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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 2:41 pm    Post subject: Cloudripper  Reply with quote

On Saturday tekewin and I woke up early to climb Cloudripper, a 13525 ft peak in the Sierra Nevada, in the Inconsolable Range. We started by South Lake, climbed up to Brown Lake:



and got the first glimpse of Vagabond Peak, a slightly-shorter neighboring peak of Cloudripper we'd need to summit on the way:



The route passed by Green Lake:



at which point we climbed up above the treeline and up a large alien-looking boulder field to get the first glimpse of Cloudripper (at left. Vagabond peak is in the center):



Tekewin knew what to do. He drank some water (click for larger):



and after more bouldering, reached the summit of Vagabond:



The climb up was largely Class 2, with some an exposed Class 3 climbing near that top. The register lives in a hole inside the summit block:



The views were spectacular, and after a break, we pushed on to the now-very-visible Cloudripper:



To get there, we downclimbed the boulders on the opposite side of Vagabond and then climbed up the boulder field of Cloudripper to arrive at the rocky summit. The views from Vagabond were amazing, but Cloudripper had even better ones (click for larger):



There are lakes on all sides, and the lakes we passed en route weren't even visible because Vagabond was in the way. We looked at the lakes, peaks and glaciers for a while, and descended back the way we came. Unfortunately there was an active fire somewhere, and the smoke significantly reduced visibility, but it was a great day regardless.

Also, I found Rupert:



It looks like he had a bad day, but maybe he cleans up nicely; stay tuned.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was my second trip to the Sierras, home of the E-ticket rides in California. Despite the smoke, these were some of the best views I've seen anywhere. The only people we saw were a family camping at Green Lake and a group coming down from Cloudripper while we summiting. Big fun!


Thunder and Lightening Lake below Vagabond, Skyhaven behind


Dima on the Cloudripper summit while the other group descends


Summit sign


Chocolate Peak and lakes from Cloudripper


Dima descending the final cross country section, The Hunchback in the distance


Taking the pipeline shortcut on the way back

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been wanting to do this peak for a few years, but from the big pine basin side. lucky! Looks epic.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott,

That would be a great route as well. I think the Sierra Club does annual 2-day backpack trips from Big Pines if you are interested. Here is a smoke filled shot of the lakes.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice pictures and sounds like a fun trip. Thanks for sharing!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one lads. Sorry I missed it. Thanks for the amazing TR.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He does clean up nicely!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rupert shines up like a new penny! Nice.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 1:19 pm    Post subject: From Baker Creek/Coyote Flats Reply with quote

Was wondering if anyone on here has done Cloudripper from the Coyote Flats side? Think it involves hiking up Baker Creek past Thunder and Lightning lake. Input?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice trip report!
I will have to add these peaks to my to do list.

Is Rupert a Beaver or a Marmot?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cahikr wrote:
Is Rupert a Beaver or a Marmot?


I'm assuming Marmot because of where I found him (away from water, on a hillside at the treeline) and the size (skull is about 9cm long). If you have more informed thoughts, I'd love to hear them.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dima wrote:
cahikr wrote:
Is Rupert a Beaver or a Marmot?


I'm assuming Marmot because of where I found him (away from water, on a hillside at the treeline) and the size (skull is about 9cm long). If you have more informed thoughts, I'd love to hear them.


I would have to say it is more likely to be Marmot.
Beaver teeth are typically flatter and darker in color, also do to the location you found him.

I too have found a few of skulls out on the trails.
Black bear, fox, and deer.
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