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Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls on 04/25/2009 02:21:38 MDT Print View

2 Days & 2 Nights
April 17th-19th 2009
6.3 Miles One Way, 12.6 Miles In & Out
Tom Harrison Maps: Hetch Hetchy Trail Map
Trail Head: O'Shaughnessy Dam Grids 03-04 & 54-55
Daytime Temperatures: 80-85 Degrees F
Nighttime Temperatures: 35-40 Degrees F

BPLer's Gathering of Gear Geeks

Hetch Hetchy Backpackers Overnight Campsite

Arriving on Friday late afternoon, we were surprised to find that all of the permits for the day for Rancheria Falls campsite had been taken. We drove to back out to a local store and found an internet connection and quickly posted an urgent message on the BPL site to tell others to come up ASAP or risk not having a permit to camp at Rancheria Falls Campsite on Saturday. We stayed overnight at the Backpacker's Campsite at the trail head. $5 per person per night. A ranger checked to make sure that we paid our money early the next morning. There were some 15 or so sites, each able to comfortably allow for two tents. Each had a bear box to store food and a picnic bench. Clean running water, toilets, and wash basin were available.

Jeremy's Camp Sandles I

Jeremy's Home Made Camp Sandal

Jeremy's Camp Sandals II

Sandal Made from Shoe Insole and Kelty Tripstease Line

Ken on a Box

Ken Killing Time with Beers from the Local Country Store

Jeremy Preparing Dinner

Jeremy Preparing for his Boil in a Bag Dinner by Filling His 550 ML Ti Mug from a 4 Liter Playtpus Water Tank

GramCracker - Titanium Solid Fuel Kit

Jeremy using the 0.2 oz GramCracker - Titanium Solid Fuel Stove for the first time. TrailDesigns Ti-Tri Caldera Cone in the background. We found that squirting a few drops of alcohol hand sanitizer on the esbit fuel tablet served as a nice fire starter to help ignite the tablet and reduce the amount of fuel used by the lighter to get the tablet burning.

Bob's Serenity Net Tent

Bob's Six Moon Designs 7.0 oz Serenity Net Tent, which is designed to be used as a stand alone bug shelter or with the Gatewood Cape. Golite Ultra 20 1 lb 3 oz Quilt inside.

Meal, Drinks, and Sunset

Ken, Jeremy, and Bob enjoying the Sunset with a good meal, drink, and conversation

Night Time View of the Tunnel to the Trail Head at O'Shaughnessy Dam

Night Time View of the Tunnel to the Trail Head at O'Shaughnessy Dam

Ken Sleeping out on his Virga

Ken Sleeping out in his Western Mountaineering Ultralite using his Virga Tarptent as a ground cloth

Jeremy Preparing for Breakfast

Jeremy Preparing for Breakfast. Solo Bear Vault on the end of the table. Yellow eVent Mountain Laurel Designs Soul Side Zip Bivy with Marmot Atom 40 F 1 lb sleeping bag. MLD Superlight bivy with Golite Ultra 20 quilt in the background. Golite Jam2 pack on the picnic table.

Tony Out in the Sun

Tony Greets the Sun while Drying the Condensation from his Bivy and Sleeping Bag

Walking Through the Day Hikers Parking Lot

Walking Through the Day Vistor's Parking Lot.
First View of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which is the drinking water source for San Francisco.

Walking Across O'Shaughnessy Dam

Walking Across O'Shaughnessy Dam, elevation 3815 ft.

The Whole View of the Resevoir

The Journey that Awaits
Wapama Falls in the Distance
Hetch Hetchy Dome lies to the Right of Wapama Falls

Short Tunnel to Trail Head

Short Tunnel to the Trail Head
This tunnel starts on the Northern End of O'SHaughnessy Dam and cuts into the mountainside to exit out to the trail head
Cameron in the lead with Jeremy following

Heading Up and Out onto the Trail

Heading Up and Out onto the Trail
Due to snow, April is about the earliest that you can venture out here. This may have been the first weekend that the trail was open. Rancheria Falls is the most popular destination for backpackers at Hetch Hetchy due to its relatively low elevation and easy access.
The elevation gain from O'Shaughnessy Dam to Rancheria Falls Campsite is only 835 ft.

