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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:57 pm    Post subject: Mistakes at Chicken Spring Lake  Reply with quote

Went on a training hike on Saturday 6/8/13, from Horseshoe Meadows to Chicken Spring Lake, about 10 miles south of Mt. Whitney.  Went with one friend and his two Brittany Spaniels.

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We were feeling good at the lake and I pressed to head on to Cirque Peak which would have added about 4 miles RT and 1600' gain.  We split up at one point where I headed up the ridge and he continued on PCT looking for a better way. About a half mile short of the peak, I started running out of water and decided to return rather than dehydrate.  He did find a better way up and I met him coming up while I was coming down.  Before coming up the ridge, he dropped his pack in the boulder field, marked with ducks, but we could not find it on the way down, even after an hour of searching.  Since he drove, I had some tense moments thinking his keys were in his pack and we would be stuck if we couldn't find it.  In fact, he had his keys, but we never found the pack. The dogs nearly overheated getting back to the lake.

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http://ironhiker.blogspot.com/2013/06/chicken-spring-lake.html




Chicken Spring Lake


My friend and one of the Brittanys at the lake


Boulder scramble to the Cirque ridge


As close as I got to Cirque Peak before running low on water


View from the ridge to Whitney Meadows
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

teke- if that was my pack sitting out there, I'd probably put up a post on both the Whitney Portal and Whitney Zone websites. After seeing your post, someone may very well come across the pack and grab it for your buddy.

http://www.whitneyportalstore.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/cfrm

http://www.whitneyzone.com/wz/
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea, Rico.  I will clear it with him before posting.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, tekewin. We're heading up to Horseshoe Meadows in about three weeks for a Trail Pass - Bullfrog Meadows - Big Whitney Meadows - Chicken Spring Lake - Cottonwood Pass loop. How is the water situation? Big Whitney Meadows looks somewhat dry for this time of year.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike,

I can only speak to the Horseshoe Meadows to Chicken Spring Lake area.  The two stream crossings in Horseshoe had good flow and of course the lake is not going anywhere.  However, there was very little snow left anywhere.

This site might be useful to you:
http://goldentroutwilderness.word...-to-7-days/southern-meadows-loop/
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tekewin wrote:
Mike,

I can only speak to the Horseshoe Meadows to Chicken Spring Lake area.  The two stream crossings in Horseshoe had good flow and of course the lake is not going anywhere.  However, there was very little snow left anywhere.

This site might be useful to you:
http://goldentroutwilderness.word...-to-7-days/southern-meadows-loop/


Thanks, tekewin. Excellent site!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope you guys find that pack somehow...it would really bite if some asshole took it Evil or Very Mad

Awesome photos BTW Very Happy


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