Mt. Langley via OAP Conditions

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Mt. Langley via OAP Conditions

Post by vplane » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:12 pm

Hoping to summit Mt. Langley via Old Army Pass this Sunday November 6. If anyone knows how it looks after this past weekend's snow storms, can you let me know? Thanks!








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Re: Army pass conditions

Post by rlown » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:24 pm

what equipment are you planning to carry, and are you solo?

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Re: Mt. Langley via OAP Conditions

Post by maverick » Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:21 pm

Your post was split off the original thread and put into the Peak Bagging Forum. ;)

No reports from this past weekend, on any of the outdoor forums, you can try an use the Whitney Cam to get somewhat of an idea of the conditions in the area: http://www.whitneyzone.com/wc_notes.htm
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Re: Mt. Langley via OAP Conditions

Post by Steve_C » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:28 am

Several reports from people around Mt Whitney last weekend reported snow / rain and intermittently stormy weather. I think most people stopped at Trail Camp or turned back at Trail Crest. Microspikes were appreciated.

As for Langley, you need to call Inyo County roads department to see if the road to Horseshoe Meadows is still open.
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Horseshoe Meadow Road

Post by maverick » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:08 am

According to the Inyo NF site, Horseshoe Meadow Road is closed due to rock fall as of the latest update (10/31).

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Re: Mt. Langley via OAP Conditions

Post by vplane » Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:41 am

Thanks for replies, everybody. I am going in a group of three...all of us with microspikes only. As of this morning, Horseshoe Meadow Rd is open and the rangers haven't seen any snow since last weekend, not expecting any more either. We'll play it safe, go as far as we can up the pass and be prepared to turn around if it looks sketchy.

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Re: Mt. Langley via OAP Conditions

Post by vplane » Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:24 am

We turned around about 1/3 of the way up Old Army Pass. Two of us with microspikes, one with crampons who kicked in steps for us up front for a while. None of us had equipment or training to self-arrest, and we got to a point where a slip would be very bad. Oh well.

The reverberating sound of ice cracking at Lake #4 sure was cool though.

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Re: Mt. Langley via OAP Conditions

Post by Jimr » Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:53 pm

Good on you three for making what sounds like the right decision.
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Re: Mt. Langley via OAP Conditions

Post by maverick » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:19 pm

We turned around about 1/3 of the way up Old Army Pass. Two of us with microspikes, one with crampons who kicked in steps for us up front for a while. None of us had equipment or training to self-arrest, and we got to a point where a slip would be very bad. Oh well.
A very wise decision as Jim said. It's always better to turn around and come back another day, then to proceed and not be able to come back any day.
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