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Gem Lake to the JMT

I'm curious about a route from Gem Lake to Banner Ritter saddle via JMT..up? ...to Thousand Island Lake...I've never been in the area ...except for Mammoth lakes. Would a route up from Gem Lake be better than from Agnew Meadows and Idiza.. Any advice is always appreciated..cheers..you friend, Sean
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It's... snowing?!

Late May Sierra snowfall? Where was is the rest of the year??

I am probably asking a few hours prematurely, but if anyone knows how much came down in the upper elevations, let us know. Mammoth is reporting 2" at 8.9k ft at this point.

I am assuming this won't stick for long, but curious if any of the more complex terrain high up (couloirs) would be in danger of avalanching by Sat.
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Conditions for Italy Pass, Pine Creek Pass, Treasure Col?

Has anyone been this far in on any of these trails? Looking for info on where the snow starts, how consolidated and continuous it is, if there are melted out dry spots to camp way up high in, say, south-facing bowls above the general snowline, and if there are difficult creek crossings. For Treasure, is the moraine rock in the valley bottom between the lakes and the col still covered with continuous snow?
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Mt Mills' East Couloir Conditions

Wow! Now I am asking for conditions beta. Mills' east couloir this wkend - anyone been up it lately or got eyes on how the couloir is shaped up? Chockstone coverage?
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Mt. Barnard & Trojan Peak via George Creek Report

John and I bushwacked ourselves up George Creek to climb Mt. Barnard (13,990', GPS showed 14,006' hmmm) and Trojan Peak (13,950').

Moon setting as we drive up the bumby road

George Creek




Early morning light on our route to the Barnard/Trojan bowl

Snow slopes were getting soft

Mt. Barnard from the bowl

Mt. Williamson dwarfing Trojan Peak

Mt. Brewer

Great Western Divide

Mt. Whitney, ...
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Which Mountain to climb next week?

I've got some midweek time off next week and hoping to get on a mountain. I had Winchell in mind but according to the ranger station, Sam Mack's still pretty covered in snow. Looking for a fun climb with some class 2 or 3 an interesting approach and a dry base camp to spend a night or two. Any recommendations?
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Humans causing California's mountains to grow

"Geologists studying growth rates of the Sierra Nevada and of central California’s Coast Ranges have identified an anthropogenic contribution to the mountains’ uplift that they suggest is tied to the decades-long depletion of groundwater in the state’s Central Valley. "

http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/hu ... tains-grow
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Mount Lyell Summer Conditions Mount Lyell Summer Conditions

Hi All!

So I'm planning my second trip out to Yosemite this summer and am hoping to head up Mount Lyell to see the glacier (while it's there...). I'm planning on heading up the John Muir Trail and spending a night before the summit on day two. The trip is planned for mid-July. What kind of temperatures are typical up there around that time?
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High Sierras Ice Conditions

Hello all,

I'm thinking of climbing Mt. Mendel via either the Right Couloir or Ice Nine at the end of the month or the beginning of June. Does anyone have any information about conditions on either of these two routes?

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Court Rules Against So Cal Adventure Passes

For the 2nd time in two years a Federal judge has ruled that the NF's have exceeded the REA by charging folks to park/access NF's where there are no developed facilities and/or real Federal investment.

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