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Here's what it's like out there now

Postby paul » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:35 am

Just got back last Friday from a trans-sierra ski tour by a rather unusual route. Started at Huntington Lake on the west side, toured through part of the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, into Red Rock Basin, Reddy's Hole, Red Mountain Basin, crossed the LeConte Divide via a pass a little south of Hell For Sure above Arctic Lake. Up Goddard Canyon to Martha Lake, then Davis Lake, Wanda, Evolution basin, Darwin bench & Lamarck Col. Saw no one the entire 9 days until we met fishermen at North Lake. Started out on a foot of new snow over 3 feet of old at 7000 feet on May 18! Good snow and good weather almost all the way except for extreme high winds on Lamarck Col. Phenomenal amounts of snow everywhere, and it's still in good shape, which is great if you're hoping for a ski tour in late June, but not so great for backpacking plans. Here are some photos (more to come later) so you get an idea how solid the coverage is:

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Re: Here's what it's like out there now

Postby texan » Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:01 am

Thanks for the sharing the pictures. Now thats a lot of SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Here's what it's like out there now

Postby oldranger » Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:48 am

Nice trip!

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Re: Here's what it's like out there now

Postby maverick » Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:20 pm

Wow, what a great trip Paul.
I love the way Evolution Creek is flowing will all that snow on its banks.
All that snow sure makes traveling through the area a whole lot quicker.
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Re: Here's what it's like out there now

Postby RoguePhotonic » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:23 pm

What a play ground for a man on skis!
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Re: Here's what it's like out there now

Postby paul » Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:17 pm

RoguePhotonic wrote:What a play ground for a man on skis!

Playground indeed! You should have seen us laughing like fools as we skied across Wanda without our packs on the way to Muir Pass!
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Re: Here's what it's like out there now

Postby Cross Country » Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:36 pm

Those pics were realllly nice.
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Re: Here's what it's like out there now

Postby Jimr » Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:20 pm

Really cool! I especially liked Darwin Bench because 9 months ago, I was camped in that clump of trees on the right side of your photo after crossing Alpine Col.
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Re: Here's what it's like out there now

Postby DAVELA » Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:56 pm

frikkin' jealous.How much preparation goes into a trip like that?Gotta have a lot of expensive winter gear...i snowshoe but would prolly have to get new skis n boots and tent etc...
looks so awesome.Cant beleive how much snow there is?
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Re: Here's what it's like out there now

Postby SweetSierra » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:13 pm

This is from "Sequoia-Kings Canyon" hikers forum. It was passed on to me, so sharing:

Just got back from teaching Mountain Education's "SAC-1" (Snow Advanced Course) over Cottonwood (11,160), Forester (13,180), and Kearsarge (11,712) Passes for 11 days (May 21 - 31).

Snow levels as follows: South aspects - 3 to 5' patches at 10,000 and solid at 11,000; North aspects - 3 to 5' patches at 9,500 and solid at 10,000; Eastern and Western aspects are somewhere in between.

The lakes are still completely frozen at 10,500. Snow bridges still exist over creeks at 10,200 (Whitney, Wallace) and 10,800 (Wright, Tyndall). Creek volume and flow rate are up twice of last year's at this time. Some drainages have more snow, while some have less, compared to last year.

Overall, there is about 2 feet more consolidated snow than last year. Temps are still cold, though it appears the thaw is starting. Snowing there now, however, with more on the way!

Will write an "After-Action" report for the whole trip from Kennedy Meadows to Kearsarge Pass shortly!


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Re: Here's what it's like out there now

Postby bluefintu » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:39 pm

WOW !!! Thank you for the info. Looks like winter still and more on the way. I,ve been looking at my options, go skiing at Mammoth, in July ? or defend ourselves with the snow or bugs backpacking . I'm still waiting for the SNOW to Melt. My son does'nt want to carry an ice dril !!!!
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Re: Here's what it's like out there now

Postby jessegooddog » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:45 pm

9 days without seeing anyone else - what a dream!! That is one amazing trip, your encore will be???
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