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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Burchey » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:07 pm

Not in on the backstory - was his original neck injury from climbing?
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Luciano136 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:09 pm

Burchey wrote:Not in on the backstory - was his original neck injury from climbing?


Severe car accident.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby MoapaPk » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:39 pm

Any more (discreet) info on the accident? Supertopo gives
"There were 3 reconnaissance flights in the beginning.
Then 2 flights to lower two rescue medics.
Then 1 flight to hoist the injured.
Then 2 more flights to hoist the 2 remaining rescue medics back to LZ.
Then one more flight for CHP to go back home to Sacramento ....."

And that's it so far. I'm not an ST habitue, so I won't track this. A person came out in a rescue basket, but that procedure seems to be normal, even for someone who has just sprained an ankle or awakened from a concussion.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby kevin trieu » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:55 pm

ROL wrote:Geezus, all this postholing/snowshoeing nonsense. Just learn to X-C (ski) and be happy (in your work).


or skiyaking!

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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Deb » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:36 pm

He was climbing Braille and took a lead fall; broke 3 vertebrae, According to a mutual friend.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Vitaliy M. » Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:00 pm

Deb wrote:He was climbing Braille and took a lead fall; broke 3 vertebrae, According to a mutual friend.


Braille Book??? Must of been on Sunday or something. I did NE Buttress of Higher Cathedral (11 pitch 5.9 on the same formation as Braille Book) and Reg Route of Higher Cathedral Spire (5 pitch 5.9 right across from Braille Book) on Saturday, and didn't notice a helicopter. Maybe they flew in when we were taking an hour break on the summit of Higher Cathedral....anyway, hope he recovers quick.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Burchey » Wed May 01, 2013 12:26 am

Man, this poor guy can't catch a break. Hopefully it's just some minor chipping of the bone or something.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Princess Buttercup » Wed May 01, 2013 3:59 pm

For those interested in the northern end of the Whites:

I had patients in the northern end of Hwy 6 yesterday, so I took a chance in the afternoon to see how the Queen Mine Road was looking. Well, it's completely clear, the usual rough-stuff above the lower buildings/mine, but I was able to get the TOF to the upper mine at 9200ft without much problem. The road and trail above is also completely clear (save for exactly three rapidly melting and small drifts on the trail). A 4WD w/ clearance will definitely get you to the saddle at 9700ft without much effort.

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Trail Canyon from where the Queen Mine trail crests the ridge:

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Queen Canyon from the same spot:

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Last time I was up here was my first trail hike after my knee surgery, and it's steep but then levels out across the ridge as you head to Trail Canyon Saddle.

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Little tiny flowers are out (who knew the iPhone does a decent macro??):

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Now, as for Boundary, well, it's dry. I couldn't see the final ramp to the summit, but since it's south-facing, I'd extrapolate that it's the normal sand-slog.

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Gorgeous light as I headed for home.

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All workouts should be this cool.

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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby ScottHanson » Wed May 01, 2013 5:43 pm

Laura,
You have the best job in the world. Make a few dollars in the morning, then go for a gorgeous drive on mountains roads in the afternoon. I just have one question, why doesn't everyone leave Los Angeles and move to Bishop?
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby toxo » Wed May 01, 2013 6:35 pm

ScottHanson wrote:Laura,
You have the best job in the world. Make a few dollars in the morning, then go for a gorgeous drive on mountains roads in the afternoon. I just have one question, why doesn't everyone leave Los Angeles and move to Bishop?


No science/research jobs, that's why.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Daria » Wed May 01, 2013 7:11 pm

ScottHanson wrote:Laura,
why doesn't everyone leave Los Angeles and move to Bishop?


thats what I did :)

nice work out hike up Kid Mountain 10 minutes from where I live this Monday 4.5 hours roundtrip:

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plus, I got a new hat:


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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Luciano136 » Wed May 01, 2013 7:43 pm

ScottHanson wrote:I just have one question, why doesn't everyone leave Los Angeles and move to Bishop?


J O B would be the main reason for sure :).
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby MoapaPk » Wed May 01, 2013 7:59 pm

Nice hat Darija, but it looks suspiciously like that aerogel cooler.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Burchey » Wed May 01, 2013 8:07 pm

toxo wrote:
ScottHanson wrote:Laura,
You have the best job in the world. Make a few dollars in the morning, then go for a gorgeous drive on mountains roads in the afternoon. I just have one question, why doesn't everyone leave Los Angeles and move to Bishop?


No science/research jobs, that's why.


There are other kinds of research jobs.

You can surf the web, researching your interwebenemies, where they worked in 2005, if they even exist, or have been to Lee Vining Canyon.

All kinds of research can be done from up there. You just have to know how to do it.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Princess Buttercup » Wed May 01, 2013 8:38 pm

ScottHanson wrote:Laura,
You have the best job in the world. Make a few dollars in the morning, then go for a gorgeous drive on mountains roads in the afternoon. I just have one question, why doesn't everyone leave Los Angeles and move to Bishop?


Aw, thanks, Scott! :D Yes, I do still pinch myself every morning. My schedule isn't always so kind, as referrals come in at random and I adjust accordingly. I'm also lucky that a few bucks less here and there (like yesterday having one patient cancel and another not be at home and only working 4 hours) won't break me, and I can still pay my own bills.

Getting back into really good shape is going to be a challenge, but one to which I really look forward. I'm really fortunate and thankful that my profession allows some flexibility (like charting at home at night).

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