Tahoe OGUL list (SOTA-fied)

So for those that do a lot of peak bagging in the Tahoe area you may have heard or read about the Tahoe OGUL list. “Ogul” is the Washoe word for Bighorn Sheep.   That is kind of fitting since Cali/W6 has an award called the California Bighorn Ram
“The Bighorn Ram Award is available to those activators who have accumulated 500 points activating W6 summits.” –W6 ARM.
The Tahoe OGUL list is 63 peaks in the area of Lake Tahoe, Carson Pass, Ebbetts Pass, the Sweetwater range and a few others dotted here and there.  Please note that not every peak on the OGUL list qualifies as a Summits on the Air summit.  SOTA adheres to the P125 meter standard for prominence, and some of the peaks on the OGUL lack the prominence compared to other nearby peaks.  Case in point Basin Peak and it’s proximity to Castle Crags, the prominence is only 337 feet and on the same ridge as Castle Crags.   I will include those peaks as well just for the sake of keeping the list correct as it exists at the OGUL pages but the SOTA Ref will just say “Not in Sota”.

If you would like more information on the history of the Tahoe OGUL list by all means check out http://www.tahoeogul.org/.      Summits on the air can be found at http://sota.org.uk

And now the table:

9735′ / 2967m

Peak Name Elevation SOTA Reference Lat/Lon
Adams Peak 8197′ / 2498m W6/NS-158 39.9106, -120.1001
Anderson Peak 8683′ / 2647m Not SOTA 39.2591, -120.2971
Basin Peak 9015′ / 2748m Not SOTA 39.3822, -120.3645
Black Butte 8030’/2448m W6/NS-170 39.3950, -120.5579
Castle Peak 9103′ / 2775m W6/SN-038 39.3655, -120.3492
Desert Creek Peak 8969′ / 2733m W7N/TR-009 38.6139, -119.3160
Devils Peak 7704′ / 2348m W6/NS-197 39.2824, -120.4406
Dicks Peak 9974′/3040m W6/NS-068 38.9004, -120.1510
Duane Bliss Peak 8658’/2638m W7N/TR-014 38.0806, -119.8781
East Sister 10402′ / 3171m W7N/TR-001 38.5232, -119.2901
Ellis Peak 8740′ / 2664m W6/NS-133 39.0684, -120.198
English Mountain 8373′ / 2552m W6/NS-141 39.4463, -120.5510
Freel Peak 10881′ / 3317m W6/SN-034 39.4463, -120.5510
Genoa Peak 9150′ / 2789m W7N/TR-007 39.0430, -119.8813
Granite Chief 9006′ / 2745m W6/NS-115 39.1983, -120.2868
Haskell Peak 8107′ / 2471m W6/NS-162 39.6624, -120.5522
Hawkins Peak 8107′ / 2471m W6/NS-065 38.7384, -119.8726
Highland Peak 10934′ / 3333m W6/NS-033 38.5438, -119.7558
Jack Peak 9856′ / 3004m Not in SOTA 38.8905, -120.1542
Jeff Davis Peak 8990′ / 2740m W6/NS-114 38.6366, -119.8965
Jobs Peak 10633′ / 3241m W6/NS-047 38.8579, -119.8616
Jobs Sister 10823′ / 3299m Not in SOTA 38.8625, -119.8847
Lookout Peak 9584′ / 2921m W6/NS-088 38.5107, -119.8730
Lyon Peak 8891′ / 2710m Not in SOTA 39.2068, -120.3157
