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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Burchey » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:27 am

These crust over sugar conditions are a bummer to hump through on a steep alpine slope. They do, however, provide an excellent source of melt so you don't have to drink your own urine. Always a plus.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby artrock23 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:44 am

mrchad9 wrote:It ain't holding Deb and MooseTracks back though.


In spite of the difficulties (and change of plans), i'm still glad I went... but then I live in SoCal, and needed a Sierra fix. The Spring conditions were nice (as the various pics show), and only seeing one other person out there the entire weekend was an added bonus.

anita wrote:Is daria afraid of a little snow? Do you need a tutorial on how to strap on some snowshoes? Maybe sar can show you next time.


Ouch! :lol:
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Princess Buttercup » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:41 pm

Keep Calm and Posthole On.

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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Kahuna » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:21 pm

ODD about all this "postholing" stuff.

Had 14 students last weekend above the Mammoth Lakes/Rock area, traveled well over 4 miles total up and down different routes, both days and NOT one person postholed.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Princess Buttercup » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:52 pm

Gee, if I went where there were roads to walk or the cover was only a few inches, *I* probably wouldn't posthole, either...
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Deb » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:52 pm

mrchad9 wrote:It ain't holding Deb and MooseTracks back though.

I have to admit to swimming thru crotch-deep but not long days; without 2 consequetive days off, I can't risk an unplanned bivy.... next month is a different story. I have made some of the finest thigh holes in Mammoth Basin this year and am sporting a new scar from being eaten by a tree-well.
Now - regrouping from Plan A to climb/ski Round Top on Thurs to... ? So much new snow up here!!
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Burchey » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:05 pm

Deb, Kurt posted up a pic claiming 6 new inches of snow. Is that what you see where you are?
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Princess Buttercup » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:14 pm

And, Deb, in May, we will finally get a chance to go and play together!! Woohoo!! Dueling postholes!!
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Deb » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:43 pm

Burchey wrote:Deb, Kurt posted up a pic claiming 6 new inches of snow. Is that what you see where you are?

Without a doubt! I walked thru 5" at Eagle this morning. Mammy is reporting 6-10" (the top neveropened yesterday but skiing Outpost area was golden), Kirkwood supposedly got 10" as well. Coming up 395 at 6AM, those Convict peaks are in winter coats but the sun is coming out. I'd suspect high els will hold more than half of recent fall, so post-holing will be primo. It sorta quit snowing abt 9AM today. Cold!
I've decided to ski off backside into Red's Meadow tomorrow, should be stellar!
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Princess Buttercup » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:57 pm

Must. Resist. Playing. Hookie. From. Work.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Vitaliy M. » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:15 pm

Kahuna wrote:Are to be had less than an hours hike from one's car as of the other day/mid-week.

Enjoy!
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Lakes above 10K are still frozen over with up to 24" of snow covering the ground in many locations..
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Showed these photos to my old climbing buddy, he said these are some mid summer conditions, must of been a light snow winter out there in Sierra. :wink:
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Burchey » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:28 pm

Vitaliy M. wrote:
Kahuna wrote:Are to be had less than an hours hike from one's car as of the other day/mid-week.

Enjoy!
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Lakes above 10K are still frozen over with up to 24" of snow covering the ground in many locations..
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Showed these photos to my old climbing buddy, he said these are some mid summer conditions, must of been a light snow winter out there in Sierra. :wink:


Interesting take. My guess is some noobs got out there on the early snow too early, probably broke it all off before a proper snow layer could form.

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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby Burchey » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:07 pm

Stop Trolling, Vitaliy.

Sorry Harlan - number one rule of fight club, is never respond to Vitaliy in the general forums.

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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby mrchad9 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:40 pm

Marmaduke wrote:
Vitaliy M. wrote:Shet, those noobs never been to Lee Vining. If my wife knew about their existence she would blow their heads off and parade their bodies on Main street.


Married?

His girlfriend is married but he isn't.
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Re: Beautiful Sierra Spring Conditions

Postby ROL » Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:06 am

Geezus, all this postholing/snowshoeing nonsense. Just learn to X-C (ski) and be happy (in your work).
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