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  • #571835
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    Just throwing this out there to gauge interest on getting some folks together to do some pondskimming in the next week or so in the Crystal Range. I think it would be fun to spend a couple days out there looking for some sweet pondskims, drinking, fishing, and maybe even a few turns.

    Last year mmcpheet and I were there on Jun 20-21, here’s the TR viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5156&hilit=crystal .

    There’s more snow this year and being a couple weeks earlier I’m hoping for better conditions. It was a bit of effort to get up Horsetail Falls and out to Aloha so I’m open to the boat taxi route but I could go either way. For the folks interested I’d plan on a good deal of dry trail hiking either way. It should be fun though.

    Any interest out there in splitterland???

    #618341
    mtnrider
    740 Posts

    hmm…when are you thinking? Sounds like fun, I’m locked into a Yosemite hike next wknd though.
    Definitely peaked my interest for a trip up to Nor-cal though.

    #618342
    julesrules
    87 Posts

    this would be fun – but can only do the weekend of the 27th….

    #618343
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    No set date yet mtn and jules but I was hoping sooner than later. If we wait too long the riding may be more of a novelty. The ponds might be bigger though and that’s my whole reason for going. 🙂

    #618344
    julesrules
    87 Posts

    would this weekend be a possibility? looks like shasta might be on hold again. stupid darn lightning and rain! dying to get up to the mountains again. 2 wknds away is way too long!

    #618345
    bs.
    246 Posts

    looks like a lot more fun than this!

    i’ll stay tuned for the dates….

    #618347
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    As much as I want to go I’m sorta skeptical now based on all the weird weather and rain we’ve had. I might try to get up for a dayhike tomorrow to scout some stuff out.

    The Crystal range trip would surely require at least one overnight and you guys should be warned that there will be at least 4-5 miles of dry trail walking (with overnight and riding gear) each way. I’m torn between going up via Horsetail Falls like we’ve done in the past or going the boat taxi route. Horsetail is steeper but shorter and gets you closer to Pyramid Peak without walking around Lake Aloha like the boat taxi does. The boat taxi isn’t as steep and has a well maintained trail but its longer and puts you on the opposite side of Lake Aloha forcing you to decide between Pyramid or Price.

    Decisions decisions…..

    #618348
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    Due to some recent events mmcpheet and I have decided to make this trip happen tomorrow. If anyone is interested we are departing from the Horsetail Falls trailhead around noon. Depending on conditions and weather we’ll either come out late Saturday or sometime on Sunday.

    Jules and bs, if you cant make it this weekend and its worth going back for I could be persuaded to go again in the next couple weeks. if you can get to the trailhead sometime tomorrow afternoon we could adjust our depart time to wait for you as well.

    #618349
    julesrules
    87 Posts

    hey chris – can’t make it tomorrow (only weekends for me) but BS may be able to. I’ll alert him to your updated posting. have fun…

    you should set up a ruler like they have for long jumps to see how long you can keep skimming, though this would probably necessitate getting wet.

    #618350
    bs.
    246 Posts

    damn… wish i could make it… but i just put a new engine in my gear-transporter (vw vanagon) and i think it’s going to take me most of tomorrow to get the cooling system running right. she just isn’t ready to climb echo summit yet. so without jules & her forester it looks like i’m out.

    keep us apprised of the conditions–i’d really like to do some desolation backpacking this spring, and i’ve always wanted to climb up the horseshoe falls “trail”.

    have fun!!

    #618346
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    No worries bs. I’m always down for deso backpacking too so we can hook up for some of that action. :headbang:

    ps. Its Horsetail Falls 🙂

    #618351
    mmcpheet
    98 Posts

    After several hours and many miles hiking across granite…pondskimming mission accomplished.

    #618352
    Nikon
    218 Posts

    I’d love to….oh yeah, I’m half a world away……

    #618353
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    Mmcpheet forgot to mention his post above ^^^ was actually from the Crystal Pond itself! 😀

    As he stated the mission was a success and the best pond sesh yet. Thanks for coming mmcpheet! :headbang:

    Here’s a teaser….

    #618354
    96avs01
    874 Posts

    ^^^more more :thatrocks:

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #618355
    mtnrider
    740 Posts

    Whoa you went for a long one. Looks tight…Yosemite was cool, um, once you got about 4-5 miles out of the main valley anyways…

    #618356
    jbaysurfer
    947 Posts

    No way you didn’t go for a swim on that one!!!!! Tell me I’m wrong!!!

    That is just epic, I can’t wait for the rest of the pics…. :rock:

    #618357
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    @jbaysurfer wrote:

    No way you didn’t go for a swim on that one!!!!! Tell me I’m wrong!!!

    You’re wrong. 🙂

    No swims on any of the skims. I think I did 8 in total. Slowly working on teh TR, probably ready by manana.

    #618358
    Nikon
    218 Posts

    @bcrider wrote:

    @jbaysurfer wrote:

    No way you didn’t go for a swim on that one!!!!! Tell me I’m wrong!!!

    You’re wrong. 🙂

    No swims on any of the skims. I think I did 8 in total. Slowly working on teh TR, probably ready by manana.

    ssssssoooooooooooooo?????????????????

    #618359
    Nikon
    218 Posts

    @nikon wrote:

    @bcrider wrote:

    @jbaysurfer wrote:

    No way you didn’t go for a swim on that one!!!!! Tell me I’m wrong!!!

    You’re wrong. 🙂

    No swims on any of the skims. I think I did 8 in total. Slowly working on teh TR, probably ready by manana.

    ssssssoooooooooooooo?????????????????

    I’m a douche – I missed the TR. :headbang:

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