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avatar How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 24, 2014 06:09PM
Step 1: Find Balloon
Step 2: Send txt to Wifie with Balloon:

Step 3: Profit

...

A rule of thumb that I have is... if I find a balloon I pretty much can guarantee it's gonna be a great trip.
This one was a two ballooner. Had a bunch of those last year along with a rare triple. Weekend before was a single.
smiling smiley

Have fun and Happy Balloon-on



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avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 24, 2014 09:23PM
Do the balloons ever have the name of someone attached?
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avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 26, 2014 12:01PM
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plawrence
Do the balloons ever have the name of someone attached?
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Found a gabazillion of these... none have had name on them...
only found a weather balloon... it had a contact this... OD did... and they never responded



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avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 24, 2014 09:58PM
Hey! Good photo of the slabs route up to Diving Board in the background!
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 25, 2014 07:21AM
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 27, 2014 09:22AM
How wide is that ledge through the slabs?
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 27, 2014 07:18PM
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chicagocwright
How wide is that ledge through the slabs?

It's very much hands-on-rock in some places. Don't get the impression that it's a single ledge.

I quit doing it when I turned 60. There are longer but easier ways to get to the Diving Board. Of course, it you are headed for Snake Dike, then you should be comfortable with this stuff...

See: http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?1,9251,9261#msg-9261

Here is a photo from the link (Chick-on's):



Here is a location for that photo, from Chick-on's gps:





Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 03/01/2014 01:00PM by wherever.
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 27, 2014 09:09PM
Dat looks like my pix. (not a problem)

smiling smiley

It's about 6 inches in places I would say.... if you look closely at that zoom...
you'll see two places where I drew it vertical. Those are 2 of the stickler
places where you have to class 3 it. between the 2 also there is one little
spot where you have to downclimb just a bit. The trace is spot on....

I've taken my pack to and fro on this route... but I wouldn't take many others.
There is a very simple way up that is no exposure.



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avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 27, 2014 11:48PM
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chick-on
. . . snip . . .
There is a very simple way up that is no exposure.

That takes ALL the fun out of it! sad smiley
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 28, 2014 06:10PM
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chick-on

There is a very simple way up that is no exposure.

Which route would that one be?

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avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 01, 2014 01:19AM
Replying to my own question: Is this the route you were referring to?

http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,72638,72663#msg-72663

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Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 01, 2014 01:27AM
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plawrence
Replying to my own question: Is this the route you were referring to?

http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,72638,72663#msg-72663

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Sort of. See http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?17,72681
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 01, 2014 11:57AM
I just talked with my wife again this morning. She deninitly wants to go more. Just no forced marches! winking smiley
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 07, 2014 06:36AM
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plawrence
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chick-on

There is a very simple way up that is no exposure.

Which route would that one be?

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IMO ... and I'm pretty sure posted this elsewhere... the easiest route is
via LYV / Lost Lake / Shrubby up

Mr. Half Dome even has that on his blog



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Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 28, 2014 10:56PM
Great picture thanks (Chick-On and Wherever).

I'm not sure I will ever be there before a Snake Dike trip. The rest of my family wasn't really comfortable with the "ledge" at the top of Yosemite Falls taking you from top of the trail and the rails down to the summertime pools and water outflow. I love the sleeping arrangements there.
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 25, 2014 07:26AM
Wish it were that easy for me!



Near Sunrise Lakes/ Tenaya Lake junction heading towards CR.



....annnddd still have it near top of CR.
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 25, 2014 08:01AM
Awesome.

My wife is a bit more subtle. She just makes me carry everything in my backpack.
Getting her a really small lightweight backpack has been killing me.
She schooled me last trip with her:
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?17,72276,72377#msg-72377

So for my birthday I'm getting HER a new backpack! Grinning Devil

Can't complain toooo much though... pretty much it's almost always where I pick
to go and ... that's typically offtrail and uphill. wink
Feb 16:




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avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 28, 2014 10:00PM
Wow. I missed the sign-up for having my pack carried! Nice.

Actually, having an athletic background, I was the one always carrying other people's stuff (especially for my sister; it was the only way that I could get her to go hiking)



The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 05, 2014 07:23AM
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Bee
Wow. I missed the sign-up for having my pack carried! Nice.

Actually, having an athletic background, I was the one always carrying other people's stuff (especially for my sister; it was the only way that I could get her to go hiking)

Not sure how I missed this post...

I will bet you all the money in the world Z Old Dood will carry your stuff.
tongue sticking out smiley

(bzw... you have to get in line though... I already owe Z Old Guy all the money in the world)

Got Z new pack for Z wifie


Can't wait til she can go next and I can fill that baby up!
Grinning Devil



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avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 05, 2014 06:55PM
Olde Dude rocks (he can carry them, too!)

