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Thread: East Ridge of Mt Winchell July 18th-19th 2011

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    East Ridge of Mt Winchell July 18th-19th 2011

    After our weekend in Yosemite, we slipped south to the Palisades, the most
    rugged high peaks in California. We hiked in for a planned 5 day trip. The hike
    in was about 8 miles and was in the blazing sun at first and then past beautiful
    lakes. The bugs liked the lakes too and we finally felt right at home. The next
    day we slept in a bit and this proved a big error. When we got to the bershrund
    of North Palisades and then Thunderbolt, we found them too soft to cross safely
    and very scary. Rather than risk it, we headed for nearby Mt. Winchell, which
    Courtney highly recommended. We ascended the east ridge, staying right on the
    crest, which provided fun and aesthetic movement, with meaningful exposure. The
    top offered wondrous views in all directions. In fading light, we found a new
    way down to our camp, where we had dinner and the bugs had us for dinner. We had
    seen only one person all day, a lone figure far off on the glacier. A lovely
    tour of the cirque

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    Ram, how the hell do you do this stuff day-after-day??? I'm tired looking at your pictures!

    And, I'm envious.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Some people "go" through life and other people "grow" through life. -Robert Holden

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