Sierra High Route 2008

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Shepherd Pass Trailhead 5/6/08 6300 ft. No skinning until 12,000 ft.   Top of Shepherd pass (notice the absence of snow) 12,000 ft. Impressive sun cups greeted us on the Tyndall Plateau. This is what happens when it doesn’t snow for a month plus in late spring. Not exactly the perfect corn for which the […]

Shepherd Pass Trailhead 5/6/08

6300 ft. No skinning until 12,000 ft.

 

Top of Shepherd pass (notice the absence of snow)

12,000 ft.

Impressive sun cups greeted us on the Tyndall Plateau. This is what happens when it doesn’t snow for a month plus in late spring. Not exactly the perfect corn for which the Sierra is famous, but a cool thing to experience. Occasionally the ‘fins’ would fall over sorta like a dominoes as we skinned across the top of them.

 

Trying to make turns on highly textured snow as we drop down toward the Kern.

 

Camp among the trees just East of Milestone Peak.

 

Milestone Peak

 

Nearing the top of Milestone Pass.

Enjoying the best corn of the trip down the western slope of Milestone Pass. Bethany busted out the goggles for the only time.

 

Not As Steep As It Looks Pass

Camp #3 just East of Triple Divide. Nice views of the Kaweahs to to the South.

 

Triple Divide Pass with the 3D Peak on the right.

 

 

 

We had a short loose scramble down the west side of Triple Divide Pass. Once we reached the snow, we rode denture rattling frozen concrete to the bench at Glacier Lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In good seasons this is rideable, but it is often the crux. With more snow the slope a little north on this ridge is also rideable (although scary to commit to as it is a blind rollover).

 

Lonely Lake

 

Great clouds and evening light from camp #4.

 

Skinning towards the Tablelands we crossed these fresh bear prints. Never saw who made them.

Mellow cruising down into the Tablelands. Trees, oxygen, increased proximity to showers and beer.

Bethany is a very good skier and can ski a splitboard better than almost anyone, but…

Miraculous recovery at the Pear Lake Hut. The Hut had just closed for the winter season. Peaking in the window, everything was clean with a bright pink boa hanging on the back wall as a sign of parties past.

After skinning out from the Pear Lake Hut, the snow ran out a couple of miles shy of the Wolverton parking lot. Key beta: zero AT&T cell service in the parking lot although as of 2008 there was a payphone.