Trip Report
Two Zachs--Grade IV Day Trip South of Sunnyside
Friday March 29, 2013 12:32pm
Life is a bivouac.--Life is a Bivouac

Suggested listening.

Acapulco Gold & Silver/QSM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxw_IrlGK_E

Guarda Luna
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxw_IrlGK_E

Highly-rated & very well-related TR
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/TR-2011-09-011-Rainy-Day-Adventures-in-the-Valley/t11165n.html

The best-laid plans thing never meant much to Mouse. Why should it?--the Rev

Gift from God to us all.  Many thanks, billions, in fact.
Gift from God to us all. Many thanks, billions, in fact.
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Elizabeth, Gift from God.  To me.  Thanks, Mon! <br/>
 <br/>
Flames motto:  St...
Elizabeth, Gift from God. To me. Thanks, Mon!

Flames motto: Stay un-prepared. Peace.
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Hwy. 140.  One for de money, two for to go, two round trip tickets, pl...
Hwy. 140. One for de money, two for to go, two round trip tickets, please, and we shall go on back to Yo.
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This year's poppy crop is poppy-cock.  These are good, though.
This year's poppy crop is poppy-cock. These are good, though.
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This is about half of the total number of other hikers on the Southsid...
This is about half of the total number of other hikers on the Southside Trail, quite "tolerable" for the middle of Easter week.
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Marcel Simon.  My former neighbor in Middle Earth, support-paying paup...
Marcel Simon. My former neighbor in Middle Earth, support-paying pauper/father, and a formidable Scrabble opponent. Newest member of The Flames, the official token n00b of the group. He's also worked in the Village Grill.
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At the lower head &#40;I suppose it's the foot, really&#41; of the Fou...
At the lower head (I suppose it's the foot, really) of the Four Mile Trail.
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Mouse flippin' the rat.  Let's get the heck outa here &#40;but not nec...
Mouse flippin' the rat. Let's get the heck outa here (but not necessarily very far).
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Always impressive, never seemingly impressed.  Just watching you watch...
Always impressive, never seemingly impressed. Just watching you watching her. Well, I saw her face, now I'm a believer...
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Hanging Valley east of the Profile Cliff, who was not in the mood to b...
Hanging Valley east of the Profile Cliff, who was not in the mood to be photographed. It's fixing to rain, but the clouds weren't in the way enough and that's why it's so bright--the PLAY of LIGHT is the THING! Cinemouse = OBSCURISM, not TOURISM.
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Oooh, wazzat, Mouse?  It's an example of the universal solvent reactin...
Oooh, wazzat, Mouse? It's an example of the universal solvent reacting to gravity, all of which are potential Bingos in Scrabble, commonly called a waterfall. It has a name. Look it up.
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I figured this to be Sentinel Creek.  It tasted swell.  Snowmelty good...
I figured this to be Sentinel Creek. It tasted swell. Snowmelty good.
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Zach One, the Green Flash, running the El Cap Ten.  Kilos or miles, I ...
Zach One, the Green Flash, running the El Cap Ten. Kilos or miles, I didn't ask, again! No shot of the Chartreuse Floozy, she was past and gone before I knew it. She was trailing the Green Flash by a minute and a half, we reckoned, on their way out.
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The whole shebang.  Hebang.  Whatever.
The whole shebang. Hebang. Whatever.
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Gawk the hawk!  Other than giant ravens, blackbirds, the one hawk, the...
Gawk the hawk! Other than giant ravens, blackbirds, the one hawk, the owl at night, and a squirrel Marcel sighted, that was the total of the wildlife. Not surprising, since it's so near to the road on this trail in so many parts. Tune it out...
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A mother learns to rise above, sow her line, a form of love.
A mother learns to rise above, sow her line, a form of love.
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Why is this such a sad picture?
Why is this such a sad picture?
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How would you liche it if your planet was a boulder by the side of a Y...
How would you liche it if your planet was a boulder by the side of a Yosemite Valley trail? But guess what, it is a boulder, just not there.
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Horse Tail Falls, its creek, and the Easy Ledges.
Horse Tail Falls, its creek, and the Easy Ledges.
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Nobody's perfect.--Chuck E. Choss
Nobody's perfect.--Chuck E. Choss
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Ta----- Da!
Ta----- Da!
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Meanwhile, in the other direction, the rain squall, a gentle "pinking"...
Meanwhile, in the other direction, the rain squall, a gentle "pinking" is what it amounted to, passes on up-valley.
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A little wet n00b.
A little wet n00b.
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A tiny little galaxy.
A tiny little galaxy.
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Gonna be a big star someday.
Gonna be a big star someday.
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Mojo.  A sharp-dressed man.
Mojo. A sharp-dressed man.
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Happy trails to you, until we meet again.  It was great to see the Hig...
Happy trails to you, until we meet again. It was great to see the Higher Spire. I remember my first 5.8, introducing Liz to him, and lots more.
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The arboreal committee, the so-called tree ushers, welcomes you to the...
The arboreal committee, the so-called tree ushers, welcomes you to the Cathedral.
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Two n00bile hikers emerging from a baptism in the Cathedral.  Marcel, ...
Two n00bile hikers emerging from a baptism in the Cathedral. Marcel, ever the gentleman. Ushers giving approval or bored as heck, it's your call.
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It began darkening, clouded over totally, and the temp dropped ten deg...
It began darkening, clouded over totally, and the temp dropped ten degrees. We had to make a decision. We opted for a bivouac, and shelter.
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Having decided to bivy, we hiked up to the base of the Powell-Reed, a ...
Having decided to bivy, we hiked up to the base of the Powell-Reed, a taste of third class for the n00b, and then got back to the trail.
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Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.--The motto of t...
Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.--The motto of the American Christopher Society, founded 1945, based on an old Chinese proverb.
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Don't curse the darn darkness, Jesse.  Go to sleep.--Mrs. Young to the...
Don't curse the darn darkness, Jesse. Go to sleep.--Mrs. Young to the budding rock star
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I lay down on a large soft patch of sand in a funnel for run-off which...
I lay down on a large soft patch of sand in a funnel for run-off which crossed the trail and put the camera on my chest and let my brealthing dictate the moment to shoot. This old snag cast her spell.
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I couldn't get the shots I wanted shooting in the dark, so I saturated...
I couldn't get the shots I wanted shooting in the dark, so I saturated this one to see the effect.
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This circle of woodland friends, ike all circles of friends, won't las...
This circle of woodland friends, ike all circles of friends, won't last.
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Two old buddies.
Two old buddies.
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Our latest pile shag, with genuine oak leaves interwoven.
Our latest pile shag, with genuine oak leaves interwoven.
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A bien tot, the ravens crow.
A bien tot, the ravens crow.
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Two old friends met in Yosemite...It happens all the time!
Two old friends met in Yosemite...It happens all the time!
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Two old friends thought they were having a private conversation; in fa...
Two old friends thought they were having a private conversation; in fact, not all of their neighbors were leavesdroppers, but some were notorious gossips.
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Werner and Zach Two.  Two old acquaintances were standing in the smoki...
Werner and Zach Two. Two old acquaintances were standing in the smoking area, one was smoking, one was not. Mouse is not a notorious gossip, just a casual observer and wouldn't hurt a fly, not even if a Mono medicine man cursed him.
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Don't go around tonight,  <br/>
Well, it's bound to take your life,  <br/>
The...
Don't go around tonight,
Well, it's bound to take your life,
There's a bad moon on the rise.
Unless you can't sleep.

