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Mount McDuffie via Ladder Lake

Postby Pantilat » Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:15 am

On the last weekend before wintry conditions arrived in the Sierra I did an adventure run to Mount McDuffie along the Black Divide via South Lake/Bishop Pass and gorgeous Ladder Lake. Despite a seemingly interminable traverse along rather loose slopes that takes much time and effort, the commanding view of the Palisades to the east and the Ionian area to the North more than compensates. A summit register was placed at the summit in August 2008 and features very few entries, including only one prior entry for 2011. A few favorite shots are below and many more photos are located here.

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The Citadel reflects in Ladder Lake

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Best efforts on this annotated image - I'm sure the Sierra veterans will have some corrections!

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Ladder Lake in the morning with nice new snow on the slopes

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View from slopes below Black Divide

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Typical evening shot of the Palisades from tarn along trail

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Layers of Ladder Lake with Norman Clyde and Middle palisade in the far distance

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Turquoise and blue

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Devils Crag and Wheel Mountain

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Total roundtrip time was just over 14.5 hrs starting at 4:40 am and finishing at 7:15 pm. I reached the summit in 6:37 and enjoyed the view for nearly 30 minutes. On the way back I spent quite a bit of time at Ladder Lake for photography and to take in the amazing setting as much as possible considering how short the days are this time of year.
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Re: Mount McDuffie via Ladder Lake

Postby mrchad9 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:37 am

VERY well done labeled shot there. I'm impressed. No corrections, but I believe Cardinal Mtn is under the v in Observation, and the peak furthest right looks like Striped Mountain.

Very nice!
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Re: Mount McDuffie via Ladder Lake

Postby Vitaliy M. » Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:04 am

Great post, thank you for sharing. Love the quality of your photos.
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Re: Mount McDuffie via Ladder Lake

Postby Shane Rathbun » Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:20 am

Very nice photos
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Re: Mount McDuffie via Ladder Lake

Postby Denjem » Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:08 pm

These are the kinds of posts that will bring the quality of Summitpost back up. Good job!
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Re: Mount McDuffie via Ladder Lake

Postby artrock23 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:39 am

Beautiful photos... thanks for posting!
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Re: Mount McDuffie via Ladder Lake

Postby Blair » Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:15 am

Very nice. Dont hear or see much out of Ladder lake, this is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

I have always been interested in this small nook in the great sierra
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Re: Mount McDuffie via Ladder Lake

Postby ScottHanson » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:22 pm

Great pics of a beautiful area. Curious, how deep was Middle Fork Kings where you crossed? And what was min temp during your trip?
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Re: Mount McDuffie via Ladder Lake

Postby Pantilat » Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:48 pm

Thanks for the comments!

Scott: I was able to rock hop across the Middle Fork Kings on the way out and took my shoes off on the way back for a quick crossing no deeper than mid-calf. It's obviously deeper and swifter earlier in the season. The minimum temp was probably at Bishop Pass pre-dawn in the low 20s.
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Re: Mount McDuffie via Ladder Lake

Postby RoryKuykendall » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:25 am

Bump for being awesome.
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