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Postby dshoshone » Wed May 05, 2010 11:47 pm

According to the White Mtn. Ranger station the road to Rock Creek road is only open to the lake.
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Postby The Chief » Thu May 06, 2010 12:00 am

They are ALWAYS the last ones to know that the road is clear, is plowed or needs to be plowed.

Been through this BS with the WMRS every season for the past ten years. The Mono County Public Works Dept are the ones that plow the road.

I tell ya what. I will drive up the road as right now and report back in an a half an hour.
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Postby mrchad9 » Thu May 06, 2010 12:42 am

I've never found NFS/NPS rangers to be reliable for ANYTHING, except for road closures. I guess now even that has been called into question.

Rangers on Shasta and Rainier seem to be an exception.
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Postby hamik » Thu May 06, 2010 12:46 am

How's the skiing look, Chief?
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Postby The Chief » Thu May 06, 2010 12:53 am

OK...Here's the real deal I just saw it with my own eyes report!!!!

The road is plowed up to and just above the gate by the Corral/Stables. (Just spoke to my neighbor and he misunderstood me earlier. He did in fact plow/clean up the road from the Lake/Resort up to the gate this morning. He expects to be up there maybe next week or the week after if the temps cont to be as warm as they to actually plow all the way up to MF PL). There is about 2-3 feet of snow from that point up.

Ran into two dudes that just came back down from skiing when I stopped to peak. They were in and around the Lakes Basin, Abbot and Mills areas. Said the snow was fabulous.
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Postby Climber Dave » Thu May 06, 2010 2:48 pm

Ramblindave wrote:
The Chief wrote:
Ramblindave wrote:
hamik wrote:Bump: what's NOT open around Bishop? Mosquito Flats? South Lake?


We spoke to Mono County Road Works today and told the road to Mosquito Flats (Rock Creek) has been plowed and open to the end.


Yup!

My neighbor just got back from doing it.


Sweet!! 8)


Well thats not quite as sweet, oh well.

Thanks for checking it out Chief.
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Postby The Chief » Thu May 06, 2010 2:56 pm

It's only a mile to the actual P/L. Get an early morning start and the snow will be rock hard.

Just adds a little challenge to what will be a fabulous time.

Be safe..
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Postby dshoshone » Thu May 06, 2010 3:41 pm

Chief, thanks for checking...no big deal to walk from the gate... Glad they plowed it that far.
Just shows what WMRS knows
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Postby The Chief » Thu May 06, 2010 3:48 pm

My pleasure folks.... it's the least I can do for all you poor souls that are busting your asses 24/7 down there in the City.

Any other conditions requests??????
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Postby dshoshone » Thu May 06, 2010 3:51 pm

Yeah...do you know if any of the Kersarge Pass trail is melted out yet ?
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Postby dshoshone » Thu May 06, 2010 3:59 pm

Yeah...do you know if any of the Kersarge Pass trail is melted out yet ?
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Postby The Chief » Thu May 06, 2010 4:10 pm

I know for a fact that the K-Pass hasn't melted out yet.

There is still lots of the white stuff above 10K' throughout the Eastside for sure.

Gonna definitely be a long snow season.
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Postby dshoshone » Thu May 06, 2010 4:16 pm

That's what I figured....Thanks
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Postby Climber Dave » Thu May 06, 2010 5:05 pm

The Chief wrote:It's only a mile to the actual P/L. Get an early morning start and the snow will be rock hard.

Just adds a little challenge to what will be a fabulous time.

Be safe..


Yeah we went back there last year at about the same time and started here. Road was mostly clear then but the gate was closed. So no big deal.
Yes should be a great time love the area (esp when there aren't skeeters). Will being going up the Hourglass and on to Dade. Looking forward to it... :D
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Postby The Chief » Thu May 06, 2010 5:11 pm

Ramblindave wrote:
The Chief wrote:It's only a mile to the actual P/L. Get an early morning start and the snow will be rock hard.

Just adds a little challenge to what will be a fabulous time.

Be safe..


Yeah we went back there last year at about the same time and started here. Road was mostly clear then but the gate was closed. So no big deal.
Yes should be a great time love the area (esp when there aren't skeeters). Will being going up the Hourglass and on to Dade. Looking forward to it... :D


In retrospect, the hardpack will actually cut down on the approach times.

Two years ago, I actually cut my approach time to the same locale ya'll are headed for, in order to solo the Petit Griffon, by almost an entire hour.

Have fun dude... the Hourglass will be in awesome shape early in the morning!!!!
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