According to the TOPO! Yosemite program, it is 5.9 miles from the dam to Rancheria Creek, 2543' total ascent, 1641' total descent, 893 net ascent. (Information graciously provided by Bob)

Bob Passing Along on the Trail

Bob Passing Along on the Trail
Bob is sporting a Wild Ideas Bearikade food canister on top of his pack, which is a composite material cylinder with what looks like aircraft aluminum ends. It is the lightest bear canister that you can buy that is approved for use in the Sierras.

Note: Bob has an interesting solution to the problem of having the bear canister sucking up valuable space inside of his pack. He simply puts all of his food in a stuff sack in his pack and straps the empty bear canister on top of his pack so that his load is not top heavy, if the food was in the canister.

Full View of the Dam

Full View of the Dam
Low Water Line, effects of years of drought

Cameron with Mariposa Pack

Cameron Sporting a Rarely Seen BPL Merino Wool Hoody with sleeves rolled up and Gossamer Gear Mariposa Pack

Gentle Bend in the Trail

Gentle Bend in the Trail

Tueeulala Falls

Tueeulala Falls

Cameron's Tueeulala Falls

Tueelala Falls
Photos Courtesy of Cameron

Bob Pounding Through the Rocky Trail

Bob Pounding Through the Rocky Trail

Cameron Taking in the View

Cameron Taking in the View

Moving Along the Edge

Moving Along the Edge of the Resevoir

Got Poles?

Anyone Got Hiking Poles?
Jeremy is sporting a Mountain Laurel Design Small Size 2009 Exodus Pack with MLD 0.65 oz Bottle Pocket on his Shoulder Strap

Tony & Jeremy

Rare Photo of Tony & Jeremy Together
Tony is wearing his trusty super dorky Sunday Afternoon Hat, sporting a Golite Jam2 Pack with Gossamer Gear 2.0 oz Thinlight Sleeping Pad strapped on the side of the pack

Photo Courtesy of Cameron

Crossing the First Bridge of Wapama Falls

Crossing the First Bridge of Wapama Falls

Contrast in Elevation

Contrast in Elevation

Wapama Falls

Wapama Falls

Denis's Wapama Falls

Wapama Falls II
Photo Courtesy of Denis

Water Under the Bridge

Water Under the Bridge
The water source for Wapama Falls is Lake Vernon at 6564 ft of elevation that is North East of the Falls and is accessible 1.0 mile from the trail head by taking a series of switchbacks North where the trail splits

*See other photo essay on Hetch Hetchy & Lake Vernon

The Many Paths of Water

The Many Paths of Water

View from the Bridge

View from the Bridge Looking East
Photo Courtesy of Denis

Three Bridges to Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Three Bridges to Somewhere on the other side of the Rainbow
Wapama Falls is the most popular destination for day hikers visiting Hetch Hetchy Resevoir
In wetter times, walking across these bridges would leave you soaked to the bone from the powerful mist from the water pounding on the granite boulders below the falls

Cameron Crossing

Cameron Coming Across the Bridge and Having Enjoyed a Cool Mist

Wapama Falls Draining into Hetch Hetchy

Wapama Falls Draining into Hetch Hetchy

Back on the Trail

Back on the Trail

Water Break with Frontier Pro

Jeremy take a water break with the Aquamira Frontier Pro
Jeremy is using a disposable plastic water bottle and filling it up with water from the falls and attaching the 1.97 oz Frontier Pro to it