Markleeville Peak 9417′ / 2870m W6/NS-096 38.6617, -119.8979
McConnell Peak 9099′ / 2773m Not in SOTA 38.9485, -120.2430
Middle Sister 10859′ / 3310m W6/ND-004 38.5080, -119.2952
Mokelumne Peak 9332′ / 2844m W6/NS-103 38.5380, -120.0948
Mt Elwell 7812′ / 2381m W6/NS-182 39.7082, -120.6883
Mt Fillmore 7715′ / 2351m W6/NS-194 39.7302, -120.8525
Mt Mildred 8398′ / 2560m W6/NS-142 (Same Ridgeline) SOTA pk is taller 39.1460, -120.3300
Mt Patterson 11673′ / 3558m W6/ND-001 38.4366, -119.3051
Mt Price 9975′ / 3040m W6/NS-377 38.8641, -120.1743
Mt Rose 10776′ / 3285m W7N/WC-001 39.3437, -119.9171
Mt Siegel 9450′ / 2880m W7N/TR-003 38.8896, -119.5016
Mt Lola 9143′ / 2787m W6/NS-111 39.4329, -120.3644
Mt Tallac 9735′ / 2967m W6/SN-036 38.9060, -120.0987
Needle Peak 8971′ / 2734m Not in SOTA 39.2007, -120.3008
Old Man Mountain 7789′ / 2374m W6/NS-184 39.3705, -120.5219
Phipps Peak 9234′ / 2815m Not in SOTA near NS-105 38.9546, -120.1499
Pyramid Peak 9983′ / 3043m W6/NS-067 38.8445, -120.1577
Ralston Peak 9235′ / 2815m W6/NS-108 38.8333, -120.1015
Raymond Peak 10011′, 3051m W6/NS-066 38.6040, -119.8333
Red Lake Peak 10061′ / 3067m W6/NS-062 38.7142, -119.9873
Red Peak 9307′ / 2837m Not in SOTA 38.9254, -120.2214
Reynolds Peak 9690′ / 2954m W6/NS-081 38.5793, -119.8377
Round Top 10380′ / 3164m W6/NS-055 38.6635, -120.0015
Rubicon Peak 9183′ / 2799m Not in SOTA 38.9886, -120.1335
Sierra Buttes 8587′ / 2617m W6/NS-139 39.5937, -120.6460
Signal Peak 7841′, 2390m W6/NS-179 39.3390, -120.5352
Silver Peak 8930′, 2722m Not in SOTA 38.9347, -120.2306
Silver Peak 10774′ / 3284m Not in SOTA 38.5641, -119.7603
Snow Mountain 8014′ / 2443m W6/NS-171 39.2412, -120.4639
Snow Valley Peak 9214′ / 2808m W7N/TR-006 39.1538, -119.8830
South Sister 11339′ / 3456m W6/ND-002 38.4824, -119.3001
Stevens Peak 10061′ / 3067m W6/NS-375 38.7336, -119.9827
Tells Peak 8872′ / 2704m Not in SOTA 38.9600, -120.2545
The Nipple 9340′ / 2847m W6/NS-102 38.6402, -119.9332
Tinker Knob 8949′ / 2728m W6/NS-121 39.2448, -120.2851
Twin Peaks 8878′ / 2706m W6/NS-128 39.1124, -120.2317
Wade Benchmark 9367′ / 2855m Not in SOTA but near W6/NS-100 38.8166, -119.8425
Waterhouse Peak 9497′ / 2895m W6/NS-092 38.7762, -119.9655
Wheeler Peak 11664′ / 3555m Not in SOTA near W6/ND-001 38.4186, -119.2881

Yet another list of peaks I was aware of, but did not really bother to look into until I realized I have completed about 60% of these peaks (as of Nov, 2018) including a lot of the non SOTA peaks.

I may reach out to the Association Managers for W6 and W7N to see if a dual state list based award similar to the Tahoe Ogul pages, but SOTA specific is possible.

Hear you on the next one
73 de N6JFD.

