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Carter and Vernon Bailey

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Offline steelfrog

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Carter and Vernon Bailey
« on: June 16, 2010, 02:20:38 PM »
Greetings.  I was delighted to be turned onto this website by the good folks over at 14ers.com.

I am going to try and shimmey up Carter this weekend with a couple of the girls, and maybe also go up the South Gully and across the NE ridge to Vernon Bailey.  I am going off the information on the 2 TRs from Summitpost.  Does anyone else have any beta on these two hikes?

Many thanks!

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Offline fc7cuda

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Re: Carter and Vernon Bailey
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2010, 04:37:14 PM »
Beautiful view looking back into the basin that few have seem.

Enjoy

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Carter and Vernon Bailey
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2010, 07:16:28 PM »
OK, some advice to those of you who want to do this--there is a fairly distinct user trail on the LEFT side of the gully.  Do not go right--it is filled with undergrowth, especially now.  So, we fought through the undergrowth (and up the pretty steep slope) for several hundred feet, and then as we rested, I looked across to the left side and could see a clear trail winding up the left side.  So, we fought our way over there and the way was much quicker and easier.  Next time I'll know better.  Spectacular hike though--challenging and rewarding.

After this bushwack, I didn't have the mental stregth to face the prospect of bushwacking up the South Gully to the NE ridge to get to Vernon Bailey, so we did Emory, which the 2 girls I had with me hadn't done (8 and 9 y.o.).  They found the summit block exhilerating.  We made it up there in 2.5 hours, which I thought was good time given their ages.

Also, I had a first--I nearly stepped on a large rattlesnake, what I later found out was a Mojave.  Green and gorgeous.  That was my number one concern on this series of hikes.

 


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