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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Upper Kern Basin, High Sierra. on 07/08/2013 10:22:00 MDT Print View

A brief report from 5 nights and 6 days in the Upper Kern with Adan Lopez and Tom Kirchner.

Sweeping the Garden: Upper Kern Basin

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Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Upper Kern Basin, High Sierra. on 07/08/2013 10:43:32 MDT Print View

Nice pics, thanks. Brings back nice memories of my trip with Tom. He's a great guide to the Upper Kern.

If I'm correct, then the pic with the three shelters next to the lake is where Tom and I found an abandoned pack with junk, poorly covered by some ratty tarp. It was more than we could hike out, so we reported it to the Rangers when we finished the hike. If that's the same place, was the junk gone? (Hope so).

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Upper Kern Basin, High Sierra. on 07/08/2013 10:58:00 MDT Print View

No junk left Doug, looks like somebody got it.

Tom is definitely an excellent guide up there, he spoke fondly of the trip you two did. I believe he said his first trip into that area was in '74. I was born in '76....

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
kern basin on 07/08/2013 11:10:57 MDT Print View

Excellent trip with an excellent guide! Nice one.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
re: Upper Kern on 07/08/2013 13:11:55 MDT Print View

Fantastic, beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us, Craig!

spelt !
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: kern basin on 07/08/2013 13:13:51 MDT Print View

Very cool.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Upper Kern Basin, High Sierra. on 07/08/2013 13:17:08 MDT Print View

Looks epic. The second to last pic reminds me of hiking in Denali. Endless fields of tundra.

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Upper Kern Basin, High Sierra on 07/08/2013 13:54:11 MDT Print View

Looks like a great trip with a good group of characters. I like the organic approach to the trip's plan. It'd be nice to do a trip that way: no goals, no real schedules, just go on a hike for a few days and let the whims of the group dictate the route and destinations on the fly.

Oh, and your fresh veggies look fantastic. I keep forgetting to pack fresh foods on some of these shorter trips but looking at that photo and thinking back to how fantastic some fresh tomato and onion would have tasted in midst of my hikes drives home the lesson.


Jhaura and I were up that way a little over a week ago; came in from the west side though. Our original itinerary had us passing through the Tyndall Creek and Lake South America areas at some point on Days 2 and 3 but we had to bail on those plans as progress on Day 1 was a bit less than we had counted on and a late thunderstorm on Day 2 forced us to sit out getting up and over our next pass. Oh well, still had a great time and enjoyed excellent scenery. If nothing else, our rearranged plans offered us the chance to take a more leisurely pace for the remainder of the trip.