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Re: Trip Report Kearsarge to Shepherd Pass

Postby alpinemike » Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:47 pm

Majestic and incredible report Harlen! I love all those areas especially the King's Kern Divide region. Have yet to do Kearsarge and Shepherd though. Although I think Shepherd will fall this year in the quest to do Williamson in the fall.

I will strongly second what Hobbes and you advocate for in terms of the ice ax. Mine always comes with me when I expect pretty much any snow at all. I don't even really care if it's all that steep because I never know exactly what route I might want to take. Mine is 11 ounces and I have trusted it on some pretty intense glissades so for 11 ounces I'll bring it to save me from an unfortunate demise. The crampons only come part of the time and get used even less of the time.
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Re: Trip Report Kearsarge to Shepherd Pass

Postby Love the Sierra » Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:07 am

Magnificent trip report. Thank you so very much for posting!!!
After 4 years of backcountry skiing, this April we skied from Twin Lakes to Duck pass. It was gloriously beautiful and a big accomplishment for us! I wanted to try a trip like yours this year, but I chickened out fearing I still do not have the skill. It was great to see the Sierra in your pictures.
Thank you again!!!
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Re: Trip Report Kearsarge to Shepherd Pass

Postby Harlen » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:13 pm

Did you ski from the big Twin Lakes under the Sawtooth Ridge all the way to Duck Pass?! I don't think I have skied half that distance in one trip! Can I trade some of my foolhardiness for your stamina?

Which passes did you use? I love going up Horse Creek Pass- I assume you used that one at the start? Up through the frozen Toulumne and on to Donohue? How did you get away from the wood stove at the TM Ski Hut? I've been known to stay there nearly a week!

I'd love to hear more about your tour.
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Re: Trip Report Kearsarge to Shepherd Pass

Postby CAchief » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:06 pm

Excellent post, thank you for the detailed account. I think Bear and Branch have the same pack! Image
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Re: Trip Report Kearsarge to Shepherd Pass

Postby Harlen » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:36 pm

Hey Branch,

We have the same blue pack, same green collar, same color fur.... hope we can meet up one day. "Woof!" Bear.

p.s. Do like to swim? Chase sticks? Chase guys on skis? Cool.

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Re: Trip Report Kearsarge to Shepherd Pass

Postby CAchief » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:49 am

Harlen wrote:Hey Branch,

We have the same blue pack, same green collar, same color fur.... hope we can meet up one day. "Woof!" Bear.

p.s. Do like to swim? Chase sticks? Chase guys on skis? Cool.

bearandvidetteDSCN0039[1].jpg


I love to chase sticks and swim in the alpine lakes! I've never seen someone skiing but if my dad jumped on some I would follow as I am always nearby!Image
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Re: Trip Report Kearsarge to Shepherd Pass

Postby sambieni » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:57 am

Awesome photo!
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Re: Trip Report Kearsarge to Shepherd Pass

Postby ERIC » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:12 pm

Oh, that photo...

I see a "Sierra doggy date" in your futures!
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Re: Trip Report Kearsarge to Shepherd Pass

Postby rlown » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:28 pm

Very nice photos of dogs at play.. thanks for sharing them.. If you have more, post them..

Sam was like Branch.. Jumped in at will. Bubba, sank like a stone. He was rescued twice.. Even once when I saw Samantha using her hips to push him into the deep end.
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Re: Trip Report Kearsarge to Shepherd Pass

Postby CAchief » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:43 pm

rlown wrote:Very nice photos of dogs at play.. thanks for sharing them.. If you have more, post them..

Sam was like Branch.. Jumped in at will. Bubba, sank like a stone. He was rescued twice.. Even once when I saw Samantha using her hips to push him into the deep end.


I think we'll have to start a new thread for this one!

Branch won't swim in the ocean but will fetch if he wants to in the lakes. If I swim in the lakes, he usually follows. That picture was after hiking all day... very refreshing!!


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