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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 sekihiker » Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:26 pm

I'm in.



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

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:19 am

Great SweetSierra! See ya there Sekihiker! :)
Larry's partner Claus will mostly likely be joining us too, which is especially special
since this area was one Larry's favorite. :thumbsup:
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.

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

Postby jessegooddog » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:10 pm

Wish I had the stamina to hike with the big boys, I would love to meet Claus and give him a big hug.
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:53 pm

Hey Jessegooddog,

How can I help Jesse to make this happen for you? Is it the weight factor, because
I will help carry some of your food to make your pack lighter.
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.

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

Postby jessegooddog » Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:35 pm

How generous of you! It's a combination of old age creaky stamina and complications getting away for several days, but who knows what next year will bring? I will not dismiss the idea. Thank you for your offer!
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby LMBSGV » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:24 pm

This is a great idea. For the past few years, that time period would be almost perfect for me. However, next summer is shaping up very differently for reasons I won’t elaborate on at the moment. But I will keep those dates in mind and if it’s possible, I would love to join everyone. I hope you all have a marvelous time.
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:04 am

Hopefully your circumstances will change allowing you to come Laurence
and join us. :)
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.

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

Postby Hobbes » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:54 am

I've hiked most of the various iterations out the Horseshoe, Portal, Shepherd & Onion THs, except for the section between Wales & WLB. A mini through hike from Horseshoe to either Shepherd or Onion via Wales/WLB has long been on my to-do list.

If anyone else is interested in this kind of hike, it would be very cost effective to share a shuttle ride. I've got some good contacts in Lone Pine that I guestimate would charge around $125-150 for 2-3 people between Onion/Shepherd & Horseshoe. (Total ie $50-60 per person.)

A single shuttle is preferable to shuttling cars, IMO, since each person is free to determine their own itinerary & pace. For instance, a perfect example is Horseshoe. There are 3 (4 if count the newish x-c path up to Langley being discussed over @ the Whitney board) ways over the crest, and different peaks/lakes/side-trips depending on energy levels & interest.

There's no way I'd want anyone dependent on me (or me them) to get them back to their car @ some specified date/time. Rather, to continue the example above, all roads lead to SBL and the Crabtrees. So, each person would most likely still hook up at the end of the day, without any anxiety/commitment that they must do so. If they did show up, great, if not, oh well, maybe further down the road. No biggie.

I'm thinking Vaca Russ might be a good candidate, but would like to hear from any others that might be interested. In true Hobbes like fashion (cat), things might or might not work out as far as timing, but a general discussion could be helpful in terms of future trips.
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Postby Bluewater » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:24 am

Sounds like a good idea Hobbes. Horseshoe - Shepherd would allow for some potential x/c (crabtree & rockwell) along the way. I'm interested. Dave was still doing shuttles in the area last summer.
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby Hobbes » Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:47 pm

Bluewater wrote:Sounds like a good idea Hobbes. Horseshoe - Shepherd would allow for some potential x/c (crabtree & rockwell) along the way. I'm interested. Dave was still doing shuttles in the area last summer.


I used Dave last year, but hooked up with some guys from Elevation this year. (In fact, I ran into him on the street while grabbing a beer and shot the sh!t for awhile.) There's a small crew of store personnel, guides, etc who are pretty flexible and looking to make an easy buck. Tie into that network, and there will generally be someone available for a fair price.

Re Crabtree & Rockwell. If properly motivated, one could do some variation of:

- go up 'Thompson col' to Langley (http://www.whitneyportalstore.com/forum ... #Post96104)
- struggle up Discovery from #3 to hit Whitney
- boogie over to Wales/WLB on the PCT
- go up Tyndall (and maybe Willie)
- exit out of the bowl down to Shepherd

The beauty of this itinerary is you could do all, none or some combination thereof without effecting your initial start & ultimate destination. I'm sure everyone here has had days where they feel dog tired, and others where they feel like Superman (woman), so each day would simply unfold as one felt as they awoke in the morning.
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