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Title: Summer Hiking
Post by: CMARJEEP on March 26, 2013, 04:33:40 PM
I was driving over Donner Pass yesterday and saw how little snow there was left. None along the freeway and a lot of rocks showing through on the peaks. Can't wait to get out hiking this summer. I just ordered a book from Amazon that has over 150 hikes in the Reno/Tahoe area.

I really want to do Castle Peak and Mt. Rose this year. Anyone got any other suggestions?
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Jam86 on March 26, 2013, 04:53:30 PM
Any area or a particular area?
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: autumnxtoxsehsa on March 26, 2013, 05:02:38 PM
Been trying for a few years now to find time to do Mt tallac and reach the summit. Always getting rained out when I plan it though, maybe this year we will get lucky
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Day215 on March 26, 2013, 05:39:30 PM
Check out this site, he gives directions to each one with the difficulty of each hike. We did a few last summer, it's really cool.

http://www.waterfallswest.com/page.php?id=regionca (http://www.waterfallswest.com/page.php?id=regionca)
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: connor0770 on March 26, 2013, 06:04:55 PM
I was driving over Donner Pass yesterday and saw how little snow there was left. None along the freeway and a lot of rocks showing through on the peaks. Can't wait to get out hiking this summer. I just ordered a book from Amazon that has over 150 hikes in the Reno/Tahoe area.

I really want to do Castle Peak and Mt. Rose this year. Anyone got any other suggestions?

Castle Peak is awesome! WHen you hike castle peak go a little past the trail head and check out Peter Grub hut. Its an Emergency hut for snowshoers and cross country skiers in the winter. Ive stayed there a couple times now. Its fun!
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on March 26, 2013, 08:36:46 PM
If you guys hike near Tahoe leave a post a couple days in advance (if you want company that is). Mt Talac is on my to do list, maybe after a few conditioning hikes though. I've hiked 5 miles in both directions from Spooner, Davis Creek, Wolf Creek and a few sections of the PCT. I don't think I'm up for week long backpacking any more, but day hikes are cool. Let us know if that book is any good.  :usa:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: CMARJEEP on March 26, 2013, 09:05:47 PM
If you guys hike near Tahoe leave a post a couple days in advance (if you want company that is). Mt Talac is on my to do list, maybe after a few conditioning hikes though. I've hiked 5 miles in both directions from Spooner, Davis Creek, Wolf Creek and a few sections of the PCT. I don't think I'm up for week long backpacking any more, but day hikes are cool. Let us know if that book is any good.  :usa:

I'll definitely post up. I'm always looking for people to come along. The Mt. Tallac hike looks awesome with great views. I'm going to try to get out every week this summer and try a new hike.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: CMARJEEP on March 27, 2013, 09:01:23 PM
Got the book in today. Has tons of great hikes from Graeagle to South Lake. Can't wait to get out this year and some of these.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on December 29, 2013, 01:16:40 PM
Anyone ever hike the PCT or JMT out of Mammoth? Planning a week backpacking trip with my brother. Many routes in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, was wondering if anyone had some favorite sections. In analyzing the topo's, it looks like this area could not disappoint.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on December 29, 2013, 09:50:27 PM
Hiking no. But I have camped at Big Pine campground/Glacier Lodge. I'm pretty sure you can hike to JMT from there. I know there are parking lots for hikers up there. Great fishing up there too. I even caught a Golden Trout up there. That was 20 years ago though.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on December 30, 2013, 08:50:53 AM
Hiking no. But I have camped at Big Pine campground/Glacier Lodge. I'm pretty sure you can hike to JMT from there. I know there are parking lots for hikers up there. Great fishing up there too. I even caught a Golden Trout up there. That was 20 years ago though.
We did a hike from S. Lake out of Bishop all the way to Independence, definitely nice country Ben. I think we went over six major passes on that trip! We took a 50 miler from Virginia Lakes to Bridgeport and shorter trips in Kennedy Meadows and out of Lone Pine. The Ansel Adams Wilderness between Mammoth and Yosemite should be the best yet. Shuttle bus to trail head will be a pain though.
Bill says we will have trout for dinner. I've heard that before :)
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on March 06, 2014, 11:53:03 AM
So I've been weighing all my gear trying to figure out how to go "ultra lite". My old Kelty Trekker is still competitive so no upgrade is needed there. My sleeping bag is an opportunity to save a full 3 lbs. It is hard to find a 0*- 20* long bag weighing around 2lbs.  The Marmot Plasma or Helium are out of my price range! Maybe a Kelty Ignite. What do you back-packers use? I was hoping to get down to 25-30lbs loaded for a week long trek.

PS: Award winning Montrail Morain boots, size 10.5 for sale, excellent condition. Too small for me and I am going light weight for now on.

Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on August 28, 2014, 03:29:21 PM
Looks like I am talking to myself here, but WTF I'll update anyway.

All ready to go backpacking next week. With the weather we've had this summer, I will be carrying 3.8lbs of rain gear, pack cover and tent and also the required 2lb. 9oz bear-proof food canister. It might take 1.5 days to reach first water, so will be hauling an extra liter from the TH. Total pack weight will be under 30lbs. by day two of eight. Not bad, I conditioned for this with 35lbs.

With all my equip upgrades and a clear forecast, I could definitely reach the ultra-lite status of a 25lb. pack for a weeklong trip.  :2thumbsup:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on August 28, 2014, 08:26:58 PM
I did a couple of three day hikes through Yosemite back in '89 and '90. I was carrying a 50lb. pack. Things have sure changed since then. 25lbs. would have been a dream.
 I'm predicting fair weather for you.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on September 08, 2014, 03:41:08 PM
Okay while you guys were rambling with the Ramblers here's where we went. I used my lightweight camera, so after I Photo-shopped the hell out of the pic's, I hope they look okay.
http://s933.photobucket.com/user/dgjones703/slideshow/JMT%209-2-14 (http://s933.photobucket.com/user/dgjones703/slideshow/JMT%209-2-14)
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Two Beers on September 08, 2014, 05:39:15 PM
Looks like a good trip.

