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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 Gazelle » Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:21 pm

My plan drive Friday after work to mineral king, leave after getting permit Saturday july 18 for sawtooth pass, up glacier pass then hopefully sawtooth and needham peaks down to spring lake. I know going to be HARSH!
Day 2 Sun CC to blackrock trail and side hill to MT Eisen, down to little five lakes over to northeast side Lippincott to lake north east of it camp or climb lippencott then camp.
day 3 Mon Lippencott down to big Arroyo up Eagle scout peak and mt Stewart camp at lake 10725
Day 4 Tues Lake 10725 to Lawson, and kaweah queen over to pyra queen maybe up peak 4035 down to island lake
Day 5 wed thurs explore definitely some peaks red spur, picket guard, kern point who knows
Day 7 Friday out kaweah pass up Mt kaweah and second Kaweah to camp somewhere.
Day 8 sat all the way out maybe or stop and go out early on sun maybe Empire mountain
Drive back to Donner Summit, work Monday
The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before. Albert Einstein



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

Postby richlong8 » Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:10 pm

Hey, I have been going thru the same thing, for the last few weeks, it is a male thing too! Fortunately, I enjoy the planning process, and it is hard to overplan when you are going cross country. Its not like we are going out our front doors and walking to the store.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:28 am

Rich- I tried to see if I could tie in with your plans for Shepherd Pass to Cottonwood so we could shuttle cars. It just did not work out for me. Sorry. So I still am looking at going in the west side. I wish SEKI shuttle bus went between the major trailheads. It goes between Wolverton and Crescent Meadow, but not to Mineral King or Roads End. I would prefer a point-to-point between Crescent Meadow and Roads End. Not sure of my ability/probability of success to hitch. And the best point-to-point is between Mineral King and Roads End, even a more problematic hitch. Alas, I probably will settle on a loop.

Maverick- with the number of people showing up, do you think we will have enough campsites at Island Lake? Would it be better for the group if I were to only plan one night at Island Lake, vs two?
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby maverick » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:09 am

Maverick- with the number of people showing up, do you think we will have enough campsites at Island Lake? Would it be better for the group if I were to only plan one night at Island Lake, vs two?


We will be fine WD, Island Lake is a pretty large size lake, plus there is a smaller, and then an even smaller lake next to it, that can accomodate any over flow, so no one needs to shorten their stay, plus only a few will be staying 2 nights anyway, most are staying one night, and moving on to their next location.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby richlong8 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:51 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:Rich- I tried to see if I could tie in with your plans for Shepherd Pass to Cottonwood so we could shuttle cars. It just did not work out for me. Sorry.

Thanks for considering it. No problem, sometimes the number of people will thin out at the last minute for a backpacking trip, so if that should happen, and a ride is available, so be it. But it will be a very nice trip going back to Horseshoe Meadows. I may even take the long way around, and hike and fish the Kern River down to the bridge, then go east up to Trail Pass thru Little Whitney Meadow. Looking forward to the trip. I am trying to somehow fit all 11 days if food in a Bearikade Scout Bear can, and I think it is going to work! (almost)
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby maverick » Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:01 pm

My plan drive Friday after work to mineral king, leave after getting permit Saturday july 18 for sawtooth pass, up glacier pass then hopefully sawtooth and needham peaks down to spring lake. I know going to be HARSH!
Day 2 Sun CC to blackrock trail and side hill to MT Eisen, down to little five lakes over to northeast side Lippincott to lake north east of it camp or climb lippencott then camp.
day 3 Mon Lippencott down to big Arroyo up Eagle scout peak and mt Stewart camp at lake 10725
Day 4 Tues Lake 10725 to Lawson, and kaweah queen over to pyra queen maybe up peak 4035 down to island lake
Day 5 wed thurs explore definitely some peaks red spur, picket guard, kern point who knows
Day 7 Friday out kaweah pass up Mt kaweah and second Kaweah to camp somewhere.
Day 8 sat all the way out maybe or stop and go out early on sun maybe Empire mountain
Drive back to Donner Summit, work Monday


Sound like a fantastic plan, except for the last part, long drive, and work.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Gazelle » Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:43 pm

I just got 8 days in my scout and very happy about it! Yep the work part sucks but at least I got time off! And the drive REALLY sucks!
The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before. Albert Einstein
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Hobbes » Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:46 pm

I think this is 'Island lake':

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http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin ... d_id=59389

We moved upstream a couple hundred yards and headed right into a grove of pine trees about 100 yards from the stream. I knew from previous trips that it concealed an excellent camp site overlooking an exquisite lake with a vista of the Kaweah Peaks Ridge in the background.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby maverick » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:07 pm

Yeap, that be the one Hobbes. :nod:
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby Jimr » Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:20 pm

Can't wait. I've been working for 7 days straight and look forward to another 5 before getting the heck out of Dodge.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:34 pm

Those of you heading up this weekend, be aware of the following, keep a close eye on this as the weekend gets closer, and plan accordingly:

NWS:


.DISCUSSION...
SATELLITE LOOPS SHOW MAINLY CLEAR SKIES ACROSS THE CENTRAL
CALIFORNIA INTERIOR. TEMPERATURES AT MIDDAY WERE RUNNING A COUPLE OF
DEGREES WARMER THAN 24 HOURS AGO...IN THE LOWER TO MID 80S IN THE
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...AND HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE CENTRAL AND
SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ARE ON TRACK TO REACH THE MID 90S.

