A Weekend with Ediza

7:36 p.m. on October 1, 2013 (EDT)
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Finally had a chance to backpack in the Sierra's this past weekend.  It's been a dream to see it with my own eyes and I finally made it!

We spent Friday thru Sunday at Ediza Lake and I got to see a few other alpine lakes...it was nothing short of amazing!

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More photos here :)

8:12 p.m. on October 1, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice photos!  Looks like my time in the Sierras this year are done.. as I have no more vacation time and two of the men's soccer leagues I play for within L.A. Municipal Parks/Recs have gone into full swing, with games on Fridays and Sundays.  I'm definitely jealous!  I'll have to make a note of Ediza Lake for next year.

8:18 p.m. on October 1, 2013 (EDT)
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It's a good hike but all on established trails.  Iceberg Lake is definitely a must-do...it was beautiful.

10:51 p.m. on October 1, 2013 (EDT)
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You picked a good spot for your first sierra trip!  I need to get back to that part of the sierra again.

10:29 a.m. on October 2, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks for the report mangus, I'm a big Sierra fan myself!

2:29 p.m. on October 2, 2013 (EDT)
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Beautiful pictures and nice report, mangus. I enjoyed it. I love the Sierras (and Mammoth)! I know you enjoyed the trip!

4:14 p.m. on October 2, 2013 (EDT)
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It was a blast! I can't wait to get back up in that range next summer.  My local mountains sure looks dull after seeing what's up north :D

6:50 p.m. on October 3, 2013 (EDT)
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Ediza is a beautiful lake for sure. I got some great reflection pictures when I was there.

5:17 p.m. on October 4, 2013 (EDT)
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Gary C. said:

Ediza is a beautiful lake for sure. I got some great reflection pictures when I was there.

 I wish I had a camera that would capture the reflections accurately.  Luckily, someone in my group does :) 

Ediza is beautiful but I liked Iceberg a lot more for some reason...it was breathtaking to say the least.

7:40 p.m. on October 4, 2013 (EDT)
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The Minarets, Ritter, and Banner have some fantastic climbs on them (including one in the Minarets that several of us put up a new route back in the mid 1960s). Ritter and Banner both have easy routes to their summits that take only a few hours round trip from Lake Ediza.

One of John Muir's most exciting climbs (described in "My First Summer in the Sierra" was on Mt Ritter.  Somehow he got himself all stretched out on 2 footholds and two handholds, and had to make a "leap of faith" to complete the move. OTOH, he also once climbed up into a couple of tall pines to experience the full force of a thunderstorm. And he said that the hike from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt Hoffman was "a pleasant day hike" (10 miles each way and about 6000 feet of altitude gain). I have done the equivalent (though not the same start and finish), but that seemed like a pretty challenging "day" to me, taking from an hour before dawn and arriving back at sundown

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