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Any unique conditions Challenger/Luna Area?

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I have permits for the XC zones for challenger and Luna June 15-21.  Was planning to head up to challenger arm via Wiley/Eiley ridge specifically for photography, in particular astrophotography of the Milky Way over Luna if the weather cooperates; hopefully make my way across Luna cirque to do the same for the southern pickets from Luna Col.  I might scramble Luna if I’m feeling strong after hauling all my camera gear around.
 

I haven’t been up there, any knowledge if the log jam bridge survived the winter or other changes/obstacles I should look out for?

 

here’s a random picture of a past outing just to make this more exciting than a bunch of text 

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As with any pickets trip for a defined window, I think your biggest obstacle will be the weather.  

I imagine there will be a log to cross (seems like there always is), but maybe not in the exact spot as last year. 

Great shot!  What is your astro lens of choice?

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That one was shot on the Sigma 14-24 2.8 DG DN; I just got my pre-order of the new Sony 14/1.8 so I am stoked to run it through its paces! 
 

I also like the Sony 24/1.4 which sometimes I have on a second body to do night motion time lapse clips while my primary is doing the still sequences for stacking.

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How did  you get a permit for the XC zone at least one week in advance of the dates?

The Park Service has told me I can't get a XC zone permit until the day before or the day of the trip.

How did you do that?

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32 minutes ago, Stefan said:

How did you do that?

You put in for the lottery at the end of March each year.  Shhhhhh. :wink:

It used to be poorly known, but I heard this year they got 5k applications.  Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

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18 hours ago, JasonG said:

You put in for the lottery at the end of March each year.  Shhhhhh. :wink:

It used to be poorly known, but I heard this year they got 5k applications.  Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

fuck one needs a permit in the pickets?  I thought it was a free for all up there.

 

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19 hours ago, Stefan said:

How did  you get a permit for the XC zone at least one week in advance of the dates?

The Park Service has told me I can't get a XC zone permit until the day before or the day of the trip.

How did you do that?

Yeah I did the lottery! I’d bet that most of the applications stick to established trails and campsites. 
 

I did get exactly what I asked for but I also took advantage of the fact that it’s a very “human” lottery so you can put things like “I’ll take any combination of zones to do a out-and-back traverse that avoids glaciers or 5th class climbing”……and a ranger will actually read that and try to get you something.

Just have to get in before the application period closes and reverts to walk-ups only.

As far as I could gather this is overnights only; anything car-2-car you can just go for it.

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2 hours ago, genepires said:

fuck one needs a permit in the pickets?

Luna and Terror Basin XC zones regularly fill up on weekends now!  This is a big change from even 5 years ago.

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the human disease continues to spread

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I never knew the lottery included XC Zones too.  That is new to me.  I thought it was just the Backcountry Zones that was applied to the lottery.

 

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