TR: Matterhorn Canyon, Spiller Creek Canyon, Little Slide Canyon, August 2019

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TR: Matterhorn Canyon, Spiller Creek Canyon, Little Slide Canyon, August 2019

Post by LMBSGV » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:01 pm

Here is the trip report and photos from my trip last August to Matterhorn Canyon, Spiller Creek Canyon, and down Little Slide Canyon, including my accident that required helicopter rescue. Due to the blow-by-blow (pun intended) description of my accident, this report is extremely long. I hope the details may aid others if unfortunate enough to be in a similar situation. For those interested only in the account of the accident, that begins on page 20.

Inputting the scattered pages and pages of notes from my journal, I realized some of them could be interpreted as premonitions of the trip’s final day. I left those to stand as originally written.

The report is here:

http://laurencebrauer.com/Images/TripRe ... ler-19.pdf

For the photos, scroll down from here:

http://laurencebrauer.com/ASITHSTripReports.html








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Re: TR: Matterhorn Canyon, Spiller Creek Canyon, Little Slide Canyon, August 2019

Post by balzaccom » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:52 pm

That's a really great story, Laurence. Thanks for posting it. Your enthusiasm for the scenery, and your gratitude for the people who helped you make it really lovely.

And your doctor's name really was Sierra???
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Re: TR: Matterhorn Canyon, Spiller Creek Canyon, Little Slide Canyon, August 2019

Post by wildhiker » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:06 am

Thanks for the beautiful and very informative trip report. And such lovely photos! I agree that Matterhorn Canyon is really beautiful and felt lucky to camp in the open alpine bowl back in 2006. Your report makes me want to go back, and also to visit Spiller Canyon - the only one of the big northern Yosemite canyons that I have not seen (I've hiked the upper parts of Jack Main, Tilden, Stubblefield (truly magnificent), Thompson, Kerrick, Slide, Matterhorn, and Virginia canyons). I have the same problem you describe, however: I'm not as spry as I used to be, and most of these canyons are a long hike from anywhere!
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Re: TR: Matterhorn Canyon, Spiller Creek Canyon, Little Slide Canyon, August 2019

Post by LMBSGV » Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:24 pm

Thanks balzaccom and wildhiker for your kind comments. Yes, the emergency room doctor’s name was Dr. Sierra Bourne. According to the bio on the Mammoth Hospital website, she grew up in Mammoth Lakes. My theory on why all the people at Mammoth Hospital were so excellent is that all the people have chosen to live there and work there. That was certainly true of all the doctors and nurses I met. And wildhiker, I found Spiller Creek Canyon a true hidden wonder and so definitely worth a visit. I’m hoping to get back there in late September by going out of Green Creek or Virginia Lakes.

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Re: TR: Matterhorn Canyon, Spiller Creek Canyon, Little Slide Canyon, August 2019

Post by stevet » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:52 am

Laurence,
Awesome pictures and an inspiring tale of compassion, care, and graciousness. Thanks for sharing. All the best in your recovery and planned return to the Sierra this summer.

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