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Andy Duncan
(bluewater) - M

Locale: SoCal
Sierra Wandering ~ 08/24 - 08/30/2013 on 09/19/2013 22:22:30 MDT Print View

Smoke on Soldier Lake

"Two guys said they could see the fire from New Army Pass today". . .

I had no idea that the Fish Fire had started the day before I left for this trip. I could smell smoke at the Cottonwood Pass trailhead the first night, but it didn't seem too bad. The next morning I woke to clear skies and what appeared to be another beautiful summer day in the Sierra. . . but the conditions took a turn for the worse in the afternoon.

By the time I reached Miter Basin the smoke and ash made it unbearable. I met a hiker who told me, "two guys said they could see the fire from New Army Pass today". New Army Pass was only a few miles away. The fire was in Kennedy Meadows, less than 30 miles south, and it was heading toward us.

For the whole story check out: Sierra Wandering ~ 08/24 - 08/30/2013

Kiel Senninger
(Kiel.S.) - F

Locale: San Diego
Great Pictures on 09/19/2013 23:02:32 MDT Print View

Great Pictures! I loved the one of the fish and the camp panorama.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Sierra Wandering 8/24- 8/30 on 09/20/2013 00:48:25 MDT Print View

Excellent TR and pictures!

Scott Bentz
(scottbentz) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Sierra Wandering on 09/20/2013 11:23:18 MDT Print View

Wow! What a great trip. I really love that area and it is so accessible, however, where you were very few venture.

Thanks for the great report and especially photos.

Scott

Edited by scottbentz on 09/20/2013 11:23:57 MDT.

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Sierra Wandering ~ 08/24 - 08/30/2013 on 09/20/2013 12:11:11 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing Andy!

Chris S
(csteutterman) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Sierra Wandering ~ 08/24 - 08/30/2013 on 09/20/2013 12:45:13 MDT Print View

Nice report, Andy. Not a bad plan C! I need to wander that area myself some time soon.

Erik G
(fox212)

Locale: THE Bay Area :)
Wonderful on 09/20/2013 13:11:21 MDT Print View

Great TR, really enjoyed it!

Beautiful pics as well. Major two thumbs up :)

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
Re: Sierra Wandering ~ 08/24 - 08/30/2013 on 09/20/2013 14:20:17 MDT Print View

Fantastic! A group of us from BPL did an almost identical trip last year.

click here for link

I'm really impressed with anyone that goes into those off-trail areas (Davis Lakes, Ionian Basin, etc.) alone.

Edited by clbowden on 09/20/2013 14:21:29 MDT.

Andy Duncan
(bluewater) - M

Locale: SoCal
Re: Sierra Wandering ~ 08/24 - 08/30/2013 on 09/20/2013 21:09:29 MDT Print View

Thanks for your comments everyone! Plan D is this weekend.

Casey I appreciate your trip report from last year, I wish I had been able to make it. You guys covered a lot of ground, and a few peaks. Your other TRs in the Evolution area (including the 47 Hour North Lake/South Lake trip) got me interested in exploring more than just the JMT.

Ian Van Halen
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Sierra Wandering ~ 08/24 - 08/30/2013 on 09/21/2013 00:23:38 MDT Print View

Nice trip report and pictures Andy. I'm not familiar with Picasa; did you stich two pictures together which is why we see your gear twice?

Andy Duncan
(bluewater) - M

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Sierra Wandering ~ 08/24 - 08/30/2013 on 09/21/2013 10:17:01 MDT Print View

Thanks Ian! Picasa is an online photo storage and sharing site similar to Flickr. After I downloaded all of the photos from the trip (1,000+) it automatically stitched some of them together. It also made some gif files. I've never noticed this before, must be a new feature. Here's another pano it made out of three overlapping pxts, this is Pavilion Dome at the west end of the Glacier Divide:

Glacier Divide

Edited by bluewater on 09/21/2013 10:17:57 MDT.

Ian Van Halen
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Re: Sierra Wandering ~ 08/24 - 08/30/2013 on 09/21/2013 13:12:49 MDT Print View

If it wasn't for the gear in the picture, I'd of thought you took that picture in one shot. Picassa does a great job of stitching those pictures together.