Re: Circling the Ritter Range 8-4-20 to 8-15-20
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:56 am
Thanks Ian.. yeah the 8/10 storm was something else. I didnt think about falling off when I moved my tent. All I thought about was keeping my sleeping bag dry! Love the picture of Bearzy at the top of Volcanic Ridge. Amazing that he not only goes backpacking, but climbs mountains too! Yes maybe someday we will meet up. I hope to get one more trip this year.Harlen wrote: ↑Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:27 pmrobertseeburger.But on 8/10, all hell broke loose. And we were high up and exposed.
We decided to hunker down just short of Catherine Lake. We thought we had a flat space, with good enough drainage. But we were wrong.
The storm was quite intense, with several hours of continuous, and hard hail. We actually got swamped.
Indeed Robert, as you say, we are tracking each other; and not just in places, but in experiences too! Everything you wrote in your first note above, except the Catherine Lake location, was happening to me on the same night, but 100 miles or so south. "Swamped" is the very word I would have used for my camp, had I the vocabulary. Your relocation to the rocky "flat" looks a bit tenuous... like you could have been swept over into the drink!?Looks like we are following each other around... I was at many of the places you visited in 2018 and June this year ... And it looks like we both got whacked hard by weather on August 10th
Will that go into the post by Eric of our favorite campsites? It certainly had a tremendous view!
I really love the shot from the top of Volcanic Ridge, and the one from Lake Catherine. Regarding the former place, I think once again we were closely tracking each other. In one of your summit photos from there, isn't your friend Doug's left foot up against the very same rock that is to the right of my pal Bearzy's left ear? Note the right-angle crack in it. Yep, one year prior, we were sitting in those very same foreground rocks? I reckon we're bound to meet up soon.
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Great Trip Report as always, thanks for sharing it with us, and lovely big fish. Cheers, Ian.
Yes, the one golden trout lake we visited was tough. It is where you can see Gary sleeping. Nice lake though..seldom visited. I hope to visit the other Yosemite one (up north) soon. I have heard good things about it. On the bows.. frankly..they took anything..both flies and hardware. not picture.. no matching the hatch necessary. Every once in a while they will hit anything.canukyea wrote: ↑Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:37 amThank you for the report. Your trip covers a whole bunch of the more remote areas of the park so it was fun to follow along! Yosemite has at least two golden trout bearing lakes (maybe more?) and both of them have been rather spotty as far as I could tell. In a slower summer, it's not all too surprising the lake didn't yield anything. Those bows looked like they were eating the real small stuff, did matching the hatch work well?
I didnt know about the gravesite.. didnt see it. Can you elaborate? who is it..etc? I probably would have looked for it had I known.
GB, on the route finding.. I had some issues with route finding last year on a trip. I NEVER have problems with route finding..but this is the second time in two years. So either the route is really difficult in places, or I am going senile. My wife thinks it is the latter, as she wonders why I do this when I show her pictures of the thunderstorm. I remember your TR from last year, and followed it closely. You and I seem to have had the same results at the golden lake also.giantbrookie wrote: ↑Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:09 pmReally neat to see both sides of the Ritter Range on one trip. The west flank view of the Ritter Range is really underrated and Twin Island L. is a really special place. Yes I recall the optimal route getting there had some odd details--like you start heading down one gully then turn back and go up another fork sort of thing. The views at some of your destinations early in the trip were so dramatically different from what I saw last year at the same places I had think about them before I recognized the places; looks really different without a ton of snow.