Hey that pack looks BIGGER than the Talon 44? More stuff!



The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 07, 2014 06:46AM
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Bee
Olde Dude rocks (he can carry them, too!)

Hey that pack looks BIGGER than the Talon 44? More stuff!

Those aren't rocks... those are training features of the pack.

Of course the pack is bigger! 58>44 tongue sticking out smiley
Seriously though... every time I ask her to carry me... she refuses...
so maybe she can at least carry all of her own stuff tongue sticking out smiley
(I'm not kidding... my pack was 40lbs... hers was 20lbs last trip w/her)
(and she royally kicked my booty... I had to call 'no mas')



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avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 07, 2014 08:51PM
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chick-on

(I'm not kidding... my pack was 40lbs... hers was 20lbs last trip w/her)

Are you sure that the extra weight is not Chick-on is looking at you! ?



The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 08, 2014 12:54PM
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Bee
Are you sure that the extra weight is not Chick-on is looking at you! ?

He's been putting it on since Twinkies returned?
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
April 01, 2014 09:24AM
Hi all. Been out of it for some time. Mom died Feb. 25, life rough before and very busy after. Basilbop has posted some of what we've been up to..

But in trying to catch up on site, had to stop to comment on this one. I was just at REI yesterday and was looking at this new Exos 58. I love my "first edition" one and was interested in the changes they made. I want to hear what you both think about this pack! If anyone has the new pack, or even better - had the old pack and now has the new one, would love to hear about it.

Thanks!
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 25, 2014 08:48AM
Very cool. My wife is a trooper, but I do what I can to keep her pack light. The problem is, I take a bunch of the heavy stuff and then she just refills her pack with sketching and art supplies and she's right back where she started.
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 25, 2014 07:17PM
Not to hijack this thread, but it would be interesting to know how many people on these boards backpack as a couple. WE see relatively few couples backpacking...and even fewer of our "distinguished" age.



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Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 25, 2014 07:49PM
On the third day he will whine. I finally realized he was just going because I wanted to go. After he "closed" the entire Grand Canyon as a "revegetation area" after an eight day trip, I realized I would be better if I hiked with a friend. Then, when the friends started annoying me, I realized that sometimes it's nice to just go.

He is happy to look at my pictures and listen to my stories when I get home. I know he doesn't miss carrying the pack. For the record he never carried my stuff.
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 26, 2014 10:15AM
My wife has gone with me before. However, she isn't into hiking all that much, she just loves the outdoors. It just means I need easier trips. grinning smiley And I carry as much as possible. It helps me get more of the trip I want.
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 26, 2014 12:02PM
For the record... the wife has carried some of my stuff. smiling smiley



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Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
April 01, 2014 09:39AM
Basilbop and I backpack as a couple as often as we can. We've been hiking together and backpacking for over two decades now. I'd say over the past 10 years, given schedules (both) and injuries (mine), we've each had either solo trips or trips with other friends. Because of my injuries/schedule Basilbop has gone without me more than I've gone without him. And I find it VERY HARD to be left behind! crying When we started backpacking, we were very egalitarian, carrying weight proportional to our bodyweight. We've modified that a bit and now we each carry what our relative strength at the time allows. We try to go as light as possible, but I have some "luxuries" (warmer quilt, "The Stick"winking smiley, and I often carry extra cameras/lenses for Basilbop as well. We both carry more than we used to, but it's also easier for us now. When we finished the JMT together in 2010, we weighed our packs at the end, it turned out my pack was a pound or so heavier than Basilbop's! Have to say my ego liked that.
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 26, 2014 03:30PM
On one of our trips last summer, I really mangled my back on the morning of the second day--badly enough to make it darn hard to move...

And so we gave some hard thoughts about what to do next. One option was for her to try and carry both of our packs...and hoping that I could crawl along somehow to get us back to trailhead.

Another option, which turned out to be more attractive, was for me to lie down and do a series of back exercises that sloooowwwly began to relax the spasms.

And in the end, we decided to continue with the hike for another 40 miles or so.

The joys of backpacking with age!



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avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 26, 2014 09:18PM
Confused. Leavitt to HH is right around 40 miles. Why didn't you just get back in your car?
tongue sticking out smiley

Of course I'm confused at why da heck no one responds either.
Maybe I'm da problem.

Anywho. Not to give you tooooo hard a time.... but it's Wilma Lake. Not Wilmer.
Some Brit screwed up the translation / tranposition / signation / designation.
Turn your GPS on british... and you'll quickly see how it happened.

Z wife and I see couples every so often. Just saw a nice couple on our last
trip together and chatted with them for a bit. But typically we rarely see anyone
for most of the days we are out together. So easy to get away from everyone.

bzw... I backpack with the aged quite often. tongue sticking out smiley



Chick-on is looking at you!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/26/2014 09:19PM by chick-on.
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 27, 2014 08:56AM
Of course I'm confused at why da heck no one responds either.
Maybe I'm da problem.



