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Snow Crown or whatever

Postby ridgeline » Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:19 pm

Kinda last minute, trailbud and myself will be camping out of onion valley and attempting Snow Crown or whatever looks good on Sun/Mon.
Starting out around 9am Sun and camping over night if anyone wants to go along.



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Postby tomcat_rc » Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:09 pm

please report trip incl road conditions - good luck on the hike - if you need any beta send me an e-mail - I am headed to Vegas tomorrow to hike with Rachel and sierragator
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Postby ridgeline » Fri Dec 29, 2006 8:10 pm

Tom just e mailed you, any beta would be helpful
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Postby tomcat_rc » Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:16 am

sorry for late reply - I was out playing poker (won gas money to Vegas) - just sent you e-mail back with hopefully some usable info - have fun

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Postby ridgeline » Mon Jan 01, 2007 2:43 pm

The road to Onion Valley was clear Sun. with a bit of rockfall, no ice only a few inches of snow at the campground parking lot. Temps were low thirties at 8:30am, sky clear, light winds (burr) no other cars at the parking lot. We set out breaking trail in 18" to 24" of snow( with snowshoes) following the approximate location of the Kersarge pass trail. It was slow going and around noon we knew any peaks were out of the question, we had already dumped the idea of hauling gear up for an overnight as soon as we saw the amt of snow (we thought we could get half way up on trail with no shoes). So like many trips, goals changed, but all in all it was a great day in the mountains, we shoed up to Gilbert Lake and did a bit of exploring around the lake, head down and at the car by five, toasted the New Year in the mountains and drove home to spend the rest of the evening with family and friends that expected us to still be in the mountains. A few pictures here
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/556746993CvyNsE
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Postby madeintahoe » Tue Jan 02, 2007 9:44 am

Gorgeous pictures Ridgeline! The air is so crisp and clear..LOVE the blue sky against the snow and rocks. :D
Really beautiful area..Thank you for sharing
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:14 am

3 tries for me and still haven't made it . . . I think this will have to wait til spring. Thanks for the photos! Looks like a great snowshoe trip!
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Postby ridgeline » Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:05 am

Kinda looks that way, but with no big snow dumps? and if we keep working the trail in?
I guess I dont need to bag a peek to go back before spring, the mountains really had a special feel last Sunday, maybee it was the solitude, I didnt put my head down and go go go but I listened to the mountains, sounds of Independence Creek, birds, the crunch of the snow, my own breath, truely a mountain high!
Like Tomcat says, its an addiction, it sure is. The mountains keep calling dont they.
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Postby tomcat_rc » Wed Jan 03, 2007 7:06 am

nice hike and pictures Ridgeline. I sure want to get up in that area while the road is still open. do you think the snow shoes helped. I am itching to get into some area with snow - the voices of the mountains sing different songs. even if not bag a peak would be nice to do for a day. congrats on getting back out before years end.
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Postby ridgeline » Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:49 pm

Tom, we started up with out snowshoes and went back to the car for them after about 200'. We would sink about 8" to 12" with snowshoes, anyone going up our trail before the next storm will move quickly because it consolidated well. On the plus side, it is still real safe, no odd layers, ice etc. and should still be safe with another one to two feet of new, after that things could change dramatically.
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Postby tomcat_rc » Wed Jan 03, 2007 7:59 pm

thanks Ridgeline. I think I will hold off and do desert this weekend.

In April a group of us are doing Shasta. The leader wants us to start doing some specific training prior to that. Looks like we're doing a snow camp in 2 weeks in the Shepherd Pass area - with maybe even a Tyndel summit. How is that for training. I am jazzed up about possible knocking out another new 14'r this year - Shasta has been on my to-do list for a few years
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Postby ridgeline » Wed Jan 03, 2007 8:12 pm

Tom, what route are you doing on Shasta? Im looking for a June July trip there? How big is your group? Next time we hike I will pick your brain on this.
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