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George Lake


Has anyone visited the George Lake area out of Lake Sabrina?

We're packing in on 8/5, and that was the only permit I could get online. Hoping to get a walk in for Bishop, Pine Creek or Sabrina Basin that morning, but since we're coming all the way from NC, I wanted to have a back-up. Looks like we'd have to cross the Thompson Ridge to get into Sabrina Basin, and I think my ...
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September Climbing

Hey all! I'm a novice climber, having done only one climb this spring and one and a half this summer, but I'm looking to squeeze one more in before the end of the season. I haven't spent much time in the sierras at all (only moved here a couple years ago) and I was wondering when the snows really start to set in. I'm hoping to make another attempt on Agassiz from Bishop Pass over ...
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Sand Fire - Wildlife Waystation in peril

The Sand Fire, started yesterday at CA-14 near west end of Soledad Canyon, has now spread south nearly to Gold Creek in Little Tajunga area. It is now very close to the Wildlife Waystation, which is a shelter-of-last-resort for many large animals (both native and exotic). They are asking for donations, transportation and storage space.

Ryan Omega's Facebook Post

Wildlife Waystation Donations Page

GEOMAC Fire Mapper - Select Data Layers->Active Fires->MODIS Fire Detection to see ...
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Peak 12,640, E/NE Ridge


Anyone got intel on the E/NE ridge of Peak 12,640 to the NNW of Mt. Johnson? Wondering if it's a more enjoyable route from South Lake to the top of Treasure Col to avoid the endless moraine below.
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Palisades conditions?

Any beta shots of the palisades, eg swiss arete or for the pal traverse? I'm guessing not much snow by now on approach or descent.
How's the water running up to sam mack lake or at Gayley Camp area?
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Ragged Spur class 2?

I know its a long shot, but has anyone done the entirety of Ragged Spur south of the Ionion Basin? Secor lists the entire thing as class 2 but the southern end does NOT look class 2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/38037974@N00/16494398296
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Another TV ad with Mt Whitney & the Sierra Nevada

Such gorgeous mtns. Now GMC has a new tv ad out featuring their Sierra truck using the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop.


Owens Valley Radio Observatory.
Btw, is that the switchbacks up to Horseshoe Meadows and Cottonwood Pass barely visible to the right of the first dish?

Mount Whitney.
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North Peak Couloir Conditions

Has anybody been on the North Peak Couloir lately? I don’t really care whether it’s snow or ice. I just don’t want to have to go elsewhere because of mud and falling rock like last year. Thanks for any information you may have.
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PCT shuttle?

Hi all,

I have a trip on the PCT this week and my ride bailed :/ I'm hiking from Walker Pass to Whitney Portal, so I'm in need of a ride from Whitney Portal/Lone Pine to Walker Pass area (Onyx). Anybody out there willing? I've got gas money and a six-pack with your name on it?

Or, anybody have experience with hitchhiking this area?

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