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Re: Maverick's 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby Hobbes » Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:30 am

Shhsgirl wrote:Husband and I camped just below TI on River Trail, a little beyond intersection with PCT. During evening, after I had set up camp and before husband got there, I was down at the water. Someone came into camp and took everything in my pack: all stuff sacks, Mountain Laurel Design Cuben fiber bivy, Cuben fiber pack cover, Z Packs rain suit, and my new Wiley X sunglasses. Hope he liked those-- they were prescription. I need everything I carry, so we decided to turn around and go home. This was disheartening, to say the least. Well, I guess I can buy new stuff, but I can never get this time back. Sticky Fingers, at least, can't buy a new character, but maybe that doesn't matter anymore. Our daughter says maybe he'll get struck by lightning.


I'm sorry to hear this. I saw your note on Tues at both the beginning of the High trail @ Agnew and at the intersection of the PCT/River trail. I didn't read the first one, thinking it was just a note for another hiker. However, I recognized the same notepaper the second time and stopped to read the message. It definitely gave me something to think about for the next few hours; detective Hobbes on the case.

It couldn't/wouldn't be a PCT hiker because it's long past when they would be coming through Mammoth; besides, they (along with JMT hikers) have their own gear. As you know, it was extremely busy in Mammoth this week. I spoke to the Reds shuttle driver on the way down who said it was the busiest so far this year - her supervisor/dispatcher had to pull an extra bus and drive it himself. With those types of crowds, you have enough people to mirror the entire social stratum found in urban areas, ranging across the spectrum from peaceful hippies to meth head criminals.

TI is a fairly easy day hike from either Agnew or Rush. My guess it's was a weekender scumbag. Crime can happen anyplace - you just don't expect it in on the trail.
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Re: Maverick's 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby Hobbes » Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:49 am

Rockyroad wrote:In any case, I know none of the participants are able to read this but I had a mishap coming down the slope from Lake Catherine so if any of you saw a helicopter, that was me. Holed up in a hospital in Fresno now.


Holy crap! I get back to check the thread and it appears all hell has broke loose! Are you ok? Are you talking about the short class III section getting past the waterfall below Catherine?

We all wondered where you were - yikes. Did you have a DeLorme to notify others? I'll make a small confession - there were sections were I was getting so banged up - small nicks/bruises from constantly brushing loose, sharp edged talus - that I was thinking to myself that if anything truly happened, thank goodness I had a DeLorme.

I don't know if this will make you laugh, but my worst mishap happened right before the waterfall as well. Only in my case, as I was looking for a way down around the cliffed out section, I slipped on a flower covering a piece of talus! I was back at least 30-50 feet from the edge, so I guess I wasn't being super cautious. However, I wasn't expecting anything either - it was around 10am and there wasn't dew on the ground. However, the actual moisture of crushing the plant created the wetness.

So in true slapslick fashion, my feet shot out so fast I didn't even have a chance to get my hands back to break my fall. The result was landing on my butt and elbows/forearms. The fall was only 1-2', but it happened so fast & hard I immediately started checking myself to assess the damage. Result: 2-4" contusions on each forearm that were bleeding like a stuck pig. I wiped away the blood to make sure nothing was broken, got up, checked everything out, and was good to go.

I noted the offending plant and made a mental note to pay more attention in the future. My arms continued to bleed that day and really didn't dry out and scab for two more. Hope you get better. For those curious about the general location, here's the route past Catherine:

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Re: Maverick's 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby Hobbes » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:20 am

Hi Ken, great getting a chance to meet you and your buddy. Sorry we didn't have more time to talk - perhaps a future tête–à–tête?

I see Kristine is still looking good, kicking ass and taking names. Gazelle, sorry I didn't make it up, but I was too tired & whacked coming over the SHR. I pulled in around 2pm following the south side of the creek and saw Ken's tent, but wasn't sure it was the spot. It was hot & buggy, so I figured I'd head up a little higher below the cascade to get out of the forest (I hate trees) and enjoy the view. I figured I could either catch the group hiking up to the original meet-up lake, or at least join them while they were hiking back down.

I had a fantastic bivy spot on a flat shelf right by the water with a view back down the Merced canyon. (Very reminiscent of the waterfall bivy location below the Golden staircase.) I diligently kept my ears open, but never heard anyone (or saw headlamps) coming down. Turns out they had traversed down around 100 yard away along the north canyon wall - all following Mav's route finding expertise - that had smoother ramps and less rocky boulders/cliffs.

So, when I left in the morning, I hiked along the northern edge of the canyon, keeping my eyes open for tents. Sure enough, there they were in a small cluster further down around 1/4 mile. It was around 6:15am and everyone was sound asleep (except for Mav who was out shooting - I saw his empty bivy). I wasn't going to wake anyone, but I wanted to let BlueWater know I had dropped off his re-supply box @ Reds meadow.