Did you eat any fresh fish?
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on September 08, 2014, 05:51:46 PM
That is some beautiful country there.
 Did you get any rain? I'm guessing not, with all those blue sky pics.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on September 09, 2014, 07:51:40 AM
Bill caught some fish, but he is a "catch and release" fly fisherman. One 15" Rainbow at 1000 Island Lake was impressive. Many Brookies in the streams also. No rain, fantastic weather. Probably good thing we chose the 26 mile route and not the longer 35 mile option down to Devils Postpile. A shower came through Monday after we headed home. My body held up great, except for some back pain - I will have a modern pack for the next hike.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on September 09, 2014, 03:45:11 PM
Bill caught some fish, but he is a "catch and release" fly fisherman. One 15" Rainbow at 1000 Island Lake was impressive. Many Brookies in the streams also. No rain, fantastic weather. Probably good thing we chose the 26 mile route and not the longer 35 mile option down to Devils Postpile. A shower came through Monday after we headed home. My body held up great, except for some back pain - I will have a modern pack for the next hike.  :thumbsup:

Bill says we will have trout for dinner. I've heard that before :)

WTH?
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on June 03, 2015, 05:29:50 PM
Time for more conditioning.
Today I hiked Jones/Whites Creek loop out of Galena below Mt Rose. Pretty nice 7.8 miler with gobs of elevation. I went ccw as it was a more gradual climb. Definitely more strenuous than Ophir Creek trail which I hike a lot and like. Another strenuous trail in Tahoe Basin was Marlette Creek. Short 4 miles but unrelentingly steep. Watch out for mtn bikes hauling ass down that one. Hiked Thomas Creek trail out of Reno to the water fall. It's out in the open sun part of the way. uuuh
Mt Tallac, Mt Rose? not yet
I can't wait to try my new ULA backpack. Trekking poles really help, and their not just for old farts! Lots of new light weight upgrades to test this year. Hoping to do a few 3 nighters and one good week-long hike.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: connor0770 on June 04, 2015, 07:49:33 AM
You should hike castle peak. Slippery hike but worth the view. Get off at the boreal exit, take a right. Camp at the trailhead. Hike up the road then you will reach a split in the trail. Take a right up castle peak.   Also if you go straight instead if right it takes you to a winter cabin. I've gotten to stay there when I was in Boy Scouts. Pretty cool
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Anticanman on June 04, 2015, 03:37:30 PM
I just did the mist trail last month in Yosemite and stretched it to the top of Nevada falls. Highly recommended on a weekday.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: norcal_chris on June 10, 2015, 12:21:33 PM
+1 on castle peak.

Castle peak and half dome are my two favorite hikes
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on December 15, 2017, 09:43:23 PM
I've taken a couple more BP trips with my new gear and comfort makes all the difference. Anyway, no long winded description here but I came across this "What to do" topic and just wanted to pass it on. It explains how to Bear Whisper. Ha - I know that guy.

Bear Encounters
In contacts with humans, bears try to minimize personal harm. A bear becomes defensive in three situations: (1) when surprised, (2) when with young, and (3) when on a carcass or other food source.

If you see a bear in the distance
If the bear doesn’t see you, keep out of its sight, and detour as far as possible behind and downwind of the bear. If the bear sees you, retreat slowly and leave the area. If possible, slowly walk upwind to let your scent reach the bear. Regardless of the distance, never approach a bear.

If you see a bear at close range
Do not run, shout, or make sudden movements. Remain still, avoid eye contact, and talk quietly and calmly to the bear. Do not panic – your safety may depend on remaining calm.

If a bear charges you
Stand still; do not run. Charging bears often veer away or stop abruptly at the last second (bluff charge). If a bear makes physical contact, drop to the ground and play dead. Keep your pack on to help protect your body, clasp your hands over the back of your neck, and lie face down with your legs flat. Be still and stay silent to convince the bear that you are not a threat.

After the bear leaves
Wait several minutes before moving. Listen and look around cautiously before you get up to make certain the bear is no longer nearby.

It is Rattlesnakes that freak me out. I don't know what I would do. "Stay calm and get to a hospital" could be a stretch.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on December 15, 2017, 10:56:01 PM
Interesting post.

 In my experiences with bears, they've always run away when they saw me. In Yosemite, the rangers would tell you, if a bear was after your food, to bang pots together to scare them off.

I remember back when I went to summer camp. The counselors would tell us that if we were bitten by a rattle snake, to cut an X with a knife at the bite, and suck the poison out. Of course that would be if you could actually reach the bite with your mouth. And I always wondered why they were telling us that, because there's no rattle snakes in Minnesota. :shaking:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on December 16, 2017, 09:02:36 AM
Yeah, that used to be the recommendation along with restricting the flow of venom with a tourniquet. Now a days they say don't cut and suck the venom with your mouth. You are likely to cause infection and risk ingestion through any sores you may have. I guess suction cups are okay but time wasted is the issue. I don't know how much time you have to get anti-venom administered.

I never saw any rattlesnakes in upstate NY, but almost stepped on a couple Copperheads. Plenty of rattlesnakes in Nevada.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on December 16, 2017, 11:56:40 AM
The only two encounters I've had with rattlesnakes were both in SoCal, in the San Bernardino mountains.

 I was hiking with a girlfriend on a mountain trail. We came over a slight incline, and there was a Rattler coiled up and ready to strike right in the middle of the trail. I turned and said run. I only got about 10 feet and turned around, and it wasn't chasing us. I turned back around, and my girlfriend was 100 yards down the path. :rofl: She was more of an urban girl. :biggrin:

