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Re: Echo of a Winter Classic

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avatar Echo of a Winter Classic
January 08, 2012 10:26PM
Just couldn't pass up the opportunity to go skate on some lakes and rivers.
Almost want to play hookey from work and go back up. Sooo fun.

Echo








Cathedral Fork




Upper Cathedral




Lower Cathedral




The ice was the best at Lower Cathedral. And what a gorgeous day.
A bit windy at times and very cold out of the sun... but, dang, I love the Sierra.

Enjoy



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avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 08, 2012 11:03PM
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chick-on

Echo

So you were just a spectator seating on your tush Chick-on avec les pieds while your buddy did all the skating.

Lazy bird... wink



avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 09, 2012 06:36AM
Well... first of all... when some turkey keeps skating around you and flicking the puck over
your head... and says 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0... well... it gets old quickly
second of all... when that turkey falls on his noggin I gotta preserve some energy to
go fly and get help...
C... tanks for noticing...



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avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 09, 2012 07:04AM
Uh huh... good one.

Chickens can barely fly... let alone Ice Skate.
Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 09, 2012 09:09AM
Looks like fun. Thanks for sharon cool smiley
avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 09, 2012 11:02AM
Skating Cathedral Fork. Now that's the way to cross mountain meadows. No narrow ruts to follow.
Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 09, 2012 12:59PM
very cool...ankles of steel (unlike mine)
avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 09, 2012 04:16PM
Prob. you just need some better skates.

Hoppi New Year GJ



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Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 11, 2012 11:13AM
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chick-on
Prob. you just need some better skates.

Hoppi New Year GJ

thanks C-o...sorry about the Twinkies sad smiley
avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 09, 2012 06:07PM
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rroland
very cool...ankles of steel (unlike mine)

Bear in mind that the Bill-e-goat and Chick-on grew up in Green Bay. Skating is in the DNA.



Old Dude



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/2012 06:09PM by mrcondron.
avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 09, 2012 10:16PM
I did a whole lotta more downhill skiing that ice skating when I was young...
(note that I did not mention growing up)

Thought there would be more comments ... o well.. I probably irritate the crap out of many.



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avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 09, 2012 11:27PM
By any chance, did you check out some of the lakes at the lower elevations along or near Tioga Road to see if they had frozen over? Specifically, I wondering about Siesta Lake and Lukens Lake.


avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 10, 2012 07:38AM
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plawrence
By any chance, did you check out some of the lakes at the lower elevations along or near Tioga Road to see if they had frozen over? Specifically, I wondering about Siesta Lake and Lukens Lake.
I did not. Even though I got to Echo by 9:15am.. I took a lot of time skating there and also at Upper and Lower Cathedral.
And then... instead of just heading back the domes in that area called me... and I then nearly
skated at the ponds there too... Ended up back at the car at 5pm. Didn't time it quite right... wanted to be in TM to
get some nice sky shots.

Anyway... I can tell with absolute certainty that those lakes are frozen. Lukens is higher than Tenaya.. and is also within a valley-ish
and surrounded by trees which helps... Siesta... heck, that baby may be frozen SOLID. (I drove by to and fro when it was dark).

Here's the route I took:


and here's the trail I mentioned in another thread:


and this one is just for you:


And I thank you for the inquiries...



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avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 15, 2012 10:55PM
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chick-on
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plawrence

By any chance, did you check out some of the lakes at the lower elevations along or near Tioga Road to see if they had frozen over? Specifically, I wondering about Siesta Lake and Lukens Lake.

Siesta... heck, that baby may be frozen SOLID. (I drove by to and fro when it was dark).


I just watched your short YouTube video of Siesta Lake. I guess it wasn't frozen solid after all.

But thank you very much for posting the video of it. Much appreciated!


avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 16, 2012 08:27AM
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plawrence
I just watched your short YouTube video of Siesta Lake. I guess it wasn't frozen solid after all.

But thank you very much for posting the video of it. Much appreciated!
You're welcome. Interesting how these things work. If it was deeper it probably would be.
Was going to run up to Lukens but ran out of time. Maybe next weekend.



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avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 16, 2012 08:40AM
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chick-on


And I thank you for the inquiries...
For 5.2 ounces I'd take backpackers pantry chili mac with beef which is actually quite delicious and add a little spice and be loving life:
http://www.wildernessdining.com/bp102455.html
avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 16, 2012 08:43AM
I was dayhiking. No stove required. wink



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avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 15, 2012 01:35PM
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plawrence
By any chance, did you check out some of the lakes at the lower elevations along or near Tioga Road to see if they had frozen over? Specifically, I wondering about Siesta Lake and Lukens Lake.




http://yosemitephotos.net/main.php/v/yosemite/cm-dsc_2949.jpg.html
Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 10, 2012 09:12AM
Thanks for the map and the stills.


chick-on, I, for one, am reading all of your reports and anticipating the next ones...makes my morning to read them. Living a bit vicariously through your adventures. But in my case, I don't usually have time to comment because it takes a few minutes for the photos to load (as in the Dog/Tenaya Lake thread, too,) then I go on to the next.

Am looking forward to viewing your videos when I have access to WiFi again...smiling smiley
avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 10, 2012 01:39PM
A few more for you:







Take a look at "Taking Back The Dome" if you haven't... I put one there too...
Another way to Marmut / Fairview is to take the Cath Lakes trail... and then right when it has the small down part...
head WNW and you have done most of the elevation via trail... Of course you can go the way I originally mentioned
in that thread and prob. avoid all humanoid contact (my typical MO)



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Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 10, 2012 05:22PM
Purdy! That first one is so milky white. I took a few pics on the Dana Fork where it was close to the highway...milky tinted with turquoise. I was fascinated by it's downhill slope and lovely water noise bubbling and gurgling underneath.

(I did know that I could go up Varmint via Cathedral Lake trail...contemplated returning that way, but I went up and back the route you showed, more or less...avoided human bodies but not the effects of cars and planes... Not a varmint turd present on the dome or Whale's Back)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/10/2012 05:23PM by hikerchick395.
Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 10, 2012 10:51AM
Siesta Lake was frozen enough to walk on when we were there right after Christmas.
avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 10, 2012 04:14PM
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parklover
Siesta Lake was frozen enough to walk on when we were there right after Christmas.

It's at around 7900 feet. I'd be very surprised if Siesta wasn't frozen.
Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 10, 2012 05:26PM
chickon you should look into getting a go-pro camera. i bet youd get some awesome videos
avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 11, 2012 07:47AM
Hmm... I DO have a "pro" Flip video cam thingie... maybe have to strap that baby to the noggin...

Stayed tuned...



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avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 16, 2012 07:46PM
very bizarre winter. thanks for sharing smiling smiley



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avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 16, 2012 08:29PM
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dqniel
very bizarre winter.

Like last year's wasn't?
avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 16, 2012 08:45PM
true, but this seems even weirder.



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avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 18, 2012 12:18AM
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dqniel
true, but this seems even weirder.

I dunno man, snow camping at the end of July last year was pretty damn surreal to me...
avatar Re: Echo of a Winter Classic
January 16, 2012 11:11PM
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eeek
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dqniel

very bizarre winter.

Like last year's wasn't?

Last year's winter wasn't bizarre at all.

It was very typical of a heavy snow winter in the Sierra. I've seen a number of such Sierra winters in my lifetime.
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