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    Wow. Glad you are OK. I’m hiking kings peak in a couple months. Certainly not as steep, high, or technical. I just hope most of the snow is gone by then.
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    Are those pictures coming through ok now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Are those pictures coming through ok now?
    The last one was excellent.

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    Wow BG. That is a harrowing story.

    My son was looking for alternatives to hike a couple of weeks ago, when it was raining in our Cascades. He looked around Shasta and found what he thought might be some easier hikes. I'm glad he didn't travel down there; that doesn't sound easy at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Are those pictures coming through ok now?
    Yes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Are those pictures coming through ok now?
    And thanks to OG's comment about non-caloric silicon-based kitchen lubricant (which I had to look up), I even understood the 3rd one.

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    I'm happy you didn't die.
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    I join with Surfah and others (the vote was something like 23-10) that the awesome story is better with bg surviving.

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    I made my annual pilgrimage to the San Juan mountains in SW Colorado a little earlier in the year than usual in order to attend a nephew's wedding in Utah on the front end of my trip. Before I headed for the trail, my wife suggested that I call the forest service to make sure my planned trail head was even open due to the large amount of snow the mountains received over the winter and was visible from the valley. Of course I ignored this advice before departure and found the forest service road that leads to the trail head closed due to high water. So I referenced my map and found an alternate trail head on a different road away from the river that would take an extra day to reach that part of the continental divide trail (CDT) that I wanted to hike. But I hiked into packed snow drifted across a sloped ridge and turned around after doing a mini "bluegoose" and sliding 20 feet or so down the mountain a few times. Nothing like that Mount Whitney adventure but enough to get my attention and turn around since I was alone and read about Lebowski's boot spike recommendation too late. Those spikes may have gotten me across the ridge but I still had another 1K feet or so to climb to get to the CDT and figured I'd be at least knee deep in snow by then.

    So I changed my plans and found a lower elevation hike to go on and had a great time. Here are some pics.

    Turnaround point at about 11,500 feet.
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    No snow at the lower elevation, but encountered a lake in an Aspen grove from snow melt where the trail was supposed to be.
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    Scenic river view.
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    Plenty of water.
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    Mountain lake destination. Saw a bald eagle fly across the lake before I could reach my iPhone and take a pic.
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    Glad you made it out safe. I went to the San Juans a couple years ago. It was awesome. I'll have to look at where we went. Where were you planning to go?

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    That's some good looking country.

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    Looks awesome, great pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paperback Writer View Post
    I made my annual pilgrimage to the San Juan mountains in SW Colorado a little earlier in the year than usual in order to attend a nephew's wedding in Utah on the front end of my trip. Before I headed for the trail, my wife suggested that I call the forest service to make sure my planned trail head was even open due to the large amount of snow the mountains received over the winter and was visible from the valley. Of course I ignored this advice before departure and found the forest service road that leads to the trail head closed due to high water. So I referenced my map and found an alternate trail head on a different road away from the river that would take an extra day to reach that part of the continental divide trail (CDT) that I wanted to hike. But I hiked into packed snow drifted across a sloped ridge and turned around after doing a mini "bluegoose" and sliding 20 feet or so down the mountain a few times. Nothing like that Mount Whitney adventure but enough to get my attention and turn around since I was alone and read about Lebowski's boot spike recommendation too late. Those spikes may have gotten me across the ridge but I still had another 1K feet or so to climb to get to the CDT and figured I'd be at least knee deep in snow by then.
    Oh yeah, you could have raced right over that with the micro-spikes. No problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Oh yeah, you could have raced right over that with the micro-spikes. No problem.
    I’m doing Kings Peak in a few weeks with my 11y old. I suspect there will still be snow up there. I think I’ll get some of those.
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    Beautiful pics, PBW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney View Post
    Glad you made it out safe. I went to the San Juans a couple years ago. It was awesome. I'll have to look at where we went. Where were you planning to go?
    I wanted to hike south of Wolf Creek Pass in the South San Juan Wilderness. Ellwood Pass was supposed to be my trailhead and was planning on hiking into Crater Lake off the CDT and then continue south past Summit Peak. When the forest service road was closed, I went on the west side of the continental divided to a trail to Quartz Lake that I'd hiked several times earlier but never that early in the season. Was hoping to connect from that trail into the CDT but it was still under several feet of snow. Ended up going farther south in SSJ wilderness NE of Chama, NM and entered at the Elk Creek trailhead and did a shorter hike to Duck lake and other lakes in the vicinity.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Oh yeah, you could have raced right over that with the micro-spikes. No problem.
    The sad thing is that I saw those micro-spikes at REI while shopping before my trip and thought about buying them. But decided against carrying the additional weight. dumb, dumb, dumb. Also didn't bring my water/canoe shoes for the same reason and ran into that makeshift lake in an Aspen grove. Fortunately, I was able to navigate around it and was able to get across some high water streams without wading. I really should have expected different conditions in the mountains in early July than last year when I backpacked after Labor Day. The San Juans got a lot more snow this past winter. While attending the wedding in Utah, MIL texted me that Wolf Creek Pass on Highway 160 was closed for a day after a snow storm and that was where I was heading the following week. Still not enough to get me to call the forest service though. duh. I did visit their office in downtown Pagosa Springs after my hike and they were most helpful and had a laugh at my attempt to climb quartz ridge and hike the still-under-the-snow CDT without spikes or snowshoes. And you guessed it - asked if I was from Texas: GUILTY.
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