BigMan wrote:Is it fairly likely that the top of Shepherd will be snow-free come mid-August? Is it technical without snow?
June 5, 2012. Those post holes are around knee-crotch - kicked step each one very deliberately, with weight leaned in and pole bracing outside. It's a long way down - maybe 750-1k ft.
Personally, I would go up Shepherd and out (Whitney) Portal. Easy shuttle, lots of scenery, and no problem getting exit permits out of the Whitney zone.
If that doesn't sound appealing, then in via Bishop/Taboose & out Shepherd. Harder (read: more expensive) to shuttle, longer distances & a lot of people around Rae Lakes (of course, Whitney has a ton, but it's part of the package).