Trip Report
Hoover Wilderness and Upper Yosemite Backpacking Trip with My Son - August 2013
Sunday September 8, 2013 10:43pm
My son and I did the 49.6 mile Smedberg Lake loop over five days in August. A fun trip worth doing.

Twin Lakes Resident
Twin Lakes Resident
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Little Slide Canyon with the Incredible Hulk on the Left
Little Slide Canyon with the Incredible Hulk on the Left
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Barney Lake
Barney Lake
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Barney Lake
Barney Lake
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Lunch at Peeler Lake
Lunch at Peeler Lake
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Kerrick Meadow
Kerrick Meadow
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Kerrick Meadow
Kerrick Meadow
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Kerrick Meadow
Kerrick Meadow
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Near Arndt Lake
Near Arndt Lake
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Last Switchback to Smedberg Lake
Last Switchback to Smedberg Lake
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Kerrick Meadow - Boulder and Tree Merge into One
Kerrick Meadow - Boulder and Tree Merge into One
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Smedberg Lake
Smedberg Lake
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Volunteer Peak
Volunteer Peak
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Matterhorn Canyon
Matterhorn Canyon
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Matterhorn Canyon
Matterhorn Canyon
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Whorl Mountain near Burro Pass
Whorl Mountain near Burro Pass
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Camp Near Burro Pass with Sawtooth Ridge
Camp Near Burro Pass with Sawtooth Ridge
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Burro Pass with Matterhorn Canyon Beyond
Burro Pass with Matterhorn Canyon Beyond
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Burro Pass with Matterhorn Peak
Burro Pass with Matterhorn Peak
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Mule Pass Crossing Back into the Hoover Wilderness
Mule Pass Crossing Back into the Hoover Wilderness
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Mule Pass
Mule Pass
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Unnamed Lake Over Mule Pass
Unnamed Lake Over Mule Pass
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Crown Lake with Llamas Grazing
Crown Lake with Llamas Grazing
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Llamas at Crown Lake
Llamas at Crown Lake
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Bolivian Llama
Bolivian Llama
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Last Night Out - Robinson Lake
Last Night Out - Robinson Lake
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Walking Out Past Barney Lake
Walking Out Past Barney Lake
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QITNL

climber
  Sep 8, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
Real nice shots - I love that area.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
  Sep 8, 2013 - 11:08pm PT
Thanks. Awfully pretty photos and once again that sense of joy being with one's own out in the wilds.
mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
  Sep 8, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
Weird - ten minutes ago I told my daughter that we'd pass by Smedberg Lake on our next PCT trip. She thought it was a funny name. And then, there you are with photos and all. Thanks for the preview!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Sep 9, 2013 - 11:41am PT
So beautiful!

Thanks for the tour.
10b4me

climber
  Sep 9, 2013 - 11:45am PT
Only been in that area once. Need to go back. I really like that reflection picture of Robinson Lake.
pc

climber
  Sep 9, 2013 - 11:45am PT
Beautiful places and photos. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
pc
SmokingChimp

climber
SoCal
  Sep 9, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
Great pics. Such a beautiful area. And to piggyback on your TR... hope you enjoy

Cheers
go-B

climber
  Sep 9, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
Sweet!
Powder

Trad climber
the Flower Box
  Sep 9, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
Beautiful photos; beautiful area.

Bring back memories (my first solo backpacking trip.)

Thanks for sharing! = )




P.S. Llamas at Crown Lake?!!???? O.o Now that's new... : O
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Sep 9, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
Love it
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Sep 9, 2013 - 07:08pm PT
Love the photos and that area. Thank you for taking us along!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Sep 9, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
just a year or two ago I was in that region. Saw the back of the sawtooths. Until then, I didn't realize how vast that area is, but so easily accessible.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  Sep 9, 2013 - 07:19pm PT
hey there say, Quasimodo ... wow, neat trip report, thanks for sharing... and, some of the lovely photos are starting to show up now...


say, to mtnyoung... thanks for the added fun note...

:)
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
  Sep 9, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
Way to go with your son. He'll remember this for life.

lars
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
sawatch choss
  Sep 9, 2013 - 07:44pm PT
Duuuubbble Rainbow!
adrian korosec

climber
Tucson
  Sep 9, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Quasi, what is your opinion of the Double Rainbow? I have thru-hiked the PCT with a Squall II and had to retire it. I have in my possession the Double RB as a replacement but haven't tried it yet.

The good, bad and ugly...let us know please!
Quasimodo

Trad climber
CA
Author's Reply  Sep 10, 2013 - 12:46am PT
My son and I have spent 12 nights over three Sierra backpacking trips in the Double Rainbow. Last year we did the South Lake to North Lake loop and spent two hours minimum everyday waiting out intense thunderstorms (5 days total). It worked almost perfectly.

Overall i like this tent considering it weighs in less than three pounds It is a little narrow for large folks like me (6-4) and my son (6-1). It is vented all along the bottom but condensation builds up in the roof. Entry from both sides is nice. Not self standing but you can use trekking poles. Actually it is very durable considering how light the fabric. The stakes are hollow tube so be careful not to beat them in with a rock. I have broken one stake by driving it too hard between some rocks. The tie downs are a little weak but I have had no problems.

Warning - it does not come factory seam sealed unless you pay an extra $25 and ask them to do it. A tiny drip developed after a 3 hour thunderstorm. Very waterproof if you consider I did not know it was not seamed sealed until I complained to the company. Best to read the directions carefully.

I will endure some discomfort to carry less weight. Overall I am happy with the DR. I recommended the DR to a friend. He hates the narrow footprint and bought another tent.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Sep 10, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
Very nice,
Beautiful pics from the range of light.
thank you!!!!
Mark Sensenbach

climber
CA
  Sep 10, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
Thanks for posting. Great looking trip. Awesome pics. What a good son and pop trip!
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
  Sep 10, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
Fantastic. Lucky man! Lucky son, too!
Radish

Trad climber
SeKi, California
  Sep 11, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
Nice! Photos and all! Makes me want to get up there and spend some time. We all need this! Thanks.........
Blakey

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
  Sep 12, 2013 - 06:34am PT
Looks beautiful - TFPU.

Steve

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