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2009 Chelan Summit
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Chelan Summit
September 2009

Derek and Roger - On Trail to Oval Lakes

Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker


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Danny - Hiking up the E Fork Buttermilk Trail to Hoodoo Pass.  It was sunny with blue skies when we started out but the clouds soon rolled in.  This was a new way in as we usually we come in via the Eagle Lakes Trail over Horsehead Pass.

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Derek - we hiked up the trail and made do with a substandard campsite off the trail as the cloudy skies changed to rain.  The next day we found the usual mid trail camp about 20 minutes up the trail.

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On our second day we climbed to Hoodoo Pass - couldn't see much as it was raining and misted in.  We had planned on taking a high route to Bernice Lake, but the inclement weather caused us to drop down to "Junction Camp" - located at the junction of the Eagle Lakes/Cub Lake Trail with the Chelan Summit Trail.

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Danny and Roger - we spent a leisurely day in camp - its a great bad weather camp.  There used to be a back country ranger guard tent across the stream, but it was gone.  There was a cache under a tarp where Danny got this lawn chair and an axe (returned when we left).

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Roger went up to Boiling lake to try a little fishing.

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Roger finishing off his catch from Boiling Lake.

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Bill cooking supper - one of the nice features of this camp is a camp table.

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Bill - in his raingear.

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According to the bag - the dinner menu was Spaghetti with mushrooms.

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Derek working on a downed tree to get firewood.

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Derek.

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As we were cooking breakfast - it began snowing heavilly.  We hovered in camp until it let up somewhat.   This is along the trail above Junction Camp.

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Cub Lake is way down below.

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At the pass we took a short break.

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The snow was melting.

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Derek

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Heading down from the pass on a snow covered trail.

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Looking North - I was glad we hadn't tried to do the high route the day before.

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It's a long drop down to Prince Creek with a lot of switchbacks.  This is on the way down looking across the way to Finney Ridge.  Surprise Lake is behind the ridge just to the right of center.

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View taken from our camp above the Summit Trail in the Upper Fish Cr basin.  There had been more snow overnight.

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Our camp in Fish Cr Basin.  We made camp here and waited for Shelby, Meghan, and Jill, who were hiking in via Fish Cr Pass.

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Our tents.

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Derek, Shelby, and Roger - The night before I was too tired for dinner and I retired into my tent (in background).  Danny was cooking dinner just outside my tent when we had a catastrophic pump failure on my Dragonfly stove.  I saw a huge orange glow outside my tent - quick action by Shelby put out the fire by throwing dirt over the stove.

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View from our camp on a dreary morning.

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Another view of our camp.

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On our way.

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This section of the route goes through a burn area.

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Derek, Meghan, Danny,Jill, and Shelby.

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It was a short day as we made camp in Horseshoe Basin.

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It wasn't long before we had a nice fire going and despite the inclement weather had a nice cozy day in camp.

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Another shot.

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Dinner Time - Derek, Shelby, Roger, and Jill.

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Shelby and Roger preparing dinner.


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Campfire.

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The next morning had a break in the weather with much welcome sunshine.

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Jill and Shelby - Shelby did this hike with an injured knee.  He couldn't get a Dr's release when we left, so he came in with Jill and Meghan.

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Roger

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Derek

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Meghan

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Meadow and blue skies.

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Heading up the trail above our camp.

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Derek, followed by Jill, Shelby, and Roger.

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Roger and Derek - meadows just below Tuckaway Lake.

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Roger and Derek - Tuckaway Lake is behind the trees at the left of the photo.

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Meghan and Danny.

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Meghan and Danny.

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Tuckaway Lake.

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Looking back towards the trail (from Tuckaway Lake).

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Another shot.

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Traversing the meadows above Tuckaway Lake before the final climb to the pass above the Oval Lakes basin.

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View on the way to the pass.

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Taking a break at the pass - Derek, Danny, Roger, Meghan, Jill, and Shelby.

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At the pass.

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Looking west from the pass - you can see Glacier Peak in the far distance just to the right of the center of the photo.

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Tuckaway Lake from the pass.

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Panoramic View from top of pass - click thumbnail and choose "Original" size to view.

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Trail as it comes over the pass.

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Looking down you can see the trail that comes from Middle and East Oval Lakes.

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Roger heading down from the pass.

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Derek & Shelby

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Jill

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It's pretty steep but the footing is good.

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Oval Peak from trail.

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Looking back to the pass.  If you look closely (choose original size), you can see the trail as it crosses the slope.

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Heading down - West Oval Lake is over the ridge to the left of the photo.

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Shelby's large rainbow cooking on his stone "oven/griddle".  Derek and Roger provide advice.

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As usual, Oval Lake rewards us with a big rainbow - and he didn't even need a "Lucky" horseshoe. See Lucky Horseshoe story

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Cooking Shelby's fish on his "Native American" oven.


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