Six Months Until Yosemite Facelift 2013!

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Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Jun 19, 2013 - 10:35am PT
Dialing in my plans now...bringing the wife too - it's going to be fun!
MisterE

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 18, 2013 - 08:19pm PT
Two month bump!

Credit: MisterE
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Jul 18, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Two months? Oh crap!

10th annual? Really?
Captain...or Skully

climber
Jul 19, 2013 - 07:41am PT
Supposedly, I have the dates nailed down with my boss. If not, I could just quit. Jobs are pretty easy to come by in North Dakota.
I'll see you there, one way or another.
Barbarian

climber
Jul 19, 2013 - 08:40am PT
I think I'll be in Upper Pines this year. On the waiting list for Yellow Pines. See you all there!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 19, 2013 - 09:51am PT
Yellow Pines Meadow. <br/>
Yellow Pines Meadow.

Credit: mouse from merced
Smelly pines mellow.
Smelly pines mellow.
Credit: mouse from merced
Yellow Pines is the pits! Who'd want to stay there?
Captain...or Skully

climber
Jul 19, 2013 - 10:08am PT
It's better in September, Mouse.
Remember the flux of the seasons, man.
MisterE

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 19, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
Glad to hear you're coming, Skully - see you there. Erik
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 19, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
Sadly, I don't think Karen and I will be there this year. We are working in Alaska for the summer at the Big Ku Lodge as managers and cooks. This is a remote, off-the-grid lodge in a native inholding in Katmai National Park. Everything at this lodge has been flown in by a float plane. We're located on a bluff at the outlet of Kukaklik Lake, about 60 river miles upstream from King Salmon. Brokedownclimber, you'd be right at home here. We look out on many many square miles of tundra and lakes with the snow covered Katmai mountain in the distance. It's not unlike what the Winds look like from Riverton. The biggest difference between here and Wyoming is that, here, it's 55 and mostly cloudy and rainy all of the time and, instead of antelope, we see bears. Lots of them. People come to Katmai to watch bears and we see many of them in camp every day.

Unlike the Yosemite bears, the grizzlies around here are mostly scared of people. We, no sh#t, shoo them from camp when they wander through. As long as we don't get between them and their salmon, they don't care about us. Yesterday there was a big mama sow with her two cubs rooting around in the burn pit and when I shooed her away, she wandered off about 20', watched me for a few minutes then came back to the pit with her cubs while I was yelling and bangig pots. She ignored me and that bad news for the bear. Next time she comes back I have to shoot her. I've got a loaded .357, sitting on my kitchen counter: the first two slugs are #6 bird shot. The next three are hollow-points.

Wouldn't it be badass to shoot a bear? I'll post a full TR after the action happens.

Karen and I will be celebrating 30 years of marriage in Yosemite at the end of October. We won a gift certificate to the Wawona Lodge at last year's raffle so we'll definitely be there on the 28th, our actual anniversary. We plan to spend a week or ten days in the Valley around that time so I hope to see some of you. As usual, I'll be cooking good food. This time I'll bring my paella pan which will feed 12-15 people, sooooo.

Karen and Mal on the porch of the Big Ku.
Karen and Mal on the porch of the Big Ku.
Credit: maldaly
The big one is going to get her ass shot if she comes back. She's 20' ...
The big one is going to get her ass shot if she comes back. She's 20' from the lodge.
Credit: maldaly
Our view to the SE.
Our view to the SE.
Credit: maldaly


Take care and climb safe.
Mal and Karen
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Jul 19, 2013 - 01:51pm PT
I think I would use a rifle with a bunch more power and accuracy if I had to take down that bear.

Any chance you could get a hold of a bunch of flash bangs first? 12 gauge with bird shot would give you a bit more range.....
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 19, 2013 - 03:35pm PT
I've got bear spray for the long range stuff; the .357 is for getting up close and personal.

We live on the edge up here.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jul 19, 2013 - 04:04pm PT
Sadly, I don't think Karen and I will be there this year. We are working in Alaska for the summer at the Big Ku Lodge as managers and cooks. This is a remote, off-the-grid lodge in a native inholding in Katmai National Park. Everything at this lodge has been flown in by a float plane. We're located on a bluff at the outlet of Kukaklik Lake, about 60 river miles upstream from King Salmon....



Pfft.

You call that an excuse?

Weak sauce.
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Jul 19, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
Mal,
.357, seriously????

Try .375 bolt action rifle.

.357 can go.... "Bad" with a big bear.
WTF

climber
Jul 19, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
Mal

You need to load the 12 gauge with alternating rounds slug 00 slug 00 slug 00 00

The last two double 00 are close range in the face rounds. They can't eat you if they don't have a jaw or a face.

Not saying your going to survive it but at least we can view your coffin.

Be safe those are sneaky rats.
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 19, 2013 - 07:12pm PT
You guys...
I don't want to kill the bear. I want to teach it to stay away from this camp. There's a shitton of salmon swimming up the river about 50' away and they don't need to be picking through a burn pile to chew the labels off of partially burned cans. BTW, the prior manager left a ton of partially burned stuff out there. I've been out there every day re-burning old stuff and pouring used oil into the burn area to get it incinerator hot. In another day or two there will be nothing left for the bears to be attracted to. We will keep a spotlessly clean camp and lodge that we're proud of: one that bears don't care about.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 19, 2013 - 07:16pm PT
great to hear about your adventures Mal & Karen... looking forward to catching up with you again... I'll make a point about October and maybe we can actually climb something together!
MisterE

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 19, 2013 - 09:04pm PT
Mal, you guys got a great gig up there! Glad to see it working out into a regular deal.

Miss you guys though.
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 21, 2013 - 09:47am PT
<bump>
10b4me

Ice climber
Middle-of-Nowhere, Arizona
Jul 21, 2013 - 09:55am PT
I hope you don't have to shoot the bear, Mal.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 21, 2013 - 11:43am PT
Hey Mal, you've got a real plum posting up there! Will miss you at FL. Sounds like you're doing your own facelift. What was in the idiot guy's mind to not fully burn the trash?
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