 The other time, I was riding my motorcycle through the fun twisty Hwy 2. Again coming over a slight incline in the road. The Rattler was coiled up on the yellow center line. I didn't have time to react in a safe way, so it took a shot at my leg. Of course I was probably going about 60 MPH, so it may have hit my exhaust pipe or rear tire. :hahaha:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: WJChris on December 16, 2017, 08:04:22 PM
I believe I have heard or read you have hours for rattlesnake bites. A couple maybe.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: pdangerp on December 17, 2017, 08:59:50 AM
Fucking hate bears.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on December 17, 2017, 08:08:21 PM
Fucking hate bears.
Ha, still pissed about losing those burritos to the Buck Island Bear? That guy hit up everyone that night. I remember eating cereal at 2am before he got that too. Stupid humans  :hahaha:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: pdangerp on December 18, 2017, 08:29:36 AM
Ha, still pissed about losing those burritos to the Buck Island Bear? That guy hit up everyone that night. I remember eating cereal at 2am before he got that too. Stupid humans  :hahaha:
Yes, I am still mad at that bear. I figure a 12g slug should dispatch a black bear in case of another close call.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on January 23, 2018, 09:34:15 PM
I've taken a couple more BP trips with my new gear and comfort makes all the difference.
So what is new and what is the latest and greatest? I still have, (and just for the record, I'm not planning any kind of trips until I know my conditioning, etc.) an older aluminum frame pack. But at the time I though it comfy enough and it's purdy light. It's got a ton of room, and like Ben said... could prolly pack it with 50+lbs of stuff easily.
As far as bucket lists for trails... I don't know why, but I'd kinda like to take a crack @ Yosemite Falls trail!  :eek: Couple thousand ft. straight up almost, but it looks like it can be done in a day. So obviously that is not a BP deal. But I think that would be cool.
There is also another loop trail in the John Muir wilderness I've always wanted to do that intersects with a section of the PCT and comes back into Lake Edison. That could be done in 2-3 days. We shall see... since I thought the Joint trail in Moab was gonna kill me!  :rofl:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on January 23, 2018, 10:30:03 PM
I can't even imagine putting 50 lbs. on my back anymore. I doubt you can either Randy. Those two trips in Yosemite were back when I was in my 30's. The first one was back before my wife and I were married. We started in the valley, and hiked up to the top of Nevada Falls. We were supposed to hike to Tuolumne Meadows. By the time we got to the 2500' top, we were done. So we just hung out the next day, and went back down on the third day. If anyone tries to tell you that going down is harder than going up, they're fucking lying.

The second trip,(on our honeymoon) we had a plan. We started in Tuolumne Meadows, and hiked down to the valley. We spent the first night in High Sierra Campground, and second at Nevada Falls. A much easier hike, and very fulfilling.

 There was one fault in our plan. The park had yet to start their shuttle service back to Tuolumne Meadows. We had to hitchhike back to the car. :peep:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on January 24, 2018, 08:46:21 AM
Lol, I don't plan to put 50lbs into a pack... just meant it has the cargo space. All said and done... it boils down to the legs, the back and cardio! We shall see. Like I said... bucket list. Doesn't mean it will happen any time soon.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on January 24, 2018, 09:00:57 AM
So what is new and what is the latest and greatest? I still have, (and just for the record, I'm not planning any kind of trips until I know my conditioning, etc.) an older aluminum frame pack. But at the time I though it comfy enough and it's purdy light. It's got a ton of room, and like Ben said... could prolly pack it with 50+lbs of stuff easily.
As far as bucket lists for trails... I don't know why, but I'd kinda like to take a crack @ Yosemite Falls trail!  :eek: Couple thousand ft. straight up almost, but it looks like it can be done in a day. So obviously that is not a BP deal. But I think that would be cool.
There is also another loop trail in the John Muir wilderness I've always wanted to do that intersects with a section of the PCT and comes back into Lake Edison. That could be done in 2-3 days. We shall see... since I thought the Joint trail in Moab was gonna kill me!  :rofl:
In another thread here I listed some of my new ultra-lite gear. I replaced my 70's Kelty pack with a ULA Catalyst. The Kelty is light, an upgraded hip belt would have helped. With my posture I could never get the load close enough to my body. ULA is formed to a perfect fit. Pack weight was 26 lbs for a seven day trek including the required 3 lb bear canister. 50 lbs is too heavy!
I would definitely hike anywhere in Yosemite, though permits are in demand. Mist trail? I hiked from S. Lake out of Bishop way south and came out by the fish hatchery in Independence. I think that trail out of Edison is in LaConti Canyon. Fantastic.
Edit: http://www.norcaljeepers.co/index.php?topic=116.80
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on January 24, 2018, 05:17:43 PM
Well, definitely we'll have to chat about all this in Moab.  I can't even remember what brand my pack is? (it's out in the shop) I do need a good down bag tho... but one that is long enough for my fat arse. Last time I packed to where I mentioned, I prolly DID have 50+ lbs of crap on my back. But I was a young strapping stud back then... not a broke'n down old fat guy like now.  :peep:
 As far as Bear mace... naw... been up in these hills all my life and I could give a rip about bears.  :shaking: I'll carry a gun before I'll carry mace, and I typically don't carry a gun. Fishing pole, yes... gun... we'll see.  :biggrin:

Mist trail... that is the falls (Vernal) on the Merced river and down stream from Nevada falls. That is a very short hike. Prolly done it a dozen times in the past. Yosemite Falls starts from the valley floor and shoots straight up to the top of Yosemite Falls. I do not believe permits are required for day hikes. IIRC it is 4 miles one way. Zig zagging back and forth thu the rocks up to the top. Never done that one. Would be a challenge for a fat man... but I'd like to try.  :cheers2:

I've never heard of LaConti canyon, but the route I am referring to is going up out of Edison lake, up thru Graveyard Meadows, up thru Goodale Pass and then over Silver pass and back down the PCT to one of the forks of the San Joaquin river and then back down to Edison Lake. 25-30 miles over all IIRC.
But Speaking of Graveyard meadows... FREAKING AWESOME!!!!! Been going there since I was knee high. It sits in-between two mtn's and is about a half mile long and 2-3 football fields wide. Just gorgeous!! I used to take my old FJ-40 up there all the time when that 4x4 trail was still open. Graveyard was the boundry of the JM wilderness. But in the early 80's they moved the wilderness boundary down to Edison Lake and thus closing the trail. And just FYI, that same wilderness expansion almost closed the Dusy/Ershim trial too, but the clubs banded together and got the right of way to keep Dusy open. I still totally disagree with the wilderness expansion (i.e. Sierra Club) b/c there is 5 miles of absolutely nothing but typical forest between Edison and Graveyard... but it is what it is.  :shaking:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on January 25, 2018, 09:18:43 PM
LeConte is way SE of Edison / Florence. IDK if this link works for you. If it does, you can drag the map around and zoom with the scroll wheel. My brother and I went over Knapsack Pass as a shortcut. Extreme climbing involved, ropes and dangerous  :eek:
https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=37.09434,-118.5793&z=15&b=t 
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on January 26, 2018, 07:08:55 PM
Ropes?>Climbing>?  Confucius say... yu clazy!  :eek:

