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Wintery Week in Yosemite- Part 3

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:08 pm
by Harlen
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I made a long ski tour up to Parker Creek- ~ 7 miles up from the Meadows on the road, and through the forest. I originally thought to head around Ragged Peak, and on for a close up view of the giant southwest face of Conness, but the snow was too icy, and the route I chose too much of a downed trees tangle. So I turned right around, and skied up 120 to the Mono/Parker Pass TH, and on up Parker Creek. I turned around at the first of the Miner's cabins for a 17 mile day. Mounts Dana and Gibbs in the background.
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There were a lot of snow shoe hare tracks above the Meadows.
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Mount Gibbs is such an interesting soft contrast to the spiky peaks of the Cathedral Range above T.Meadows.
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Here's the Toulumne Ski Hut, with a vague view of Lembert Dome in the background.
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The T.M. Ski Hut is a very nice base. Wood stove with a huge stock of wood, 8 bunks, two large tables, usually electricity, and electric hot-plates to cook on (sometimes just candles for light, and the woodstove to cook on). Water from the Toulumne River right up at the bridge- sometimes quite an effort to break into it for liquid water- but always snow to heat up in the hut's giant pots. And it's free- on first come basis.
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Finally an animal! This coyote let me join up for a long tour of the Meadows together.
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I first encountered him or her just 30 yards or so away- first thing in the morning on my morning tour.
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Re: Wintery Week in Toulumne- Part 3

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:28 pm
by cslaght
What an amazing trip! Thank you for the share.

Re: Wintery Week in Toulumne- Part 3

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:23 pm
by jeremiahkim
Awesome shots of the coyote, particularly the last one.

Re: Wintery Week in Yosemite- Part 3

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:24 pm
by tahoefoothills
This is a great, unique trip report. Thanks for taking the time to write it up and post those terrific winter photos. I greatly admire your backcountry winter skills (and boldness).