AN UPPER-LEVEL TROUGH WILL REMAIN OVER CALIFORNIA THROUGH MIDWEEK...
KEEPING SKIES CLEAR AND TEMPERATURES SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL IN A DRY
SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT. FOR THE LATTER HALF OF THE WEEK THE TROUGH
IS FORECAST TO WEAKEN AND HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE CENTRAL AND
SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY WILL WARM TO AROUND 100.

THE FORECAST FOR THE COMING WEEKEND HAS A GREATER DEGREE OF
UNCERTAINTY TODAY...AS THE ECMWF AND GFS NOW HAVE DIVERGENT
SOLUTIONS FOR HURRICANE DOLORES. AT 20Z /1300 PDT/ THIS AFTERNOON...
DOLORES WAS WEST OF THE CENTRAL MEXICAN COAST NEAR 17.2 N/ 106.3 W.
DOLORES HAD SUSTAINED WINDS OF 65 KTS WITH GUSTS TO 75 KTS. THE
HURRICANE WAS MOVING WEST-NORTHWEST AT 8 KTS.

THE 12Z GFS TRACKS DOLORES NORTHWESTWARD THROUGH WEDNESDAY...THEN
TURNS THE STORM WESTWARD TO 20N/120W BY SATURDAY EVENING. THE
HURRICANE IS THEN FORECAST TO TRACK NORTHWEST SUNDAY AND MONDAY
BEFORE GETTING CAUGHT IN THE CIRCULATION AROUND AN UPPER-LEVEL RIDGE
CENTERED OVER THE DESERT SOUTHWEST TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. IF THIS
SOLUTION IS CORRECT...MOISTURE FROM DOLORES WOULD STAY WELL AWAY
FROM CALIFORNIA THIS WEEKEND AND CONDITIONS FOR INTERIOR CENTRAL
CALIFORNIA WOULD BE WARM AND MOSTLY DRY ALTHOUGH THE GFS DOES BRING
A MONSOONAL INFLUX INTO THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND DESERT
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY FOR INCREASED CLOUDS AND POSSIBLE SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS.

THE 00Z ECMWF TRACKS DOLORES NORTHWEST TO 24N/120W BY 00Z SUNDAY
/1700 PDT SATURDAY/...THEN TURNS THE STORM NORTHWARD AND WEAKENS IT
AS IT BECOMES ENTRAINED IN THE FLOW AROUND THE RIDGE OVER THE
SOUTHERN UNITED STATES. THE ECMWF HAS MOISTURE FROM DOLORES PUSHING
INTO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEGINNING SATURDAY AS WELL AS THE MONSOONAL
SURGE FROM THE SOUTHEAST. THE ECMWF SOLUTION WOULD BRING A BETTER
CHANCE FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO MOST...IF NOT ALL...OF THE
WFO HANFORD WARNING/ FORECAST AREA FOR THE WEEKEND.

BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE ECMWF AND THE GFS...THE
FORECAST IS A COMPROMISE BETWEEN THE SOLUTIONS. HAVE GONE WITH
SLIGHT CHANCE POPS FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND DESERT AND THE
TULARE COUNTY MOUNTAINS SATURDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING WITH SLIGHT
CHANCE POPS FOR THUNDERSTORMS SPREADING ACROSS THE ENTIRE WFO HANFORD
WARNING/FORECAST AREA SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH NEXT MONDAY...EXCEPT
FOR CHANCE POPS OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE SOUTHERN SIERRA
NEVADA...INCLUDING THE PIUTES SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT
AND CONTINUING NORTH OF KERN COUNTY MONDAY MORNING.
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Re: Maverick's 2015 Annual HST Meet-Up 7/22-7/24/15

Postby ToothlessMountaineer » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:24 pm

Unfortunately I'll have to wait till next year for my first HST meetup, and at least another month and a half to finally explore the Kaweahs. I took some friends to Desolation Lake over the 4th and managed to get not one, but two pulled quads. After the initial pain from the first injury (somewhat soothed by Fireball) I felt surprisingly better and was able to hike well enough the next day, and the day after I tried to lead my group up Humphreys. About halfway up I managed to pull the other one while catching a light slip, but at least I was able to descend under my own power and hike out the next day just fine. I know that I wouldn't be able to resist the temptation to try for Tyndall or any of the myriad cross country adventures I could embark in the area, where a fully torn quadriceps tendon would not be ideal. It's more than a little frustrating that I'm nearly in the best hiking shape of my life and I can still hike and scramble without pain, outside of a specific range of motion. Such is life. ](*,)

If my boss OKs it I could take another shot at the Kaweahs the week before Labor Day if I keep myself from re injuring myself. Cheers to those still getting out there - I don't knows what the High Country looks like during a summer after a wet or even just a normal snow year, but these rains and (rock) glacier runoff are certainly putting on a pretty nice wildflower show thus far.
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