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Post Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:07 am    Tomyhoi, Yellow Aster, Pt 5933  8/18-19/10 (photos added)
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Hanzsek & I headed up the Gold Run Pass trail on Wednesday morning with the intention of going up Tomyhoi & wandering around the area as far as we could in a couple of days. We got a liesurely start at about 10:30 in 83 degree heat with no wind. In the first 100 feet from the car I got bit by half a dozen flys - not a good sign.

For those who haven't done this trail, most of the elevation gain is in the first mile and a half, but the views come quickly.


We ran into quite a few people on the trail but only one planning to spend the night at the tarns.


After exploring the entire basin for our preferred site, we chose a spot just above the lowest tarn on the old trail where we had the best views of Shuksan. We set up camp & decided to head up the ridge to the Southwest to Point 5933 to get some views to the south. It was pretty hazy.


After taking lots of photos, we headed down for dinner & the swarms of mosquitos that were building.


After dinner we wandered around & took a few sunset photos.


The morning greeted us with heavy fog moving in from the south. We were optimistic that it would burn off as we headed up Tomyhoi.


We got up to the first rocks on the summit ridge & had the choice of climbing to the false summit or dropping underneath it on the glacier & ascend to the notch. We chose the latter. After descending about a hundred feet and turning the corner, the visibility got worse at about the time I had a crevasse below me & could see a schrund above me. After a few seconds of contemplation, we decided to back off & descend to a high point to the east off the glacier, have lunch & wait for the visibility to improve. It didn't. We had a few brief openings and then it would get worse. After waiting an hour, we decided to head down.


We saw a few interesting things on the way down


and did I mention there are ups & downs on the ridge


about half way down we got some cloud openings for photo ops


finally back at the lakes, we decided to check out the cabin site


then we headed back down to our campsite, packed up and went up Yellow Aster Butte on our way out.


There were lots of bugs but it was immensely enjoyable.
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Post Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:15 pm   
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Post Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:25 pm   
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Great pics Schrod.  I bet this place is nice in October.....

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Post Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:17 am   
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Photo ops is an UNDERSTATEMENT! JumpinJeHosafat...awesome pictures...esp. the cloud pics. PHEW!! Thanks for sharing.
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Post Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:47 pm   
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Great photos!

The blue-flowered plant is Silky Phacelia.  Very nice photo of it.

http://www.pnwflowers.com/flower/phacelia-sericea-var-sericea

The only time I was up YAB, it was foggy.  It does have great huckleberries though so was worth the sweat.  Very pretty color there in the autumn.

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Post Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:35 pm   
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Flora wrote:
The blue-flowered plant is Silky Phacelia

Thanks for the plant id.
No berries ripe yet but there will be lots of them up there this year.
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Post Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:57 pm   
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Awesome pix Schroder.
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Post Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:02 pm    Re: Tomyhoi, Yellow Aster, Pt 5933† 8/18-19/10 (photos added)
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Schroder wrote:
we chose a spot just above the lowest tarn on the old trail where we had the best views of Shuksan.

I know that site well.  It's one of my favorite camp sites ever - the view of Shuksan changing colors at dawn and dusk just cannot be beat.  agree.gif

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Post Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:35 pm    Re: Tomyhoi, Yellow Aster, Pt 5933† 8/18-19/10 (photos added)
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Schroder wrote:

We got up to the first rocks on the summit ridge & had the choice of climbing to the false summit or dropping underneath it on the glacier & ascend to the notch. We chose the latter. After descending about a hundred feet and turning the corner, the visibility got worse at about the time I had a crevasse below me & could see a schrund above me. After a few seconds of contemplation, we decided to back off & descend to a high point to the east off the glacier, have lunch & wait for the visibility to improve. It didn't. We had a few brief openings and then it would get worse. After waiting an hour, we decided to head down.

You made a good choice on doing the glacier route. The route over the false summit necessarily works onto the west side and involves some (I don't recall how much) traversing on 5.6 loose rock.
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