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Lamarck Col

Postby whrdafamI? » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:11 pm

Looking for someone who is going over the Col and getting back home prior to Aug. 3rd, 2011. Need a snow report and if you had any problems getting over. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Lamarck Col

Postby East Side Hiker » Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:57 pm

I'm going over Lamark Col on Aug 9 or 10, and then on to the Ionian Basin. Return over Wanda Pass and through McGee Lakes.
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Re: Lamarck Col

Postby Troutdog 59 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:43 pm

I wont be going over Lamarack, but I'll be nearby and will be going over Piute 7/23, so I should be able to give at least a regional snow report for the north side of the Glacier Divide. Thats if it ever stops snowing. ;)
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Re: Lamarck Col

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:49 am

I went up Lamark Col in a very high snow year (early August) and it was fully snow covered (I had an ice axe because I was also doing some climbing but trekking poles would have worked too). The snow softened after a few hours of sunlight - pretty early since it faces east. Two years ago I came down Lamark Col's northeast side when it was partially melted and late season (mid Sept) blue ice and I only had trekking poles. I thought it was a lot harder - talus covered with ball-bearing sand between icy spots. This is a very well used route for climbers, so unless you are the first person over, there will be a well worn path throught the snow plus by mid season there are suncups that really help.
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Re: Lamarck Col

Postby whrdafamI? » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:00 am

WD, for sure on the sun cups. Last year when we went over it was exactly that way. A friend of mine I grew up with came down from Bend, Ore. and we teamed up and did over the Col down to the JMT and back out by way of Paiute Pass. Awesom route for sure. This year I plan to go left at the JMT and go back by way of South Lake. My friend won't be joining me this year as he is doing the JMT with a young lady that we met up there last year.
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Re: Lamarck Col

Postby East Side Hiker » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:47 pm

The strategy if conditions are bad is this - hang at the bottom of the snow field until a ground passes you. Then get behind them and follow them. Makes to going easier and safer, plus you get to see the mistakes they make, or the areas they have problems with.

I did it once going over over Forester Pass - south to north. I waited a couple hours one morning, and a group of toughs passed. I fell right in behind them and cruised over the pass in their wake.
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Re: Lamarck Col

Postby whrdafamI? » Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:26 pm

Just bumping this back up.
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Re: Lamarck Col

Postby whrdafamI? » Tue May 24, 2011 9:44 am

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Re: Lamarck Col

Postby paul » Sat May 28, 2011 11:38 am

Having just come over Lamarck col on Wednesday - unfortunately in extremely high wind - I can say that the last plateau is already clear of snow and the west side is about half rock, half snow. Still lots of snow on the east side down to North Lake campground, but melting fast. So I expect by august it will be no problem at all, especially since you'll have a deep track left by all who have been over prior to that time.
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Re: Lamarck Col

Postby whrdafamI? » Sat May 28, 2011 1:03 pm

Thankyou Paul, I really appreciate the TR.
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Re: Lamarck Col

Postby East Side Hiker » Tue May 31, 2011 8:35 am

I can't remember which thread it was in, but didn't someone have a recent picture of Lamark Col? Looked like it might be easier with a good snow pack if you use good strategy to deal with surface conditons and follow a good existing trial over the snow. Good to hear that the "last plateau is already clear of snow and the west side is about half rock, half snow."

I look forward to my Aug 9th or 10th crossing.
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Re: Lamarck Col

Postby East Side Hiker » Tue May 31, 2011 8:38 am

Oh, the picture was John Dittli's, from an early May thread down below.
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