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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.

easy/short approach sierra snow climbs

i am looking for some suggestions for easy-to-moderate snow climbs with shortish approaches, along the lines of bloody couloir. east or west side of the sierra does not matter, as long as it's a fun route. i am more interested in a short approach since my work schedule sometimes impacts the length of time i can be out, and i'd rather spend it climbing than hiking. i'm comfortable up to probably 45 degrees or so. ...
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Polemonium from U-Notch

We're climbing in the Palisades in July and will be doing Polemonium from the U-Notch and west side. Porcella and Burns (Climbing California's Fourteeners) say that you can summit Polemonium from the top of the U- Notch, or "Alternatively, you may be able to hike 100-300 feet west from the top of U-Notch and look for weaknesses in the northwest-facing rock. Summitting is possible this way, and potentially easier, but the route finding is more ...
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Mt Whitney Current Conditions

We summited via Main Trail on 15 of Feb. The weather and snow conditions were just perfect. We were the only team which reached the summit that day and (perhaps) first after the storms. I met other party who summited via MR.

Snow basically starts just before Outpost Camp. Snow in the gully below Trail Crest is "easy" to climb (many footsteps) and to glissade, and the snow path on the ridge has solid footsteps ...
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Ansel Adams Wilderness - Beasore Rd

Hi all,

Thinking ahead to summer I'm considering a loop off of Beasore Rd. I seem to recall a fire in the A.A. Wilderness this last season. Were the TH's off Beasore Rd like Norris, Fernandez, or Granite Ck damaged by fire? Thanks for any info.
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Search for Elderly Climber on Tahquitz

I'm trying to track down an older man (mid to late 70s I believe) that I saw last summer topping out on the Trough on Tahquitz. Awesome looking bearded fellow with classic old helmet. I feel like anyone that has seen him or knows him will know who I'm talking about. I am trying to get in touch with him, any help would be massively appreciated!!
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Climbers in the Ridgecrest area help out?

I received a bit of an unusual email from someone whose cat has been stuck on top of one of the pinnacles at Trona Pinnacles since Thursday. They are looking for assistance from a climber to help get the cat down.

If you are in the area and could provide assistance, send an email to: rustbucket4wd@gmail.com

Location details from the individual:
I am at the trona pinnacles, 20 miles from ...
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Most fun/favorite CA peaks

What are the most fun mountains in California you've climbed? Criteria can include, uniqueness of the trail, scrambling features, exposure, scenery, historical context, height, difficulty, remoteness, easy access, solitude, whatever goes into making a climb enjoyable for you.
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Half Dome: Current Conditions + Late March Forecast

Hi All! I'm planning a very late March (3/28 or 3/29) cables-down summit of Half Dome. Problem is, I've never been to Yosemite this early in the season and would love to get some insight from some of you on: current Half Dome trail conditions, and also some crystal ball insight into whether I can expect a relatively snow-free summit that late into March.

Thanks in advance for your feedback ...
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Mount Whitney and the Sierra Nevadas may 2015

Hi everyone I'm new to the forum first post.
A friend and I are headed to the Sierra Nevadans in mid May of this year. We are from Canada and it's our first trip down we are going to be there for a week and mount Whitney Is a must climb but I have some questions any help and advise would be appreciated. We are both skilled scramblers but have just gotten into climbing so ...
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