Kolana Rock

Kolana Rock
Elevation 5772 ft

Grazing Back at Wapama Falls

Gazing Back at Wapama Falls
Photo Courtesy of Cameron

Anthony Weston

Running into fellow BPLer, Anthony, who drove 6 hours from Los Angeles to do an overnighter at Rancheria Falls Campsite. We ran into him as he was hiking out. Apparently, he had to work the next day, Sunday.
Unfortunately, since we could not get permits the day before, we missed being able to spend time with him on this trip

Looking back at Kolana Rock

Looking back at Kolana Rock

In Sight of Snow

In Sight of Snow

Granite, Mud, and Grass

Granite, Mud, and Grass
Jeremy, Cameron, Bob, and Ken

Sharing the Journey

Sharing the Journey

Serene Elementals on the Trail

Serene Elementals on the Trail

Not a Bad Place to Be Marching Along

Not a Bad Place to Be Marching Along

LeConte Point

LeConte Point
Elevation 6388 ft

Destination within Site

Destination within Site

Crossing that Bridge

Crossing the Last Bridge to Rancheria Falls

More Water Under the Bridge

More Water Under the Bridge

Bob Cutting His Own Path

Bob Cutting His Own Path

View of Rancheria Falls

View of Rancheria Falls Site

Water and Rock

Top of the Water

Following the Water Down

Following the Water Down

The Rush of White Water

The Rush of White Water

Details in the Water

Details in the Water

Sky to Water

Sky to Water

Cameron Walking Along the Water

Cameron Walking Along the Water

Looking Down Stream with Rocky Shores

Despite that the fact that the formal Rancheria Campsite is above this water slide, many people camped along the shores of this river downstream of this location with its expanses of granite

Rancheria Falls in the Distance

Rancheria Falls in the Distance
Going upstream, past the campsites lies Rancheria Falls

Closer Look at the Falls

Closer Look at the Falls
Photo Courtesy of Cameron

Cameron Kicking Back at the Campsite Planning a Dayhike

Cameron Kicking Back at the Campsite Planning a Dayhike

Ken Relaxing after a Hard Time on the Trail

Ken Relaxing after a Hard Time on the Trail
Golite Jam2 pack next to him

Jeremy Checking out a Route for a Dayhike

Jeremy Checking out a Route for a Dayhike

Denis Arrives

After Jeremy, Cameron, and Tony arrived at this campsite, Ken and Bob did not arrive at the campgrounds- despite only being a few minutes behind the main group on the trail. After some 15 or 20 minutes Cameron and Tony set off down the trail to find Ken and Bob. Finally asking a few hikers coming up the trail and along the trail if they had seen two backpackers, one with a bear canister strapped to the top of his pack. Fortunately, a group of backpackers resting on the side of the trail pointed us to a spot down below the trail towards the river. There we found Denis with his Tarptent Sublite setup and his camp made with Ken and Bob chatting with him. Despite our being the late comers, Denis graciously agreed to pack up all of his gear and move to our site.

Note: Unique External Frame Pack worn by Denis- The LuxuryLite. In Denis' own words, "The pack frame telescopes from 18" to 27.5". The height is adjustable while being worn, and is meant to be set to keep weight on the hips. You add cylinders in the sizes and number required for your load. The frame has the theoretical capacity for four cylinders. They range in size from the 703 cubic inch, size small, to the 1413 cubic inch, size large. This would give a theoretical total volume of 5652 cubic inches. I have enough of the, now discontinued, 1570 cubic inch, size extra large cylinders, that I may carry a volume of 6283 cubic inches. This with a pack weighing 38 ounces."

Denis also stated that he can not have any weight on his shoulders without it causing him debilitating pain, so he requires a pack that transfers 100% of the weight to his hips. One unique feature of the pack is that the frame detaches from the hip belts so that when taking a break, Denis can simply unhook and remove the frame and keep the hip belt on and then hook the frame back on to the hip later on with the hassle of removing and readjusting the hip belt.

