and gratifying to one's soul.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Rockyroad » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:08 am

I'm going to do the reverse of the itinerary I had previously posted and would like some feedback on 2 possible segments. I'm starting this day from Lion Lake, crossing Triple Divide Peak and coming down to the Kern-Kaweah River. At this point, I see 2 possible routes to the lake which I'm allotting 2 days for - maybe 3 days if I go to Red Spur Lakes too. What are the pros and cons of routes A and B?
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Thanks for your input!
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:10 am

I have done your "A" route. Not sure why you would go all the way up the Kern Keweah. From just off the trail (river mile 6), you can ascend directly south to the large unnamed lake that intersects the route you show. But I am not sure how you come down from Triple Divide pass and if that automatically puts you in the upper Kern Keweah (river mile 8). Picket Guard Pass is steep with rock benches. I had to take off my pack and lift it up onto some ledges several times. Taller people may not have that problem. "A" was efficient, but was not as scenic as Pyr Queen but a lot easier. I have camped at the round lake east of Pants Pass. It is really rocky. Here is a photo of your "B" route from this lake (2008).

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