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Current Conditions for Baxter Pass to Mount Mary Austin

Granted weather holds I'm looking to "tag and escape" Mount Mary Austin next weekend. Looking for any insight on latest snow conditions since I'm arriving from San Diego. Last time I went through Baxter Pass I post holed all the way to 11k feet and that was in April 13'. Lost too much time and hit weather that turned us around. Moving out on a 2 day run this time so time isn't an issue. ...
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Looking for a longer excursion

Hi everyone, I'm new to the site but I have a question I could use some advice with,

I'm a college student from NY and I'm looking for a trip I could do during my spring break mid-march in CA.
Ideally I would spend a few days camping on the mountain during the week and summit the mountain. I've looked at Mt Williamson but I'm not sure if there are camping options, nor what the ...
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SN Red Fox photographed in Yosemite

Very likely migrating down from the Sonora Pass pack IMO, but we'll see with forthcoming genetic analysis.

http://www.nps.gov/yose/parknews/rare-s ... l-park.htm
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Cucamonga & Ontario trail conditions

Has anyone been up Cucamonga or Ontario Peaks lately ? They are dry on the south side but is there ice on the trail on the north side ? I am here in SoCal for a couple of weeks and I would like to hike up there. I hope the trail is dry but I know how just a little snow up there can turn into a dicey layer of ice once hiked upon.
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Stienstra: Where’s the snow? Trips up Norcal highways...

Nothing here we don't know by the seat-of-our-pants but it does have more impact when it is condensed like this:

Stienstra: Where’s the snow? Trips up Norcal highways reveal shocking images

The winter temperature tantrum is having a mind-boggling effect across California’s high country, that much is well known.

What is not so well known is what you can see – and the precip numbers you can discover — on trips into the mountains. The ...
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Southern Sierra conditions

Climbed Owens Peak this morning, in the southern Sierras at 8,450' -- there is patchy snow on the north-facing slopes, but the south slopes are completely clear. Here's the view north from Owens summit -- even Olancha Peak, at 12,100, is snow-free on the south face. On the horizon a little snow is visible, in the Whitney zone.

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Rock Creek conditions

Heading up to Mammoth and expect the snow conditions to be pretty poor. Would like to get out and hike a bit. Anybodybeen to the Rock Creek area lately? I assume the road is closed at the pack station. Beyond that is there snow in the valley?? Is it consolidated at all?? Not sure the exact plans yet, possibly over MonoPass or just head back in the valley towards BCS. Thanks!
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How Norman Clyde's Photographs Found Their Way Home

The Mysterious Effects of Gravity on Lost Property
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How Norman Clyde's Photographs Found Their Way Home


Many of you kind folks have puzzled with me over some of the mystery photographs that I inadvertently collected some years ago and have posted on my website, http://www.thehighsierra.org . The latest chapter is this story concerns an email that I received in mid-December that I faithfully reproduce here:

Hello,
I have a very old  overnight case  that ...
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Fun comp at Rocknasium in Davis Friday 1/23

Come join us next week for an awesome night of climbing!
Free food and drink + tons of awesome prizes from our generous sponsors in the climbing industry and Davis community.

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Duck lake in Mammoth. What is the trail look like now?

I guess there is a ton of snow? Is it a popular winter snowshoeing trip? We are going to the lake this weekend, plan to spend a night there. Should we expect to brake trail?
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