Nonsense. I very much enjoy reading your posts, and it's obvious a lot of other people do too. We just may not have much to add.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/2014 08:56AM by lschaaf.
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 27, 2014 01:56PM
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lschaaf
We just may not have much to add.

Bowing to his greatness
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 27, 2014 07:22PM
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chick-on
Of course I'm confused at why da heck no one responds either.
Maybe I'm da problem.
tongue sticking out smiley

Hey, I loved that post. Forwarded it to several friends.

In my case, the wife has COPD, and her backpacking is over. But you whippersnappers should be doing it together while you can.
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 01, 2014 08:11AM
Was disappointed so few respond to the question of couples backpacking.
That's all.



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Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
February 27, 2014 07:38AM
No back massage?!

Chick-on...Did I miss somewhere in the thread someone talking about Wilma?
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 07, 2014 06:38AM
Mr. Colin,
Pretty much I'm not going to bother anymore. Waste of time.
I'm going to climb Half Dome this weekend... it's more productive.



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Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 07, 2014 04:44PM
I hear ya. Considering doing that one Wednesday before 1/4s.
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 01, 2014 12:42PM
I always backpack with my boyfriend/domestic partner Steve and would be very disappointed if I wasn't included. We each carry our own clothing, toiletries, etc and divvy up the general gear. We'll split the tent up and one of us will carry the tent and fly, the other the poles. I try not to bring anything extraneous (I can't imagine bringing art supplies!) I usually bring a point-and-shoot camera but I think next trip he'll attempt to bring the SLR, which will significantly heavy up his load, meaning I'll probably get stuck carrying more other items...wink



avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 01, 2014 12:57PM
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SoCalhikechick
I think next trip he'll attempt to bring the SLR, which will significantly heavy up his load, meaning I'll probably get stuck carrying more other items...wink

It can also cause a sore neck if you use the strap to carry it.
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 01, 2014 01:29PM
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SoCalhikechick

I always backpack with my boyfriend/domestic partner Steve and would be very disappointed if I wasn't included. We each carry our own clothing, toiletries, etc and divvy up the general gear. We'll split the tent up and one of us will carry the tent and fly, the other the poles. I try not to bring anything extraneous (I can't imagine bringing art supplies!) I usually bring a point-and-shoot camera but I think next trip he'll attempt to bring the SLR, which will significantly heavy up his load, meaning I'll probably get stuck carrying more other items...wink





Thanks for the photos.

(To link photos from Flickr is a bit more tricky than from some other sites. On the photo page in Flickr, one needs to click on the share icon, then click on the pin icon, then select the photo size [the above photos are 800x600 size] and then copy and paste the link Flickr generated.)

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Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 01, 2014 07:06PM
Ahh, I wondered what the deal was with the photos. Thanks for the tip!
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 02, 2014 12:18PM
I bring my DSLR and usually a couple of lenses (and a mini tripod). I use this waist clip to carry my camera. I run my waist strap stabilizer through it (back towards my hip), and even keep the camera in a neoprene case to protect it a little. It allows me to access the camera quickly and often, but leaves my hands free for scrambling, hiking poles, etc. Trust Eeek when he says using the strap will cause a sore neck.
avatar Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 07, 2014 04:10PM
Here's another suggestion. Buy a Cotton Carrier and place it on your chest. I wear one with my 70-200 attached but....I'm usually on flat terrain.



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Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 07, 2014 04:48PM
Do you happen to know if they make any 'Cotton Carriers' or holsters that use the same attaching mechanism as a tripod? I would really like not having to switch out attachments between a holster and tripod mount. (Does this make sense?)
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 11, 2014 10:06AM
My hubby could score points with the wifie if he'd go backpacking with me. We haven't been since 2010. But it may not be in the cards in the future...

On that trip I carried more weight than him and on the JMT in 2008, we carried equal (and heavy) packs. When we wuz young'uns, he did carry more of the weight than I. ( My cameras weighed a lot more then than nowadays too.)

As far as couples...we had backpacked together for 31 years.



And, as for the camera strap around the neck...if you are used to carrying your camera bag in that manner, it will be fine backpacking too.
Re: How to Score Points with the Wifie
March 12, 2014 11:22PM
I always hike with my wife...and eleven year old son. We just bought him a new tent and are kicking him out of ours! We also just added an adopted Siberian Husky, so our trips to the park will be limited. I am really looking forward to exploring some of the areas outside the park. I would love to find somewhere like Ten Lakes but without the crowds, I am sure it is wishful thinking but I have plenty of time to look!
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