Saturday, May 15, 2010

Yosemite Border Tour, Day 1

I am back from our Trans-Sierra ski tour from Silver Lake to Yosemite Valley. We had an absolutely great adventure.

There is so much to show you that I will just post a day or two of the trip at a time.

On day one my wife, Mary, drove Steve and I up to the Rush Creek Trailhead near Silver Lake, just north of Mammoth Lakes. The weather was beautiful, our spirits were high, and our packs were heavy.

Fifty five pounds of pure fun!
Ready to go.
After a short hike on the summer trail we were booting up on firm snow.
The first obstacle of the trip was this short, steep slope on the Edison Tram line. We got out the ice axes and passed without incident.
The travel became tedious between the Agnew Lake dam and the Gem Lake dam with hiking on a mix of rotten snow and soggy dirt. We took a break on the Gem Lake dam at this little balcony.
We decided not to go this way.
More tedious travel brought us around Gem Lake.
These slopey ice plates above the lake were not all too much fun either.
Finally we reached the western end of Waugh Lake and surveyed the view of our route for the next day. We would cross the crest just left of the dark, twin peaks of Mt. Lyell.
We set up our tent (the Megamid, hereafter referred to as "The Mid") and settled in for dinner.
Day one turned out to be the hardest day of the trip. Between the heavy packs, the long distance, and the difficult travel, Steve and I were simply beat.

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