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Regional discussion and conditions reports for the Golden State. Please post partners requests and trip plans in the California Climbing Partners forum.

Lee Vining Ice conditions?

Anybody has the latest updates on the ice in LVC and the approach? A birdy told me the main wall is "in". Is there enough coverage to cover the boulders on the approach? Slog-a-thon?

Also, anybody been up Lundy Canyon and check out the ice there?

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Snow conditions at any of the following areas?

We are looking to cross country or backcountry ski at the following locations. I Know it is supposed to snow a little on Mon/Tue/Wed but only see a couple of inches in the forecast. I also know it is supposed to get a whole lot colder. Anyone knows about:
- Lassen NP (park page says "patchy to 12 inches", that's a big range)
- Bodie ghost town (too early yet?)
- Tuolumne Meadows (how far ...
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Missing Climber 11/8

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San Jacinto conditions


I'm wondering if there's snow on the upper portions of the mountain. Know that we've been getting some rain over the course of the last couple of weeks in NorCal, but don't know the situation down there. Beta appreciated- thanks!
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Overnight backpacking recommendations near LA

I plan to go backpacking for one night into the San Gorgonio Wilderness during Thanksgiving weekend.

What are my options considering these factors:
1. Less than 15 miles RT over 2 days.
2. Some trails are closed due to fire.
3. Water availability this time of year.
4. Many of the trails start at about 6000 feet and camps located at ~7000 feet. The temps at that altitude will probably be below 30s. that's too ...
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Backpacking suggestion around Yosemite for nov 20 weekend


I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for backpacking with a big (>5) group for the November 20 weekend. Permits are the biggest concern here. Personally, I would love to go further east to areas within Inyo since they don't require permits after Nov 15. But I'm coming from SF and 4 hours drive for a weekend is much more comfortable than a 6 hour onE.

I highly value the responses I get ...
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Pyramid Peak at Desolation Wilderness

I'm thinking about taking a trip there late this month or early December. Does anyone who have experience with this peak know if both crampons and ice axe are necessary? I know it's stated as recommended equipment in the SP page, but since it's still relatively early in the winter I'm wondering if it'll be different. It'll be my first time in the snow (if it has any at that time) and just wanted to ...
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Mystery Photo with a Good Story

I believe that this is en route to the first winter ascent of Mt Lyell in 1936. If anyone can help me to confirm this, I'll post the remaining photos with a good group shot. Ongoing thanks to all.

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Tioga Pass

Just noticed 120 was closed through Yosemite due to snow. That messes up my weekend plans a bit. Does anyone know whether it's closed for the season or just for a few days?

Thanks! :)
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So I'm stuck in California now... HELP!

As some of you may now know, I'm working and living minutes away from downtown Los Angeles right now. Is there anyone who climbs here??
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