Ansel Adams Wilderness

Discussion in 'Backpacking' started by Ross, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. Ross

    Ross Member

    Mt Ritter and Banner had such big cliffs, throw in any lake called Iceberg, plus seeing photos of Minaret lakes - the combination had put the Ansel Adams Wilderness on my list years ago.

    I'm pretty fit, but this time the combination of miles, elevation gain, high elevation air, 43lbs with camera, bear canister and food for seven days, plus middle age, had me doing extra training for the first time ever. Walking up 200 floors of my London office stairs with 40lbs worth of water convinced me I'd be ok. (my advancing years had also led me to abandon my past policy of throw everything in the backpack just in case, and regardless of weight, a la the book Wild, and for the first time carefully consider weight)

    The extra winter snow meant we could not go over some of the passes as planned, but we still saw everything by going up and down drainages, but this took the miles up over the 50 mark for the week. But at least the snow benefited these photos!

    Day 1, 2800ft gain with the packs full - but it was ok, a relief.


    We camped at Thousand Island Lakes. Knowing I wouldn't sleep much, I made sure I was out the tent at first light.




    The next day we just walked around to an overlook of Garnett If anyone was here after August and found a camera left there, one of my friends left it - I'm sure she'd be very grateful to recover it.


    The second morning, sunrise provided clouds this time.


    Wish I'd been at the spot of the photo below when I took the one above - then it would have been perfect


    Leaving Thousand Island, Garnet looked even better from the other end


    Unfortunately with no crampons we couldn't cross from Iceberg to Cecile, but we got to see them both the long way round - and it took us to a beautful waterfall campsite instead.





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    Wow, we'd been lucky with the weather. Not too hot, no rain.




    Yet more beautiful sunsets and sunrises



    A very early start to make it to Devil's Postpile before lunch and the milkshake and pumpkin pie I'd been dreaming of. I tortured myself my resisting the burger until the evening back in Mammoth. All the foods I don't care much for back home.





    What a great trip...and aren't showers, beds and flushing restrooms good after a backpack!

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  2. swmalone

    swmalone Member

    Northern Utah
    Beautiful pictures. That looks like a great trip. I also sympathize with your comments about approaching middle age. I try to avoid looking up what the actual age range for middle age is, so I can pretend that I'm not rapidly approaching, unfortunately the strange pains that I experience for what appears to be no reason at all won't let me forget that I keep racking up the years.
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  3. Tim Valentine

    Tim Valentine Member

    San Diego, California
    Glad you had a great trip. Also glad to see some of the snow fields probably persisted until the fall storms that are happening now. How was the hike up to Minaret Lake? The rangers in July told us all the stream crossings had been washed out by the heavy snowmelt so we had to cross it off our list. We also did not attempt Iceberg to Cecile for that reason. Good for you that you added the extra miles to hike around. I am sure it was worth it.
    Thanks for posting. Great landscape photos!

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  4. Artemus

    Artemus I walk

    better off outside
    Very, very nice! And well photographed.
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  5. Ross

    Ross Member

    No difficulties getting to Minaret. We did watch one guy walk through the snow from Iceberg to Cecile.

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  6. balzaccom

    balzaccom Member

    Wine country California
    Lovely stuff. Glad you enjoyed our backyard! This year the winter is starting a bit slower...and we may be back to drought conditions by the summer....sigh.
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  7. Ugly

    Ugly Member

    Very excellent. great photos of a great place, just right for my lunchtime reading.
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  8. tflaris

    tflaris Member

    Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. AbinadiWitness

    AbinadiWitness Member

    Really enjoyed some of these photos. I mean, all the photos were lovely, but some I found particularly lovely. I'm sure this areas is very well-photographed already, but it looks like another place to make sure I get out to one of these days. :)

    Thanks for sharing! :)
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  10. wsp_scott

    wsp_scott Member

    Lexington KY
    Wow!! Great photos, I wish I lived closer to those mountains.

    Thanks for reminding me that I need to get back to climbing office tower stairs :)
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  11. danger02ward

    danger02ward Love the Mountains!

    North Ogden, Utah
    Wow that is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
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  12. WasatchWill

    WasatchWill Ready For More

    Provo, UT
    WOW!!! Beautiful! Some of those Ritter shots are poster and puzzle worthy. Thanks for sharing!
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  13. Laura

    Laura freespirittraveler

    San Diego
    Awesome trip and beautiful shots. That area is well worth it, and being well into middle age myself I can appreciate what the climbing up and down does to your body!
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  14. Eugene

    Eugene Member

    Houston TX
    Great pictures. When did you do this hike? September?
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  15. Ross

    Ross Member

    Late August. Apparently the week before Iceberg lake was covered in icebergs. We just saw a frozen sheet around the shore

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  16. Curt

    Curt Member

    Lincoln, NE
    Really enjoyed the beautiful pictures.
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  17. blueeyes

    blueeyes ephemeral excursionist

    Gorgeous photos.

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  18. Yvonne

    Yvonne I lava it!!!

    Keaau, HI
    Awesome trip, and nice pictures.

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