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PostSat Nov 07, 2020 1:07 am 
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Much less snow than two weeks ago, I hiked the ridge spending a clear nearly full moon night by a frozen tarn east of Alta. On this warmish sunday am, there were 5 cars at the TH.  Ran into Snowdog w/o her dog heading to the lakes. The rock slab was dry and easy to cross unlike the last time w/ 6" snow.  There was some snow on shady N sides, but mostly snow free.  Hikers at the R lakes, one guy was skinny-dipping into cold water though very briefly.  I continued to Alta following a group of three, then another group of two came up as I was leaving the summit.


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me, thx Mike
me, thx Mike

more summit views:

Spent some time wondering around the upper tarns looking for a camp w/ views. Had a lot of time partly because I was not quite adjusted to the time change smile.gif


Peaceful morning, nice to just wonder around.


From the saddle:
Alta summit
Alta summit
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More:
my red tent on upper left
my red tent on upper left

Lunch at Lila Lake:

Back to Rampart Lakes:

Took the high route like the last time, met a couple coming down the gully mid afternoon.  They were the first ones I saw this Mon.  Not quite sure which way they were heading out, seemed a bit late for either TH...


Saw another couple starting the rock slab by Lilian, again seemed a bit late...


This might really end up my last hike trip of the season.  Ready for my 2nd ski trip this weekend!
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PostSat Nov 07, 2020 9:07 am 
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Kenji wrote:

Great shots Kenji! love how the thin layer of snow outlines miles of the PCT!
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PostSat Nov 07, 2020 12:19 pm 
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Very nice. up.gif
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Kenji wrote:
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Which direction is this? I though I knew these parts well, but that seemingly inaccessible high point doesn't ring any bells.

Fantastic photos all. I love the one of the iced over lake with Hibox in the background.

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PostSat Nov 07, 2020 4:22 pm 
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puzzlr, The peak was in NE from the saddle.  It appears to be Bears Breast on a map, but I'm not sure, can't find any photo from SW....
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PostMon Nov 09, 2020 5:12 pm 
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Bearsbreast is the set of bumps barely visible above the Four Brothers, in between Hinman and Daniel. I can't figure out what the big rock peak is. The long vertical wall below it should be obvious too. I give up.

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PostMon Nov 09, 2020 6:30 pm 
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Ok, this might help.  Maybe a bump above Escondido Lake?

from Alta summit
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PostMon Nov 09, 2020 6:44 pm 
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...not The Citadel?
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PostMon Nov 09, 2020 7:04 pm 
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That's got to be it, given it's position relative to Daniel. That's pretty spectacular. It doesn't look anything like that on Google Earth. And I didn't have any photos of the Citadel from the east.

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PostMon Nov 09, 2020 7:20 pm 
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Beautiful report and pics.  Thanks for sharing this.
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PostMon Nov 09, 2020 11:03 pm 
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6177' ...Escondido Point

Nice pics Kenji!  not quite ready for ice skates
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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 12:50 am 
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Nice photos, Kenji.  However, you have the date in your title wrong.  Your trip was on November 1-2.  By November 8, everything was covered in snow.

Views from Alta on 11/8:


Rampart Lakes
Rampart Lakes

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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 1:02 am 
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Thanks Matt, the date now corrected biggrin.gif   I actually planned to ski on Sun 8th, but they never opened the gate because of the search activity.  We ended up doing a hike up to Eagle Peak, which was pretty enjoyable.
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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 4:39 am 
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neek wrote:
...not The Citadel?

That is the Citadel.
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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 1:29 pm 
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yep, Citadel.  further along the line of site with an extra K; 7120
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