As I've mentioned before on other threads, Andy is *not* a morning person, so I just spoke in a low voice while he stayed in his tent. However, Oleander must have recognized my voice, because out she pops and comes over to say hello. Within moments, Mav comes strolling back to camp, so now it was official: everyone is up and chatting a mile-a-minute. Even Lead Dog got out of his tent!

Ken & his friend came over, I showed Victor (VHS) my route over Blue lake pass that he was thinking of doing, and Oleander grabbed her friend Vicki. Soon enough, it was time to boogie (I was shooting for the last YARTS from TM back to Mammoth), so Ken took a quick group photo and we were off.

PS Ken, that is Vicki in the first shot & second shot, and Andy (BlueWater/LeadDog) in the second shot.
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Re: Maverick's 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby Hobbes » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:34 am

Here are my best shots of the trip:

Generic Banner from my TI bivy:
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Banner, Ritter & Minarets from Blue Lake pass:
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Flower plateau between Blue Lake pass on the way down to the Isberg trail:
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Re: Maverick's 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby Gazelle » Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:15 pm

I am home and well unlike others, pictures etc are coming my 9 days out were amazing think I got around 20 peaks and only scared myself once the last day on the pinnacle part of two teats. I do have some bruises and scraps but all good and eating like a fiend! Sorry I didnt get to see Hobbes or Bluewater but that is what off trail is all about! Peaks I really thought were fun Maclure and Ansel adams. The hike up to forester/ansel I thought I would go to forester ridge but straight up to the pass north of Forester looked better and I could drop my backpack sooner for Ansel. Did see two groups of NOLS or something in the Forester/ Blue lakes area. The way up to Catherine is quite interesting ended up on a completely different route most of the way until the waterfall (rockyroad) went too close to the falls then realized had to backtrack and go up class 3 where I first looked was easily class 4+. Anyway hopefully i will write my report before winter time but yes I have to work tomorrow. Peaks climbed Banner, Davis, Lyell, Maclure, simmons, Amelia Earhart, Parsons, the Numbered one, Fletcher, Vogelsang (no I cant spell), Florence, the one above Sluggo pass, Electra, Rodgers, San Joaquin, Two teats and many other knobs/peaks in between. My ass is kicked and I weigh less than I did in High School (which is NOT a good thing)! Good seeing the few people I saw for what an hour or so? So fro all that said there were too many people coming to a remote area well I was the only one!!
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 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby Jimr » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:54 pm

This is the second year in a row that I missed the meetup. I'm really bummed, but, it's the second year I had a mini-meetup. Last year, I got to within a few miles, leaving my friend at Junction Meadow because he was having a real problem with his Achilles tendon. I left most of my gear with him planning on hiking up to the meetup, spending the night, then meet back up with my friend John to continue our hike. Within a few miles of the destination, I decided rather than kick my butt just to crash and head off the next morning, that I would just hang with John. Within an hour of arriving back at JM, Wandering Daisy found us and we had a wonderful time at the 2015 mini-meetup.

This year was different. I had to bail because I needed the week prior to move my family as the house we rented for 16 years was being sold, fast. I couldn't stand not seeing my friends, so I thought I'd intercept them out bound. I took of after work Friday evening and made it to the Isberg TH at 2am. Started hiking at 2:15 and didn't stop until I hit Sadler Lk. Hit Sadler Lk. at 7:30am. I was beat, but hiking at night was a heck of a lot cooler than the daytime temps. I had planned another 5 miles over Isberg pass, but I was beat and Sadler was our agreed camp for the night. I decided it was a waste of Jimr to haul up the pass and down the other side just to hike back up and back down. A 20 mile day on no sleep. I hiked back down to the trail that went along the South side of the lake and started to leave a note that could be seen by a down hiker. There was a sign post and I had a map I could salvage, but I had no pencil, so I wrote my note with my lip balm, then poured trail dust over it to bring out the text and staked it to the sign.

I thought I'd kill the next several hours or so with a nap, but the large ants would not allow it. I may have gotten an hour of sleep over the next 5 hours. The rest of the time was spent moving my arse around to see if I could find a sunny location that wasn't ant infested. No dice. Finally, Mav, Oleander and Viki arrived and they updated me on the meetup. I told them about Rocky Road and they told me about Hobbes, then we found a suitable spot to camp and enjoy the company. Made all the effort worthwhile. We packed up this morning and beat feet to the TH, then to Oakhurts and Mexican food before going our respective ways. My friends to Oakland and me to L.A.

2016 Mini-meetup = success!
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Re: Maverick's 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby will_jrob » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:04 am

I saw your note Sat. morning, as I was heading out from Isberg Lake.
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Re: Maverick's 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby Shhsgirl » Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:58 am

Hobbes, You may be correct. Who knows? I only suspected the one PCT thru-hiker out of a thousand who lives by foraging, because PCT'ers were the only ones who passed by my camp that late in the evening, and I had spoken to all of them, except when I made my fateful trip to the river.

