T.R. Ski Tour from South Lake to North Lake

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Re: T.R. Ski Tour from South Lake to North Lake

Post by limpingcrab » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:27 pm

What did you guys get up on the Tyndall Plateau? And what's with "the dumb ankles Dan?" Did you finally crash and burn (or break?) in one of your couloirs? I hope you heal well.
Some friends and I did the High Route from Pear Lake over to Shepherd. Back in October I broke both of my calcaneus (calcaneii?) rock climbing and was confined to a wheelchair until Christmas. This last trip was my first real trip since then aside from a couple mellow walks and a half day in the snow. It turned out traversing uphill didn't feel very good.

Anyway, here's a short TR about that injury. It's not very long but the comments make the page run on for a while.
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/How-Vitaliy ... 3359n.html

The trip from South Lake to North Lake looks like a blast, I'll have to add it to the list!








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Re: T.R. Ski Tour from South Lake to North Lake

Post by Gazelle » Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:01 pm

limpingcrab, I shattered/dislocated/ completely ruined me left ankle 25 years ago rafting the grand canyon, day 11 of a 21 day trip. I finished the trip! 2 weeks later I was in the 1st surgery of 5. I now have a fused ankle that took years to be able to walk on a sidehill in the rocks. Now I still can do everything but run, just always watch where my foot goes. It does hurt some/most of the time but it seems to like to move. I have disassociated with it! I use trekking poles all the time. But I hike/backpack/skimo and have been told I am not slow at any of them! So 25 years later you will still be good...or good enough!
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Re: T.R. Ski Tour from South Lake to North Lake

Post by Gazelle » Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:03 pm

Sorry Harlen for sidetracking your TR I am heading to Mammoth area for so BC skiing and there skimo event at the mountain this weekend
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Re: T.R. Ski Tour from South Lake to North Lake

Post by Harlen » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:22 pm

limpingcrab wrote:
Anyway, here's a short TR about that injury
Daniel, I've read it all now. Tragic-Comic-Burly-Inspirational, and Concerning; I think that about covers it. We all hope for your full recovery. Kudos for doing the HIgh Route in pain.....What doesn't kill you... Buenos suerte, Ian.

*Hey Kristine- no worries.
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Re: T.R. Ski Tour from South Lake to North Lake

Post by oldhikerQ » Wed May 01, 2019 6:51 am

Thanks for the inspirational trip report as well as the great photos.
Wish that i could pull that trip off like you did, but my skiing skills are beginner level at best.
Anyway, thanks again for a great trip report.
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Re: T.R. Ski Tour from South Lake to North Lake

Post by Silky Smooth » Thu May 02, 2019 6:31 pm

Harlen, you're really tempting me man, I love that section, seldon and silver pass area's are really pretty. I got no time man, checked with work and Blackout!, unfortunately I got no time, its my busy season. Next year, next big snowwww year, def get out!

Happy recovery limpingcrab :) tis a process for sure, wishing you the best

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Re: T.R. Ski Tour from South Lake to North Lake

Post by Harlen » Sun May 05, 2019 1:36 am

Silky wrote:
Harlen, you're really tempting me man, I love that section, seldon and silver pass area's are really pretty.
I'm glad to hear that you like that westerly section; I know I will love those pass areas too, and the fire camps with Bearzy. I didn't see a happy weather window last week, but I saw a nice, calm high pressure system up north lasting through tomorrow- Sunday 4/5, so I shot off a couple days ago to Mt. Shasta to try the Casaval Ridge route. I just returned late today, it was Nice!

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The Casaval is a wonderland of spires!


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My real hope is still to pull off another longer trip along the JMT- do you think the low country around Edison , and west of Mammoth will still have enough snow? I am open to snow shoeing it too- which is more forgiving in thin and sloppy snow?

Thanks for the comments Silky, and best of luck with time off for skiing.
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Re: T.R. Ski Tour from South Lake to North Lake

Post by davidsheridan » Mon May 06, 2019 7:26 pm

Thanks for sharing! What an amazing trip! Definitely not for beginners. While you might be in your 60s and your fitness made you change your very aggressive itinerary, only a lifetime of experiences would allow you to make this epic trip. Congrats and thanks for the inspiration!

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