1000 island loop snow tips and tricks

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1000 island loop snow tips and tricks

Post by nstd » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:47 pm

hiking this loop in a week. any tips and how to best prepare for the snow?

should I rule out fishing?

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Re: 1000 island loop snow tips and tricks

Post by AlmostThere » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:53 pm

Projected road opening is 7/15. Are you really hiking this loop or are you postholing out as far as you can get?

Do you enjoy fishing in whitewater and ice bound lakes?

But seriously, I think you need to rethink this one.

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Re: 1000 island loop snow tips and tricks

Post by nstd » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:55 pm

i dont know whats postholing is but we are going to give it a try. ranger said well have to park on the side of the road and hike in.

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Re: 1000 island loop snow tips and tricks

Post by maverick » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:55 pm

Road is not open, how do plan on accessing the trailhead?

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Re: 1000 island loop snow tips and tricks

Post by nstd » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:56 pm

maverick wrote:Road is not open, how do plan on accessing the trailhead?

Minaret Vista Entrance 6/9
ranger said well have to park on the side of the road near the lodge and hike in.

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Re: 1000 island loop snow tips and tricks

Post by maverick » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:58 pm

i dont know whats postholing is but we are going to give it a try. ranger said well have to park on the side of the road and hike out.
You are joking, right? You have no experience to do such a trip, your putting yourselves and the SAR personnel who will be coming to search for you at danger.
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Re: 1000 island loop snow tips and tricks

Post by balzaccom » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:59 pm

Well...here's a photo I took four days ago over Yosemite. Those two long lozenge shaped depressions on the east side (very right-hand edge of the photo) are TIL and Garnet Lake. And I don't think you'll be doing much fishing in those...

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As for fishing the streams....the fish are just as impressed with the amount of water and current as we are. They are hanging in areas where the current is slower---along the very bottom of the river, or occasionally in small backwaters along the edges. Fish close to the shore, fish slowly and carefully, and don't bother trying to get to the bottom. You can't reach it without a 16lb anchor. But if you do follow those tactics you might catch some...

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Re: 1000 island loop snow tips and tricks

Post by AlmostThere » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:00 pm

So you want to hike in 6+ feet of snow. Obviously you aren't understanding that this is going to be really, really hard to do, and that you're not getting to Island Lake in the time that you have allotted for the adventure.

You don't understand that the melt is going full tilt and that waterways are extremely dangerous right now, and that it's going to be really soft snow in the afternoons. Falling through melting snow into ice water repeatedly is exhausting. Postholing up to your thighs is exhausting. Getting wet and staying that way, that will potentially lead to hypothermia which does nothing for your health -- it's dangerous.

Don't think of this as a challenge -- given that you are asking for "tips and tricks" tells me you are unaware of how dangerous this is, and you need to do something else for your vacation.

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Re: 1000 island loop snow tips and tricks

Post by maverick » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:10 pm

Do you know how to travel from point A to point B without a trail, because there will be no trails in most sections of this trip, especially if you attempted to go in before the road opened.

We are not trying to get on you case, but to open your eyes to the reality, that this kind of travel, especially in these kind of conditions, require experience, not only with gear, but with survival skills if things go bad.
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Re: 1000 island loop snow tips and tricks

Post by nstd » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:17 pm

have you guys been up there recently? I talked to two rangers they said I won't need snow shoes but micro spikes will help, which I am going to bring.

I'm not arguing with you. nor am I saying I am going no matter what. I'm taking in info right now to make a informed decision. which you have provided so thank you.

please do tell me if the rangers are wrong.

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