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April Snow Camping - who's interested?

Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Mar 03, 2006 8:17 pm

If interested, when?
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Postby hikerduane » Fri Mar 03, 2006 9:22 pm

Um, definite maybe. I may need to work a few Saturdays, April 29,30 are out. The first half of the month might work for me, I don't want to be away from home two weekends in a row, so April 22 would be out for me too. If I could get away with just working half a Saturday, it is only 3 hours down to the Mammoth area for me, I could be there early afternoon. Don't plan for me. If I can make it I'll make it.

A bunch of us were planning on going to Lassen this weekend, but with the snow they have changed plans some so I may not go. It would mean more travel thru snow for me. Everyone else is a flatlander, so they would only have to travel a short ways in snow on Sunday. I would have to travel over 2 hours in good weather to get home.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:52 pm

April 22-23 is not good for me either
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Postby copeg » Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:11 am

I am pretty flexible, but my schedule is always up in the air so usually I will know the week of.

Any ideas about where? hd mentioned mammoth, is the west side an option?
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Postby Randonnee » Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:14 pm

I haven't made it out this winter so a weekend camping trip sound great. Right now I am open all weekends in April.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:59 am

Yes, the west side is an option, but I'm not familiar with the area :( , so if someone can pick a place on the west side, etc I'm all for it!

Also, think about where to go, if the choice is the east side.
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Postby ridgeline » Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:23 pm

Im up for combining the forum gathering with snow camping.
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Postby Randonnee » Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:00 pm

ridgeline,

I like that idea.

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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:34 pm

Good idea, guys! I can splitboard in. I have 3 prs of snowshoes (2 are small) if anyone needs them. Most of you guys ski, so that might work out!

Now to pick a place!
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Postby copeg » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:50 pm

Some west side options:
-Yosemite (Badger pass to Dewey point, Glacier Point or somewhere in between, Snow Creek, Little Yosemite Valley)
-Tahoe area: somewhere near Carson Pass (probably too far for socal residents)
-Sequioa: a few places come to mind. Up the road (unplowed) toward Big Meadows/Rowell Meadows. Toward Pear Lake. A very easy trip would be to camp at or near Panther Gap (very scenic). Skibum (if he's reading this) may have some better ideas.
-There are several Sno-park areas along the west side (pretty much almost every hwy that penetrates from the west and isn't plowed through has a sno-park at the end of the plowing)

Some of these trips may depend upon avalanche training, gear, etc... but for the majority this gear isn't needed.

Personally, I'd want to go to Little Lakes Valley. But that drive from the west in the winter is a killer. If I'm the only one that votes west side, and all others would rather go east, by all means go east. Maybe I could try to make a longer trip out of it to mitigate the long drive.
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Postby ridgeline » Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:41 am

Im always partial to Little Lakes Valley, you can always get to Mosquito flats safely with a head lamp if you come in late. There is food at Toms when either entering or leaving. The snow conditions in most areas of the valley are safe right now, with many options for snowshoe or ski adventures, and more beauty than one can imagine.
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Postby wingding » Thu Mar 09, 2006 7:05 am

I've always wanted to do the trek to Glacier Point in the winter, but that's a long drive for me.
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