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Leor Pantilat
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Locale: Bay Area
A couple Sierra outings on 09/29/2009 13:22:20 MDT Print View

I just learned about this excellent resource recently. Here are a couple links to trips I did in the High Sierra September 23-24 with video and many photos.

Stanford Loop:

Middle Palisade:

Edited by pantilat on 09/29/2009 13:34:21 MDT.

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
Stanford Loop on 09/30/2009 07:44:59 MDT Print View

Following your route from maps #2 and #3 of the Harrison JMT set, I hope you gave Caltech Peak a wide berth, its only 200' lower than Stanford. Just looking at the contour lines, I think I might have headed for Lucy's Foot Pass instead of Milly's. Wow, that is an ambitious one day hike or run. I think (in fact I know) I would take a shelter and camp by one of the Lakes and I don't think I would even be jogging at that altitude.
From Robinson Lake is the pass between University Peak and Center Basin Crags.? That looks like a very step climb down to the JMT

Where exactly are the Palisades you climbed? Are they near Mather Pass? They do not look like the Palisades Lakes in that area.

Edited by rambler on 09/30/2009 07:56:02 MDT.

Leor Pantilat
(pantilat) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Stanford Loop on 09/30/2009 13:15:28 MDT Print View

Thanks! Caltech Peak and it's South Ridge were completely avoided. I went down to ~11,800 on the JMT coming down from Forester Pass before heading West up and into Upper Kern Basin.

Lucy's Foot Pass works too, although I believe there is even more unstable boulders to negotiate on the north side of Lucy's. Moreover, Milly's Foot Pass is the most direct route to Lake Reflection, which I wanted to include in the loop.

University Pass is between University Peak and University Crags, and it is a steep descent!

Middle Palisade is right above Mather Pass. I climbed Middle Palisade via the South Fork Big Pine (East side) so the lakes are not the ones near Mather Pass. From the JMT, the Palisades are viewed from the West.

Edited by pantilat on 09/30/2009 13:20:44 MDT.