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A low 5 peak with a class 3/4 descent in Sierras?

I recently climbed Mount Emerson waterfall route (5.4) and descended a class 3 route towards Loch Leven. So I did not need a rope.

I wonder are there any more peaks like that. Preferably such that can be done in a day hike from car camping, like aforementioned Emerson.
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Fun Class 2/3 with some snow

Hoping to do a quick solo weekend climb in the Sierras (south of Bishop if I can help it) that's technical enough to be fun but "straight forward enough" as I'll be flying solo. Most importantly I'd love to get on some snow. Anything fit this bill this late in the season that you'd recommend?

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New Mammoth Lake Geological Map & Report

For all you geology buffs... The full report can be found in the last link at the bottom of the page.

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Anyone back from Dusy or Palisade basin want to report on smoke? The bishop webcam looks pretty gnarly in the mornings. Anyone know if it's better down near Whitney?
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Found ice axe on Shasta

I found an unusual ice axe next to the Clear Creek trail on Shasta today, 8/3/16. If it's yours, PM or email me a description. I will be around the Sierra (mostly east-side) for a month or so.
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Gear left at Devils Crag #1

Anyone know the story behind a bag of gear left at the beginning of NW ridge on Devils Crag #1? My partner and I found the bag on 7/22/16. The gear was left in a blue Sea to Summit dry bag away from the sun and seemed to be in good condition. We did not take an inventory of the gear in the bag, but we saw some slings, one harness, and two ropes ...
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Fun area, easy permit

Some friends and I just got an unexpected 3 day weekend and we'd like to do some mountaineering (Aug 5-7). Most of the permits for the most favorable areas are taken and our timing doesn't put us in a good position for a walk-in permit. We are looking for a trailhead where we are pretty sure to get a back country permit, with reasonable drive time (starting in Bay Area), and some pleasant mountaineering (< ...
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Hurd Peak Question

I'm looking for advice on Hurd Peak. My friends and I hiked up to the Treasure Lakes area last summer, from which we could see a number of chutes ascending the west side of the mountain. Any advice as to which of those chutes is the easiest way to the summit, or are they all pretty much the same? We would like to stay Class 2 or easy Class 3.
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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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