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

A forum to initiate member meet-up. Looking for a hiking/climbing/fishing/skiing/etc. partner, or are you planning a trip where you wouldn't mind having some company? Last minute invites can be just as fun as a well-planned group trip (sometimes even better) so don't be shy! And be sure to post a trip report to the appropriate forum when you get back.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Gazelle » Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:17 pm

Just wondering who is still considering going now that it is getting closer? I am planning on it as long as I can get the week off and someone to take care of all my animals. Going in mineral king july 18th and bagging as many peaks as possible on the way, looks like I will go in over Queen-Pyra Col and out kaweah pass back to mineral king leaving july 25th/26th.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby maverick » Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:54 pm

Just wondering who is still considering going now that it is getting closer?


Jimr, Hobbes, Bluewater, Wandering Daisy, Oleander, Electra, FeetFirst, RockyRoad, Richlong8, iHartMK, kkcy(lurker), Yuberiver, and myself, that is 13 members.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Jimr » Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:56 pm

my friend John (I think he is registered as sierraguy (lurker)) and his friend Randy are coming along with me. 14 members.
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Postby maverick » Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:05 pm

my friend John (I think he is registered as sierraguy (lurker)) and his friend Randy are coming along with me. 14 members.


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

Postby Bluewater » Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:02 pm

I'm looking forward to an extended trip in the backcountry and meeting so many of the people here on HST. I plan on doing a loop out of Lodgepole starting Sat 07/18 through Sun 07/26 and accessing KB via Picket Guard Pass and out via PQC.


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

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:04 am

Looks like we will have a traffic jam on PQC on the 26th. :lol:
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Hobbes » Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:00 pm

I'm going up Shepherd on Tues 7/21. I will be cutting across Tyndall and dropping down Wallace crk on my way to the Kern river in order to rendezvous with Jim and his buddy John & friend Randy. All four of us will be heading to "3-bay lake" in the Kern basin on Friday 7/24 after the Thurs meet-up. We will all be exiting Shepherd on Sat, 7/25.

Is there anybody else coming/going in the general direction I should keep an eye out for?
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby richlong8 » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:14 am

I am definitely going, with a permit for Thursday, 7/16 for Cottonwood Pass. The intent was to go into Miter Basin, over Crabtree Pass, then down and over to Kaweah, and back to same trailhead by Sunday, July 26. I am slightly considering a change to a west side entry, if I can get the permit, because I have heard the water levels in Rock Creek are very low, but one way or the other, I will be there. Looking forward to the meetup.
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Postby Hobbes » Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:03 pm

I wouldn't let the water levels in Rock creek deter you. I've been back in Miter basin a few times, and to be honest, never thought about the creek. Rather, the focus was on the lakes (no, this isn't SBL):

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As an aside, I have a special dislike for CW pass & (lower) Soldier lake. IMO, hot, dry, sandy & boring; much prefer the Army passes. There's a nice backdoor entry from either one down the lower shoulder of Langley to get to upper Soldier, and then through the keyhole to Miter. Jim & Schmalz did it last year on their way over Crabtree pass to the meet-up. Jim has a detailed route map that I'm sure he'd be happy to share with you or post up on this thread.

Rather than exit out the same way, you might consider exiting Whitney or Shepherd. The cost of a shuttle would be around $60-100 - cheap considering an epic hike of this nature.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Jimr » Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:46 pm

Schmalz has our route and description on Calitrails. I wouldn't let low water deter me from Miter either. while the outlet waterfall from Sky Blue Lk, would be nothing to look at as opposed to higher water years, the lakes are spectacular. I was very impressed with the lakes above SBL. And the awesome sandy beach on middle Crabtree Lk.

When we went over Crabtree Pass, we had expert route advice by both the Rock Creek and Crabtree Meadow rangers. I originally researched this route as a camp at SBL, then a long dayhike to Whitney and back, therefore, I had the right side of the pass outlined, but the Rangers pointed us down the left side of the slope. It looked death defying, but it turned out to be an easy stairstep descent to the upper lake.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby ToothlessMountaineer » Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:33 pm

I'm in! Heading out after work Friday the 17th up Shepherds with a tour around the Upper Kern, over Milestone Pass, and into the Kaweah Basin on or before the 22nd. Post meet-up, I might take a side trip to Wallace or tag along with someone else exiting to the east. I can get back as late as Sunday the 26th.

Last Labor Day I had the week off to do a Shepherds Pass - Kings-Kern Divide - HST trip with a key swap with another party going from Crescent Meadow and out Shepherds. Before I even made it to the first climb into the Shepherd Creek drainage, the boots I had just worn for a overnight Mt. Ritter trip (Las Sportiva Hyper Mid GTX) gave me the worst foot pain I've ever experienced. I had to bail before reaching Anvil Camp and learned, fortunately without too severe of consequences, that the bone spurs in my ankles have grown enough to act up in tight fitting footwear. I was able to work the key swap out with a mountain bike and ESTA buses, but I wish I had brought even a pair of flip flops that might've made the the trip work out.

I've gawked at the Kaweahs from the east the last 3 years from side trips off the JMT and the summits of Whitney and Mt. Newcomb, and I'm psyched to have a wonderful excuse to give another shot at seeing the legends up close and personal - and some HST folks too. I'd love to give Black Kaweah a shot and will bring in a light rack if need be, but I'm just as excited to explore the basins and check out Pyra-Queen Col, Pants, and/or Triple Divide Pass for views and scouting for future trips.

Jimr wrote:I wouldn't let low water deter me from Miter either. while the outlet waterfall from Sky Blue Lk, would be nothing to look at as opposed to higher water years, the lakes are spectacular. I was very impressed with the lakes above SBL. And the awesome sandy beach on middle Crabtree Lk.

I did a loop at the end of last June over Cottonwood Pass, up to SBL, bagged Mt. Newcomb, and exited over New Army. I wasn't disappointed with the conditions, although mosquitoes were unbearable on the way out without DEET and the fish were in spring/spawn mode and I got skunked. Unless I missed something, everything up high was fishless but a joy to wander around. On the way back, I got to see my first herd of Sierra bighorns in the meadows beneath Langley - they frequent that area according to the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation. I still have Crabtree on my todo and seeing that beach from 2000' only makes it harder to resist!

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Herd is dead center across the creek

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Looking west atop Mt. Newcomb with Mt. Chamberlin in the foreground
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:47 pm

Great, to bad about last year, but this will be just as fun, and even more members attending! :nod:

Also another member, Cgunderson and his wife may be able to make the Meet-up!! :rock:
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