Where you have been is waaaaay south of what I was talking about.

try this...

 https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=37.42152,-118.94648&z=13&b=t

and this satellite view. Graveyard is easily seen. Devils bathtub to the NW

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.4116323,-118.9599051,7371m/data=!3m1!1e3

all said and done... everywhere up and down the Sierra's is gorgeous. this is just where I purdy much grew up.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on January 26, 2018, 10:57:05 PM
Yeah it is gorgeous. I used to go camping, hiking and fishing out of Big Pine campground. It was right next to Glacier Lodge. I understand it burned down some years back. :shaking:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on January 27, 2018, 09:10:06 AM
Looks like a nice loop Randy. The two passes are only 11,000 ft or so. Who's buried in Graveyard Meadows? Geezers probably.
25-30 miles in 2 or 3 days ain't happening.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on January 27, 2018, 11:07:33 AM
yeah, you're prolly right... 2 or 3 days when I was 20!  :biggrin:

But there is always the nuclear option. The Edison pack station!  :rofl: Take the horses/pack mules up to Goodale and then it is a easy hike all down hill.  :biggrin: Or just have them do a drop @ Goodale and it is still down hill. Of course that would require getting up to Goodale by night. lol. Again, I know I could do it in the 'old'n days'! haha.
It would prolly take me a day just to get to Graveyard now.  :shaking:

Just for the halibut. Take a look at the map again. Just above and to the east of Graveyard on the ridge to the east you'll see Arrowhead lake. (on the satellite map it looks just like an arrowhead. you may need to zoom in a bit) Almost due north of that on the same ridge is Feather lake. Great fishing! Back in the day, I could hike that in a day! I've taken Debbie and my daughter there on the horses several times. Way easier on the horses... still a long day, tho.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on June 25, 2018, 08:12:11 AM
Well... I went up to the Dinkey Lakes wilderness area Sat. Hiked my fat arse up to Mystery Lake to fish. That was a dud. So I then  hiked up to Sweed Lake. Just took a day pack and my fishing stuff. Don't think I'll be doing that Graveyard trip any time soon!  :shaking:  I 'maybe' did 5 miles total and by the time I got back to the Jeep my legs were rubber!  :rofl:
The good news is I didn't stroke out and I at least caught a few fish! If I keep trying to get into better shape, I think I could prolly do that whole loop... which I have never done. Just the 2 lakes mentioned. Great scenery and mostly not a bad hike for most of the trail. Just a few good inclines and then it mellows a bit. This loop for sure could be done in 2 days.
What do you think, Doug? Wanna try it later this summer.  :biggrin:

Just one downside item... I did pick up a Kelty down bag this spring. Tried it out. Even tho I got the extra long version. Barely could get the stupid thing zipped! Too freaking narrow! WTF?!  :pissed: So now I'll prolly have to fork out another couple hundred (or more) to find a larger size down bag!!!  :shaking:

Oh, btw... tried a pack of dry food for the first time. Got the Ham n' Egg breakfast one.  Not great, but not bad. Could have used some salt and pepper that I did not have.  :shaking:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Camilo98 on August 10, 2018, 03:41:42 PM
My wife, my daughter (19mo), and I went up and backpack the Loon Lake trail (south part of the lake) about two weeks ago. Trail is about 4mi to the campground on the east side of the lake. The "backpacking" campground is near the boating only campground on that side.
Great hike, very minimal elevation change, and the water was spectacular! We took a campsite with a table right next to the water. I recommend this hike for a long day hike (with no kids) or a one night stay. If you go further you can make it all the way to spider or buck lake as well.
Overall our first backpacking trip as a family of 3 + the dog went great and looking forward to more backcountry trips.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on August 12, 2018, 08:56:31 AM
I really slacked off in June and am paying the price. Last month I hiked from Spooner Summit to Snow Valley Peak, 12 miles RT with about 2400 elevation gain. This was a test hike for an upcoming BP trip. Failed the test - legs and cardio were fine but blistered my toes and had a lot of pain in my hips. A week later I hit it again with new hiking shoes and my Injinji toe socks = no problem. (I also ate 3 Advil about 30 min before as good measure). Since then I have been taking at least one 8 mile hike per week to maintain my conditioning. Cruising along pretty good again  :thumbsup:
After my daughter's wedding and Rubicon trip I will be taking a 33 mile trek in the Desolation Wilderness.
https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7020483/trt-echo-lakes-to-barker-pass   Interested?
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on September 18, 2018, 08:29:10 PM

  Interested?
yes... in a trip report.  :biggrin:

and pics...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on September 21, 2018, 06:59:39 AM
yes... in a trip report.  :biggrin:

and pics...  :thumbsup:
Ha. We are a day behind already. The Jeep trip thru the Rubicon was full of issues (report later).
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on September 21, 2018, 10:22:57 AM
Ha. We are a day behind already. The Jeep trip thru the Rubicon was full of issues (report later).

 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on September 25, 2018, 11:05:05 AM
I'll combine the trip reports here. Rubicon: Two Beers my brother and I met up with NYCJeep and his friend Joby in Meyers. We entered thru Wentworth so Jason could experience that route. Straight up Postpile to Little Sluice. Large group struggling there so we bypassed left and leapfrogged them. Passed a group of Land Cruisers doing serious repairs plus witnessed a front diff give up on one that was still moving. Not to laugh though, as we were doing the tough ledges past Buck Mark blew his rear pinion. I damn near rolled mine on the same slippery ledge. Lots of sand on the granite made it difficult. We removed Marks rear driveshaft at camp and thankfully it rolled without grinding or binding. We aired up his rear tires hopeful to have an easier time with fwd. Mark, Bill and I had a relaxing day at the lake with two Kayaks. Jason and Joby got very sick that day, assumed it to be food poisoning from the night before at the Grand Sierra Hotel. They felt somewhat better for the ride out. FWD proved to be inadequate and Mark was spinning tires right off the bat. Once over the hump Big Sluice wasn't bad. Cadillac Hill was a nightmare though. We had to winch most the way up. It didn't take long to realize a standard battery was not up to the task. Winch tco was busy and engine would cut out from low voltage also. A lot of waiting to recharge battery with alternator. Luckily we only encountered a pair of vehicles coming down and they were pulled off to the side for us. Once up Mark only required an occasional tug and we made it out in good time. He drove it home. Oh, one serious indecent. Bill went to flip the winch cable over a rock just as Marks rig decided to slip back. The cable pinched his finger against a tree and opened it up to the bone. We drove home to get cleaned up, ate then went to the ER. Got out of there at midnight, eight sutures later.

