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Longest Recorded Alpine Ridge Traverse

Postby colinr » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:21 am

A new report, Convoluted Bliss, is up on https://peaksforfreaks.blogspot.com. Eight days of scrambling, climbing, and hiking in the high country of Yosemite resulted in successful completion of the longest recorded alpine ridge traverse in the United States. An in depth report on a traverse of the peaks encircling the Merced River drainage (Cathedral Range, Isberg Divide, and Clark Range) is posted by Eric Su here: https://peaksforfreaks.blogspot.com/2017/08/convoluted-bliss.html

This distance felt about ideal by the end given no zero days, but
if you prefer a longer adventure, masochists will spot ways more peaks could be added to lengthen the trip. :lol:

I wonder what else similar and manageable in the Sierra is being mapped out with serious consideration in mind. More adventures await!
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Re: Longest Recorded Alpine Ridge Traverse

Postby Jesus Malverde » Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:39 pm

Colin,
Congrats! That is a fantastic accomplishment. Inspirational.
As the wiseman Hebest once said: "I like big projects!" :)
Now for rest, recupe and planning the next Big One.
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Re: Longest Recorded Alpine Ridge Traverse

Postby Romain » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:25 pm

Saw your summit register entries in the 4 major peaks of the Clark Range when I was there a few days after you. I had wondered what "Convoluted Bliss" was. Now I know... Strong work!
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Re: Longest Recorded Alpine Ridge Traverse

Postby awilsondc » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:20 pm

Whoa! That's seriously bad ***!!! One of the best link ups I've seen. That must have been fun, challenging, and rewarding with a bit of suffering thrown in the mix as well. A lifelong memory for sure, nice work!
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Re: Longest Recorded Alpine Ridge Traverse

Postby colinr » Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:10 pm

Thanks y'all! Indeed a grand mixture of experiences that I will always remember with a smile.

Romain wrote:Saw your summit register entries in the 4 major peaks of the Clark Range when I was there a few days after you. I had wondered what "Convoluted Bliss" was. Now I know... Strong work!


Romain,
I'm glad to help solve the mystery.

I just found your trip report link in the summit log; looks like you put a big adventure together yourself! Ottoway Lakes area is indeed a gem. As far as hiking/scrambling along the ridge in the Clark Range, I found the ascent up Gray Peak onward to Clark to be a highlight. Red Peak and the loose class 2 just north of it were tedious. Your partner's journaling was an entertaining addition. He had me chuckling here!
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Re: Longest Recorded Alpine Ridge Traverse

Postby Vitaliy M. » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:48 pm

Cool looking adventure. The longest alpine traverse I have done was the traverse of all peaks from Piute pass to Bishop pass. About 25+ named and unnamed 13ers (Full Evolution Crest) with technical difficulties to about 5.9 in the harder spots. Shorter in distance but much more 'alpine' in character. First ascent was done over 8 days on the ridge proper with cached food/fuel. I believe mine was the third overall ascent and first solo of it. 3 days car to car carrying all gear. Greatest personal physical challenge I have had and a great route!
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Re: Longest Recorded Alpine Ridge Traverse

Postby Yury » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:20 pm

Now we know what's required to get Vitaly out of his Summitpost retirement.
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Re: Longest Recorded Alpine Ridge Traverse

Postby Vitaliy M. » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:59 pm

Haha, I was stopping by for some CA conditions updates and saw this. A very cool and very original adventures are nice to read about. Blog post is very good. :)
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