Day Trip Cross Country

After setting up camp and resting a bit, Jeremy, Cameron, and Tony headed off for a short day hike that was directly North of our campsite

Looking Back to the Mountains

Looking Back at the Mountains as We Climb Higher

Following the Leader

Following the Leader

Destination Up There

Destination Up There
Photo Courtesy of Cameron

Jeremy Contemplating His Next Move

Jeremy Contemplating His Next Move

Going Straight Up the Boulders

Going Straight Up the Boulders

Cameron Hugging the Granite

Cameron Hugging the Granite
Notice on the top of Cameron's visor is a Photon like light held in place with a piece of velcro

Across the Jagged Field We Climb

Across the Jagged Field We Climb

Tony Dancing on Rocks

Tony Working His Way Through the Rocks & Loving It

Cresting the Dome

Cresting the Dome
Photo Courtesy of Cameron

Looking Around

Looking Around from the Top

The Trail Below Us

Ironically, after shooting up our rocky trail, below us we could see the trail that leads from Lake Vernon to Rancheria Falls, which we took back to join the others

Jeremy Takes in the View

Jeremy Takes in the View

View from the Top

View from the Top

Looking Over the Edge

Cameron Looking Down at Where We Were

Cameron Walking Down

Cameron Walking Down

Bountiful Surprise

Bountiful Surprise at Camp
Left to Right: Jeremy, Ken, and Cameron
When Jeremy, Cameron, and Tony returned to camp we were greeted with Boxes of Cracker Jacks that Denis had brought for everyone. Cary and Lane has also arrived into camp while we were out and brought two six packs of beer and shrimp to BBQ on the fire. The last time I had Cracker Jacks was probaly in Junior High/Middle School.

Bob's GoLite Ultra 20 Quilt

Bob's GoLite Ultra 20 Quilt and SMD Serenity Net Tent

Kicking Back on the Rocks

Kicking Back on the Rocks
GoLite Jam2 Pack on the Left, Denis' White Sublite Tarptent, Ken's Virga Tarptent in the background

Sublite

Tarptent Sublite

Virga

Ken's Virga Tarptent
Pre-cursor to the Contrail Tarptent

Bare Boxer

Ken's Pile of Gear
GoLite Jam2, Softside Nalgene Wide Mouth Bottle, and Bare Boxer Food Container suitable for weekend (1.6 lbs) and is smaller in size than the Solo Bear Vault.

Link for Bare Boxer: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=98893

Gathering of Gear Geeks

Gathering of Gear Geeks
Left to Right: Denis in black shirt, Cary in green shirt, Jeremy in light blue shirt, and Bob in blue shirt

Cary & Jeremy

Cary & Jeremy Having a Brew and Snacks
Apparently, Cary and Lane did see our posting on BPL from the country store and decided to leave early on Saturday morning to come up to get a permit for Rancheria Falls Campsite. Glad that they made it.
Note: Next to Jeremy is a plastic water bottle with the Aquamira Frontier Pro water filter. White Sublite Tarptent with new Yellow Thermarest Neo Air mattress.

Sagely Advice from Denis

Sagely Advice from Denis from the Rock of Wisdom
Offerings of Cracker Jacks and Beer in the foreground to the Wise One

Bob & Denis Wisemen

Wisemen: Denis & Bob. Or as Denis says of himself, "Wise-ass and bullshiter."

One great thing about this trip was the diversity of personalities, occupations, and age- all sharing a common love of the outdoors

Denis and Ken

Denis and Ken
Red MSR Dromadary Water Bag at Denis' Feet

Jeremy Cooking with Caldera Ti-Tri

Jeremy Cooking with Caldera Ti-Tri
The Unique things with this system is that it comes with the Gramcracker Ebsit Solid Fuel Stove, Alcohol Stove, and it can be use to cook with a wood fire. Notices the two Ti Tent Stakes that are used to elevate the cook pot higher to adjust for cooking over a flame

Ti-Tri in Action

Ti-Tri in Action
Note: Infront of the Jam2 pack is the White Plastic Caddy for Storing the Caldera Ti-Tri Cone and Stove System

Boiling Goodness

Boiling Goodness

Denis Cooking on a Canister Stove

Denis Cooking on a Canister Stove

Cameron Cooking on an Alcohol Stove

Cameron Cooking on an Alcohol Stove

What's Cooking

What's Cameron Cooking?

