Sep 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm #1307824
"Two guys said they could see the fire from New Army Pass today". . .
I had no idea that the Fish Fire had started the day before I left for this trip. I could smell smoke at the Cottonwood Pass trailhead the first night, but it didn't seem too bad. The next morning I woke to clear skies and what appeared to be another beautiful summer day in the Sierra. . . but the conditions took a turn for the worse in the afternoon.
By the time I reached Miter Basin the smoke and ash made it unbearable. I met a hiker who told me, "two guys said they could see the fire from New Army Pass today". New Army Pass was only a few miles away. The fire was in Kennedy Meadows, less than 30 miles south, and it was heading toward us.
For the whole story check out: Sierra Wandering ~ 08/24 – 08/30/2013Sep 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm #2026366
Kiel SenningerBPL Member
@kiel-sLocale: San Diego
Great Pictures! I loved the one of the fish and the camp panorama.Sep 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm #2026390
Jay WilkersonBPL Member
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Excellent TR and pictures!Sep 20, 2013 at 10:23 am #2026493
Scott BentzBPL Member
@scottbentzLocale: Southern California
Wow! What a great trip. I really love that area and it is so accessible, however, where you were very few venture.
Thanks for the great report and especially photos.
ScottSep 20, 2013 at 11:11 am #2026502
@andrew-fLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Thanks for sharing Andy!Sep 20, 2013 at 11:45 am #2026516
Nice report, Andy. Not a bad plan C! I need to wander that area myself some time soon.Sep 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm #2026521
Erik GBPL Member
@fox212Locale: Central Coast
Great TR, really enjoyed it!
Beautiful pics as well. Major two thumbs up :)Sep 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm #2026534
Casey BowdenBPL Member
@clbowdenLocale: Berkeley Hills
Fantastic! A group of us from BPL did an almost identical trip last year.
I'm really impressed with anyone that goes into those off-trail areas (Davis Lakes, Ionian Basin, etc.) alone.Sep 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm #2026606
Thanks for your comments everyone! Plan D is this weekend.
Casey I appreciate your trip report from last year, I wish I had been able to make it. You guys covered a lot of ground, and a few peaks. Your other TRs in the Evolution area (including the 47 Hour North Lake/South Lake trip) got me interested in exploring more than just the JMT.Sep 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm #2026642
Nice trip report and pictures Andy. I'm not familiar with Picasa; did you stich two pictures together which is why we see your gear twice?Sep 21, 2013 at 9:17 am #2026694
Thanks Ian! Picasa is an online photo storage and sharing site similar to Flickr. After I downloaded all of the photos from the trip (1,000+) it automatically stitched some of them together. It also made some gif files. I've never noticed this before, must be a new feature. Here's another pano it made out of three overlapping pxts, this is Pavilion Dome at the west end of the Glacier Divide:Sep 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm #2026732
If it wasn't for the gear in the picture, I'd of thought you took that picture in one shot. Picassa does a great job of stitching those pictures together.
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