High Sierra Spring Snow Backpacking II: Round Top to Round Lake Coyote, June 8, 2010

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 15 May 2019

Spring Backpacking

Coyote Video, Meiss Country Roadless Area,
Tahoe to Whitney, YouTube.


Next Video: Spring Snow Backpacking trip, Round Lake to Showers Lake, June 6, 2010

South Tahoe Basin & Roundtop Review
These are two of the many videos I took of a grand snow shoe loop from Meyers to Showers Lake, from Showers Lake out of the Lake Tahoe Basin to Round Top Lake, then back into the Basin via Round Lake to exit the snow at Meyers, where we first started.

Spring Fun
This was a delightful Spring Snow backpacking trip, full of fun navigation challenges, route finding, terrain reading, and other Spring Snow delights.

On the fourth day, as we were working our way from Meiss Meadow down to Round Lake, I heard a coyote coming through the underbrush, and even caught a glimpse of her before she heard or saw us.

I signaled for complete stop and silence, then pointed to my estimated point of emergence from the underbrush of the coyote, who soon popped through the spot I anticipated.

The poor coyote. Right in front of it were two frozen backpackers. The coyote knew we were not supposed to be there, but we would not move, and prove we were out of place, which frustrated and perplexed coyote.

So coyote started barking at us, and twisting her head as if looking at us from a slightly different angle would resolve the puzzle.

The poor girl was completely unnerved by our very unexpected presence.

Coyote began to carve a wide circle around us through the deep snow, barking and howling at this strange site of two humans deep in the snow protected mountains. After enjoying some coyote, we finished breaking our way through the soft snows down to Round Lake, where we set up our final camp, staging-up for an early exit across frigid snows early the next morning,


Custom Backpacking Maps
South Tahoe Basin
Meiss Country Roadless Area
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Carson Pass-Roundtop & The Sisters Massif


South Upper Truckee, Meyers


Departing Tahoe Basin Approaching Carson Pass


Video, Spring, Snow, Backpacking, Round Lake, Showers Lake, Meiss Country Roadless Area, Meiss Country, June, 2010


Originally Published
2010-09-25 04:09:00

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