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by DukeJH » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:13 pm

Thanks for the tip AlpineAffinity. That trip sounds awesome.

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by peladoboton » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:41 pm

i'd go for the trail that runs on the west side of the Tetons outside of Jackson Hole. its a great trail, plenty of wildlife, and if you guys get crazy there is much or as little climbing opportunity as one could handle.

afterwards there is jackson, my favorite town on earth for post-trip loitery (eat at the 'three little pigs'....love that spot!!!

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by fatdad » Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:31 pm

OK, more on point with the suggestions. I think some nice three day trips, with good class 2 or 3 summits are the following:

Mt. Lyell--nice trip up Lyell Canyon and then climb a nice glacier to the summit.
Mt. Agassiz--pretty Bishop Pass area to a summit with awesome views of the Palisades.
Red and White Mt. --pretty hiking past some great geologic features and nice lakes to a pretty mellow class 3 summit.
Mt. Winchell--good views past Temple Crag, etc.; camp at Sam Mack Meadow then cross the Palisade Glacier to a nice summit with great views.

All of the above are easy class 3 with the exception of Agassiz, which is 2. To be honest, it would be pretty hard to have a bad trip anywhere in the Sierra, particularly starting from the east side.

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by MoapaPk » Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:30 pm

OriginalPoster wrote:- Some snow is OK but glacier is not (consider her a beginner)

R.e. Lyell: Isn't this an ice-axe type climb, especially earlier in the summer? I seem to recall that people have taken big falls there on the glacier. Supposedly, if you hit the ridge lower down, the rock is more like class 3-4.

http://www.summitpost.org/route/155682/ ... acier.html
(check out "essential gear")

I've considered that hike for this summer.


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