Skeeters in the Sierra 2009*

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by josephgdawson » Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:07 pm

The Skeets were terrible this weekend on the Pine Creek Trail. I can't say DEET encouraged them, but running was the most effective deterrent.

They were not so bad on the Horton Lake Trail. Hell, they did not even bother me midday at Horton Lake.

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by Bob Burd » Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:20 am

Still bad on the west side yesterday in Blackcap Basin and environs. They would swarm when I stopped to take sand out of my shoe or pause for any reason. The more aggressive ones would attack while hiking. Two applications of DEET through the day weren't enough.

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by EManBevHills » Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:31 am

Many years back we noticed a slothiness in Adirondack toads. Wonder if it's the same issue?

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by Brian Frederick » Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:13 am

Maybe us hordes of DEET wearing blood meals are selecting for DEET resistant Mosquitos. Only the ones that get by it can feed and breed. Eventually only NOT wearing DEET will keep them away

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by birdhead » Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:53 am

I was at Grass Lake near Meysan Lake at the beginning of July and the mosquitos were not too bad there - only a problem in the evening by the water.

I was at Charlotte Lake last week and they are pretty bad in some areas. We had to completely cover up to avoid them. Vidette Meadow is also gnarly, especially by Bubbs Creek, but that probably comes as no surprise.

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by MoabPeakBagger » Sun Jul 26, 2009 12:10 am

slowgold1503 wrote:No mosquitos at Martha Lake, though.

That's because Martha is possibly the center of the spiritual and metaphysical universe. What an amazing place.

Skeeters are god-awful at Lake Edison and trails up that way (Mono Creek, Bear Ridge Trl, PCT near Mono crossing, etc.). Rough, but not as bad in Bear Creek drainage. Manageable up the Hilgard Branch. Non-existent up at Lake Italy. :D

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by mtndonkey » Sun Jul 26, 2009 6:01 pm

Just got back from Grass Lake in the Meysan Lakes area and the skeeters were pretty bad. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being unbearable, I would give it an 8. There were out at all hours and obviously especially bad at dusk. Meysan Lake wasn't too bad at all from what we experienced.

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by Blair » Sun Jul 26, 2009 6:40 pm

Rock Creek- Ruby Lake was 4 out of 10 on the 'kill me now' scale. Not too bad at all. It is survivable for sure.

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by EManBevHills » Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:24 am

Only near the Lakes en route to Langley from Horseshoe Meadows.
Sure glad I had my nerd 'skeeter headgear. They were lining up to bite me through my antique Capilene!

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by rhyang » Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:35 am

Headed up to look at the approach to Conness' west ridge this morning - the mosquitoes were out in force and hungry !! It was pretty marshy in places so this isn't really unexpected ..

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by myles » Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:06 pm

Pine Creek was still swarming with 'em last week, but Royce Lakes was fine.

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by Misha » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:48 am

Skeeters were moderately present in Lyell Canyon on Saturday.

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by hikin_jim » Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:23 am

Mineral King 7/17 & 21 - Minimal
Redwood Meadow 7/18 - Minimal
Hamilton Lake 7/19 - Moderate
Kaweah Gap 7/19 - Moderate
Upper Big Arroyo 7/19 - Moderate
Old Patrol Cabin in Big Arroyo 7/19 - Bad
Little Five Lakes 7/20 - Bad
Big Five Lakes 7/20 - Moderate
Lost Creek 7/21 - Moderate
Columbine Lake 7/22 - Moderate

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by Scott M. » Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:42 am

Last weekend:
Red Lake - minimal
Upper Basin to Taboose Pass - moderate
Taboose Pass down - minimal


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