Cary Cooking Up

Cary Cooking with an Evernew 1.3 L Ti Pot with insulated handles on Canister Stove

Denis with Bearikade Canister

Denis and Bob both carry the Wild Ideas Bearikade Food Canisters
Denis would later use his stove to cook up a chocolate pudding dessert that he shared with everyone, using a boiling pot of water with a mug placed in it with the dessert- a double boiler???

Denis Using an Pot Cozy

Denis Using a Pot Cozy to Keep his Food Warm or to Help Cook his Food
Photo Courtesy of Cameron

Snow Peak Ti Bowl Windscreen

Closer View of Denis' Snow Peak Ti Bowl Windscreen
Photo Courtesy of Denis

Jeremy Boiling Water for his Boil in a Bag Meal

Jeremy Boiling Water for his Boil in a Bag Meal while wearing his home made Camp Sandles
Note: To the Left of the Standing Water Bottles is a MSR Hyperflow Water Filter. Another view of the White Plastic Storage Caddy for the Caldera Cone Ti-Tri Stove in the foreground

Tony's Sawyer In Line Gravity Filter

Tony's Sawyer In Line Gravity Filter
Platypus 4L Water Tank using Platypus 1.8 L Hoser Hydration System as a Clean Water Catch Bag by removing bite piece and connecting tubing directly to output end of Sawyer Filter

Close up of Sawyer In Line Filter

Close up of Sawyer In Line Filter
*See My User Review on BPL Forum for more details on this system:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/reviews/display_reviews?forum_thread_id=5536&cat=Hydration%20-%20Water%20Treatment&cid=55

Filling Disposable Water Bottle for Extra Water

Filling a Disposable Water Bottle for Extra Water

Dinner Time

Dinner Time!

Dinner Time II

Jeremy Enjoying his Boil in a Bag Meal

Ken Eating Up

Ken Feeling Better after the Hike in and Eating Up

Lane Dishing Out his Meal

Lane Dishing Out his Meal

Lane & Cary Building the Fire

Lane & Cary Building the Fire for the Night with Wood Collected by Tony

Dinner Time View

Dinner Time View

Bob's Caldera Cone, Pot Cozy, and Bearikade Food Storage Container

Bob's Caldera Cone, Pot Cozy, and Bearikade Food Storage Container

Fish & Shrimp

Cary & Lane's Fish & Shrimp BBQ
In addition to bringing two six packs of beer to share with the group, Cary & Lane actually brought two small metal BBQ grills from a Hibachi with shrimp to share with the group

Camp Fire Goodness

Camp Fire Goodness
Upper Grill has sliced mushrooms

Ken & Dave Talking

Ken Talking with Dave from Modesto, who found the BPL site by doing a Google Search for Photos of Lake Vernon and came across one of my other photo essays on BPL. (Ken is in the red jacket and Dave is wearing the black knit cap). He met Denis at the trail head and they traveled together for a short while before separating and then joining us in the evening time. He had originally planned on coming with friends of his, but they bailed out on him at the last moment and this was David's first solo trip.

