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Mertensia Fails

Aug 02 2020 Published by under Mertensia, Summer, Wild Basin

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All the best laid plans. . . . After a failed attempt to see Mertensia Falls several years ago, I’ve poured over topo maps to find the best way to approach it off trail. It seemed straightforward, follow the isocline off of the trail, loop around to the river, and then up to the Mertensia.
Whoops, that contour line was impenetrable forest. Massive amounts of blow down and dead trees, rocks and brush, and a small cliff here and there. Back up plan, further up to Thunder Lake and around to the Falls just off the Eagle Lake trail.
Again, whoops. Small matter of a large cliff blocking that approach. In the picture, Mertensia is just around the corner beyond the rocks. Just beyond the cliff.
Thirteen miles hiked, some bush-whacking, not a single picture of Mertensia Falls. Back to the maps and the drawing board.

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Mixed Failures

Oct 13 2012 Published by under Autumn, Mertensia, Wild Basin

As I ended the last post, I mentioned that I was going to be visiting seven falls the next day in the course of an epic day of hiking and photography. I also may have mentioned that I am a bit of an unrepentent optimist. . . After a hike of 20 miles, several of which were off-trail bushwhacking to find some hidden falls on the edge of timberline, I realized that seven wasn’t going to happen. Three and a half happened, and the photos I’m posting today represent the half.


Mertensia Autumn #3

Mertensia Autumn #3


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