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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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Sand Fire - Wildlife Waystation in peril

The Sand Fire, started yesterday at CA-14 near west end of Soledad Canyon, has now spread south nearly to Gold Creek in Little Tajunga area. It is now very close to the Wildlife Waystation, which is a shelter-of-last-resort for many large animals (both native and exotic). They are asking for donations, transportation and storage space.

Ryan Omega's Facebook Post

Wildlife Waystation Donations Page

GEOMAC Fire Mapper - Select Data Layers->Active Fires->MODIS Fire Detection to see ...
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Peak 12,640, E/NE Ridge


Anyone got intel on the E/NE ridge of Peak 12,640 to the NNW of Mt. Johnson? Wondering if it's a more enjoyable route from South Lake to the top of Treasure Col to avoid the endless moraine below.
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Palisades conditions?

Any beta shots of the palisades, eg swiss arete or for the pal traverse? I'm guessing not much snow by now on approach or descent.
How's the water running up to sam mack lake or at Gayley Camp area?
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Ragged Spur class 2?

I know its a long shot, but has anyone done the entirety of Ragged Spur south of the Ionion Basin? Secor lists the entire thing as class 2 but the southern end does NOT look class 2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/38037974@N00/16494398296
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