Below are some photos that Denis took of David at the trail head:

David I

David II

David III

View from Down Stream

View from Down Stream from Our Campsite
I went looking down stream to see if I could find any other missing BPLers who had missed our site

Luxury Trail Food

Luxury Trail Food

Lane Relaxing by the Fire

Lane Relaxing by the Fire

Tonight's Entertainer

Tonight's Entertainer
Keep Cameron Away from his Flashlight, putting the spot light on unsuspecting campers

Enjoying the Warm Glow

Enjoying the Warm Glow

UL Burritos

UL Burritos for Bears
Tony & Cameron Sleeping Out
Note: Cameron is Wear a Red Balaclava??? with his Quilt, he is using his shoes under a torso pad as a pillow
Photo Courtesy of Denis

Ken in his Virga

Ken Sleeping in his Virga Tarpent
Photo Courtesy of Denis

Cameron Rises

Cameron Rise, Tony trying to ignore the Sunlight
Photo Courtesy of Denis

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun
Photo Courtesy of Denis

Give Us this Day Our Daily Coffee

Give Us this Day Our Daily Coffee!
(Or something like that to wake us up)
Photo Courtesy of Denis

Cameron Packing it Up

Cameron Packing it Up

Morning Chatter

Morning Chatter

Cary Preparing Breakfast

Cary Preparing for Breakfast

Ken Packing it In

Ken Packing Up

Denis' Modular System

Denis' Modular System

LuxuryLite

A Closer Look at the LuxuryLite External Frame Pack

View Leaving Camp

The View Leaving Camp
Tony & Jeremy Left Camp First Shortly Followed by the Others

Water by the Last Bridge

Water by the Last Bridge

Morning Color

Morning Color

Majestic Morning

Majestic Morning

Reflecting on the Journey

Reflecting on the Journey

Looking Back on the Eastern End

Looking Back on the Eastern End

The Group Heads Out

The Group Heads Out
Cary in the Lead, David behind him, and Lane in White
Photo Courtesy of Denis

Traditional Backpackers on the Trail

Some Traditional Backpackers Along the Trail
Memories of Heavier Days Past

Revisiting Wapama Falls

Revisitng Wapama Falls

Tony

Tony

Draining into the Resevoir

Draining into the Resevoir

By the Side of the Trail

By the Side of the Trail

The Flow of Water

The Flow of Water

Jeremy

Jeremy

Back at the Dam

Back at the Dam

Begining of the End

Begining of the End
Photo Courtesy of Denis

Spillway View

Spillway View
Photo Courtesy of Denis

The Whole Picture

The Whole Picture

Jeremy Settles for Tea over Beer

Jeremy Settles for Tea over Beer
After we accidentally drove past a few Mexican Restaurants we wanted to eat at, we settled for a surprisingly good Chinese meal in Oakdale


Special Thanks to Ken for arranging another successful BPLer's GGG and to Denis & Cameron for contributing their photos. Thank you for taking the time to view this long photo essay.

Other photo essays by Tony:

BPLer's GGG: Point Reyes, CA

Emigrant Wilderness

High Sierra trail to Mt. Whitney

Yosemite: Glacier Point to Red Peak Pass to Lake Merced

Yosemite in Winter

Yosemite: Lake Vernon & Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Yosemite: Tenaya Creek

Ventana Wilderness

Edited by Valshar on 05/12/2009 23:53:30 MDT.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls on 04/25/2009 07:51:39 MDT Print View

Tony, nice job so far!!!!!!

Edited by kennyhel77 on 04/25/2009 16:08:55 MDT.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls on 04/25/2009 09:58:54 MDT Print View

These trips look like such good fun...I love seeing the pictures and reading the quotes. I wish I had some friends ;)

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Re: Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls on 04/26/2009 10:45:24 MDT Print View

Steve,
You do have friends. Many of them live to the southwest, at the edge of the continent. You really should join us sometime.

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Tony's Trip Reports on 04/26/2009 11:27:55 MDT Print View

So informative...so informative in fact that I feel like I was there.

Jeremy Pendrey
(Pendrey) - MLife

Locale: California
Good pics on 04/26/2009 17:03:07 MDT Print View

Kudos again Tony. Many thanks for being our collective memory.

Steven: Just plan a trip in Canada, and who knows, maybe we'll all show up and then you'll have some friends. . .

