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Postby ksolem » Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:10 am

hey Doug, I really enjoy reading your posts and appreciate your love of the wild mountains.

That sounds like a totally amazing trek. I hope you make a point of doing it.
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Postby Princess Buttercup » Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:27 am

Can't call myself "new" anymore, but still a fledgling to wild places, and am branching more and more as I can allow. Even living in Bishop, I am under the same constraints as most others, since I have the M-F jobbie. Just takes me less time to get to the trailheads.

This thread has been awesome in that it made me get out the topos again. This, a glass of wine, and some time to kill dreaming and I'm putting together trips that are probably over my head and more and more burly. This time of year is perfect, too. The crowds have gone home, the backcountry seems to be headed for hibernation and recovery from the hordes that have trampled over every inch.

Best part is, this time of year, that you don't have to go that deep in to be totally alone. I did a trip up to Honeymoon Lake, camped for 2 nights, cruising and snowshoeing through the Granite Park area to Italy Pass (over Thanksgiving weekend) and never saw a soul until I was below the high mine on the Pine Creek trail Sunday on my exit.

Only drawback (if you call it that), is carrying a heavy pack. Darn. The hordes won't do the work. Save that for the load-bearers like myself who actually enjoy hefting 50 pounds of gear and food and whiskey on my back, leaning into the hill, and moving on. Point your BOOTS UP, put your HEAD DOWN, and GO.

Can't wait to see what's over the next ridge, but if I find another fire ring full of trash, I might strangle someone.

-L 8)
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Postby Princess Buttercup » Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:45 am

FAIL: Image

WIN: Image
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Postby Princess Buttercup » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:07 am

What a pack full of 36 cans of beer looks like:

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Yeah, that was not a hard walk out.
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Postby Edgewood » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:08 am

Especially if I didn't have to lug the ...um..root beer up there!
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Re: Most remote areas in Sierra??

Postby Sam Page » Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:26 am

Sierra Ledge Rat wrote:
Kaweahs?
Great Western Divide?
Ionian Basin/Enchanted Gorge?
Goddard creek watershed?


Your photos are awesome. Each one could grace the cover of Freedom of the Hills.
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Re: Most remote areas in Sierra??

Postby dskoon » Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:33 pm

Sam Page wrote:
Sierra Ledge Rat wrote:
Kaweahs?
Great Western Divide?
Ionian Basin/Enchanted Gorge?
Goddard creek watershed?


Your photos are awesome. Each one could grace the cover of Freedom of the Hills.


Agreed. Where's that last shot of Mr. SLR? Beautiful.
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Re: Most remote areas in Sierra??

Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:00 pm

Sam Page wrote:Your photos are awesome. Each one could grace the cover of Freedom of the Hills.


Thanks dude!!!!!!!!!!!!

dskoon wrote:Where's that last shot of Mr. SLR? Beautiful.


South ridge of Mount Ericsson on the Kings-Kern Divide, looking SW towards the Great Western Divide and Milestone Mountain.
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Postby dskoon » Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:18 pm

Very nice. Thanks.
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Re: Most remote areas in Sierra??

Postby peninsula » Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:12 pm

dskoon wrote:
Sam Page wrote:
Sierra Ledge Rat wrote:
Kaweahs?
Great Western Divide?
Ionian Basin/Enchanted Gorge?
Goddard creek watershed?


Your photos are awesome. Each one could grace the cover of Freedom of the Hills.


Agreed. Where's that last shot of Mr. SLR? Beautiful.


I'll second Ionian Basin, but it is not all that spectacular a location in my opinion, unlike the Kaweahs... really spectacular and remote. The Great Western Divide is less remote (at least not if entering via Shepherd Pass), but having been on both sides, it is a very nice area. Have not been to Goddard, and it definitely looks remote. Is it worth the effort for any of those having done Goddard?

Not on the list, beautiful and remote as goes location, is the Dumbbell Lakes Basin.
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Postby Princess Buttercup » Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:22 pm

Best part about Goddard was going through the EVO Basin to get there. It's mostly just a rock slog on the ridge, but the scramble up Starr's Route was fun.

Lots of water faucets:
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Cool and easy ridges:
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And perfect vistas (my friend Charles):
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I'd like to head back when the air is a little more clear, but there are just so many OTHER things to do in that area, I think I've got some work to do, first. Enjoy.

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