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33807Re: My SHR missadventure

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  • Darryl
    Jul 31, 2013
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      Dale,

      Nice story. Thanks for sharing.

      Darryl

      --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, Dale Stuart <onetwolaugh@...> wrote:
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      > I was to attempt the SHR solo but things didn't work out and I rerouted to easier "trails"
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      > I started by parking my car at Horseshoe lake (Mammoth) and shuttling down to Independence.   Stayed at Mt Williamson Base camp and shuttled to Onion Valley TH in the morning.  That planning worked great.
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      > 7/9 Started Hike @ 0600, Hiked over Kearsarge Pass, covered about 15 miles to about 1 mile above crowded Sphinx creek JCN (first legal camp spot above roads end) and put in for the night.
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      > 7/10 Hiked 5 miles to Roads End and started climb up Copper creek.  Low elevations very warm and the 5000'+ climb was exhausting (got into the 90's that day).  Even stopped at Lower Tent Meadow and took a nap but was not enough to truly recharge myself for the climb, the elevation, or the temps.  Got to the top and realized that the trail had been redone, not matching the Ropers guide, so fumbled around a bit trying to figure that out.  Then I noticed I had sausage fingers and forearms, elevations, heat, both? Then it started to rain (I listen and was someone trying to tell me something?) I  decided to camp there rather than continue to Grouse Lake.  Cleared my spot among the Pines and got fast to sleep.  At my 2 AM call I realizing I was on the ground, my air sleeping mat was leaking.  :-(    After the 2 AM call,  I noticed the thumbnail sized cone fragments that were like thumb tacks stuck to my river shoes- , just too tired the night before
      > and didn't notice them among the needles.  Multiple puncture in my air pad. (Was someone "REALLY" trying to get my attention????)
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      > That's when the plan "B" kicked in, stick to trails.
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      > 7/11 Hiked to Granite Basin, Granite pass and then down to Simpson meadows.  The drop to the meadows is not nice at all, loose white pumice side hills and the like.  Took 4 hours to descend the 4000' over 6 miles to the meadow. (A packer and crew were at the bottom of the hill - they informed me the name of the hill was the "B", if you know what I mean)  That night first attempt at patching mattress, found one holes and thought I was lucky, but patching compound took hours to set up so improvised using my sit-pad (2 squares of zlite pad) and my UL shower slipper style river crossing shoes for a sleep pad.
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      > 7/12 Hiked up Middle Fork Kings river to LeConte Canyon (the lower middle fork section was fabulous, Devils Washbowl etc)and had to decide whether to go over Bishop Pass to Parchers (my original SHR resupply) or go to MTR and scrounge buckets.  Given it would be a about 28 mile r/t and thousands of feet up/dwn to go over Bishop pass, there was very little decision making required, MTR it was.  I continued up canyon to Monster Rock for the night. Found 2 more leaks and patch #2 attempt started.
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      > 7/13 Up and over Muir Pass.  While going down to Evolution river crossing, noticed a nice log and had a dry crossing of the river. Stopped at McClure Meadows for the night.  Gave up on further attempts of fixing air pad, it would hold air for almost an hour and I could lengthen that somewhat by placing my sit pad under my shoulders and my UL shower shoes under my hips, so would just blow it up when ever I woke during the night. (usually 5-6 times)
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      > 7/14 Got into MTR only to find the pickings very sparse. (some PCTers had hit the buckets hard the day before).  Hung out there most of the day waiting for the temps to drop before heading up to Sallie Keyes Lakes.  At 4:30 they brought out a fresh bucket of commercial surplus foods and I scored big time and was set for next few days.  Departed MTR at 5:00 and headed up the hill to Sallie Keyes and was in bed by 8:00.
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      > 7/15 Over Seldon Pass and crossed Bear Creek and Bear Ridge and stopped just below Pocket Meadows (On the other side of the river -where the water comes over the granite slabs like a giant water slide.) Great spot to camp. 
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      > 7/16 Since my car was parked at Horseshoe lake TH outside Mammoth,  I headed up to Duck lake and spent the night.
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      > 7/17 Up and over Duck Pass, dropping down to the road and a trolley bus stop.  Took the trolley back to the car and took a couple zero days regrouping things. (Bought a Neo air, went to Bishop and Parchers (South Lake) to retrieve missed resupply.  Spent the night at North lake camp ground just relaxing at the cooler elevations. (Bishop was 100+)
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      > 7/19 A friend flew in to Mammoth, spent the night at Mammoth RV.
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      > 7/20 Drove to Tuolumne Meadows and started a loop hike.  We hiked over Cathedral pass and stopped at the first Sunrise lake.  Nice little spot.
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      > 7/21 Went up to Clouds Rest (really like the views up there) and then spent the night at Clouds Rest JCN.  A bear and 2 cubs came through camp that night, cubs paused about 15 feet from tent while mamma rummaged around sniffing things before moving on.
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      > 7/22 Got up early, did Half Dome (my friends first time there, you just have to experience it)and returned to camp for a nap before continuing to just below Merced lake, near river. Very nice area coming down into the canyon.
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      > 7/23 Went up valley to Booth lake (below Volgelsang HST camp).  Decided to camp there rather than push things and stay in Tuolumne backpackers camp.  Much cooler along the way (cloudy and 60's) and it rained for about 20 minutes just before we set up camp.  It dropped into the low 40's that night so even had a little condensation that night.
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      > 7/24 Had a nice stroll down Rafferty creek trail and out to Tuolumne and a burger at the grill.  It was then off in the car and homeward bound.
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      > Even though my itinerary changed greatly from my original plans, it didn't matter.  I was out in the wilds and was having a great adventure.  Yes I dare say, "I had a fabulous time."
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      > -Dale 
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