 

Desolation Wilderness SOTA backpacking trip (LONG POST)

Every year I like to do at least one solo week long backpack trip (but this may have been the last one, more on that below) and decided to make this years a SOTA trip to knock off some of the Rim Trail summits I need for my personal goal.   I had locked out the week of August 20th a while back namely because it was a new moon, then there was that solar eclipse thing too.  Backpacking in the Sierra under a full moon makes it VERY HARD to sleep, the eclipse was kind of a happy accident.  So the plan was as follows when I went in… we’ll see how that turned out 😀

8/19: W6/NS-154 (Lost corner Mountain) && W6/NS-390 (7860) 0900-1300 will be activation time range.
8/20: W6/NS-107 “9269” (mid morning, 4 mile dayhike from basecamp)
8/20: W6/NS-105 “9310” (probably mid afternoon)
8/21 Moving day, but I may try and do something with SEQP before I head out.
8/21 or 8/22 will be time dependent, but W6/NS-095 “9420” if 8/21 late evening (8/22 UTC) or morning of 8/22 PST
8/23: W6/NS-377 Mount Price and W6/NS-094 Little Pyramid sometime between 1030-1400 PST
8/24 or 8/25 W6/NS-068 Dick’s peak and W6/SN-036 Mt Tallac will do both in the same day. (I kept changing my mind on this one)

This was also going to be the longest trip I’d taken Lola (my 3.5 yr old Chocolate Lab) out for a hike, and she was going to carry her own food.

So I got Michele to drop me off at the Rubicon Trail staging grounds and we started walking in from there to the General Creek trail to enter the Wilderness.  While the mosquitos are mostly gone from the basin, they were anything but gone on this hot August afternoon.  We were making good time, and I noticed that we were within 3/4 a mile of the first peak on my list (W6/NS-390) and decided to drop pack and run up w/ my gear and get this trip started off right.  (except that my GPS died 10 minutes after I walked away from my pack).  I did not see the point continuing on down the trail to setup for Lost Corner Mountain to have to backtrack back to the peak (and to be fair this was an extra, but 8 points is 8 points).   Anyway, The summit was pretty obvious, went to the high spot that matched my location on the map (those paper things) and snagged the first of what should be nine activations for the week.  Managed to get three S2S (or which 2 were W0MNA and W0ERI) to boot.  So nice to talk to them summit to summit..(They were in North Georgia).  Those two are so awesome, they are always chasing, so nice to help them get an activation in there!  I did not want to stay too long as I still had some miles to go so Lola and I headed back to our gear..hoping some bear had not made off with her dog food.  All was good, and southbound we went on one of the lesser travelled trails in Desolation.  We stopped that evening at a spot with some water, and in good proximity to snag Lost Corner Mountain (W6/NS-154) the next morning.

Guide peak another W6 peak is in this picture as is a couple other SOTA summits

So the next morning after breakfast Lola and I off trailed over to Lost Corner Mountain.   GPS said I was 2 miles crow fly, no big deal and 90 minutes later we were on the summit.   I only gave myself an hour for setup, and contacts, but managed 3 S2S and 1 FM contact to get the activation.  Today was a larger mileage day, so I did not want to dawdle to much.  We headed back to our base camp, packed up, watered up and then decided that the best option to get to our next camp site was to stick to the TRT/PCT and avoid the Tahoe-Yosemite/Meeks creek trail.   I can see now why permits are so hard to get in Desolation.  I passed some twenty people between the General creek cut off and Phipps pass cut off which is an 8 mile stretch.  That is a LOT of people for a single day of backpacking.   We hiked up to Phipps pass, and then made the cut off trail for Phipps Lake where we were going to do a 2 day stay/base camp while I ticked off the next two peaks on the list.  So while Lola’s pads/feet were never messed up she definitely was tired after today’s carry, so I decided that tomorrow I was going to leave her at the camp (on a long lead) and I would go tackle peak 9260 (W6/NS-107).  That night for dinner I had my chicken tortilla soup (Bear Creek soups from the grocery store), and had a wild hair to add some mashed potatoes into the soup.  OMG…. that will not be the last time I take that on a backpacking trip!!    So… I think I might have stumbled upon one of the prettiest and most remote sites in Desolation, but I probably should not put that in print.  That is why there are so few quiet places to sneak off to.  I’ll even share a picture:

