24: A cold night in Desolation Wilderness
Jun 22, 2022 at 1:37 pm #3753394Jun 22, 2022 at 2:17 pm #3753402
Beautiful.Jun 22, 2022 at 6:51 pm #3753441matthew kModerator
Wow. Stunning photos. Thanks for sharing.Jun 22, 2022 at 9:44 pm #3753453matthew kModerator
I know almost nothing about the Desolation Wilderness other than it’s up near Lake Tahoe. Which part is this? What’s the altitude like?Jun 22, 2022 at 9:54 pm #3753455RatatoskBPL Member
That was a wonderful series of photos.Jun 22, 2022 at 10:19 pm #3753458
Thanks, all. I think the moody skies, early season green foliage, and a few highlights of snow are the standouts here.
Matthew K, Yes, just west of Lake Tahoe in the southwest quadrant of the Wilderness. A paved road off of a major highway leads to a marked trailhead w/ a parking lot adjacent to a campground. From the TH, I travelled on a well marked trail to a few lakes that are no secret, but I’m still reluctant to name them here. Elevation ranges from about 6,900 ft. – 8,100 ft. Feel free to PM me for more info.Jun 23, 2022 at 8:38 pm #3753542AK GranolaBPL Member
How exciting! Great photos. Was this recent? I’ll be heading that way soon, cannot wait.Jun 23, 2022 at 9:27 pm #3753543
Thank you. Yes, just last week (June 17-18). Enjoy your trip!Jun 23, 2022 at 10:03 pm #3753544
That last shot should be in Locus Gear’s catalogue.Jun 24, 2022 at 8:37 am #3753557jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
Note the effective use of rocks as anchors. There is no soil.
For those with families or partners who don’t like to backpack, it’s easy to stay in a motel and day hike major miles through Desolation and all around the Lake. Trail heads are all over the west shore (Desolation access) and in fact all around the lake. So five to twenty minutes from lodging, possibly. Hike a different trail head each day.Jun 24, 2022 at 11:56 am #3753566
Ha, thanks, Wisner. I may have to look into submitting it. Ooh, maybe they’ll offer a coupon or something in return. I’ve been eyeing their larger Khafra and saving my pennies to hopefully purchase one day.
Jscott, Yes, no significant soil to speak of on this ledge to drive a stake in securely. Maybe an inch or two of decomposed granite on top of hard granite. Thus, big rocks for the win. It was windy all day with stronger winds, freezing temps, and snow flurries forecasted overnight, so I made an effort to get it right.Jun 24, 2022 at 12:19 pm #3753567
Thus, big rocks for the win.
On an upcoming trip with a lot of mileage above treeline I’m going to be carrying 6-8 3′ loops of cord for my Solomid for this purpose.
Locus Gear makes beautiful gearJun 24, 2022 at 1:19 pm #3753579David GardnerBPL Member
@gearmakerLocale: Northern California
Marvelous photos. You pitched your tarp beautifully in a beautiful spot. Quilt or sleeping bag?Jun 24, 2022 at 1:51 pm #3753581
Wisner, Sounds like a good idea and surely lighter than beefy stakes. I’ve actually done this in the past for extra guyout points, but not that main ones. No good reason not to though now that I think about it. I might have to do the same.
David, Thanks. On leisurely trips I’ll spend the extra time to find that “perfect” spot. I probably spent a good hour and a half this time because I was mostly looking for a place sheltered from the wind.
I’m still an old school sleeping bag user (WM Megalite). I like to cowboy camp when I can and I’m not sure I’d feel “secure” enough to do so in a quilt. Packing my fears, I guess.Jun 24, 2022 at 2:33 pm #3753585David GardnerBPL Member
@gearmakerLocale: Northern California
I’m old school too. I have both, but for tarp + wind + low temps + possible precipitation I go with the a bag every time.Jun 24, 2022 at 3:57 pm #3753600Adrian GriffinBPL Member
Good choice of campsite—away from the shoreline.Jun 24, 2022 at 9:56 pm #3753609JohanBPL Member
Ooooohhh, that last photo is one sexy tent pitch shot! Nice and taught with an epic background. Perfect.
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