Charybdis seen from camp in the Ionian Basin in September. One of my favorite scrambles and a fine looking peak too!
on Feb 17, 2013 6:28 am
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Marcsoltan - Feb 17, 2013 10:27 am - Voted 10/10


Where have been hiding this beauty, Chad?


mrchad9 - Feb 17, 2013 10:55 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow!

In my back pocket!

Actually it was the best of a really enjoyable 4 day Labor Day weekend. Managed to climb 9 peaks including Charybdis during the trip... it took me two weeks to recover!
Thanks Marc!


boyblue - Feb 17, 2013 11:36 am - Voted 10/10


Surrounded by giants- one of the hidden gems of the Sierra. When's the trip report, mrchad? :-)


mrchad9 - Feb 17, 2013 12:37 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Superb!

Yeah... this remote area was on my to-do list for a long time. Ionian Basin met high expectations.

I don't know if I have time for a trip repost, but I suppose it's worth considering ;-) Actually I did get into some sketchy conditions coming down the east side of Mount Huxley, was too far to the north (I'd ascended the west). I was way too stubborn to climb up and after several progressively difficult moves with a full pack I ran into a dead end 20 feet above the talus. I actually considered throwing my pack down and jumping onto it... for far too long. More sketchy moves continued and body recovery was averted.

Thanks Gordon!


boyblue - Feb 17, 2013 1:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Superb!

Yeah, those 'what ifs' can really slow down a mountaineers progress, but 20 feet does seem like a long drop even onto a soft pack.

I'll give you a 9/10 for this 'mini TR'. For a 10/10, I'll need to see more pictures. ;-)


lcarreau - Feb 17, 2013 8:51 pm - Voted 10/10

Charybdis ...

In Greek mythology, Charybdis was once the daughter of Poseidon, assuming the form of a huge bladder of a creature whose face is all mouth and whose arms and legs are flippers ...

Hmmm, it all sounds Greek to me. Nice picture!


mrchad9 - Feb 17, 2013 11:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Charybdis ...

Well I didn't see Charybdis, Poseidon, or even a mermaid. I'd have offered her some Mountain House, but I struck out.

Thanks lcarreau!

Vitaliy M.

Vitaliy M. - Feb 18, 2013 1:33 am - Voted 10/10

Pretty peak!

Too bad I missed out on that trip.


mrchad9 - Feb 18, 2013 3:29 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Pretty peak!

Very remote feeling there too. Gotta like an area where even the largest lakes are unnamed!


Noondueler - Feb 19, 2013 1:06 pm - Voted 10/10

Out fricking standing!

What a fine back country shot Chad!


mrchad9 - Feb 19, 2013 1:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Out fricking standing!

Thank you Noondueler. Being in the right place at the right time with a point and shoot works wonders. It helps to be exposed to the backcountry a lot too!



gimpilator - Feb 19, 2013 10:42 pm - Voted 10/10


It's a wonderful composition. Well done!


mrchad9 - Feb 20, 2013 11:51 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Outstanding

A stormy afternoon paid out... I love the bad weather when it is brief. Thanks gimpilator!

Alberto Rampini

Alberto Rampini - Feb 20, 2013 11:14 am - Voted 10/10

Great picture, Chad!

My congrats.


mrchad9 - Feb 20, 2013 11:52 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great picture, Chad!

Thanks so much Alberto. It was a great trip too!


rmac10 - Sep 16, 2013 2:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Ionian Basin

I regret I never made this trip! I'd think this is one of the most remote areas in the Sierra high country--along with Kaweah Basin.


mrchad9 - Sep 17, 2013 5:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Ionian Basin

I agree. Beautiful spot and dozens of unnamed lakes in every direction!

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