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Good pics on 04/26/2009 18:07:48 MDT Print View

I don't think he knows what he is in for if I were to show up!

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Re: Good pics on 04/26/2009 22:26:58 MDT Print View

Ya beat somebody to that one.

Robert Blean
(blean) - MLife

Locale: San Jose -- too far from Sierras
Re: Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls on 04/26/2009 23:15:16 MDT Print View

I promised I would look up the amount of vertical for the trip, so here it is. According to the TOPO! Yosemite program, it is 5.9 miles from the dam to Rancheria Creek, 2543' total ascent, 1641' total descent, 893 net ascent.

That also explains why some noted a lot of ascent on the downhill trip out -- over 1600' in fact.

-- Bob

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls on 04/27/2009 11:02:35 MDT Print View

Bob that is very interesting. Wow. Very deceptive trail indeed!

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Re: Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls on 04/29/2009 19:28:15 MDT Print View

Very nice photos all around folks! I am quite impressed!!!

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
I don't think I did quite as much uphill on 04/29/2009 19:54:00 MDT Print View

but that's probably because I'm shorter than everyone else...

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Photo Essay Done! on 04/30/2009 00:53:35 MDT Print View

Enjoy everyone and thank you for your patience.

This was a long one to put together.

Hopefully not too long, but I wanted to make sure that I got in as many photos of everyone in the group that I could.

-Tony

Joshua Billings
(Joshua) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca
Good job Tony on 04/30/2009 01:29:11 MDT Print View

That was over the top. Wish I could have made that one.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Photo Essay Done! on 05/03/2009 15:20:29 MDT Print View

Tony, great trip report (as always). Nice to see you folks having a great time together. Maybe the best photo was of the traditional backpackers...what a contrast!

Jim MacDiarmid
(jrmacd) - MLife
Re: Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls on 05/06/2009 13:37:53 MDT Print View

Tony, you have amazing patience to be able to upload and caption all these pictures. They're great.

I did Rancheria and Tilltil Valley last Memorial Day. Rained the whole time. It was my first backpacking trip in several years, and I was proud that my pack weighed *only* 37 lbs. It was supposed to be 3 nights, but my leaky leather Merrell Hiking boots got so waterlogged crossing Tiltill Meadow, I hiked out after spending my 2nd night there when the rain showed no sign of abating. I definitely want to go back better prepared. The switchbacks are a killer, but the saddle between Rancheria and Tiltill is beautiful. With the rain and mists blowing around it was like a Chinese landscape painting.

I know I'm supposed to be all mad about Hetch Hetchy and the drowning of the valley and all that, but since I never saw the valley pre-reservoir, I have to say the reservoir makes a beautiful lake in its own right.

Jeremy, I'm stealing that cam shoe idea for my trip to Little Yosemite Valley and Merced Lake this weekend. It's going to be wet and muddy hiking, and it'll be nice to pop out the insoles of my wet Terroc 330s, attach the line, put on dry socks and have relatively comfortable feet.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls on 05/06/2009 14:02:54 MDT Print View

Well James, you are more than welcome to join us on our trips if you'd like. Emmigrant Wilderness in June is the next one!

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls on 05/06/2009 14:17:13 MDT Print View

James,

Glad that you enjoyed the photo essay.

There are times when I just wanted to scream and get the photo essay done, but in the end I enjoy looking at them too while at work and sharing with everyone else.

Think that it took me 4 or 5 days, a few hours each night to them up.

A few years back I did a Lake Vernon to Rancheria loop and cut through TillTil Valley.

That place was pretty boggy when I went to in the Fall.

If you have any photos from your trip that shows that area, please post them up on this thread.

I have always wondered what it looked like if I headed NE up the Valley.

-Tony

Edited by Valshar on 05/06/2009 14:22:19 MDT.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls on 05/21/2009 19:24:06 MDT Print View

Tony,
I just looked again. Thanks for changing the captions. It really helps my image.



Offerings? LOL!