by gwave47 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:08 pm
by WyomingSummits » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:21 am
by gwave47 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:20 am
by Tonka » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:52 am
by WyomingSummits » Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:41 pm
Tonka wrote:It's like reality Summitpost.
by splattski » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:18 pm
by Woodswalker » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:09 pm
by WyomingSummits » Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:42 pm
by gwave47 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:08 am
by gwave47 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:49 am
by WyomingSummits » Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:04 am
gwave47 wrote:I wasn't up for going back in. Lack of gear (all my camping gear), wet boots (which led to blistered feet), fatigue. We had just completed a 20 hour day. WyomingSummits, you keep harping on this 0 degree bag thing. It was about 25 degrees up there that night, I wasn't hot at all, of course I also was only zipped 3/4 of the way. I looked at your summits, you have no experience in that area, hence why you never received info from me. That was my third time on this route, well technically we went off route this time, and I couldn't distinguish ridgelines to find our camp. The last thing I want is someone not familiar with the area getting themselves lost or hurt up there, because they don't realize what they are getting themselves into. Not that I need to justify myself to you, but both bags were mine. I was using the 0 degree, because he needed to borrow my 20 degree, because all he had was a 35-40 degree. I hope that suits you.
For everyone else. If you know anything about the area, they had a big snow year. Where there is usually two or three snow crossings around the skytop lakes, there were dozens this year. The guy that went with me didn't have an axe, crampons, microspikes, basically anything for an angled snow crossing. Many of those snow crossings drop right into the sky top lakes. He also had no experience with snow travel (he's an awesome rock climber, but mountaineering, snow travel, and multi-day backpacking trips are new to him). I asked if he felt comfortable going left around the sky top lakes (staying on route) and doing the snow crossings, or if he wanted to go right and head up into the ridges (lot of up and down hiking) and come out behind the lakes. I've actually gone each way once before, but we didn't camp in the ridges, we had set up on one of the lakes on route. He said he didn't feel comfortable and wanted to go right. We got up into the ridges a few hundred yards right of the lake. I wanted to push on until we reached the meetup with the trail at the back end of the lakes, but he ran out of steam and asked that we set up camp. We set up on a small pond, in the ridges. The next morning we headed up and came down around 5pm. We were in the ridges for 2 hours, up and down, up and down, but kept missing our pond. Eventually around 7pm, we decided that we'd have to commit to the tent, in which case it would be well below freezing with no shelter or insulation if we missed it, or we could commit to hiking out and get around the rock hopping on the lakes before the sun fell. Of course most of the gear was mine, so it wasn't of the same concern to him as it was to me, but we both decided to ditch the gear and hike out. I'm glad we left when we did, route finding was extremely difficult in the dark and we made it back to the car at 3:30 am. At first I said the hell with it, but then I figured if someone else "who knows what they're doing" is already going to be in the area, I might as well see if they want to bring some stuff out and get paid for it.
by stromboli » Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:56 am
by jeep1212 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:25 am
by WyomingSummits » Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:41 am
jeep1212 wrote:I'll be there Friday. There is alot of traffic in that area this time of year. I can't imagine it'll still be there.
by workmanflock » Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:58 am
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