Phipps Lake

So day three, the plan was just stay posted up here for a base camp, and go after W6/NS-107 (9260) and IF there was time, go after W6/NS-105 (9310).  One of the reasons why I said this was a remote site is because I was camped across the lake from the base of 9310 and had an 500 or so foot climb to the summit, 9310 to date is unactivated..  Save the best for last.   I left Lola on a lead at the camp while I was gone for the day.  I left her plenty of water, and food, and she had cover and such.   So I headed back to the trail and started down the canyon towards Rubicon Lake.   The destination today is an unnamed peak on a ridge that contains Rubicon pk, and Jakes peak, W6/NS-107.  One of these days I will reteach myself how to stick to a contour.  I have a problem with climbing too fast, and not getting hitting ridge lines where I want when I am off trailing.  So I hit the ridge sooner then I expected, and then dropped a little over the backside, and kept moving on.   So today I opted to pound a liter of water and not bring water along thinking it would be a 2-3 hour ordeal overall, and I do actually train like that with some day hiking trips.  It took me about three hours from the time I left camp till I was setup and activating.   Again, if you chase, THANK YOU!  There are always 4-5 activators I can always count on that are fun to talk to, and always willing to work hard to work you if it’s needed!

Once done with the activation, I started down heading towards Stony Ridge Lake.  I could see that my best bet was to cross over where I crossed this morning, so “lets contour, and not go down too fast”.   I wound up in a HUGE boulder field that was the equivalent to a class 4, and possible class 5 down climb in a few spots but I found some clean water sources to drink from while in the boulder fields.  Had to fight a few willow stands, those slowed me down, and made me tired.  All told the 8 mile round trip took about 7 hours “tent flap to tent flap”.  Lesson learned, but Lola was happy to see me when I got back.  I should also note that it’s peak wildfire season despite the water and the super wet winter, Tahoe had quite a few fires burning around the area, including one down by Yosemite.  Needless to say, that combined with a low in the area was making for some fun evening weather in the area.  To date I had not had rain on this trip, but I managed to get back to camp just as a storm was hitting us.   Into the tent I dove, and I had Lola in my vestibule area. (1 man REI Quarterdome).   Within 5 minutes we were sitting in the middle of a hail storm, and the hail was bouncing up under the fly and pelting Lola, so into the tent I brought her.   She was out cold within five minutes, and snoring.  Typical summer storm, it was over in about an hour, it dumped a good amount of quarter sized hail and my tent survived it really well.  The cool thing about granite is even after a storm it is still very warm.  While nothing inside the tent got wet, we had a river running underneath us.  I put everything on granite, while I had dinner, and threw it all back together before dark, everything was dry!   Sunset was amazing tonight with the clouds, and the fog coming off the lake and cleared air etc.

 

Day 4:  Solar Eclipse!  So today’s activation was going to be super easy from a hiking perspective, but possibly a challenge depending on how the bands were being affected by the Eclipse.  I was some 400-500 miles south of the totality, and I could definitely tell that something was going on.  Even though the sun was bright, it was cold where I was.  After breakfast, I broke everything down, and packed up and moved our gear over to the pass that leads out of Phipps lake, grabbed the radio gear and then headed to the summit.  20 minutes later we were on top and I was setting up.   I managed to get 7 QSO’s this morning (I was not in too much of a hurry, but I was not going to hang out).

Lola was moving pretty good, but I could se she was a bit sore and it was time to run her out, plus I wanted to reconfigure some things with my pack.  Specifically the radio gear.  I let Michele know when I was on top that I would be at the Bayview Trailhead by 5pm and could she either get my truck up there waiting for me, or just come pick me up.   Lola and I were moving along well, not as many people on the trail today (it was a Monday, and I was pretty far in).    So for the past two years I have been using a LowePro Nova 2 camera bag for carrying my radio gear.  It all fits in there (I have a pretty light weight setup).  But it was hard to carry water, and it dawned on me I have a 10L hydration pack that I was thinking would work for water, a bit of food, AND the radio gear.

