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lots of snow

Postby John Dittli » Mon May 16, 2011 8:42 am

I just got back from a 10 day backpacking trip (on skis). Quite a bit of snow with 6' drifts at 7,000'. Cold temps with 8-10" of new snow.

A couple sample photos with more at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 97a71b9ddc
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Re: lots of snow

Postby hikerchick395 » Mon May 16, 2011 9:13 am

Thanks for a glimpse into the backcountry! :)


(A slight bit of snowfall here in RV last Monday and two hours of thunder and rain on Friday.)
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Re: lots of snow

Postby maverick » Mon May 16, 2011 9:16 am

6' foot drifts at 7000 ft, wow, that's a lot of snow, and there is a heavy snow warning up
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Re: lots of snow

Postby Troutdog 59 » Mon May 16, 2011 9:35 am

Excellent photos John. Thanks for sharing!!! There all great (love the Muir Hut pic), but the skier in me really likes the pic showing your lines down that slope!!!! Simply awesome!!
If you stand in the light, you get the feel of the night, and the music that plays in your ear......
In your mind you can hear, a voice so sweet and clear, and the music that plays in your head......
As it flows up from the ground, taking all that hear the sound, close your eyes, it’s about to begin.

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Re: lots of snow

Postby quentinc » Mon May 16, 2011 2:01 pm

I was actually encouraged on Saturday. I hiked up to about 10,600 on (or near) the PCT, south of Olancha, encountering only a few inches of snow. But then came Sunday morning when we had to hike out in a snow storm -- at 8,000 feet! There wasn't much accumulation at 8,000, but still kind of shocking.
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Re: lots of snow

Postby Mike M. » Mon May 16, 2011 5:01 pm

John: loved your photos. What was your route?

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Re: lots of snow

Postby Cross Country » Mon May 16, 2011 8:51 pm

The "worst" year I ever had was 1995 (I think). This year looks "worse".
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Re: lots of snow

Postby DAVELA » Mon May 16, 2011 11:26 pm

Awesome!
Where are the 1st and 4th photos from?
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Re: lots of snow

Postby copeg » Tue May 17, 2011 6:48 am

Thanks for sharing John...love those photos!
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Re: lots of snow

Postby John Dittli » Tue May 17, 2011 1:37 pm

our route was; Echo Col, Ionian Basin, Rinstein Basin, Finger Peak, Tunemah Pk, E Couloir to Goddard Creek, Enchanted Gorge, Ionian, Muir, Lamarck.

1st shot is heading toward Finger Pk, 4th is the White Divide from the mouth of Enchanted Gorge.

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Re: lots of snow

Postby Mike M. » Tue May 17, 2011 3:46 pm

John:

Wow! That's rugged terrain even in the best of conditions . . . you guys ROCK!

Echo Col must have been hairy . . .

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Re: lots of snow

Postby John Dittli » Tue May 17, 2011 4:09 pm

Thanks Mike. In many ways (if you are comfortable on skis) it's easier on snow; all the talus and irregular terrain features are smoothed. The nasty 3rd classish east side of Echo was so filled in we actually skied right to the col. Still had to down climb a bit on the west, but then a 15 min glide (a bit steep in places) to Helen Lake.

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