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RP3

Big Wall climber
El Portal/Chapel Hill
Dec 10, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
Rad stuff. That zone is one of my favorite spots on earth

On a run to Roger's Peak from Tuolumne in 2010. MAN what a snowy year!
On a run to Roger's Peak from Tuolumne in 2010. MAN what a snowy year!
Credit: RP3
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 10, 2012 - 05:05pm PT
Nutjob, All we had was sleeping bags, so we were pretty light. But Billygoat looked a little different from myself when we reached the trail camp. I guess it was a bad match, a widlerness ranger and someone just out of grad school. Never underestimate what grad school will do to persons belly.
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 10, 2012 - 05:14pm PT
A few more pics since I missed this the first time around

Marie Lakes
Marie Lakes
Credit: Adamame

Lyell Fork of Merced
Lyell Fork of Merced
Credit: Adamame

Whiffle Ball with Edna trail crew
Whiffle Ball with Edna trail crew
Credit: Adamame

As for Billygoat's marriage...

The Bachelor's party was more memorable.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 10, 2012 - 11:45pm PT
Darkest Lyell.  Let's explore the range of light's dark side, the four...
Darkest Lyell. Let's explore the range of light's dark side, the fourth class death route instead.
Credit: Jim Shirley
Mt. Lyell and the challenger.
Mt. Lyell and the challenger.
Credit: Jim Shirley/by MFM
The Water Meadows.  Some anonymous peaks in the background.
The Water Meadows. Some anonymous peaks in the background.
Credit: Jim Shirley
Choss is okay if it's stable.  This shite's been settling for centurie...
Choss is okay if it's stable. This shite's been settling for centuries. Cake. The focking route's so focking obvious, too. Follow the East Focking Arete.
Credit: Jim Shirley
Jim in defiance of gravity, Mt. Lyell.
Jim in defiance of gravity, Mt. Lyell.
Credit: Jim Shirley
The date of this is sometime during the eighties, maybe '87 or '88. The time of the year is late, late summer. There's been some snowfall at the highest elevations, but it's gone. There is a good snowpack. The crews were taking everything down for the winter at the Meadows, where we walked in part way the first afternoon.

The next day we went across Donahue Pass to the Water Meadows (my name) below the S. Face of Donahue Peak. Then we camped, lolled in the late afternoon sun, and left for Marie Lakes next morning, got the East Arete in good time, went to the bottom of the Lyell Glacier, back over Donahue Pass, thus making a circle.
So you know, I've actually done my homework on this one.
So you know, I've actually done my homework on this one.
Credit: mouse from merced
If my "north" is skewed, never mind. You either get it or not. It's Veronica Lake, too, kids. Your grampa's dream date.

Next day we walked out, had the last cheeseburgers made at the grill that year, and went back to whence we came. It was a tour. It was a trip.

Full TR next year.
billygoat

climber
Pees on beard to seek mates.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 02:54pm PT
Yeah, I think we need to have a backcountry divorce party! I'm in better shape now and I could fraternize more easily with the girls... isn't that what they call it these days?

Classic quote of the trip. as we're getting to the car in Mono Meadows. I'm limping, cursing Adam for thinking I could easily do this sort of thing post grad program. (As for the belly, that's why I took the bigger pack. I figured I had to balance out the weight on the frontside.) So we're just back at the car and he turns to me and says, "well, that's the biggest thing I did all summer." I guess I wasn't in THAT bad of shape. I mean, I made it and lived to tell another tale... (one coming soon)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 11, 2012 - 08:40pm PT
I like that red glacier polish!
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Dec 12, 2012 - 01:23am PT
I missed this thread the first time around. My favorite area. The trip first described is almost the reverse of one I once did - Late one afternoon, I went from Upper Lyell Basin to Upper Marie Lake. I wish I had brought a camera, as this was the most awesome place and pass I have ever visited, without question.

Here's a few shots from the neighborhood taken on other jaunts:

Triple Peak Fork
Triple Peak Fork
Credit: TMJesse

"Head Honcho" - Mt. Ansel Adams from near Doc Moyle's Camp
"Head Honcho" - Mt. Ansel Adams from near Doc Moyle's Camp
Credit: TMJesse

Mt. Florence
Mt. Florence
Credit: TMJesse

Hutchin's Basin below Mt Lyell
Hutchin's Basin below Mt Lyell
Credit: TMJesse

Etna Lake
Etna Lake
Credit: TMJesse

The most beloved Adair Lake view of Lyell Range
The most beloved Adair Lake view of Lyell Range
Credit: TMJesse

Ascending Hutchin\'s Fork
Ascending Hutchin\'s Fork
Credit: TMJesse

Upper Base Camp, Mt Lyell
Upper Base Camp, Mt Lyell
Credit: TMJesse

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