Enchanted Village (for adults, aka The Enchantments) warning: no fishing stoke

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  1. bigdood

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    Figured I'd throw up my 'summer vacation' as a TR for you guys in case anybody is at work and looking for a mental vacation. I know trip reports have helped me a ton of times when midday sets in. This was my summer vacation, as time and money are two things I have had little of lately (far less money than time though, lol) as I've been spending any time/money on the launch of my new company mobspot.com. That being said, when our names were drawn in the lottery for Enchantments passes earlier this year I knew it'd be something I couldn't miss, even if the gas money may cause my bank account to hit zero (only half kidding... :rofl:)

    Anyways, the Enchantments. Pretty sick stuff and worth the legwork to get there. It's very reminiscent of the Sierra, granite and sick alpine scenery, like a more scenic/far less traveled version of Desolation Wilderness. Enough nouns and verbs, a couple pics to do the talking (they're worth 1k words, right?)

    Running from a sasquatch that caught wind of our beef jerky and whiskey stash. Don't have to be the fastest, just have to be faster than the fattest.
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    Day 1 eyegasm. Original plan was to cross Aasgard Pass (saddle on far end of pic), but once we saw Colchuck we knew we had to spend a night there. Threw flies and gear with zero luck. Saw a guy before us pull up ~10" though. They were surfacing pretty frequently, but it wasn't a full apeshit rolling boil like I've seen at some of the lakes in the Tuolumne area.
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    Cool take on a cairn
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    Cool little tarn on east side of Dragontail. My pics don't do the colors of the area justice, I didn't realize I had a crap filter on my camera that I thought I took off last time I came back w/ crap pics. :beathead:
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    A horribly unscenic place for lunch
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    Furinals. I call the guy on the left Bemis and the one on the right Kohler.
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    Whiskey bar at 7500 feet. All of us brought flasks, my buddy Chris brought about a gallon of Wild Turkey!
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    Camp below Little Annapurna
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    Water crossing and a glimpse of larch. The area is known for larch, and it didn't disappoint, but I think we were about a week too late for the prime color as they weren't that bright bright yellowy color.
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    Aaaand that's about it. Didn't take that many pics even though I lugged my camera the whole way.
     
  2. Richard Torres

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    Very nice! Thanks for sharing your trip with us even though you didn't fish.
     
  3. Dustin Bise

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    i get alot of shit for it but i kick over 95 percent of all the carins i encounter.

    looks like a great trip though.
     
  4. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Bigdood...where are you going next...keep this stuff coming!
     
  5. bigdood

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    It's not uncommon. A lot of people feel they 'own' a spot and do the same.

    Man....wish I could say my next trip was someplace epic, but I've got from 60 to 0 income wise over the past two years so most of my trips are likely happy hour bar hopping bike trips in Portland, lol. I'll bring a camera along though. For real tho I've got the huge jones to get into some fish after barely casting a fly/lure in the Enchantments (with the scenery there didn't take the urgency I thought it would), hopefully a trip here locally soon....though w/ the forecast I may do a scouting tour or two on the splitty.
     
  6. Gary Thompson

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    The mountain goat porn is sweet.
    Looks like a great trip.
     
  7. Diehard

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    What dates were you up there? I would love to be up there when the Larches are going off.
     
  8. bigdood

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    Was there last week, Tuesday thru Friday.
     
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    Self-serving bump cuz I'm going Sunday thru Friday and WILL be fishing a ton this time
     
  10. Dustin Bise

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    best of luck my man!
     
  11. Cruik

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    When you were up there, did the goats drink your pee? When I was up there, they were going nuts for pee. they'd lick it off the ground all night. Kinda creepy. I have a friend who was up there last week and said the goats would follow you when you took a leak. Probably a salt thing.

    When I went last year it was too early to be able to make it up Asgard. So we were "stuck" at Colchuck. Found some rainbows up to about 15 or 16 inches. Good luck.
     
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    Yup, it's a salt thing. They always say if you want a picture with a goat in a particular spot pee there and they'll be there! What's nasty is if you zoom in on my goat pics from last year their beards are kinda yellow....

    There are far less scenic places in the world to get stuck Cruik!
     
  13. Richard Olmstead

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    That's from chewin' and spittin' tobacco. It's how they deal with the taste of pee in their mouths all the time...
     
  14. yuhina

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    Great report and awesome photos! bd
    enjoy the "mental vacation" with you! : )
    Mark
     
  15. Dan Nelson

    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    iagree

    I'm with you Dustin. Most cairns are unnecessary at best, misplaced and dangerous at worst. Generally, they were unnecessary and intrusive in the landscape. Unless they are absolutely necessary for SAFE navigation, the best thing we can all do is kick 'em down and let the folks behind discover the wild lands for themselves.