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Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
JMT- on 03/26/2009 17:47:28 MDT Print View

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August 15, 2007

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Alger Lakes on 03/27/2009 09:41:01 MDT Print View

I'll be back up there in late June this summer. We'll do a side trip to the B24 plane wreck west of the pass, too.

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
alger lakes on 03/27/2009 10:20:32 MDT Print View

man, been a loong time...

was last there on a boy scout 50 miler - maybe 1978 or 1979

we camped on that peninsula between the lakes

horrible, horrible winds that day - coming up koip peak pass some of the gusts knocked kids over, maybe gusting up to 80mph

dad still caught a few golden trout for dinner - i tried for a bit, but the bitter cold wind discouraged me back to camp, where everyone else was hunkered down

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
winds on 03/27/2009 10:40:10 MDT Print View

That pass is prone to windy conditions, I think. In 1991 or 1992 I was there on a solo JMT on the same route, and I recall having to camp north of the pass due to stormy conditions. At night I had to support the tent poles frequently, as the gusts pushed them down into my face. The old 1988 model Meteor Light tent held up, though.

Next morning, I went over the pass, wearing all my gear and looking a lot like in that avatar on the left, except with hood fully closed, gloves, etc - all that in late June. By the time I got to Reds Meadows later that day, it was snowing hard all the way down to the valley floor.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
scanned some more on 03/29/2009 09:01:10 MDT Print View

got day 2 and day 3 of the 1990 trip done; day 4 is almost complete, too.

From Day 3 - heading south from Reds Meadows towards Fish Creek along the river, bypassing the JMT again in an area that now looks very different after the Rainbow fires. I prefer this route quite a bit over the regular JMT, even though it lost quite a bit of its attraction after the fire. Last summer this trail was poorly maintained and overgrown in the burn zone. Once we got out to the open granit slab area, though, it was just as great as back in 1990



On Day 4 of the hike we started near Marsh Lake, heading towards Goodale Pass following the valley west of Fish Creek. After days of storms, the ground was saturated with moisture and the warm sun on this eastern exposed valley made for some great atmosphere, plus, we were completely alone for the entire day again

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Dark Clouds on Muir Pass on 04/01/2009 12:41:39 MDT Print View

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Selden Pass on 04/01/2009 12:46:18 MDT Print View

seen from Marie Lakes - Selden Pass is the notch in the middle

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Evolution Valley on 04/01/2009 12:48:10 MDT Print View

Big clouds building early

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Camp high in Le Conte Canyon on 04/01/2009 12:53:18 MDT Print View

the dark clouds above Muir Pass were gone by 8pm - we found a ledge in the narrow upper Le Conte Canyon to pitch the tent. No tree to hang food - didn't sleep well but no bears. Bear canisters are a great invention when it comes to sleeping well in places like this

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Goddard Divide on 04/01/2009 13:03:58 MDT Print View

Not how you want to see these mountains while you are heading higher up the trail. This is somehwere before you get to Wanda Lake north of Muir Pass

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
What is this? on 04/01/2009 13:06:54 MDT Print View

Saw this in the woods south of Reds Meadows in 1990, in the area where years later the Rainbow Fire destroyed everything. If I remember correctly it was something like a mushroom, but I'm not sure. It definitely wasn't a flower.
It was pretty big as the boot on the left shows, and it grew in a very dark place.



did a little digging - and found it! "Calvatia sculpta"

http://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Calvatia_sculpta.html

Edited by Fishmonger on 04/01/2009 13:39:38 MDT.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Mt Tyndall and Mt Williamson on 04/02/2009 07:52:41 MDT Print View

From Bighorn Plateau after sunset

Edited by Fishmonger on 04/07/2009 08:49:38 MDT.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Kritter cam on 04/03/2009 09:28:47 MDT Print View

Near the Taboose Pass intersection between Mather and Pinchot passes

Edited by Fishmonger on 04/07/2009 08:53:04 MDT.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Sky on fire on 04/06/2009 09:58:27 MDT Print View

Sierra Wave at sunset, from Palisade Lakes towards Middle Palisade, July 1990

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Bighorn Plateau on 04/07/2009 08:03:46 MDT Print View

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
More critters on 04/07/2009 08:57:20 MDT Print View

on the pass just north of Iva Bell Hot Springs in Fish Valley, JMT alternate route, July 2008

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Smaller stuff along the trail on 04/08/2009 08:21:33 MDT Print View

Edited by Fishmonger on 04/09/2009 08:13:50 MDT.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Sunrise Great Western Divide on 04/09/2009 08:07:08 MDT Print View

from the JMT on Bighorn Plateau, 1990

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Dusk above Half Dome on 04/10/2009 08:06:24 MDT Print View

Seen from the summit of Clouds Rest, one of my favorite alternate routes on the JMT (this adds very little distance over a rather bland forest route below).

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
JMT- Late Night Cocktails on 04/11/2009 01:05:32 MDT Print View

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Rae Lakes


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Evolution


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Yogi visits our camp.

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Beach front property!!


-Jay w/ Crown Royal

Edited by Creachen on 04/11/2009 01:06:43 MDT.