The Inspiration Traverse - Part 4

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Alas, it was time to go down the hill. And a long hill it was. Within an hour, we were in the heather, at treeline. With the trees, came the bugs. The sweat. The cliffs, we weaved around, on the ridge top, that dropped over 5,500 feet, mostly trail less, to the Thunder River Valley.

Upon arrival at the river, we confirmed that the bridge from a campsite was gone. Washed away by spring melt off. We found a Nation Park work crew's campsite. These folks were to build a new bridge. But they were not present. A note said they would return in a day. The river was big and the water swift. and the way home, on the other side. We scouted about, wondering how they got to this location, from the trail across the river. At the site of the washed out bridge, we found a Tyrolean Traverse set up. Yeehaw! We cautiously got ourselves and our packs across. Six miles of up and down trail, awaited. Temps were high. We drank and doused ourselves at every stream, finally getting out at Diablo Lake's Colonial Campground in the late afternoon.

Between the nearly 4 hour car shuttle, unpacking, going out to dinner, it would be after midnight before we settled in for the night. Our 6 day adventure was in the books. A new partner and another adventure was to start within a day.

Triconi Peak, standing tall over our camp




Primus in the AM light, as we break down camp


Off we go


Our pond froze over a bit, overnight. The crystal patters are awesome


Looking back and saying good-bye to the high country


Heather, on transition






The pay, for the play


Wack, thrash, bash


A fungus, among us. A big drop of sweat from the cameraman, adorns


Drenched in sweat, near the bottom of the hill


Ummmmm








Can'y get to there from here ;-D




Drenching


On the right side of the river!


Old growth




Tree hugger


Nearly out.


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Scott Chandler

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Definitely enjoyed. What an adventure! Phenomenal country that left the jaw dropped the whole time I read through everything. Thank you for sharing Ram!
 
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Looked like a sweet trip. I couldn't help but to think of all the ski touring opportunities out that way.
 
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Missed #4 until today. So now I read through all of them. Thanks @ram. I am always impressed with the writing and photos, not just the excellent places you get into or on top of.
Combined with Freezefest and reports from the past, (also saw the video). it's all :twothumbs:!
Inspiration indeed.
 
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