Okay, I'll shorten the hike report. We delayed the start one day. The PCT trail from Echo Summit thru the Desolation Wilderness was amazing. One night at each of two lakes, then on towards Dicks Pass. 14" Brook Trout at Susie Lake made Bill happier. Not happy enough to go up the pass though. He bailed on me and hiked out to Fallen Leaf Lake. This was a good decision for him. The climb up to 9377' would have killed him. He did not do any preconditioning as I did. I pushed myself hard with 12 and 18 mile days. I should have taken one of the exits after Dicks Pass as the trail became forested and boring. If I remember correctly, Matt mentioned in Moab that his brother was hiking the PCT. I actually may have met him on the pass. I spoke with this guy for a bit and he sure reminded me of Matt. Anyway, with my marathon push I was home two days ahead of plan. Lesser hikes are in my future. I will post a few pics later.
 
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on September 25, 2018, 03:11:59 PM
PCT Desolation Wilderness (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180925/dc5cefa286c799fab60f6e3ba5ca30a3.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180925/781abefd4a53ca6e163b6942056d8a85.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180925/c8365e51b3a8bced26e7870d9a364463.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180925/853ef2af596e081eaa4e2373fa752a2c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180925/08a152012ea3502afc1e947c3c82ce42.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180925/53cae4577f5d97257abcedcef942a23e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180925/9974fc5cd3337abc151d463197640795.jpg)

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Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on September 25, 2018, 03:23:42 PM
Nice trip report Doug.

 One question though, doesn't anyone wear winch gloves but me?
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Two Beers on September 25, 2018, 05:45:34 PM
One question though, doesn't anyone wear winch gloves but me?

Prior to the accident, Bill hadn't been touching the cable.  As is frequently the case with an accident the perfect storm of things all happened at once. He decided one time to move the cable (I was stopped) at the exact same time my rig decided to slide backwards off a slick rock.

Doug's report is accurate.  I made it down the Big Sluice to the base of Cadillac Hill in what I thought was pretty good time, but Cadillac Hill took several hours.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: timatoe on September 25, 2018, 09:54:54 PM
Gloves don't prevent pinches.  Ever pull a finger out of someones glove?  Amazing how tight those suckers get in there.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on September 26, 2018, 10:32:14 AM
I had a pair of gloves out. Like Tim said, they wouldn't have helped much. Good for keeping your hands clean and maybe preventing a frayed cable from sticking you. A second earlier or later he would have been fine. Shit happens.

The next hike will be Thursday 10/04 with my son Chris. What could possibly go wrong with numbers like that. It will be from Blue Lakes to Carson Pass or Carson Pass to Echo Lakes. I am examining trail profiles very closely.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on October 07, 2018, 12:15:59 PM
Blue Lakes (Tamarack TH) to Carson Pass HWY 88 was a very scenic section of the PCT. The grade over the first 9,000' pass was reasonable and the views were spectacular. The Red Lake Jeep road offers similar views to those not interested in hiking over the divide. It got pretty cold and we listened to light rain and snow all night. It was cool and clear both days though, great for hiking. The grade up the second 9K foot pass was much steeper and I needed to push hard. I thought the top would never come. I probably won't do 88 to 50 till next year, then I will have hiked from HWY 4 to Barker Pass. I've backpacked many miles between Independence and the Virginia Lakes. Some day I will fill in those sections as well. Mexico to Canada, forget it!
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Two Beers on October 07, 2018, 08:33:38 PM
Nice!  I wasn't sure if you'd go with the predicted wet weather.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on October 08, 2018, 01:07:57 PM
We waited one day. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181008/d9465de10a59e05b96df9dcd08ade0d1.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181008/c2fd8d442fae046541c6264b303715b1.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181008/ea3087a45640c1a4ab730dd89cd11410.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181008/0f2634a7667ba0d7f8aa2ea414412bcc.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181008/7dbc3175d1da764fd5b945592e316674.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181008/67bcffd3f0404592be33d9bbdfe365fc.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181008/9269050ae262dffd7f9d8d054a5353c6.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181008/001cabe3fd364e8e168e7dbd2f003059.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181008/4fcb58573ec7c15102fd96fa63fdd800.jpg)

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Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on October 09, 2018, 11:06:00 AM
Those are great pictures.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on October 16, 2018, 03:01:55 PM
Man, I almost forgot about this thread.   :biggrin:

Thanks for the pics! Bummer on the other Rubi trip. At least in Sept. when Bob and I were there the new PS pump and box did well. (knock, knock.  :knock:)

Ran up to Chicken rock camping area on the Dusy trail this last weekend... fishing suked! Oh well. Freak'n cold, tho. Tried my back pack bag just for the hey of it (rated 20*) and about mid way thru the night it got cold, (down to freezing) so pulled my regular bag over the top and was ok. It is really about a 35* bag at best to stay comfy. Prolly it for this year in the mountains. Maybe another desert Calico trip later.

Yeah, I still need to get into condition/shape to even remotely do what you do Doug, but I'd really like to try the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness loop next summer, if you'd consider coming down this way? You can even bring the Jeep and then we could do Swamp lake loop in the Jeeps. A 2 for 1 trip!  :biggrin: :cheers2:

Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on October 18, 2018, 09:46:09 PM
Yeah, my 15* bag was marginal at freezing temps also. I think they rate them for survival, not comfort. My mat only has a 4.7 R  rating. I wear a base layer, beanie and dry socks at night. It's definitely warmer in a tent not dealing with wind chill.
This last overnight-er we just hung our food. Loaded with 2L of water my pack was under the 25lb goal.  :thumbsup: 
Randy, I need to fill some gaps in the PCT down your way. Maybe we can find something next summer.

