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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:52 pm

I rub berries all over my belly. Then they come running.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:24 pm

Some haze in Kings Canyon on Friday and Saturday from distant fires, either that or smog of the likes I had never seen before. Also a few thunder clouds on Saturday, but the activity was mostly far off.

I waited by the lake below State Peak for 2 hours while the clouds passed, as I planned to bivy on the summit before doing the traverse to Marion.

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Lake below State Peak
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State Peak from the lake. I climbed the ridge on the right, which turned out to have a 4th class downclimb off a break in the ridge that I couldn't see from below.

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View of the Palisades before sunset. North Palisade the highest on the left and Split Mountain on the right. Marion Peak was my destination for Sunday, the highest peak right of center that isn't all the way in the background.

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Palisades
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Great view of Taboose Pass from where I slept.

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My bivy ledge. The rock on the left kept me from falling off.

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Bivy on State
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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby Burchey » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:26 pm

Chad, killer stuff. Jealous of all the bear action, I've yet to see one in all my travels.

Kiwi - we simul climbed for the last couple pitches on Tenaya, the guy I was with suggested it. He had climbed it several times before, my first time. Route was totally soloable. In fact, I could probably stuff your chicken legs in my pack, solo up with you on my back, and then toss you off the top with one arm. Not a very hard climb, but very scenic and a blast.

What did you climb besides your own scalded genitalia this weekend?

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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:55 pm

Burchey wrote:Jealous of all the bear action, I've yet to see one in all my travels.

Sometimes I go 1-2 years without seeing one, sometimes I see a dozen. This year so far I have those five, plus one in Horton Valley and two while driving. But I've never anything like that before... and two of them were extremely close. The first one really shocked me, as I knew I was following a bear path but assumed it had been moving the other direction and I had already passed it, because of the direction the grass was laying. Face to face... it was nice to see he was more frightened than I was. In season I wouldn't have even been able to get any rounds off.

Best place to see bears I think is anywhere off 180 or 198 on the west side of SEKI between 5000 and 9000 feet. Still... you aren't apt to see too many if you are halfway up some multi-pitch route!
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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:24 pm

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mrchad9 wrote: In season I wouldn't have even been able to get any rounds off.


I don't get this. What difference would it make if you are in a National Park in which open carry of firearms is prohibited, under State of California law, as of Jan. 1 2013?

http://www.nps.gov/seki/parkmgmt/lawsandpolicies.htm

Moreover, as far as I can tell, hunting is completely prohibited in the park, so what difference does "in season" make?

Finally, you'd hike with a handgun powerful enough to stop a black bear?

Well... firstly... I don't own a handgun that isn't powerful enough to stop a black bear. What is the point of carrying around some sissy gun?

Also... sarcasm!
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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby Burchey » Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:19 am

mk8 wrote:I have a gun that would blow there fucking heads off.


Yeah, but it never works when you want it to

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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby toxo » Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:01 am

3Deserts wrote:
Burchey wrote:Chad, killer stuff. Jealous of all the bear action...


I dunno, I'm pretty sure I heard a bunch of bear action Friday night coming from the other car at a super duper ultra secret Sierra car bivy spot.


That's not where the real action took place, fool. Who needs Pie in the Sky Cafe when the best creampies are served on Ruby Peak?

Now we gotta beat the current 13,189 ft. record.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby Daria » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:14 pm

Chad, very cool!!! With the Kings River adventure...

Reminds me when I was out there a while back many years ago doing Harrington backpacking trip overlooking Tehipite Dome (fantastic place) and I remember talking to my partner about what a wild adventure it would be to be bushwhacking down the Kings River. Wild wilderness out there and breath-takingly beautiful. Lots of bears in the west sierra, I ran into one on my way to North Guard a few summers ago-both startling each other.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby bechtt » Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:42 pm

Chad, great trip but we need more pictures and possibly a TR. I eyed that ridge from the Sierra High Route several years ago and thought it would be a decent route. Did you go to Cartridge Pass or just dropped down the southeast face of Marion?

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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby ScottHanson » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:53 am

Couple of questions Chad:
Were you wearing a trail-runner type of shoe in the river?
Did you ever slip and go down in the water for a few seconds?
Did you carry a backpack during this adventure?

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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby mrchad9 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:21 am

Thanks for the interest all. Yeah maybe I'll have to think about post some TR or abbreviated version of such soon, heading out till next week at the moment though. I'll at least get some more pics up next week.

I just dropped straight down Marion. I had erroneously wondered if there might be cliffs on the way down and that be the challenge. It wasn't! So I did the bottom six miles. Upstream of that it looks pretty mellow, at least if you take to going within the river. The brush up there isn't any easier.

I hadn't really planned this out, as in I knew I was going there but didn't read a lick about it in advance. So didn't know I'd end up wading the thing. But it was an easy decision once there. I just had regular full on leather hiking boots. They work just fine though. Lots of the river is talus, so maybe they even helped.

I never slipped, and was surprised how good the traction was. Not too slippery. Though obviously careful in the faster flowing areas. Had two hiking poles too. Only time I got wet above my waist (there were a couple deep pools) was when I jumped in.

Yeah I had a backpack. By chance a tiny dry bag for my down sweater though it wasn't needed. Also my full backpack weighed just 9.6 pounds (I always weigh it) so not like I had 30 pounds or something. I plan to write an article soon on how to go in comfort with <10 pound packs.

Ok... off to the hills!
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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby Deb » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:34 am

Skeeters, spiders and marmots - OH MY! Great time on Mt Humphreys this weekend!
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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby fedak » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:05 am

Beautiful summer conditions my ass :)
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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby tbaranski » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:25 pm

How high do they typically get and for how long? Wondering about my late-August prognosis.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra SUMMER conditions

Postby Deb » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:46 pm

They're at 12K' now but by Aug, the flurry will most likely be over. Thank goodness for 15mph winds this weekend!
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