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Re: TR: Murphy Creek/ Raisin Ridge(?)

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TR: Murphy Creek/ Raisin Ridge(?)
August 15, 2011 04:29PM
So, with vague ambitions of Dana Plateau or as I put it to a co-worker as I was leaving work " to find a river. And sit by it."
I rolled into the Lee Vining area around midnight, threw down the sleeping bag (on the lumpiest spot available argh), saw a shooting star and it was lights out.
Awoke and went and stared at the Dana area for awhile. People watching ...a french family faire du picnic en plein air,
climbers and other assorted sierra vagabonds posing and scoping the area, each other and me out.

Decided to move on to something more mellow ( cut me some slack, midnight remember) ...
breakfast at Tenaya Lake: a slab of naan with about an inch of PB and a schmear of nutella. I have a full day of river sitting ahead better eat up!
So, with an alpine start of 10:something a.m. I set off up the Murphy Creek trail.
I sauntered along enjoying the wildflower display and the inviting pools in the slabby watercourse. So good to be back in the mountains!

Murphy Creek by MangosteenKate, on Flickr

corn lily by MangosteenKate, on Flickr
Didn't see another person after crossing the creek in the Polly Dome Lakes area.

With my curiosity pulling me further and further, I never really did stop to river-lounge. Maybe I'll go up Tuolumne Pk.... maybe Polly Dome...
... maybe up this enticing ridge will satisfy and I'll head back to the car.

Line w/ ufo by MangosteenKate, on Flickr

Cool erratics:

Puffer fish totally ignoring me. by MangosteenKate, on Flickr
I kept harking back to this post and Chick-on's line drawn on "an interesting ridge."
Chick-on's ridge talk

(not a stalker, I swear)
Could I do it? Should I do it? I can always retreat to marked trails, back the way I came. Just go up and have a look around, reassess things.

Loverly trail:

I'm likin' this trail by MangosteenKate, on Flickr

Conness & Lupine:

Lupine Conness by MangosteenKate, on Flickr

What'sup thar?

wuts up thar? by MangosteenKate, on Flickr
Beckoning, gotta go.

beckoning by MangosteenKate, on Flickr
Basically followed this ridge from the saddle between Murphy Creek drainage and Raisin Lake.
Looking at Tenaya Lake, Mt Clark, Clouds Rest. You can see Tioga rd (vertical stripe to right of dome.)
popped out near there in the flats ~1/4 mi. west of Sunrise parking. west end of Tenaya Lake.

beckoning/what have i gotten myself into by MangosteenKate, on Flickr

Looking back at the dome:

Untitled by MangosteenKate, on Flickr
Somewhere between these two photos a fatigue set in and my confidence in myself was starting to wane.

The crazy inner dialog starts.... am I dehydrated? I'm a fool for not bringing more water. I have no appetite. beer. a beer sounds good.
why does it feel like someone is standing on my chest? I don't even like beer all that much
I have a good sense of direction,but no formal routefinding skills. what was I thinking? my feet feel like sandbags.
They're going to find me under a rock in my dirty underwear, clutching some gummy bears, amateur! I'm out of condition...
altitude is getting to me. why is my throat so scratchy? I just want to beeline for the car, but all the trees, bushwhacking.

Go up, girl, stick to granite and, yes, walk a mile or whatever out of your way for an easier road walk back.

Surprise tarn:

Cathedral Pk, Stately Pleasure Dome by MangosteenKate, on Flickr
Time for gummy power!

Gummy power by MangosteenKate, on Flickr
orange points to where I need to go....
Got back to Mono Lake in time for dinner at the Mobil. Woke up with a spliting headache. Thought I was going to be the first person ever
to die of cerebral edema in Lee Vining, but no turns out I'm just a bit of a hypochondriac when on my own in "the wilds".
The feeling off, scratchy throat etc of the previous day was just a cold that has lasted all week.