ULTRA4 Fri and Sat then need to fix TwoBeer's rear diff.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on October 19, 2018, 08:09:33 AM
 
Yeah, my 15* bag was marginal at freezing temps also. I think they rate them for survival, not comfort. My mat only has a 4.7 R  rating. I wear a base layer, beanie and dry socks at night. It's definitely warmer in a tent not dealing with wind chill.
This last overnight-er we just hung our food. Loaded with 2L of water my pack was under the 25lb goal.  :thumbsup: 
Randy, I need to fill some gaps in the PCT down your way. Maybe we can find something next summer.

ULTRA4 Fri and Sat then need to fix TwoBeer's rear diff.
Well, that Graveyard loop I mentioned earlier in this thread is something I've always wanted to do and the back half is PCT. I'd really have to buckle down on the conditioning for that one!  :biggrin:
Then my friend Leonard, who came with my on the '15 Moab trip, wants to go to Lake Italy... that is about Half way between Florence lake and Edison lake on the PCT. Me think he clazy! I did a section of that back in my twenties and that is a looooong way back there! Awesome scenery, tho. He says he has a friend with horses. Even then it is a 2 day ride ONE WAY!!! We'll see if he makes that happen! lol.
Then again, depending on what dates, some of the 4x4 trails could be open.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on February 06, 2019, 11:45:51 AM
Randy, have you looked at the Rae Lakes Loop out of Zumwalt Mdws in Kings Canyon? I've been studying trail distances and profiles all winter. I am looking at leaving a car at Onion Valley and entering PCT from Horseshoe Meadows. I'd like to fill the gap from mile 750.2 to 795.9 on the PCT. I exited Baxter Pass on a previous hike from Bishop and the trail was not maintained. I would rather backtrack to Onion Valley to exit. My original plan was to tackle Mt Whitney from the west but total miles would become 81.1=not happening. Without Whitney the trip will still be 64.3 miles. Bear canisters are required in that section so my limit is seven days. This will be an aggressive goal considering I'll be going over many high passes including the highest on the entire PCT. (Forester Pass 13,200')
If anyone is interested in doing this late summer, let me know.

(14,505' Mt Whitney is still on my bucket list for when I grow up. It's 6,404' elevation gain in 10.2 miles, then back down!)
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on February 13, 2019, 06:23:27 PM
Kudo's to you for doing that... me thinks it's a bit out of my league. Although I'm still going to try to do a couple short trips here locally. Problem is, I really have no one that would do it. Most of my friends my age are half crippled and the other half is not interested. Kinda like snow skiing, I usually go by myself. 
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on February 13, 2019, 09:48:52 PM
"Most of my friends my age are half crippled"

That would be me. I spent 31 years down on my knees, praying to the God of Xerox. I can still hike, but I don't think skiing is in my future anymore. I also don't think a 40-50# pack will work too well either. Day trips, I think I could still do that.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on February 24, 2019, 01:45:55 PM
I purchased my permit. If anyone is interested and capable of this difficult trek please let me know.

Enter Date: Sept 25 2019, Duration: six nights, distance: 66.8 miles, total up-hill gain: 13,687'
Entering at Horseshoe Meadows (Lone Pine, Ca) This includes a Day-hike up Mt Whitney. Exit Onion Valley

I have a detailed itinerary if you have questions. Mostly 10-12 mile days with lots of up-hill! I am 69 years old, so this could be an easy pace for you young guys. We'll see.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: timatoe on February 24, 2019, 03:52:40 PM
I was thinking I'd join you, but I'm not sure you can carry me and my beer cooler that far.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on February 25, 2019, 12:52:20 PM
I was thinking I'd join you, but I'm not sure you can carry me and my beer cooler that far.
Nope; I might die doing this but I can only think of one better way to go.  :thumbsup:

Here; you can do the trail from your couch. :25 to :45 is what I am doing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4D4TcgppD8&t=4614s
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on April 18, 2019, 06:49:26 PM
I was thinking I'd join you, but I'm not sure you can carry me and my beer cooler that far.
I've been testing some new gear trying to lighten my pack base weight. Sold my 2 lb Fly Creek UL-1 tent, too confining. Z-pack Duplex is the preferred tent at about 1 lb but $600 is a bit much. Nemo Hornet Elite or 2p might work. Altra trail runners are great. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190419/b4b5de3371866995e9d55ac27d09095a.jpg)

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Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Two Beers on April 18, 2019, 09:35:09 PM
I've been testing some new gear trying to lighten my pack base weight. Sold my 2 lb Fly Creek UL-1 tent, too confining. Z-pack Duplex is the preferred tent at about 1 lb but $600 is a bit much. Nemo Hornet Elite or 2p might work. Altra trail runners are great. [img width=483 height=860]https://uploads.tapatalk-

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2018 Nemo Hornet 2P is on sale online at REI for $270.  Only weighs 1 lb 15 oz.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on April 18, 2019, 09:51:06 PM
2018 Nemo Hornet 2P is on sale online at REI for $270.  Only weighs 1 lb 15 oz.
Amazon also has it for that price. REI member discount will help.  The Elite is lighter and has wider ridge design. I hope it goes on sale before I settle on a 2p. Moosejaw has great sales from time to time. 

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Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on June 21, 2019, 06:40:15 PM
The Hornet Elite is roomy enough and very lite. Picked up a few other comfort items that don't add much weight. Ultra lite pillow,  butt pad for sitting and sand gaiters to keep feet comfy.
I've worked my way up to 12 miles and 2000 ft elevation gain over the last couple months. Not sure I can do this seven days in a row. Wife is discouraging me on a regular basis. I'll keep taking conditioning hikes and see if this gets easier. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190622/29c2187f864a5f7d2f6c3ae2b183e664.jpg)

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Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Two Beers on June 26, 2019, 08:16:53 PM
Wife is discouraging me on a regular basis. 

Grace is a smart woman.   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on September 19, 2019, 08:10:13 AM
Whitney backpacking trip: The weather outlook was looking favorable until I checked this morning. My base-camp will be at 11,500' and the planned day hike to the summit 14,508' will be on Sat 9/28. Gail force winds and 19* sounds life threatening. 28th forecast doesn't show yet but if it is more of the same I'm screwed. I've added an additional layer of clothing but not enough for this. (up to 28lbs now with 8 days food and water) It also will be impossible to set up a tent in that wind. Like to check Whitney off my bucket list after all my gear prep and conditioning, but....

