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#5807 - 07/07/10 07:02 AM Forester By Day: An Indy Loop 7/2-4
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Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 582
Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
A quick ride from Onion Valley to Shepherd Pass:

Robinson Lake:


University Pass:


But first a quick jaunt up University Peak:


Only to be turned around by one patch of hard snow, since I had left my crampons back down at my pack and I didn't feel like farting around with it (argh, grumble):


Oh well, back down to the pack and now trudge up to the top of Uni Pass:


Jaw drop at the view into Center Basin:


Check out the Forester Pass conditions from Uni Pass:


Drop straight into the chute, dart around to the slabs, drop back into the chute, look back up and wonder who in g-d's name decided going up and over this thing was a good idea (and the trench was NOT my doing, thank you):




Break at the first tarn, down a Starschmucks VIA iced coffee (OK, they do SOMETHING right), and decide to head into the trees for the night, finding a horrible campsite along Bubbs Creek:


Sunset on Center reminding me of the glow on Spencer from EVO Lake last 4th (sigh):


Had the place to myself Friday night! Loaded up Saturday morning and started the long walk up to Forester (frost and ice on pretty much everything):

















Oh, man, about bloody time!


Views into Tyndall Creek (and a dry upper trail):


Wanted to bag some peaks, but the approach across the suncup ocean was overridden by the urge to take a nap:


OK, so down through Tyndall Basin, around the south end of Diamond Mesa, and back up to Shepherd Pass:







Found another really crappy spot at the first tarn by the Pass wink :


Had this tarn to myself all night (except for a certain lik2hik who thought walking across the frozen lake at 0100 would be fun... j/k Phil! Glad you made it down ok and hope my beacon didn't throw you off too much!). Woke up slow Sunday, waiting for the sun to crest Polychrome Peak and warm me and my neighbor before getting out of bed:


People began to pour down the hill, the first being my friend Leti!


She and her friend Miguel had hit both Big Willie and Tyndall, and warned of the scores of people still up there. Lots of rocks flying in both areas, although Leti said the snow to the right of the north rib was in fine shape. Having climbed Tyndall before, I decided to instead pack up and head down with my friends.




And then I ran into my friend Kathy, who was coming up (apparently it's true, I can't be taken anywhere anymore!!)!



The rest of the rip down was uneventful and actually pleasant! Anvil Camp was blessedly free of bugs, there was a nice breeze, I soaked my head and shirt at the final creek before the dreaded sand hill, and even made it all the way up without stopping for rest! The Symmes Creek drainage is full of wild roses, and we three happily tumbled into the (ridiculously packed) parking lot at the trailhead around 1500 or so. After picking up the TOF back in OV, there was only one thing left to do:

MOOSE BURGERS!



Full set of pics are here, here, and here.

From the luckiest girl in the world: Climb Hard, Be Safe.

-L cool
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#5808 - 07/07/10 07:36 AM Re: Forester By Day: An Indy Loop 7/2-4 [Re: MooseTracks]
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Registered: 09/24/09
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Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Amazing pics, Laura!!
What a beautiful adventure.
Bad campsites, indeed. wink

CaT
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#5809 - 07/07/10 07:49 AM Re: Forester By Day: An Indy Loop 7/2-4 [Re: CaT]
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Thanks, David. Not sure why the links are funky here. Maybe you or Steve could futz?

It was a great weekend. Not what I wanted totally, but being flexible and responding to conditions is imperative back there. Can't afford an injury now!!

-L
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#5813 - 07/07/10 09:14 AM Re: Forester By Day: An Indy Loop 7/2-4 [Re: MooseTracks]
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Registered: 11/12/09
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Loc: Atlanta
I swear Laura, you get more done in each trip to the backcountry than anyone I know. These photos are incredibly clear and sharp. Jealously-inducing trip! Looks like you had a blast, regardless of snow barriers and less-than-perfect campsites. At least no KFC-wannabes were terrorizing your feet.

Ohdamn - was I just being unforgivably insensitive?

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#5820 - 07/07/10 10:35 AM Re: Forester By Day: An Indy Loop 7/2-4 [Re: Bulldog34]
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Gary, you should see the video of me stoning the marmot...

OK, SO j/k folks...

Everyone knows grouse is much tastier than marmotelian. wink
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#5821 - 07/07/10 10:52 AM Re: Forester By Day: An Indy Loop 7/2-4 [Re: MooseTracks]
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Laura,

You crack me up! LMHO!! Stoning the marmot...

Originally Posted By: MooseTracks
Everyone knows grouse is much tastier than marmotelian.
Especially you! whistle

Looks like Steve fixed the previously dysfunctional image links.

David
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#5822 - 07/07/10 11:07 AM Re: Forester By Day: An Indy Loop 7/2-4 [Re: CaT]
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Registered: 09/22/09
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Picture links were funky because the software has a ten-image limit. I'll change it.

...I hope 30 is enough.


Edited by Steve C (07/07/10 11:08 AM)

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#5826 - 07/07/10 12:00 PM Re: Forester By Day: An Indy Loop 7/2-4 [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 11/02/09
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Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
Sorry: I was kinda lazy about writing up this week's report. I'll do a slide show next time! grin

Thanks, Steve!!

PS: There were lots of meadows with little flowers in them that I stomped on as I crossed between Tyndall Basin and Shepherd Pass. Prolly go to hell for that, too...


Edited by MooseTracks (07/07/10 12:10 PM)
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#5829 - 07/07/10 01:56 PM Re: Forester By Day: An Indy Loop 7/2-4 [Re: MooseTracks]
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Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Stunningly spectacular !!!

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#5842 - 07/07/10 06:41 PM Re: Forester By Day: An Indy Loop 7/2-4 [Re: MooseTracks]
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Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 558
Loc: Bakersfield CA
Awesome trip! gives me the fever to get out there!

I love the shirt! "do epic shit" =P
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#5846 - 07/07/10 07:39 PM Re: Forester By Day: An Indy Loop 7/2-4 [Re: RoguePhotonic]
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Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Wildomar
I need to get back to Forester. I love it there. Thanks for the pics.....................DUG

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