Really? I'm ending on a gummy worm photo? More photos here:
Mo' betta photos

Didn't see any footprints on the ridge walk(and tried not to leave any to nurture that sense of discovery in the next person who follows).
Highly recommended hike. I think I would have liked it more as an overnighter just to have had more time to wander around.

THANK YOU CHICK-ON!! for the inspiration!
Thoughts of you all kinda kept me goin' in the rough spots.
By the way, what does one call this ridge?? I just wrote Raisin Ridge for lack of better ideas/ info.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/15/2011 05:15PM by nomenclature.
Re: TR: Murphy Creek/ Raisin Ridge(?)
August 15, 2011 04:34PM
Arggh, the photos didn't show up ( or is it just my computer?) any tips?
avatar Re: TR: Murphy Creek/ Raisin Ridge(?)
August 15, 2011 04:59PM
Arggh, the photos didn't show up ( or is it just my computer?) any tips?

You have to use the URL of the image. What you used was the URL to the page them image is on.
Re: TR: Murphy Creek/ Raisin Ridge(?)
August 15, 2011 05:19PM
Thanks, fixed it. I'm a bit of a Luddite.
avatar Re: TR: Murphy Creek/ Raisin Ridge(?)
August 15, 2011 04:39PM
Fur-rick-in awesome!

I called that one Murphy Ridge:

But Raisin Ridge sounds pretty darn kewl.

(lemme see if can fix the faux-toes now)

Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: TR: Murphy Creek/ Raisin Ridge(?)
August 15, 2011 04:55PM
To show your photos... click on your photo... then find the share button... click on the BBCode...
w/o any edit you get this:

High point after saddle by MangosteenKate, on Flickr

We didn't do the entire ridge as you can see from the map... so kudos for doing it all. very very cool
Any chance you see this:

Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: TR: Murphy Creek/ Raisin Ridge(?)
August 15, 2011 06:03PM
Thanks for the tips, so much more fun with photos.

I do remember looking at your Falls Ridge trip. Looks awesome and poco dificil. I like your style Chick-on and Lady Chick-a!
Guess it slipped my mind that you had made this ridge part of that trip.For whatever reason I kept picturing that earlier photo
(from your Hoffman trip maybe?) with the line on it. Looked nice and simple, doable.
I do like looking at your maps n tracks. Really appreciate it and find your trip reports helpful and inspiring.

Made a promise while hiking that I would figure out this computer thing, photo thing, log in etc etc as sort of a Thank You to you and everyone who contributes here.

Now hopefully I can get some long weekends/ some time off for some backpacking.
I'm having a hard time even getting two consecutive days off from this new job. What is wrong with these people??
avatar Re: TR: Murphy Creek/ Raisin Ridge(?)
August 15, 2011 09:54PM
Supa kewl... you have no idea!

smiling smiley

So... did you see those little chips? #5 of the set in Falls Creek?

(the answer is... "they look like woods chips... but they're rocks" )

tongue sticking out smiley

Have fun

Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: TR: Murphy Creek/ Raisin Ridge(?)
August 17, 2011 07:57AM
Haha! I didn't see those chips while up there. Although I did take a photo of that same tree from several yards to the right.
I think I was too busy dropping down to check out that tarn. Then circled / scrambled back up to that last domey bit.

I remember pondering your photo and what the significance of the chips may be... Are they actually rocks?
Were they deposited by a glacier or scattered to prevent camping? Is it an inside joke with the others on the forum?

I'm more of a plant nerd than a geology nerd, but this entire walk had so much interesting geology.
From the erratics by Murphy and the crazy erratic boulder field down near the road to all the stripes and bubbly,
blobby granite (technical term haha), the extensive, excellent glacial polish.
And what's up with all the orange-pink boulders. Where did they come from? Where is this orange mountain?? smiling smiley I want to go there.
Maybe I should pose this as a separate question on the forum so the geology folks can weigh in. Where's Greg Stock when you need him?
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