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Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 14, 2013 - 03:53am PT
Anyone besides me ever seriously think about grabbing an iron skillet, an old wool suit, and following Clarence King's route through the High Sierra in the style of late 19th Century mountaineers?

Minus the damn horses, or course.
Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Jul 14, 2013 - 04:09am PT
Ha ha, no horses, no iron skillet, plus you have to start hiking in Fresno.
aguacaliente

climber
Jul 14, 2013 - 06:30am PT
Have you seen Daniel Arnold's "Early Days in the Range of Light"? http://www.amazon.com/Early-Days-Range-Light-Mountaineers/dp/1582436169/ You should. Wool jacket yes, iron skillet not so much, and I don't think he started from Fresno, but it's very cool.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 14, 2013 - 06:57am PT
My dry cleaner wrecked my wool suit and my club is depending on me the next month or so. Count me out.

IF YOU ARE SERIOUS, get professional help.

(A word to the wise.)

Credit: mouse from merced
Theodore Solomons of the Muir Trail.

Sans equine companionship.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jul 14, 2013 - 07:03am PT
Not so much the accessories, but yes. Most days.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:50am PT
Ever read the tale of Orland Bartholomew?

http://www.sequoiaparksfoundation.org/2012/historic-people-and-places-orland-bartholomew/

1928. Winter. Solo. Whitney to Yosemite. On skis. Along the high Sierra crest.

One of the original bad asses.



http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1159112

DMT
Gene

climber
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:54am PT
following Clarence King's route


Don't confuse Tyndall for Whitney.
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jul 14, 2013 - 10:43am PT
Years of hauling kids around, and I mean literal truly back-breaking hauling, not just the metaphoric kind, causes me to be counted out as well. I've had enough.

Now, if you're up for it and really want to make it interesting, trying doing it in this kind of wool suit:

Credit: Fletcher

Eric
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 14, 2013 - 10:48am PT
I think old Jed Smith had them all beat.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 14, 2013 - 10:52am PT
Count me in, I'm already in training.............
Guido in training
Guido in training
Credit: guido
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 14, 2013 - 11:01am PT
We're so not worthy.

Another great read, with great photograhy, is Such A Landscape!, a narrative of the 1864 California Geological Survey Exploration from William Brewer's diary.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Theodore Solomons of the Muir Trail

I did try to trace some of Solomons' steps years ago (e.g., Enchanted Gorge), but with modern equipment.

Thanks for all of the good info everyone!! It's all new stuff for me!

Descending the Enchanted Gorge
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Jul 14, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
I've always wanted to travel the Enchanted Gorge. That looks cool and well off the beaten path. Thanks for the photo.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 16, 2013 - 05:54pm PT
So... Here are some pics of our trip down the Enchanted Gorge.

Our route:
Lake Sabrina > Wallace Col > Evolution Basin > Ionian Basin > Enchanted Gorge > Goddard Canyon > Ionian Basin > Mono Pass > Echo Col > Lake Sabrina

We camped halfway down the gorge just... just... just to be there. We also camped halfway up Goddard Canyon because... because... it was bushwhacking hell and we were forced to.

In the Ionian Basin, heading for Chasm Lake and the entrance to the Enchanted Gorge. Charybdis on the left, the Three Sirens on the right. Elevation about 12,000 feet. We cached our rope and climbing gear down there at Chasm Lake and headed into gorge with just camping gear.
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Talus hell in the top-most reaches of the Enchanted Gorge. Disappearing Creek disappears under this talus.
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

The upper reaches of the Enchanted Gorge (Three Sirens on the left)
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Entering the narrow section of the Enchanted Gorge
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Early in the season, you'll be crossing a lot of snow bridges deep in the chasm. Kinda spooky looking down some holes and seeing that your 20 - 30 feet above the creek.
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

The lake at the halfway mark
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

The lower chasm
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

The bottom of the Enchanted Gorge before the final drop the Goddard Creek. Elevation about 8,000 feet, six miles downstream from the Ionian Basin.
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Gene

climber
Jul 16, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
Thanks SLR. I've wanted to do that trip for a very long time. Looks beautiful.

g
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Jul 16, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
kool thread, would make for a great experience. but, mention of an 'iron skillet' reminds me of when we earned our '50 Miler' patch (square leather patch), in the High Uintas when, i was a 13 year old boy scout in SLC, UT. I brought my fathers heavy framing ax along. if he hadn't personally given it to me, it would have been history within the first day or two. lol
CK in action.
CK in action.
Credit: splitter
CK (far right) & crew!
CK (far right) & crew!
Credit: splitter
Mt CK & the high country are calling...
Mt CK & the high country are calling...
Credit: Ansel Adams (1925)
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