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

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

Postby Bluewater » Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:37 pm

That is a beautiful route Maverick, and a very detailed trip report. I've read about the approach to Mt. Williamson via George Creek but I never considered Heller & Vacation Pass. There is so much to learn on HST!

The lower portion of George Creek looks like an unpleasant bushwhack. How was your experience through there (20 years ago)?



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

Postby maverick » Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:42 pm

Do not remember the bush being that thick, but it still ain't no big deal, just a
touch more of a challenge. :)
My only concern would be getting to the trailhead, would not even try with my
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby KathyW » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:01 pm

Well, I won't be hauling a full pack up George Creek and over the crest. I've been up George Creek to the crest (Trojan Peak) and that was far enough for me.

I'll be going over the crest where there is a trail. It doesn't matter which trail though. I'll do easy cross-country with a full pack, but not the rough stuff. I'd rather do the rougher stuff as side trips from basecamp with a light pack.

I'd still like to meet up with the group for a night or two; so I'll watch as the plans unfold.
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby maverick » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:48 pm

Kathy W wrote:

Well, I won't be hauling a full pack up George Creek and over the crest. I've been up
George Creek to the crest (Trojan Peak) and that was far enough for me.


That's kool Kathy, we are just playing around with interesting approaches ideas.
We'll meet up in Wallace between an agreed upon time period, but what everyone
does before or after spending a couple of days together, is up to where your
adventurous spirit takes you. :)
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby sparky » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:27 pm

I might consider descending george creek on the last day :)

I am looking at cross country trans sierra routes and George Creek would actually make a pretty sweet exit!
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby maverick » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:13 pm

What are your entrance possibilities Sparky? Exiting George would also be a good
idea, but personally I need a sunset/sunrise at Heller Lake.
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby artrock23 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:12 pm

Tentatively, count me in. This sounds like fun, and a great way to meet some fellow HST members.

There are a number of peaks in that area i'd like to climb, and this far in advance, i'll have plenty of time to research the area and routes. :thumbsup:

I'm curious about approach options. George Creek looks like the most direct... is it as bad as i've heard?
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby sparky » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:35 pm

Mav, either Tablelands or Mineral King. Yeah I agree about being there for sunrise/sunset at Heller, that looks absolutely spectacular! That would be a highlight for sure!
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby KathyW » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:54 pm

artrock23 wrote:Tentatively, count me in. This sounds like fun, and a great way to meet some fellow HST members.

There are a number of peaks in that area i'd like to climb, and this far in advance, i'll have plenty of time to research the area and routes. :thumbsup:

I'm curious about approach options. George Creek looks like the most direct... is it as bad as i've heard?


Yes, it can be bad - at least the first 3,000' gain or so. Going over the Crest at Shepherd Pass is much easier than trying to go over the Crest via George Creek. That said, I think everyone should experience George Creek at least once - it is beautiful up there.
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2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby Hobbes » Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:37 am

Exiting out of Wallace down George creek via Vacation pass sounds interesting. I came across this old TR by Bob Burd (http://www.snwburd.com/bob/trip_reports ... ler_1.html) where he mentions running into Kathy.

As for access, according to the FS, the road to the George creek TH south of Shepherd is washed out. Who knows if it will be repaired by next year? I assume you can still get to the TH from Manzanar, but I don't have a 4WD. The problem then would be how to get back to your car if it wasn't parked @ the TH. I guess you could walk to the 395 and hope for a ride:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsint ... orge+Creek

So, the remaining issue would be entry. Shepherd could be the ticket - falls in line with Kathy's vow to come in via a trail.

Edit: Thinking about this, you could park your car @ Shepherd corral station right off the main gravel road - which even my car can do - then walk back north from the George TH to complete the loop. Hmmm.
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby orbitor » Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:15 pm

Hi Mav, definitely interested. No idea about the schedule yet, but I'd definitely like to participate if available. Thanks for taking the initiative!
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Re: 2014 Member Meet-up 7/22-7/27

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:43 pm

Sounds great artrock23 and Orbitor! Starting date will need to be flexible until
we see what mother nature has in store for us this winter, but it will be give or
take a week or two from the listed dates. :thumbsup:
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