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Bishop To Dusy Basin or Mono to PIoneer

Postby Backpacklifer » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:31 am

Hi guys, I'm new here and think I posted a couple questions to the wrong thread. Sorry about that! I'm going up the 395 tomorrow and want to go over either Mono or Bishop Pass. According to the White Mt ranger station creeks are past a peak flow and snow is melting fast making snow travel easy. They also said most of the passes have good boot tracks to follow. They did say carrying an ice axe was reccomended in case one would need to self arrest. Has anyone been up either of these passes recently? I'm wondering if there is dry camping in either Dusy or a Pioneer Basin and hoping some of the lakes are thawed. Thanks for any info you can send this way.

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Re: Bishop To Dusy Basin or Mono to PIoneer

Postby SSSdave » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:10 pm

I just posted a new July 12 MODIS snow cover satellite image in this thread:

http://www.highsierratopix.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=16246&p=122422#p122422

Shows way down below Mono Pass, the lowest 2 lakes in Pioneer Basin are melted out as is the north end of Fourth Recess and Lower Hopkins. On the west side of Bishop Pass...vast snow field.

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Re: Bishop To Dusy Basin or Mono to PIoneer

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:36 pm

I just got out from a trip to Pioneer Basin. See my recent posts. I will get a trip report out soon. Bottom line- Pioneer Basin is about perfect right now. Mono Pass tricky and changing daily, but very feasible. I used crampons, but they are not necessary if you go over mid-day. Creek crossings are all reasonable. I had to wade through a lake outlet (crotch deep) at one lake in Pioneer Basin, but it was easy (if chilly!). No mosquitoes yet!
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Re: Bishop To Dusy Basin or Mono to PIoneer

Postby Backpacklifer » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:52 pm

Thanks guys. I ended up going over Bishop Pass into Dusy Basin. Challenging but doable. TR coming soon .
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Re: Bishop To Dusy Basin or Mono to PIoneer

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:10 pm

Looking forward to seeing the conditions in Dusy.
Was Lake 11393 or 11388 thawed even slightly?
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