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Coldest Night?

Postby maverick » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:19 pm

I'd be interested to know what's the coldest night you've ever spent in the Sierra
degrees, place, and month?
Mine would be -5F, Emerald Lakes, Middle Fork Bishop Creek, Nov 96.



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Re: Coldest Night?

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:23 pm

(Interesting new look for HST!)

My coldest night? A no-brainer. I wrote about it here:
http://www.sierra-trails.com/whitney/whitneypre.htm
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Re: Coldest Night?

Postby copeg » Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:10 pm

I don't exactly trust my thermometer much, but the coldest it has read has been 5F, December in Little Lakes Valley. brrrrr.
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Re: Coldest Night?

Postby ERIC » Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:23 pm

Coldest Backpacking Trip:

- November (2000?)
- 12 degrees on the thermometer (but pretty windy, too)
- Lake Italy
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Re: Coldest Night?

Postby markskor » Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:30 pm

-7...overnight up at Kirkwood...a few tears back...early April
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Re: Coldest Night?

Postby hikerduane » Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:49 pm

About 4 years ago in January, Perazzo Meadow, north of Truckee, minus 7 according to the zip-o-gauge. According to my nose hairs and mustache, it was pretty close to that if the thermometer was off.
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Re: Coldest Night?

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:23 am

7 deg, Muriel Lake - Mesa Lake, Sept 19, 2004. Day 9 of a 16 day trip. Weather was clear the first 8 days, then clouds came in. We spent day 9 in the tent just after getting resupplied by friends. It snowed all day and temps dropped, no gloves, boots were frozen. We weren't prepared for snow, so started to bail on day 10. Someone coming in said it was supposed to get warmer so we continued but set up camp when it started storming again. The down in my sleeping bag shifted to the side, and I couldn't get warm. Finally figured it out at night when I covered my head and could see light thru the bag. We bailed on day 11.

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Re: Coldest Night?

Postby maverick » Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:38 pm

Snowy I was expecting to see some of the lowest numbers posted by you
since your going up consistently even during the winter months.
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Re: Coldest Night?

Postby jimqpublic » Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:46 pm

Twice, a couple years apart in the 1980's near Paiute Pass temps were in the -10 F range. Then on my wife's first and only winter backpack trip around New Year's 1990 at South Lake. Temp was -5 at 6:00 PM and only got colder.
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Re: Coldest Night?

Postby Aviprk » Thu Feb 14, 2008 4:11 pm

Wow, you guys have all been in really cold temps. I think my coldest night was about 12F in Mineral King a few years back. Strangely enough it was at at Cold Springs campsite at only 7,800ft on labor day. I've camped over 12,000ft several times but it never got that cold. I kept waking up in what felt like every 15 minutes. It was a horrible night's sleep and could't do anything the day after!
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Re: Coldest Night?

Postby gdurkee » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:27 pm

Hmmmm. Coldest night was probably around -5F in Dusy Basin in the Fall. Coldest darned day was about -20 IN THE SAME PLACE -- aieeeeee. Wind about 30MPH+. Really a bad day on the trail. Frostbite on my windward cheek (no, the other one -- the one below my eyes). Totally lost in a whiteout. Dismal day.

So we're skiing back to the trailhead at Aspendell and run into some guys skiing in. Because of rain shadow, the weather has kinda cleared and it's not bad. The other guys find out we're doing snow surveys for NPS and go on about what a "cush" job that must be, getting paid to ski etc. My buddy Walt -- all 6'4", 230 lbs of him and with a 4 day growth of beard -- says "How about I velcro you to my ass on the next trip and you can see how much fun we have??"

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Re: Coldest Night?

Postby jimqpublic » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:43 pm

Contrast all these Sierra temps to a Christmas ski vacation in Banff, Canada about a decade ago. Our first week the temperature was routinely close to -40F when we hit the slopes in the morning. High temperature was about -20F for the whole week. Snow was so cold that even the hardest wax I could find would barely glide. We were very glad to have a nice warm lodge to sleep in. The second week was far more Sierra-like. Highs around +30 and lows around +10.
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