Here is the link. Select F* and use the slider at the bottom of the graph.
https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Whitney/forecasts/4418
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on September 19, 2019, 09:50:35 PM
The 21st and the 24th look good.



Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on September 29, 2019, 10:05:00 PM
Permit was purchased in advance so my entry date was on the 25th or cancel. This was after my nephews wedding in Yucca Valley and other fun so-cal activities. My car was dropped off at trails end but that wouldn't be an issue if I cancelled.
The weather forecast wasn't great. Everyone was pleading me to not risk it. I insisted on going. My wife was crying at the trail-head.
Within the first mile I came across a guy heading out with bad altitude sickness. First of many I encountered on the trail. Sea-level dwellers I guess. I pushed past the first night's camp and gained a day (killer day). Reached Crabtree Meadows Thurs for a Fri clear and calm Whitney assent. The forecast for Sunday was very bad. The smart thing to do was to bypass Whitney and crush a lot of miles. I was feeling great and the scenery was astounding. I mean amazing! I will post a link to pics when I upload them. Forester Pass's 13,200' seemed impossible, kinda like Shaffer Switchbacks in Moab but only three feet wide and much taller. Sat was even more difficult and the weather was brutal. Extreme wind was blowing in from the NW with fog pushing up the canyons. The temperature had plummeted and I would have been in serious trouble if I didn't make it over the very long, steep and exposed Kearsage Pass. The wind was knocking me over with unexpected gusts. What a feeling of accomplishment once on top. Four miles down to my car was a breeze, albeit a gale force breeze. Squeezed a 50 mile 7 day hike into 4 days. It was snowing on my drive home so I believe I made all good choices except maybe being so stubborn in the first place. Yeah yeah, people die up there. Surprised the wife by making it home for our 35th wedding anniversary. Bonus points  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: CJ-5 Renegade on September 30, 2019, 09:21:35 AM
 Doug you are an animal
 Can’t wait for the pictures good job
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on September 30, 2019, 12:25:06 PM
Doug you are an animal
 Can’t wait for the pictures good job
Yep, crazy animal. I loaded the pics to my pc but they all needed editing before I send them to Imgur. Blind old fart couldn't see the camera display and had it on a wrong setting. Had to boost color and clarity to get them half decent. I tried to find a pocket super-zoom in Yucca Valley but didn't. Light weight is a requirement of course. This UL satire will keep you entertained in the mean time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oxpObyS4DE&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on September 30, 2019, 06:25:01 PM
I am new to Imgur so lets see if this link works. Please excuse the poor quality. Time for a better camera.

https://imgur.com/a/g6ubHEd
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: CJ-5 Renegade on September 30, 2019, 07:06:51 PM
Amazing picture
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: timatoe on October 01, 2019, 10:51:38 AM
Wow, that looks like an awesome trip. 

Have you given any thought to getting a spot gps locator?  They're pretty inexpensive and you can set predetermined messages to send out or the obvious SOS with your coordinates.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on October 01, 2019, 11:39:42 AM
Wow, that looks like an awesome trip. 

Have you given any thought to getting a spot gps locator?  They're pretty inexpensive and you can set predetermined messages to send out or the obvious SOS with your coordinates.
Mark has one but I didn't borrow it. Just think of the weight savings.  :hahaha:
Actually, lots of people I passed on the trail had them and I asked for weather updates. That is why I pushed hard to get over the final pass before the snow came in. Yes, awesome. Sorry I didn't have a better camera with me or at least had mine set on landscape mode instead of macro or whatever.  :shaking:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on October 01, 2019, 12:25:03 PM
Mark has one but I didn't borrow it. Just think of the weight savings.  :hahaha: :rofl:
Actually, lots of people I passed on the trail had them and I asked for weather updates. That is why I pushed hard to get over the final pass before the snow came in. Yes, awesome. Sorry I didn't have a better camera with me or at least had mine set on landscape mode instead of macro or whatever.  :shaking:

Yeah, you are a crazy man. The pictures look great by the way.  :2thumbsup:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on October 05, 2019, 08:43:41 PM
Yeah, you are a crazy man. The pictures look great by the way.  :2thumbsup:
Choosing a new pocket superzoom camera wasn't easy. I was torn between the more advanced Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ95 and the older Canon SX740. I also considered the Nikon A1000 but settled on the Canon. Hope I'm not disappointed.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on October 06, 2019, 06:49:25 AM
What were you using on the last hike? Those were pretty good pictures.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on October 06, 2019, 01:01:59 PM
What were you using on the last hike? Those were pretty good pictures.
Old reliable Sony Cybershot. Only 4.1 mega pixels and 3X zoom. Great for EBay and Craigslist pics but not great with scenery. It is light weight and has great AA battery life. My Nikon SLRs are nice but too heavy and bulky for hiking. Wish I could sell all my 35mm gear.
Pretty sure 20mp and 40X zoom in a pocket Canon will fit my requirements. Not having an electronic viewfinder in bright sun is a disadvantage and I think the battery needs to be removed for charging. 265 pics per charge will have to do. I don't mind not having touchscreen controls with my weak eyes.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mase58 on October 06, 2019, 03:44:11 PM
BEAST MODE! Excellent Doug. I am glad to hear it all worked out favorably and you got back safe and sound. Really looks like an awesome trip. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on October 15, 2019, 11:57:27 AM
Yes awesome. I'm already planning next years leg of the JMT (John Muir Trail). It looks like I will be coming in over Bishop Pass again but this time heading north on the PCT/JMT to Florence Lake or maybe Lake Thomas A Edison for a 50 or 60 mile section. A re-supply here then on to Devils Postpile would be logistically easier. The additional 30 trail miles will be a push and the plan was to do this in two hikes. My last section from Postpile to Yosemite will complete the 211 mile total minus 5 mile Glen Pass and Whitney. Damn weather  :pissed:

https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7016157/jmt-segment-5-muir-trail-ranch-to-bishop-pass-at-leconte-canyon
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on October 15, 2019, 09:16:29 PM
Yes awesome. I'm already planning next years leg of the JMT (John Muir Trail). It looks like I will be coming in over Bishop Pass again but this time heading north on the PCT/JMT to Florence Lake or maybe Lake Thomas A Edison for a 50 or 60 mile section. A re-supply here then on to Devils Postpile would be logistically easier. The additional 30 trail miles will be a push and the plan was to do this in two hikes. My last section from Postpile to Yosemite will complete the 211 mile total minus 5 mile Glen Pass and Whitney. Damn weather  :pissed:

https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7016157/jmt-segment-5-muir-trail-ranch-to-bishop-pass-at-leconte-canyon
Well, assuming my knee heals properly, I still am wanting to do my little section from Edison to Goodale/Silver pass's and back to Edison. I can pick you up @ Florence and bring restock supplies and we'll head on over to 'my' neck 'o the woods.  :biggrin:

