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Kratka Ridge: 16-17 Feb 2008

 
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Mike P
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:54 pm    Post subject: Kratka Ridge: 16-17 Feb 2008  Reply with quote

A few of our scouts and adults took an overnight trip to the Angeles Crest. Excellent weather was the order of the day. We hiked from the closure at Snowcrest about 0.8 miles eastward along the Angeles Crest Highway to this spot:

http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?l...u=0&datum=nad27&layer=DRG





We had beautiful views of the Tehachapis and southern Sierra.


The next morning we hiked up to Kratka Ridge...


... and had incredible views of Islip Saddle and Hwy 39.


We also snowshoed a half mile down to Eagle's Roost.



The overnight temps were in the high 20s while the daytime topped out in the 50s. Our immediate camp had between 4-6 feet of snow. We tried to make a 4-man igloo but made the structure too big (tall) so we put a tarp over the opening, Beverly Hillbillies style.


Others slept in snow caves or tents. We did some sledding and had a great time. I hope we get a good storm this weekend that adds more snow and keeps the ACH closed a little bit longer.
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Location: Stuntin in the trap son

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BADASS igloo!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That igloo is awesome. I really like the front porch bench seating!!! Where did you guys get the sleds?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hvydrt wrote:
That igloo is awesome. I really like the front porch bench seating!!! Where did you guys get the sleds?


I think those are just blue foam sleeping pads, not sleds. However I am looking for a sled as well to take my daughter sledding.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sleds were purchased from Sports Chalet. As you can see in the picture, we used a heater to bend PVC pipe for the poles that attach to our packs or belts. Rope was threaded through the PVC and attached to us using carabiners. The bottoms of the sleds were modified using two aluminun T-bars as runners which was important for stability. All of our packs, snow shovels, and other equipment were then strapped on with bungie cords. These hiking sleds were NOT used for sledding down slopes. We brought along lightweight plastic sleds for slope play. We made these sleds three years ago and continue to use them for our annual snow camping. The scouts love this outing. We were originally planning on going to Long Valley utilizing the Tram but the weather conditions there deteriorated plus there was much more snow in the San Gabriels.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Highly Cool!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice Mike P!
Very Happy

Some friends of mine used towed sled similar to yours to carry two weeks of provisions each in Danali for their ascent of Mount McKinley.

Really like the Igloo too!
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Necro post of the moment!
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