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I was thinking and breathing and walking and praying and in the best possible state for my age and physical infirmities. Within my self I felt myself connected to those without me but a part of me nonetheless.

The midnight ramble in the middle of a bivvy was CAPITAL! Can't do that on a portaledge bivy. Maybe on Mammoth Terraces.

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About the Author
mouse from merced is a trad climber from merced, california.

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RyanD

climber
Squamish
  Mar 29, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
Awesome Mouse, you are psyched- I am psyched! Thanks!
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Mar 30, 2013 - 09:50am PT
Cool narrative Mouse. TFPU!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Mar 30, 2013 - 10:11am PT
sweetness Mouse. The valley and the lil galaxies that exist there!
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
  Mar 30, 2013 - 10:26am PT
Very nice
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Mar 30, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
Thank you for posting about your trip mouse. That place is magical..every time.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
  Mar 30, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Nice, Mouse.
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
  Mar 31, 2013 - 12:58am PT
The valley is both a dream and real place. So special. You too, old buddy.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Author's Reply  Mar 31, 2013 - 01:36am PT
A pleasing walk on the Southside Trail. I had no previous experience on it. I wanted to take Marcel up Gunsight. Neither of us has a car, the shuttle loop's not running, so we went old school. We walked, as have others in our position--the early RCS folks, for example. We had got off to a late start from Merced, catching the last a.m. bus at 10:45, which would have been fine, but we needed to get headlamps and a few things at the Mtn. Shop. Then we had to take the cattle-car to the Lodge (enduring horrible bus-driver bear jokes the whole way!).

By the time we got out of the crowd and into the meadow, leading to Sentinel, I felt good, still, about our making it to the summit of LCR. But taking photos and my time caused us to dawdle too long and so we gladly found a friendly mid-sized group of boulders to set up in so that the rain wouldn't surprise us. I spent the first two hours making up my mind not to remain in there, since I would be more comfortable stretched out on pine needles or sand. I got up and went out with my camera and walked in the moonlight, intermittent but plenty good to illuminate the trail, which I never left, as I didn't need to (except that one time--and I buried it well, Facelifters).
I came back to the bivvy and took my bag to a spot I'd found no nearer the road, still hidden, but sooo relax...

I had plenty of deep sleep, not bad. I got up and went back to keep Marcel company and we ate and had a power nap and the birds were tweeting, so I pushed him and we got rolling, went to the road and straightaway got a ride with Rick Ranger the Wilderness Finger-Wagger for the NPS, who delivered us to the Park Headquarters. His name is Mark, not Rick, and he is a prince. Thanks, Mark.

I didn't use the telephoto on this trip. I left it on the bus! But the bus driver, Bob, married to a former phone company employee who was my dad Boomer's office supervisor, found it and I have it back safe and sound. Whew! Magic, ya know?

This trail's eminently suitable for mtn. bikes, folks who don't know.


JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Mar 31, 2013 - 03:13am PT
I love it, Mouse. I just wish I was able to get to the Valley last week. At least my daughter made it -- and disovered that her boyfriend's dog bouldered better than she did.

John
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
  Mar 31, 2013 - 03:51am PT
this is nice, mouse...
thanks for sharing with us...
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Mar 31, 2013 - 11:44am PT
Thanks fer takin us with ya,
Yur a sly little Mouse,
un-approved bivy site in your rambles,
then the next morning Mr. Ranger gives Yogi and Boo-Boo
a free ride to the pic a nic basket in the Village.
Sweeet! Ya got that dialed.
Tad


Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Apr 1, 2013 - 04:10pm PT
A great ramble thanks!!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
  Apr 1, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
Thumbs up!
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Apr 1, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
Good stuff! It's been a while since mine eyes have drunk deeply from Yosemite. So many lovely flashes pop in my head to keep me smiling. Thanks!
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