(of course... that means lots of work in the off season) Lol.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on January 21, 2020, 11:25:38 AM
Well, assuming my knee heals properly, I still am wanting to do my little section from Edison to Goodale/Silver pass's and back to Edison. I can pick you up @ Florence and bring restock supplies and we'll head on over to 'my' neck 'o the woods.  :biggrin:

(of course... that means lots of work in the off season) Lol.
I've been on the couch since the first snow back in November. Sierras currently have about 75% snow pack so I am hoping to get an early start at conditioning this year. I don't do gyms so completing the Tahoe Rim Trail should get me back in shape. I have a very ambitious goal of doing the entire distance from Bishop Pass to Agnew Meadows (around 100 miles). I'd meet you for a resupply and hike together from Edison to Goodall Pass. I'll pay your ferry ride  ;D  Probably leave my car in Mammoth and bus to Bishop Pass TH. Dependent on snow-pack and runoff, I'm hoping for late August or early Sept this year.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on January 25, 2020, 07:48:53 PM
Randy, I've been watching the permit situation because Bishop Pass is a popular access point. I will likely reserve my permit in about a month as the six month window moves. I need to backtrack a couple miles of PCT south to touch footsteps of a previous hike. I am thinking of hitting the trail Aug 25 and reaching Lk Edison 5 days later (~65 mi). Goodale Pass is ~600' elevation then downhill to your car. My car, 35 miles north. This time frame will enable us to make the Sept Rubicon trip. Boss will not be happy  :shaking:.
What are your thoughts?

Is anyone interested in going on either Randy's 18 mile loop or my 100 mile trek, booked solid?

Edit: I purchased my wilderness permit. Looks like there are trail quotas for Sierra National Forest also. Entry trail J61. Free as a walk up or $5.00 reserved. I didn't see regulations other than a fire permit for your stove. I don't know if bear canisters are required or whether hanging food and smellables 15' is acceptable.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/recreation/hiking/?cid=stelprdb5305553
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsbdev7_017679.pdf
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on May 20, 2020, 09:03:39 AM
Yeah, it's me again. It's looking like fording rivers and crossing snow fields will be easier this year.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snowapp/sweq.action

edit: Logistics have gotten tricky with the shutdowns. Mammoth finally opened the road to Devils Postpile but it is limited. There will be no shuttle back up to town to catch the Bishop Express. That bus and the shuttle to the trail-head are running though. I am dreading the 8 mile walk up the mountain road to the ski lodge. The permit will be sent by email this year. No need to pick up in person  :thumbsup:
I've hiked halfway around Tahoe now, 86 miles to go!

EDIT 8/7: Cancelled JMT for this year. 47 miles remaining to complete the Tahoe Rim Trail (2 sections)
EDIT 10/13: 24 Miles remaining of 165 Tahoe Rim Trail (1 section) No overnight camping until 11/30
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: The Bear Whisperer on September 07, 2020, 11:56:51 AM
Glad I put this hike off. I may have been in the thick of this.

UPDATE 9/7/20 Big News from Forest Service--the Inyo and other National Forests are CLOSED due to fire danger!
Forest Service Temporarily Closes Southern California National Forests, Adds Prohibitions in Others
VALLEJO, Calif., September 7, 2020 – Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit. Due to these conditions, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing the following temporary closures and fire restrictions to provide for public safety and reduce the potential for human caused fire starts. They will go into effect at 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on Monday, September 7, 2020, and will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.
1. Closure of the following National Forests: Stanislaus National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, Inyo National Forest, Los Padres National Forest, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, and Cleveland National Forest.
2. Prohibition of the use of any ignition source on all National Forest System lands (campfires, gas stoves, etc.) throughout California.
3. Closure of all developed campgrounds and day-use sites on National Forests in California.
“The wildfire situation throughout California is dangerous and must be taken seriously. Existing fires are displaying extreme fire behavior, new fire starts are likely, weather conditions are worsening, and we simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. “We are bringing every resource to bear nationally and internationally to fight these fires, but until conditions improve, and we are confident that National Forest visitors can recreate safely, the priority is always to protect the public and our firefighters. With these extreme conditions, these temporary actions will help us do both.”
An example of extreme fire behavior is the Creek Fire on the Sierra National Forest which began on Friday Sep. 4th and grew rapidly on Saturday, Sep. 5th. The fire made a 15-mile run in a single day and burned 36,000 acres, prompting evacuations and life saving measures. The California National Guard evacuated at least 200 people from Wagner Mammoth Pool Campground and assessed them for medical needs.
The Forest Service thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding of this monumental fire threat. It is critical that all Californians and national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: timatoe on September 08, 2020, 06:59:47 AM
Yep, also a hot topic at the moment.  Rubicon is CLOSED, no ramblers trip!!
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on September 26, 2020, 07:58:49 AM
Yup, I've been up in Oregon off and on for the last 3 weeks and they got some big fires up there also. One started up right in front of us coming down I-5 in Medford on the side of the freeway! Crazy! We drove right past it before the fire trucks were even there and before they closed the freeway! Burned at least a couple miles or so. Some authorities suspect Antifa starting them. Good news is they've been getting some rain up there and things are calming down. Obviously we need some rain down here big time! This fire down here is literally burning up the entire Sierra national forest. I'm not sure, but I believe every trail down here is burned up save for maybe the Dusy! And the fire is STILL burning!  :thumbsdown: