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Eastside road access thread 2016

As folks are planning visits to the eastside, it would be great and mucho appreciated if people could share news, rumors, hopes, dreams of road openings and TH access up and down the 395.

- Sonora
- virginia lakes
- tioga (yeah, i know there's a bet on this)
- saddlebag
- minaret summit
- mosquito flat
- buttermilks
- north/south lake
etc. etc.

Any info on snowline, snow conditions would be great too.
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Feather Peak North Couloir

I have a few questions about this beautiful peak:
-has anyone been close to the area in the last couple weeks and knows about the snow conditions (I heard snowfall last week)? I've seen some of the recent trip reports (e.g. Langley on this site) and it looks to be <1-2 feet snow even above 12000'? i also don't want to be climbing on water ice

-i'll be going solo and trying to get more ...
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Mazourka Canyon Fossils (Independence Area)

Folks visiting the Independence area might want to check out a superior fossil locality at nearby Mazourka Canyon along the western flanks of the Inyo Mountains (east side of Owens Valley). It preserves a great selection of roughly 485 to 415 million year-old invertebrate animal specimens. I've put up a personal, completely non-commercial page abut the site over at Paleozoic Era Fossils At Mazourka Canyon, Inyo County, California . Includes detailed text of a cyber-field ...
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Are Lassen and Brokeoff still ski-able right now?

Hi folks,

Was thinking about climbing Lassen and/or Brokeoff in early-mid May, and am wondering if it'd be worth it to haul the snowboard up. Anyone have insight to this?

I'm a California newbie (and not a particularly experienced mountaineer) so please lay some wisdom on me.
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Hikes with most gain near Davis, CA? Hikes with most gain near Davis, CA?

Davis, CA is itself very flat, but what are the hikes with the most elevation gain located within 20 minutes, 30 minutes, and 1 hour drive of Davis? Looking for hikes that could be easily accessed after work on a weekday.
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Whitney's Mountaineering Route: Technical Challenges?


I'm trying to understand the challenges to doing the MR right now:

1. Does the scramble require me to place rock anchors? A few things I have done with my partner are - Lassen, Pyramid, Round Top (made it to the top of Knife's edge but didn't want to continue without snow anchors) and scrambling up Conness in the summer (class 3 route). Should I be more prepared for the scramble?
2. Are there ...
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Kearsarge pass trail conditions for next week


Has anybody been there recently? I am thinking to go that area next week, maybe to charlotte lake. Is it still covered by snow? Can I drive to trail head? Is it closed? Do I need microspike?

Any information are appreciated!

Thanks in advance!
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White Mountain Peak Access

I am hoping to climb white mountain peak around the 4th may as an acclimatization hike for Whitney. We are coming from over seas and I am struggling to get information on what the typical conditions of white mountain peak are early may. We will be hiring a car and I'm wondering if I will be able to get to the locked gate at the trail head in a Toyota Rav 4 or something ...
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Anyone know the snow conditions on Matterhorn?

How far/how high do I need to carry my skis? Any report on the ski dreams? Thanks!
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