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Post Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:14 pm    Upper Enchantments 10/5-10/6/07
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I escaped from work on 10/5/07 – 10/6/07 for a quick overnight up Aasgard and pitched my tent at the same little hollow next to Brynhild Lake (Isolation Lake) that I stayed at on 9/10/07 -9/11/07. Aasgard was an easy ascent on 9/10/07 but the weight of carrying the kitchen sink for that just in case scenario on 10/5/07 caused footing problems in the snow that really slowed me down. Be that as it may I really enjoyed the exercise and finished the last several hundred feet of Aasgard after civil twilight. Being in the snow cased upper Enchantments under a cold clear moonless night was phenomenal. The surface snow had formed into enormous ice crystals and everywhere my lamp touched it gleamed like the diamonds in King Solomon’s Mines. The snow was especially light and it took forever to harden a tent platform and more snow then normal to melt for water; I was very grateful it was dead calm but that all changed about 2:00 AM or so when the wind kicked up and the temperature dropped to twenty degrees in the tent. However by 7:00 AM the wind gusts began to subside and the temperature was picking up again. Having the upper Enchantments to myself I was greeted by an increasing caravan of hikers coming up Aasgard as I headed out the following morning on 10/6. Any thoughts of attempting Dragontail were eliminated by the conditions versus my experience. Snow depth varied from windswept areas so hard one could not drive a nail in them to three feet plus. Where I pitched my tent was just over two feet.

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Post Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:23 pm   
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Did you happen to look down into the Lower Enchantment basin and see how the larches were doing?

Your tent looks like a bright green bug perched up there.

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Post Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:33 pm   
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I did not but mbgriffi went all the way to the cliff above Crystal Lake.

My tent color is very easy to pick up in fog, when it is snowing, or other poor visibility conditions.
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Mark Griffith
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Post Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:23 pm   
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Slide Alder Slayer wrote:
I did not but mbgriffi went all the way to the cliff above Crystal Lake.

My tent color is very easy to pick up in fog, when it is snowing, or other poor visibility conditions.

Here is how the Larches looked above Crystal (full bloom)


Right Above Crystal :


And down in the Crystal Lake Basin

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Post Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:23 pm   
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So that was you we passed! Glad you made it up safely and back down. I wish we'd had the time to spend the night, you had the entire place to yourself! It was a beautiful weather window.
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Post Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:26 pm   
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mbgriffi wrote:

Nice shot! smile.gif

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Post Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:29 pm   
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Dayhike Mike wrote:


Nice shot! smile.gif

Thanks, its hard to take a bad one when the weather was a gorgeous as it was on Friday. This was a pano stitched from 6 shots, I was shooting with 28 vs. 18 and it just isn't wide enough.
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Post Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:08 pm   
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mbgriffi wrote:

That really is a gorgeous shot.  One of the best I've ever seen of the Enchantments.

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Post Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:03 am   
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I've been up Aasgard on solid snow and when it's dry. Both times, the terraine seemed fairly easy to negotiate (no face-plants). How is it with a thinish layer of snow?

Nice pics. Looks like you had a well protected camp spot.
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Post Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:06 am   
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I went up about 4 hours earlier and the snow made it easier in the lower gravel scree sections. The "thin layer" got between 9 inches to 3 feet deep towards the top. It was fun going down!
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Post Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:11 am   
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Slide Alder Slayer wrote:
The surface snow had formed into enormous ice crystals and everywhere my lamp touched it gleamed like the diamonds in King Solomon’s Mines.

Most enchanting agree.gif

Great effort SAS!
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Post Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:53 pm    Enchantments via Aasgaard Pass
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It chills my spine and freezes my feet; and what a great trip you all have photographed!  There was a near perfect combination of sun, cloud, snow and elements of rock and weather plus the enchanting Lyall's larch at peak.  Terrific!
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Post Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:45 pm   
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mbgriffi wrote:

And down in the Crystal Lake Basin


Just. Wow.

The more I look at the picture the more impressed I am with it. I've stolen it for my desktop wallpaper at work.

Very well done.

I'm assuming that was stitched?

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Post Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:39 pm   
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Gray wrote:

Just. Wow.

The more I look at the picture the more impressed I am with it. I've stolen it for my desktop wallpaper at work.

Very well done.

I'm assuming that was stitched?

--Gray

Thanks. Yeah this was stitched from 6 pictures, I was shooting with 28 vs 18 and it just couldn't fit in the entire scene. smile.gif
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Post Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:45 pm    Crystal Lke Basin photo
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Yes...the photo is superior and wonderous....thanks for stitching it together.  Terrific!
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