Depressing as it was at the time, I recovered instantly when I got home, since I now had the time to spend with my grandchildren.

I feel badly, though, for Rockyroad, who won't recover instantly, and whose accident could maybe have been prevented had I kept to what I said I was going to do.
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Re: Maverick's 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby Jimr » Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:59 am

will_jrob, I think I saw you and watched as you hiked past the lake. I was sitting on the South shore looking and listening. I saw one group of 6 or 7 pass through, then a bit later, a solo hiker. I saw nobody else until early afternoon.

Edit: I knew I remembered your forum name. We met at the 2014 meetup as you were passing through :nod:
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Re: Maverick's 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby vhsvhs » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:59 am

Hi All,

I had a great time at the meetup. I want to thank Maverick again for organizing the event and selecting an awesome location. I posted some photos down below.

The trip was relatively short for me, but it was great to meet everyone and I felt strong accomplishing a couple big-mileage days. I hiked all the way in on Thursday from Isberg Pass trailhead, and then I hiked all the way out on Friday back to the trailhead. I originally thought I would do Blue Lakes Pass on my hike out, but my schedule was tight so I just stuck with the Isberg trail. Thanks Hobbes for discussing the Blue Lakes Pass route with me -- I'm excited to return to this section of the SHR, possibly later this month.

Overall, I'm glad I attended the meetup this year, and I look forward to HST 4 next year!

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Camped beneath the Milky Way at the Isberg Pass trailhead in my DIY Cuben Fiber Tarptent


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Saddler Lake


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Sunset at the HST Meetup Spot


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Morning at the HST Meetup Spot


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Sierra Tiger Lily growing along the Merced River


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A Pack Train Crossing Isberg Pass


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Looking South over Isberg Lakes on a Hazy Afternoon
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Re: Maverick's 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby ghost » Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:34 pm

Oleander's friend here. The meet-up was spectacular - it was such a pleasure to meet kindred spirits! It was great to talk to each of you! A huge THANK YOU to Mav for organizing and to Oleander for letting me tag along.

Rocky Road, so sorry to hear of your accident. Sending you all kinds of well wishes and healing thoughts. I wish you a speedy recovery - here's to being back in the backcountry as soon as possible!

Shhsgirl, my sympathy on the loss of your gear. Very, very sad to see that kind of crime in the wilderness.

For those like us who saw a mysterious light on Wednesday night (7/27), it might have been this. This was Tom Sinestra's column from August 1. [Some interesting links here too!]


Bright lights, big mystery in the night skies

By Tom Stienstra
August 1, 2016 Updated: August 1, 2016 12:05am

Back-to-back sky shows Wednesday evening led some Northern California campers to believe they possibly had seen UFOs.

The more spectacular of the two, what looked like multiple streaking objects with strobe-bright trails, occurred at 9:36 that night.

That event was the result of a Chinese rocket, reported as the size of a school bus, that burned up on re-entry, according to a consensus of reports.

Another night spectacle followed at 10:18, a bright light flying in a line faster than a jet, brighter than a satellite, and visible to campers for six minutes. This object was verified as the International Space Station (ISS).

It gets better. Projections show that the space station will appear in the Northern California skies four times in the coming week, starting Monday:

Monday: will appear for one minute at 9:10 p.m.; look 14 degrees above north by northwest.

Thursday: will appear for less than one minute at 11:21 p.m.; look 14 degrees above north.

Saturday: will appear for less than one minute at 11:11 p.m.; look 14 degrees above north.

Sunday: will appear for two minutes at 10:18 p.m.; look 10 degrees above north.

To track the ISS, go to the website: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov. To track satellite and rocket re-entries, go to http://www.space-track.org.

One night in the late 1990s, my son and I sighted a silver-red fireball. We then stood on a picnic table for a better view and the object split into 20 pieces, each with long, orange-red tails, and then flew right over the top of us.

The U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs, through a series of contacts, confirmed it had tracked the event.

It turns out the bright lights were from a spaceship that had time traveled from a planet near Antares. Little green men called Lemurians then landed on Mount Shasta and asked: “Take us to Captain Kirk.” Heh-heh.

A story roughly similar to that made the rounds, but I was able to connect with U.S. Space Command to set the record straight: We, along with hundreds across Northern California, had seen the re-entry and burn-up of a booster rocket that had been used to launch a Russian satellite.
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Re: Maverick's 2016 Annual HST Meet-up

Postby Hobbes » Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:19 am

Hi Vicky, glad you could make it. It is a bit of trip (60s version of the word) to meet a group of like minded people pretty far off the beaten trail.

Question: is/was Ghost your trail name when you hiked the PCT? If so, how did it come about?
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