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we spent the last couple of weekends in the john muir trail wilderness...

 

the first weekend we spent a couple of nights with friends at hungry packer lake on the east side of the crest...

 

the following weekend we headed down to a wedding on the opposite side of the crest at the muir trail ranch, a resupply at the halfway point of the john muir trail...

 

the wedding was a bit difficult to get to, but the wedding day was spectacular...

 

we had a wonderful caterer, plenty of beer and wine flowing, and both natural and developed hot springs at the ranch...

 

filtering water at hungry packer

 

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just before sunrise

 

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a little morning fishing

 

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sleepy sarah

 

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exploring the area

 

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had to go for a little swim in the afternoon

 

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but that required some quick post swim sweat pants

 

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and a little fishing during some nice light

 

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jk. tossed back his fish so js. could bring home the fish-bacon

 

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dinner prep work

 

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just before sunrise - day 2

 

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and blowin' that popsicle stand

 

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on down to a wedding...

 

the wife and I spent a quick night in the back of the truck at tioga pass, woke up early and drove through the park (yosemite) while the sun was rising...

 

we made it down to 168 and wound our way up to the westside of the sierra, spending the last hour and a half on 17 miles of jeep trail out to the florence lake ferry...

 

crossing the lake, a unimog picked up our fancy duds and we hiked the 5 miles into the ranch...

 

I didn't take a lot of shots on this trip, mainly I wanted to be a relaxed guest, do a fair amount of hot spring'n, and generally stay out of the way of the hired photogs...

 

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between soaks we did go for a relaxing little walk into sequoia/kings canyon np...

 

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eventually it was time to stroll on out to a meadow to watch some friends get hitched...

 

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and a nice after ceremony, pre dinner/dancing/party party in the meadow...

 

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our hosts

 

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sarah

 

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after a hard early wake up call, and a hungover hike out, we unloaded the truck, loaded up the boat, and made the 8 hour drive back home...

 

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we drove back over tioga pass on the way home and were stoked to find snow in the trees...

 

thanks for readin'...

post #2 of 20

Nice TR!  I need to go visit Phil and Jeremy in the Sierras.  It's really nice there.

post #3 of 20


Too Cool!

 

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JF

post #4 of 20

Thanks so much for posting this. beautiful beyond belief.

post #5 of 20

Splitter you are awe inspiring.  Can hardly wait to move out there!

Thanks for sharin'...

post #6 of 20

Glorious pictures. I have backpacked many times from the Florence trailhead to the head of Goddard Canyon. That is among my favorite places on the planet. In fact, I just got back from a 10 day BP trip spent along the N Fork of the Kings river and up into the lake basin just on the other side of Hell For Sure pass from Goddard. Another spectacular area.

 

SJ

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Glorious pictures. I have backpacked many times from the Florence trailhead to the head of Goddard Canyon. That is among my favorite places on the planet. In fact, I just got back from a 10 day BP trip spent along the N Fork of the Kings river and up into the lake basin just on the other side of Hell For Sure pass from Goddard. Another spectacular area.

 

SJ


Love ya SJ but you kinda suck in the picture taking department. 

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Love ya SJ but you kinda suck in the picture taking department. 


YEAH!
 

post #9 of 20
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heh tc,

 

I'd like to see any shots of the southern sierra...

 

it was a nice set of weekends...

 

admittedly, the wedding was kinda hard to get to, 

 

according to the proprietors, this was the third wedding they've ever had at the ranch...

 

the first was the original owners, the second was their daughter...

 

she's pictured with her husband on the horses, she runs the ranch now...

post #10 of 20

 

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heh tc,

 

I'd like to see any shots of the southern sierra...


North Palisade... a long time ago:

 

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JF
 

post #11 of 20
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^^^sweet^^^

 

you gonna make it back here for a spring assault on deso?

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^^^sweet^^^

 

you gonna make it back here for a spring assault on deso?


If it's anything like last Spring I will.  Maybe we can get a tour in together.  I will be back sometime before Winter arrives, just not sure when yet.

 

The Southern Sierra is a pretty spectacular area.  Although it was a long time ago, that expedition up North Palisade stands out.  3 days up from Lone Pine in July with a 60lb. + pack.  Everything from hot desert to technical rock climbing & berschrund crossing to reach the summit.  Then we came all the way out on the same day.  My legs still hurt from that one.

JF
 

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Love ya SJ but you kinda suck in the picture taking department. 


DON'T NOT NEITHER.

 

I kinda suck at posting 'em though. I have abooooot 35 shotz from before my battery died but I sorta hesitated about hijacking. Since the trend has been set, I'll put some up later this PM.

 

SJ

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DON'T NOT NEITHER.

 

I kinda suck at posting 'em though. I have abooooot 35 shotz from before my battery died but I sorta hesitated about hijacking. Since the trend has been set, I'll put some up later this PM.

 

SJ


post #15 of 20

OK here goes........................

 

View from my 1st night camp of the North Fork of the Kings about 10 miles in.

 

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Fishing spots upstream from camp. Spent a day fishing on the way in and another on the way out.

 

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Indian Grain Mill along the Kings. I found these at several spots.

 

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Devils Punchbowl lake in foreground @ ~~ 10K feet. This is best perspective that I could get of Red Mountain Basin.

There are more than 15 named lakes hidden within this frame ranging up to 10,800' Hell For Sure lake which is

right below the infamous HFS pass at the middle-right rear of the frame. I base camped on the far side of this

lake for 3 1/2 days and managed to day hike and fish all but two of the named lakes and several unnamed ones.

The ridge at the rear is part of the SW face of the LeConte divide. Goddard Canyon and the Northern edge of Kings

Canyon NP is just over the divide.

 

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Weather blowing in over the Leconte Divide on day six. I was about 2 hr. from basecamp when I saw this coming.

 

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I turned tail, but this is the beginning of a 3 hr. hailstorm at my altitude. It left snow on the distant ridge above.

 

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I caught about 100 or so Brookies like this in RMB but didn't keep any. This is a poor representation of the brilliant

coloration of most all the fish. I caught maybe 15 or so 'bows as well. They were marginally larger but not as pretty.

 

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Dusk over Devils Punchbowl on day 7. Started back out toward the road the next morning. Camera battery was dead

so this was the last pic.

 

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Next time out....12 days.

 

SJ

 

post #16 of 20

Luv the hailstorm!

post #17 of 20

Noice Job Jim!

post #18 of 20
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Love ya SJ but you kinda suck in the picture taking department. 


Old Jewish saying.... "Don't shit where you eat". 

 

SJ, you take great pictures, oh and I meant to ask you earlier today..'Did you loose weight?" 

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................oh and I meant to ask you earlier today..'Did you loose weight?" 


On the hike, probably not but I lost a fair bit training for it. Don't worry though, it wasn't really mine anyway.

 

 

SJ

post #20 of 20

Prime!

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