These videos aren't the best quality, and I was just holding my pocket camera and walking. But it should give people a good sampling of the hike. Maybe I can get HikealongPete to do a better job sometime.
Each video gives the time recorded, to give you an idea of the length of time in each section. We were carrying 15 to 20 lb packs, since we were camping on the summit that night.
Taking the north side of the North Fork Lone Pine Creek, . This starts at the point where some cross the creek to the south, and continues to the point where the south-side route crosses back to the north, just before climbing to the start of the Ebersbacher Ledges.
Note that in early summer, the south-to-north crossing can be difficult due to lack of dry spots to walk -- you're practically walking in water for 20 feet. It is not dangerous or tricky, it is just that the water is ON the path, and it is 6 inches deep.
NS1, 1:04, 8:27 AM -- Up along the wall
NS2, 0:11, 8:30 AM -- Stepping up
NS3, 0:18, 8:31 AM -- Descend into the scrub
Unfortunately, I did not record any sections in the underbrush. It is not bad, but requires some ducking and dodging. I had to be especially careful since my backpack is not the most durable.
The Granite Slabs between Lower Boy Scout Lake and Upper Boy Scout Lake.
Slabs 1, 1:26, 10:04 AM Moving from the boulder area onto the slabs. This shows the critical point where you cross to the slabs through the first section of bushes. Missing this point puts you into bushwhacking trouble.
Slabs 2, 1:06, 10:06 AM Taking a drink from the stream, hiking up and across more slabs.
Slabs 3, 0:36, 10:08 More slabs. Notice the cairn at the end.
Slabs 4, 0:20, 10:20 AM Trees below UBSL are coming into view.
Slabs 5, 1:07, 10:34 AM Starts at the top of the slabs, north of the trees near Upper Boy Scout Lake. Here the trail turns south, through the bushes and to the trees. The stream crossed comes from UBSL, and is the last water until Iceberg Lake. The slabs take about 30 minutes to complete.
Steve! Dude! These are excellent videos! I can't believe you took the time to record this much of the MR - especially with one hand occupied while doing some of the trickier ledges. Watching this series really gives the best overall impression I've seen of the route to UBSL. You read things like, "turn left at the big pine", which sounds pretty ambiguous, but watching your videos really clarifies the route and what some of these directions I've read actually mean.
Thanks for doing this. You should pin it permanently somewhere for easy access in the future. It'll get a lot of views.