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2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

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.

Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:16 pm

Oleander,

Check you PM please. Thanks
I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org



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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby sparky » Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:03 am

Despite being days away, im still a maybe :-P anyone have an empty slot on thier permit?
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby Shawn » Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:16 pm

Well I should be arriving at the trailhead about now, but instead I'm stuck at home due to some unforeseen red tape :angry: . By the time I get untangled, my permit will have expired.

Anyway, sure hope all of the guys and gals have a blast at the get together this year, sorry I couldn't be there to meet-up with everyone. Guess I'll switch to "plan B" and find an alternate hike in the days to come.
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby sparky » Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:23 pm

same with me, just when I thought I might be able to go, the rug gets pulled out from under me!
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby Flamingo » Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:07 pm

Hi All - I had a little family emergency (everything is now OK), but I'm defintely behind schedule. There is a low probability I'll have enough time to catch you at Wallace/Wales. . . but I'm heading out anyways, to do my original proposed route (Cottonwood to R-C Col). Sorry for the last minute snafu. Hopefully I'll run into some of you out there, but if not, have fun without me!
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Postby Hobbes » Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:56 am

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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby austex » Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:16 am

Ah! The first picture... Chunks of god's candy in the pans.
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby schmalz » Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:43 am

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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby austex » Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:14 am

:thumbsup: Cold but I can only imagine good times!
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Postby Hobbes » Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:24 am

For anyone interested in visiting the area, here is the basic mileage breakdown from the Symmes trailhead:

TH->Shepherd pass 9.5 miles
Shepherd->Wales 9.5 miles via Rockwell pass & WLB

Rockwell pass is another 2.0 miles from Shepherd, and the first lakes in WLB are one more mile, so it's around 12.5 miles to WLB. I did it in one day after hiking 8:20 hours, or approx 1.5 mph.

If you stop @ WLB, then it's only 6.5 miles from there to Wales. While there is an old, partially maintained trail up Wallace creek, it's easy to traverse x-c up the watershed by simply staying between Wallace & Wales creeks, which are less than .5 mile apart. That's the way I proceeded, taking 4.1 hours or 1.6 mph.

To return, simply retrace your steps. I decided to hike the entire way back without stopping @ WLB, or 19 miles. It took me exactly 10 hrs (from 7am-5pm), for an avg of 1.9 mph.

To recap, 1/2 of the hike is via trail from the TH to Shepherd pass. Thereafter, it's all x-c to Rockwell, WLB & Wales. The x-c is very pleasant, with both the Wales/Wallace & WLB watersheds providing easy navigation by simply following the respective creeks up/down the meadows:

Wales creek - just follow the water (note Wallace creek right of shoulder):
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Wright creek - just follow the water:
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The entire area is really spectacular - thanx again to Mav for putting the trip together.

* Note - My base pack weight was 10lbs + 5lbs of food/water. So going in, my pack weighed 15 lbs, while leaving it was only 10lbs. As a result, trail times are essentially day hiking speeds.
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