Also part of the reconfigure was breakfast.  Growing up I always loved the quaker oats instant oatmeal packs when I was camping/backpacking but as a grown up trying to “eat healthy” I tend to opt for different solutions now.  I really should have tested my breakfast before I left b/c I just ended up having PB and Trail Bars for breakfast after realizing on day 1, instant steel cut oats are NOT the same as slow cooked, and well.  I got home and threw away what I had packed for my breakfasts (pack it in, pack it out).  I hate wasting food, but the McCanns instant steel cuts just do not seem to cook well in the backcountry (in boiling water, yes).  I ended up getting a couple of Mountain House breakfasts for when I go back in on Wed (Biscuits and Sausage gravy && Southwest Scramble).  I still had at least 2 more peaks I could go for (Tallacs, Dicks), and I was taking off this week, and well I was not ready to plug back in yet!  So sure as I thought, my mountain biking pack did the trick.  Everything fit, and I was all repacked and ready to go back in and get at least two more peaks.

So I decided to drop the three peaks that run along the Crystal Range part of Desolation (Little Pyramid, Price, W6/NS-095) as part of my get Lola out trip, and focus on Dicks’ (W6/NS-068) and Tallac (W6/SN-036).  I’ve been on Tallac a few times just as a hiker, but never with radio gear.  The goal for Wednesday was make Lake Gilmore at the base of the climb to Dicks pass, and a 45 minute hike to the summit of Tallac.  Dick’s peak has also not been activated yet, and is located in the almost geographic center of Desolation.   My legs w

Nice little tree stand behind the tent

ere still in strong shape, so after a lunch at one of my favorite South Lake Bars, I headed to the Glen Alpine trailhead.  It took me just under two hours of hard moving to make Gilmore.

Gilmore is one popular camp site, this was the first night on my trip where I had people around me.  I just wish folks would heed the rules on the permit..  NOTHING within 100 feet of water.  You do not pitch your feet 10 feet away from the big lake.   Anyway I digress.  So the next morning I cracked into that Sausage and Biscuits from Mountain House.  I’d not eaten dehydrated meals since the 80’s (which IIRC were Mountain House, they had Woodsy the Owl on them.  I still have one, here is a picture: <find that MH and take a pic>

 

 

So, those biscuits and gravy actually tasted pretty good, but it was a lot of food for one person, and the whole dehydrated thing did leave my stomach in knots.  Anyway, today we were going to go after Dick’s peak, that was my only focus…I could still do Tallac tomorrow if I had to really work Dicks.  Dick’s peak as noted is not a day hike, unless you plan on starting or finishing in the dark.  The climb up the trail to the pass is not that bad, but then at

looking at the Crystal Range, W6/NS-067 (Pyramid Peak) is the image on the left in the distance. There are two other SOTA peaks in this image.

the last switchback before hitting Dick’s Pass, you turn off trail and start heading along the saddle there to climb the last 1600 feet. Oh btw, there is no trail.    I made the summit in a couple of hours, even with the fun climb and started setting up.  While looking for the logbook/ammo can on the summit, I found a note that was buried under some rocks.  Someone had written a touching letter to someone in their life that had passed away.  Out of respect I left it up there, and did not take a picture of it.   I forgot to bring my crappie pole mast, so decided to just run my antenna about 2-3 feet off the deck between some rocks, and running off at an angle to get a south and east/west reflection.  Oddly enough I managed to get an S2S with a guy up in Washington so something was reflecting me that way too.  I scored 6 QSO’s and was starting to think I could manage Tallac too if I got a move on now.   The down climb took me about the same amount of time, and it is a pretty well established goat trail, but it is exposed in some spots, so if you are not comfortable in a free scramble situation, I would advise you to take caution.

I made Tallac, got my QSO’s but really had to work it hard.  I ended up getting more 2M contacts then HF contacts for Tallac, but I was satisfied.  I set off to get 9 peaks this week and finish everything in Desolation, I snagged six of them, and managed to do some scouting to see that I will need to come up from the backside of those other peaks to snag them, so best I would have done would’ve been 7 peaks total.

I have 20 peaks left to finish the rim trail, and pretty sure I’ll be down to less then 10 by the end of October.  I may be able to get the rest of these this calendar year!

 

Other images from the trip:

Tallac Panorama

Lake Gilmore