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Fee increases at Joshua Tree

Just a heads up, substantial fee increases on the way at Joshua Tree. You can read about it at the JTNP website under news releases. Under the new proposal, to drive into the park and spend two nights on the ground in a campground will cost $55!
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Eastern Sierra Conditions - October 2014

Hey all,
I haven't been following what's going on with the Sierra weather… How are things looking above 12k feet? Checked the weather for the weekend, and it looks perfect. Might try for a day hike of Lone Pine Peak via Meysan Lakes Trail, if I can squeeze it in.

Thanks in advance,

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Mt Baldy vs EBC

For those that have done both Mt. Baldy and Everest Base Camp can you contrast the two?

I summited Baldy last Sunday and it was about a 13 mile hike, overall moderate, not too difficult but not easy either. No altitude problems at all, but then it's only 10,064 ft.
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When was the last wet winter?

For the entire state of California? What about just north of the Transverse Ranges?

I'm curious about when the last wet winter was, both for the entire state, which I think was 2010 and almost 5 years, and then for the Sierra and points north of the Transverse Ranges. 2010 was probably very wet from the Oregon border to the Mexican border, correct?

Then, in 2011 winter, the Pine Apple Express in late December of ...
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(SPAM) New Eastern Sierra Ski Guidebook

Sorry for the slightly spammy post, but I thought some of you might be interested in this, since there isn't a ton of ski-specific info on SummitPost.

The second edition of "Backcountry Skiing California's Eastern Sierra" is currently at the printers. Pre-order is now available, and the books are scheduled to ship early November. You can order here: http://wolverinepublishing.com/backcountry-skiing-sierra-nevada

Here's the details:

This one is an expansion on the first edition. It'll cover the entire ...
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Mt. Thoreau?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/07/scien ... ience&_r=0

Sure, why not. I mean it's not like Mendel, Agassiz, Tyndall or Darwin ever set foot in the range either.
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List Completer

I've never completed a single list, but my son, Matt, completed the BSA 'Rim of the Bay' list. A feat that no one in his troop has ever accomplished. Hopefully, genetics played at least a small roll in this feat. :)


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Search Underway for Missing Hikers in Kings Canyon NP

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are currently conducting a search and rescue operation in and around the Cedar Grove area for Rommel and Marisol Pompa who failed to return from their backpacking trip as scheduled on Monday, Sept. 29. The married couple planned to hike the Rae Lakes Loop, departing from Cedar Grove on the Woods Creek trail and returning via the Bubbs Creek trail.

In addition to teams on foot, searchers are using ...
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Mount Wallace / Clyde Spires

anyone been on top of either over the past month or so? need a recent pic..
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Mount Sill East and North Couloirs

Hello. I am returning to Mount Sill in 2 weeks. I failed to summit in August. We took the route through Scimitar Pass. My partner injured his knee and we turned back. I do not want to repeat the hike from hell again. I have been reading about more direct routes on the East Couloir and Glacier Gap. First, crampons and ice axe are discussed in most of the write-ups. But is it necessary this ...
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