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2014: End of Summer
After a couple of years, it's on again.
When: 19-21 Sept
- Depart not later than 09:00 Fri. Return Monday late afternoon or evening
- Friday: Drive to somewhere 4-5 hours. Eat some food; gear up; gentle backpack to 1st location to get altitude adjusted
- Need to allow time to stop at ranger station (1st come, 1st served permits)
- Saturday: Go somewhere a bit more isolated but not too far to get back on Monday?
- Sunday: Shed the packs and do a peak or a lake?
- Monday: pack out & head home
2Sept2014 MRC: I am inclining toward Hoover because (i) more dramatic (ii) more sparse vegetation so less risk of forest fires.
- High Emigrant Wilderness south of rt 108 (Sonora Pass) and north of Yosemite
- Advantages: Lots of lakes and not real crowded once you get off the Pacific Crest Trail
- Disadvantages: Can be a strenuous hike in if not careful about route (high elevation)
- Links for heading south from Sonora Pass:
- Carson Iceberg (north of Sonora Pass or south of rt 4 Ebbetts pass)
- Advantages: Really uncrowded area - maybe least populated in all central Sierras
- Disadvantages: Not many lakes. Also cows and cowpies in some areas due to historic lease holdings
- Links for Carson Iceberg
- Hoover Wilderness northeast of Yosemite
- Advantages: Some good lakes and spectacular scenery (see Crown Lake). Not crowded when off the main trails.
- Disadvantages: Longer drive (gotta go up over Sonora or Tioga Pass and approach from east side)
- Links for Hoover:
The outdoor center is closed for this weekend, so we need to find gear on our own
Mark the Younger: I can contribute:
- sleeping pad(s)
- sleeping bag(s)
- backpacking stove & fuel
- lots of water carrying capacity (~8 liters)
- a spot in a tent (but I'm down to sleep under the stars too)
Mark the Elder: Can contribute:
- sleeping pad(s) -- 3 or 4 spares
- backpacking stove and various cookware, plates, etc.
- water filter
- Extra 2 person tent (old school)
- Extra backpack (old school)
Matt Can contribute:
- Water filter
- small stove fuel
- Shovel for outdoors bathroom
- Compact .75 L pot for cooking
- Sleeping pad
- Tent (not opposed to sleeping outdoors)
Natalie Not sure if I can come or not- will see how the ankle's doing! Will have all my own gear; will be able to donate sleeping pad + bag if I'm not coming.
Eric I don't think I'll make it, but I can contribute:
- 3-person tent
- winter/backpacking sleeping bag
- summer sleeping bag
- camping mattresses
2012 End of summer
We went to the Trinity Alps north of San Francisco in the high coastal range.
- We have settled on Aug 31-Sep 3. Leave Friday morning, return Mon evening.
- Location = Trinity Alps (unless some disaster like a forest fire in the area). It's about 5.5 hours drive.
- Some useful links:
Doodle poll: http://doodle.com/ixytm9rgexz9mutz
For reference, some previous end-of-summer pages with many links to good places to visit: http://bdml.stanford.edu/twiki/bin/view/Main/EndofSumerCamping.html
Nice pictures from 2007: http://bdml.stanford.edu/oldweb/BDML/CrownLake/CrownLakeSept07.html